Teardowns – Labelzone Blog


Carefully disassembling the world… of printers.

Teardown: LabelStation Pro Cutter

Next up in the limelight of destruction is a guillotine cutter for a LabelStation Pro200 / Pro300. Actually, that’s a lie, it’s not destruction, it’s education. Each and every teardown is put back together to a working condition. They are not sold or scrapped. They are kept as working demos for our trade counter.

There’s very little needed to tear one of these apart but it is something I have to do on occasion to clean the adhesive from the blades and give a service.

Attempting to repair/service your cutter unit yourself will void your warranty of it and we cannot accept any responsibility for injury, damage and/or loss of assets. Please proceed with caution.

The tools you’d need for this are as follows:

  • Medium flathead screwdriver
  • Small crosshead screwdriver
  • Large crosshead screwdriver
  • Wire cutters
  • Thin rubber gloves

For cleaning you’d also need:

  • IPA (the cleaning solution, not the drink. Although the latter could be a reward for when it’s back together and working again)
  • Kitchen paper towels
  • A clean shallow tray
  • Shredder oil

The Teardown

Let’s take it apart. I’ll give this warning now and again when we get to the blades, they are very sharp. The gloves are to keep your mitts from getting grubby, the blades will cut through them! Now that you’ll be going carefully, let’s begin.

  1. This is the cutter from behind. It’s the side of it you see less often. Where the cable exits there is a zip tie that will need cutting. I’ve already removed this a long time ago.
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Teardown: LabelStation Pro200 / Pro300

This is the first of a series of teardowns I’m looking to document. These are both for educational purposes (such as doing repairs yourself) and also for entertainment as I for one find teardowns very interesting. Since a young age I’ve always enjoyed taking things apart to see how they work, and it seems I haven’t grown out of that.

Here we’ll look at what tools you’d need to take apart a LabelStation Pro200, how easy it is, and why you’d need to take it to pieces in the first place.

The Pro200 is more or less the same as the Pro300 and their network attached equivalents. I’ll point out any differences as I go along.

The tools you’d need and a couple I would recommend to take the printer apart and put it back together again:

  • Medium cross head screwdriver
  • Large cross head screwdriver
  • Medium flat head screwdriver
  • Small wire cutters
  • Long tweezers
  • Anti-static wrist strap and a ground source
  • Some small pots (to keep the screws in groups)

I’d like to make a recommendation that it’s only worth opening and attempting to repair any or all of this printer if you absolutely have to. Attempting to repair your printer yourself will void your warranty of it and we cannot accept any responsibility for injury, damage and/or loss of assets. Please proceed with caution.

Here’s a list of parts that are replaceable with their “how easy is it for a first timer” rating.

  • Roller (super easy)
  • Printhead (very very easy)
  • Cutter (moderate)
  • Peeler (moderate)
  • Main board (moderate to difficult)
  • Black mark sensor (difficult)
  • Label guide gap sensor (difficult)
  • Ribbon assembly (best leave it to us)

Don’t be put off of buying a printer by looking at the above list, we’re more than happy to do any and all repairs for you at a very reasonable price, but the likeliness of needing any replacements is very low as they are very low maintenance. The worst we see is one company who needs a new printhead and complete clean up every 6 months (the printer turns up fully coated inside and outside in a fine glass-like powder), and another company needs their cutter cleaning every 6 months or so because it’s gundged up with adhesive from printing and cutting continuous media all day every day.

The Teardown

The printer photographed below is used by myself and my colleagues in our office for testing and for samples. This exact one is not for sale.

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