AS400 and Sato Printer

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AS/400 printing
Barcode printers
SATO
Hi, Anyone is able to connect a Sato Barcode Printer to a AS400?

The model is CL612e.

Could anyone provide some setup procedure?

The vendor had also provide a file for us to be upload to the AS400 and send to the Barcode Printer.

We tried many method but the printer just don't response.

Here is the text.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        SATENH                                                                              ��A�EX0�AR�A3H000V000�CS6�#E2�A105600799�Z� ��A�PS�WKLabel1�%2�H0755�V0497�L0202�P04�MThis is TEST print.�&01NiceOvl�Z� ��A�/01�~A0�Q1�Z�

 

Thanks in advance

 



Software/Hardware used:
AS400, SATO

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  • John Andersen
    Yes, have done Sato label printing more times than I can count... you may not like the answer but your very best option is to get a label printing program like TL Ashford Barcode400.Without something like that you have to figure out and code the commands to send to the label printer, which is not for the weak of heart.-John Andersen
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  • ToddN2000
    I agree with John. We use T.L. Ashford here and it works flawlessly. It has a nice graphical interface for designing your labels as well. I think you can download a demo of their product for free. If you are not going to be purchasing a label printing package it is going to be a lot of work. You need to create PRTFs for all your forms and specify the bar coding detail in there line such as which  code format, location, human readable below just to name a few. Also if you need to make layout changes to the label you need to recompile the programs again.
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  • WoodEngineer
    In a former life I tackled the same task you describe using a Zebra printer.  Our technique was similar to what ToddN described but we only used one very generic print file with a single 80 character record instead of separate print files for each form type. As I recall, we sent printer control codes and data in a string which did not exceed 80 characters.  Sometimes many strings are required to load all the code and data.  There was one final code that signaled the printer that the label was ready to print.  The data can be laid down in any sequence you prefer - it does not have to be laid down logically.  The printer just builds the label as the data arrives using X and Y coordinates but prints nothing until you send the end-of-data code. The printer was configured as the most generic IBM character printer - probably a 3812. I agree with the recommendation of T.L. Ashford.  Their package will save a lot of time and frustration.  Plus, it comes with their support. The first label is by far the hardest.  It gets a whole lot easier after that.
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