SATO LP 100R FAQ

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What media does the SATO LP 100R Laser printer support?

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The SATO LP 100R supports continuous feed (pin feed) media both fan folded and roll to roll. The LP 100R supports media from 6” up to 18” wide, 17” image and 5” up to 24” long. Refolding limits at 18” (with a 12” stacker table). The media thickness from 6.5 to 20 mil can be varied and stored at the configuration.

With the SATO-Logic™ controller, up to 999 user configurations can be defined and later recalled to simplify job set-up. The configurations store the media parameters, including the settings to make that media feed smoothly and fuse completely. Balancing media settings can maximize print quality while prolonging consumable life and PM schedules.

What is a configuration?

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A configuration is a set of printer and emulation settings which define the way the controller and printer process the job submitted for printing. A default configuration is supplied to print basic jobs.

Each configuration defines:

  • The media parameters
  • The resolution of the printer (240, 300, 400, 480, or 600 DPI)
  • The emulation of the data file
  • Specific parameters applicable to the desired emulation, including but not limited to fonts, control characters, margins, error handling, etc.
  • Image specifics such as density (darkness), orientation and alignment
  • Applicable parameters for the installed options

How are configurations identified on the SATO LP 100R?

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Printers with SATO-Logic™ 6.0-00 and higher can define configurations with both numbers and names. Traditionally, the different configurations for each print job are assigned using 3-digit numbers to identify them from one another. When a configuration is transferred (copied) into a printer, these numbers are retained.

Beginning with SATO-Logic version 6.00-00, the configurations can now be given "friendly" names, up to 20 characters long. This allows users to uniquely name the configuration to match the data or form it is being associated with; such as “Green Shipping Label”, making it easier for operators to reference and recall the appropriate configuration settings for the media being printed.

What is the expected consumable life for the SATO LP 100R?

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The SATO LP 100R has a 10% longer consumable life span over its closest competitor /predecessor the LIS-1865e. Contact a SATO Sales Representative for details.

What consumables are required for the SATO LP 100R?

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The consumable items (bold) are maintainable and replaceable by the user are:

Consumable Item

Product Code

Minimum Stocking Quantity

Toner Kit (2 bottles)

9855911

2 kits

OPC Cartridge

9855012

1 each

Developer Unit

9855013

1 each

Waste Toner Bottle

7431963

2 each

Head Cleaner

910000006000

1 each

Cleaning Pads

913000027000

1 each

These consumables should be on-hand or in storage at the customer's facility (per printer installed) to ensure maximum production time of the SATO LP 100R. The other items are recommended for routine cleaning/maintenance of the printer as well.

How can I print to the SATO LP 100R?

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The SATO-Logic™ controller will automatically detect the active communication port and continue to print from that port until all the jobs are complete and the port goes inactive. The user does not have to select the desired communications port.

The active port from which data is being processed is indicated on the User Display panel.

To support Windows and most host environments, SATO-Logic supports:

  • Ethernet on the raw port (port 9100)
  • As a print server on the LPR port (port 515)
  • CUPS (Common Unix Printing System)
  • Additionally legacy TCP/IP protocols to the bit level


In addition to communication connections, you may also print directly from a file.

  • The print file can be stored on USB media/flash drive
  • The print file can be copied/transmitted to the printer via FTP or TFPT file transfer.

What emulations does the SATO LP 100R support?

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  • Text languages KODEscriptPlus™ and its predecessor KODEscript™.
  • The binary languages HP PCL5e™
  • Legacy emulations; IGP/ VGL™ , IGP / PGL™, or basic Line Printer
  • Hex dump for diagnostics
  • IPDS™ or AFP/IPDS™ (optional)

Be sure to contact SATO Sales Representatives for optional and newly added emulations and features.

Can I use file transfer be used to submit jobs for printing?

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LP 100R Printers with SATO-Logic™ version 7.00-00 or later, will act on files copied with FTP and TFTP credentials. The current active configuration, referred to as Configurations0, will be used to process the file.

How does the SATO LP 100R alert the operator of the printer's status?

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The optional Tower Light, offered by SATO is a tri-color light stack (red/yellow/green) which can be placed conveniently in the proximity of the printer to indicate and alert the user about the status of the LP 100R printer.

Some competitive Laser printers use just a single large red light which only indicates when there is an error condition with the printer. In addition to errors, the three-tiered stack light from SATO can be configured to illuminate the specific color LEDs within the Tower light to indicate the various operational statuses, such as Printer ready/Not ready, printing or processing print jobs, and other potential conditions (toner low) which will need attention shortly. This allows greater freedom for the operator to visibly and readily know the printer's condition without need of monitoring the display screen and continue to perform other tasks and notify them when the printer requires operator intervention.

Can the SATO LP 100R replace an end of life/legacy Laser printer?

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The SATO LP 100R has successfully been used in many environments and replaced numerous competitive manufactures’ printers, including IBM, Ricoh, Printronix and Canon /Océ.

The many standard and optional emulations available on the LP 100R have are capable of accepting native data streams originally designed and destined for competitors. If/when an issue with emulations are identified, the SATO development team can analyze and address/rectify the concern. The SATO-Logic™ controller platform ensures all the solutions will be included in the main stream product release and continue to be supported as the LP 100R continues to evolve. This eliminates special/custom versions of firmware.

How does SATO-Logic™ differ from METO-Logic?

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SATO-Logic™ is the 8th generation wide web laser printer controller. It includes technology improvements, adjustments to industry trends, and foundation for future features and enhancements.

