Using Printer In-Built Increment For Serialization, How? Follow

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Hi guys, I'm new here so treat me gently. Any help gratefully received.

 

We manufacture print/apply systems using Datamax A class Mk2 print engines. We have our own old, obsolete VB software where we use the internal increment field command. This means we can send down one label format with a print quantity of 9999. This spools one label design so is very quick, then we can disconnect from the printer and it will get on with the job of printing (and incrementing) each label on its own.

 

Keeping our software up to date with the latest Windows is now beyond us so we are replacing it with Bartender these days. My problem is a label with serialization field results in 9999 serialized labels ending up in the network print queue, each label then being formatted and printed individually. I need to use of the printers internal increment.

 

I can't get my head round how to use the printer internal increment in Bartender. I've got slightly lost going down cache templates in the printer, active X programs (what they?)  and it all looking horribly complex. Is there a simple way to achieve this?

 

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Ah, I can get it working with a text serial number field but if I have the serial number as part of a GS1-128 barcode Bartender sends down each individual label design. Typically, my customer wants the serial number in a barcode.

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Create a text object that uses a device font rather than a Windows font.  Also, in the "Print" dialog under the "Performance" tab, make sure the "Allow Serialization" tick box is checked in order for the printer's serialization feature to be used.  Lastly, note that if you click on the properties button for the number of serialized labels to print, you should be able to select an unlimited print quantity.  In the "Options" sub-tab of the "Print" dialog you can tick a checkbox to cancel a print job already running in the printer.

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I got it working eventually but it has some quirks. The barcode is also a GS1-128 barcode with various AI's in it. The serialization works until you start linking the other AI bits to databases, when it stops working again. We had to take the database conncetivity off. It also only works when we tick the check box to allow the printer to form the barcode but Bartender to control the human readable.

 

The checkbox to cancel a print job does not issue a printer reset but only cancels the last print job, so where internal serialization doesn't work that only cancels the last job but leaves the following 249 labels or whatever in the printer. Pressing 'cancel' 249 times on the printer is fun.

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