I'm trying to print labels for a 18 labels per minute, mixed SKU print and apply on demand system on a Markem Imaje 2200 thermal label printer and applicator, however the process from "clicking print" to the label being printed is too slow. The actual print speed of the label is very fast.
I think the issue is the text and barcode are being sent to the printer as an image, rather than using the native printer language. The printer uses the LabelPoint command language. There are no actual images on the label.
If I print to a file, I can see the LabelPoint commands for loading the image and printing the label.
I have used these printers before in high speed applications. You design the label format and send that to the printer as a macro, then just call the macro and send the variables. Alternatively you can just send the full label format in the LabelPoint language and it is very fast.
The connection to the printer is ethernet, so that shouldn't be the constraint.
The customer is trying to use TFORMer from Tec-IT with the Seagull Scientific windows printer driver.
Every label is unique and the cartons are mixed SKU approaching the printer.
Is my assumption correct that it's the image causing the process to be slow?
Is there a way to force the driver to send the label format using the command language functions, rather than an image?
Printing the same label format to other printers is fast.
Am I on the right track, or way off?!
Any advice is much appreciated.