Changing the Zebra 800033-840 Ribbon for the ZXP Series 3 ID Printer

Changing the Zebra 800033-840 YMCKO Ribbon for the Zebra ZXP Series 3 ID Card Printer


The Zebra ZXP Series 3 is widely used for producing high-quality ID cards, badges, and other plastic card printing application.­ Despite it's discon­tinu­ation, the ribbons are still one of the most popular.­ Changing the ribbon, especially if it's your first time, can be difficult and nerve-wracking. The expert tech team at Lesar have created a guide on the process of changing the Zebra YMCKO Ribbon 800033-840 for your Zebra ZXP Series 3 printer, ensuring that you can continue to produce professional-quality cards with ease.

Materials Needed:

Step-by-Step Guide:

1. Prepare Your Workspace:

Before you begin, ensure you have a clean and organised workspace. This will help prevent any potential contamination of the ribbon or the printer itself.

2. Power Off and Open the Printer:

Turn off the Zebra ZXP Series 3 printer and wait for all indicator lights to go off. Open the printer cover by lifting it upwards.

3. Remove the Used Ribbon:

Gently grasp the used ribbon cartridge located inside the printer. Lift it upwards and out of the printer to remove it.

4. Clean the Printer:

Before installing the new ribbon, it's important to clean the printer to ensure optimal print quality. Use an approved cleaning kit for Zebra ZXP printers and follow the manufacturer's instructions to clean the print head, rollers, and other relevant parts. This prevents any debris from affecting your prints and is recommended by the manufacturer to carry out to prolong your printer life.

5. Prepare the New Ribbon:

Unpack the Zebra YMCKO Ribbon 800033-840 from its packaging. Make sure to handle the ribbon carefully to avoid touching the printing surface. The ribbon consists of multiple panels (Yellow, Magenta, Cyan, Black, and Overlay), each contributing to the final print. Identify the correct orientation of the ribbon by matching the notches and spools with the corresponding holders in the printer.

6. Insert the New Ribbon:

Align the ribbon cartridge with the guides inside the printer. Gently slide it into place until it clicks securely. Ensure that the ribbon is correctly positioned, and the spools are properly seated in their designated holders.

7. Thread the Ribbon:

Open the print head by pulling the blue lever forward. Carefully thread the ribbon through the print head, making sure it is positioned correctly and is not twisted. Close the print head by pushing the blue lever back.

8. Close the Printer Cover:

Lower the printer cover back into place until it clicks shut. Make sure it is securely closed to prevent any dust or debris from entering the printer.

9. Power On and Calibrate:

Turn on the printer and allow it to initialise. The printer will automatically calibrate itself to the new ribbon. Follow any on-screen prompts if required during the calibration process.

10. Test Print:

Load blank plastic cards into the printer's input hopper. Send a test print job to ensure that the ribbon is correctly installed and that the print quality meets your expectations. Check the colours, sharpness, and overall print quality.

11. Maintenance and Storage:

Regularly clean the printer's components, including the print head and rollers, to ensure consistent and optimal printing results. Store any unused ribbons in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight and extreme temperatures.


Changing the Zebra YMCKO Ribbon 800033-840 for your Zebra ZXP Series 3 printer is a straigh­tforward process that ensures your card prints maintain their professional quality. By following this step-by-step guide, you can confidently replace the ribbon and continue producing vibrant and detailed ID cards, badges, and more, meeting the printing demands of your organisation.

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