  • Accepts USB media to manage the printer and controller settings, and diagnostic features
  • Print from a file (USB) option to test or short run
  • Print via file transfer: FTP or TFTP
  • Simplification of menus
    • The focus of the settings and parameters for emulations and emulation features has been revised to applicable subjects
    • Save printer configurations using either the traditional 3-digit number format or simple names (20 characters)
    • Legacy communication ports have been cleaned up
    • The support of end of life printer models and options have been removed
  • Clearer and concise user pages, recognized by the SATO-Logic branding
    • These detailed reports, fit on 8.5” x 11” sheet making them easy to share.
    • The status page is broken into three sections: Hardware, Communications, and Current Configuration. These sections are dynamically created when requested to reflect the concise settings.
    • The Configuration Page report is simplified to eliminate confusion. As emulations, options and settings are selected, only the applicable parameters are listed, thereby eliminating confusion.
    • Time and Usage page illustrates in clear progressing bar-graph format the life remaining of all PM intervals and consumables.
  • Capture files sent to the print spooler (LPR/CUPS)
  • Improved service and support capabilities with:
    • Additional logs for network and emulation issues
    • Clearer set-up options and defaults
    • Network connection verification and error handling

How do the newer LP 100R operator panels differ?

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The LP 100Rs sold after April 2019 are built with a larger format Touch Display unit (TDU). This works the same as the ones on previous LP 100R printers. SATO-Logic™ controller version 7.00-00 and later will support either TDU type. The larger format TDU replaced the smaller unit to address obsolescence from our parts supplier, thus assuring the hardware will be available to continue to support the LP 100R.

If necessary, older printers can be retrofitted with the larger TDU as well to provide compatibility with newer models.

What are the Advantages / Improvements of SATO-Logic™?

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  • Capitalizing on the industry improvements in the hardware and supporting systems, SATO-Logic™ manages data communications, input file buffering, and file processing, each separately from actual printing. A data intense user will recognize large overall processing improvements in data file transmission and the subsequent processing.
  • Added and improved file management features for both set-up and diagnostic, remotely and from the user panel
  • Improved job control from the menu setting and user panel during operation
  • Print via file transfer: FTP or TFTP
  • Documentation for the laser printer and related products available if you browse the printer IP
  • Print from a file (USB) option to test or short run
  • Configuration Identification using either the traditional 3-digit numbers or via short names
  • Capture files sent to the print spooler (LPR/CUPS)
  • Improved service and support capabilities with:
    • Additional logs for network and emulation issues
    • Clearer set-up options and defaults
    • Network connection verification and error handling

What are User files?

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User files (unique to the users implementation of the LP 100R) can be:

  • Added to a printer
  • Copied from one printer to archive or use in another printer
  • Removed completely via the menu system

User files can also be managed by accessing the printer remotely and navigating through a menu of options and screens. The specific files themselves can be either presented to the menu system through a USB flash drive or via FTP connection. The directory of user files and content can also be printed via the menu systems.

What does remote management allow or do?

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The Remote Management features were developed and implemented in response to customer requests, primarily from customers with multiple sites, devices or shifts, central administration and support.

The administrators and support groups can remotely:

  • Monitor the messages and function to better support the user when an issue arises
  • Monitor the life of the consumables and maintenance schedules
  • Apply new set-up changes, new user files, configurations, network settings, etc.
  • Administrator updates
  • Review activity and errors
  • Retrieve the data files (capture) and resulting images for advanced diagnostics
  • All the requested details which SATO might request when engaging in advanced support can be retrieved remotely.

What are the USB ports used for on the SATO LP 100R?

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A SATO-Logic™ Controller can also print a file it detects on USB media (flash drives) inserted into USB ports to transfer/printer user files. You can copy the printer set-up files from one printer and install them onto other printers. You can also copy the various logs and counter information to share with administrative or support groups as well as update the Controller software and printer firmware.



Can I print using USB media to print files?

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Yes, you can print files which are on the USB flash drive by selecting the ‘Print from File’ option from the menu. Intended to aid in format development and diagnostics, the file on the USB drive must be named: capture.prn. This feature has become popular for short demos also. The menu travel is \Advanced\Supervisor\Files\Print from File. Note: the active configuration must be one which matches the file.

Why upgrade to a SATO-Logic™ Controller?

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  • Improved data transmission and processing efficiencies; potentially improves performance
  • Improved and additional emulations
  • Supports USB media to manage the controller and user files
  • Print via USB file or file transfer: FTP or TFTP
  • Clearer and concise user menus and status pages
  • Configuration identification using either the traditional 3-digit numbers or simple names
  • Added diagnostic tools
  • Network communications set-up provides verification and feedback during set-up and each initialization cycle. A message will be displayed on the panel if the communication connections are not responding.
  • Remote communications in Secure Shell session for added security over open networks
  • Staying current with technology protects against obsolesce
  • SATO-Logic™users will be best positioned for future enhancements and features

What is the future for METO-Logic?

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All printers will be produced with SATO-Logic™ controllers and all future development will be in SATO-Logic. Existing installed METO-Logic controllers will be maintained as required. SATO Field Service will proactively upgrade existing installations. For more details, contact your SATO America Service or Sales Representative.

How can I get a SATO-Logic™ controller?

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Direct SATO customers who have an LP 100R under a SATO America maintenance contract are eligible for an upgrade. Please inquire through your SATO America Service Department contacts.

End users servicing their own equipment can purchase the SATO-Logic™ controllers to upgrade to their LP 100R Laser printers.