Zebra Print Engine Rtc S’abonner

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Hello, When prompted to use printer's date/timecode during a batch print in BarTender, it would only print the same time to every label printed.
Is another method into printing an active time stamp onto a label which reflect the actual time in the printhead in a batch print?
What I have tested is that the Zebra print engine do have advance RTC features that it would allow me to print a batch file that would reflect the active time but it needs to be in the RTC ZPL CODE, is there a way to setup BarTender to use the Zebra print engine RTC ZPL CODE with a Batch print file or perhaps a pass through with Zebra ZPL CODE?

This following ZPL code is to print my requirement of the actual active time/date stamp and serialize onto a label(Only one trigger with a batch file to printer):
^FO50,20^A0N,30,30^FC%^FD%H:%M:%S^FS
^FO300,20^A0N,30,30^FC%^FD%m/%d/%y^FS
^FO700,20^A0N,50,50^SN001,1,Y^FS

...Thank You and I really would appreciate any suggestion/help!

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Fernando Ramos Miracle
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Hello charcc63,

 

I you are using one of our Seagull drivers and the printer supports it (as most Zebra printers do), when creating a clock type data source (named sub string in older version of BarTender) you can indeed choose to use the printer's clock instead of the system clock.

 

You can download our Zebra printer drivers from the below webpage:

http://www.bartenderbarcodesoftware.com/drivers/Zebra-windows-printer-drivers.aspx

 

*Note that this might also disable certain features from the clock functionality (such as advanced offsets).

 

Cheers.

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Hello Fernando, Thank you for your reply, I did tried to use the printer's clock for data source as you indicated but when it is in a batch file of 100 labels, it would print all 100 labels at different interval with the same time stamp. Maybe I am missing something else that I am not seeing. Please advise. Thank you
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When you refer to a "batch" of labels do you mean that you are sending 100 labels in one go (thus in a single print job)? If that is the case the Real Time Clock feature should certainly do what you require. Note that when using it, it will take the printer's clock value each time a printer is produced from the printer. If that is not what's happening then something is not being sent correctly.

 

Could you attach a very simple BarTender document with one single text object with the required printer clock feature activated for me to take a look?

 

Also, could yo let me know exactly which printer model are you working with?

 

Finally, on what kind of object do you wish to enter the real time clock value?

 

Thanks!

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A Lot/Batch(print on demand)of labels in one print job (1 trigger). I can understand that if the labels were based upon the system time then all the labels in that Lot/Batch would be identical since the time stamp would be created when the print job was sent to the Zebra labeler. When I change the system time to printer's clock time, it did take the printer's clock time stamp for the 1st label and then every label after that is identical to the first label printed like the system time.

I am not sure what you refer to as BarTender document, is it the label itself?
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The printer model is Zebra 110PAX4.
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By using the ZPL code that I first posted, I can printed the 3 labels in one print job with the active Zebra printer time as following:
09:34:12
09:34:14
09:34:16

where as if I were to use BarTender and printer's time:
09:34:50
09:34:50
09:34:50

I would appreciate if we can solve this issue, thank you very much!
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Hello carcc63,

 

I've been performing some tests with our Seagull driver for your Zebra printer (do make sure you are working with its latest release v7.3.3) and the Real Time Clock is being added correctly with the below code:

 

^A0N,51,70^FC%,$,#^FD%m/%d/%y^FS

 

*Marked in red the fragment belonging to the RTC.

 

Could you attach your BarTender document (the label file with the .btw extension) so we can take a look at it?

 

Thanks.

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Hello Fernando,
Thank You for your reply.
I tried your printer code with the Zebra printer script as following:
^A0N,51,70^FC%,$,#^FD%m%d%y^FS
and the result only printed the date of 11/16/13 on the label.
I presume that the real time clock function that supports time stamp is the same as Date:
^A0N,51,70^FC%,$,#^FD%H:%M:%S:^FS
My version of Zebra driver is 7.2.1 in which I know from reading from the History Of Windows Printer Driver Releases that there was a fix in 7.2.3 "Zebra: Real Time Clock objects now increment correctly when printing multiple copies of a format."

For some reason, I can not upload the BTW file even after trying to use the basic uploader.
Is there a way I can email this to you directly?

I do have another question for you while on the subject of RTC along with serialization. I can update my serial number, but I have BarTender 9.4 which does not have a reset count function for every print job. I would like to reset my serialization count back to 0001 for every print job sent, My understanding is that I have to write a VBScript for the count reset function. If it is not too much to ask, could you also assist me into doing that since I have limited knowledge on syntax in VB scripting.

Again, your help is greatly appreciated and thank you!
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Hello charcc63,

 

You can send your document to our tech support department, you'll find the contact details in the below webpage (make sure to contact your closest office for a timely answer):

http://www.bartenderbarcodesoftware.com/label-software/technical-support.aspx

 

*Please add to the email a link to this forum topic, the version, edition and build of your BarTender application and your support number.

 

BarTender v9.4 does have an option that will allow you to "reset" the serial number's count for every print job. You only need to uncheck the "Update Sub-String after print" option (from the "Serialization" tab in the "More Options" dialog), and the serial number will revert to its original value after every print job (it basically avoid saving the modified value of the serial number).

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It looks like everything is good. Thank you again for your time!

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