Printing AS/400 ouptputs in diffrent printers,results in different outcome.

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Our server is model 810 running on V5R2. We have a cheque printing program which outputs a spool which is used to print cheques.When the spool file is sent to a LEXMARK 2380/81 2390/91 series printers for print, the data is positioned perfectly in to the cheques. But we have some users who wants to sue there existing printers, (Various brands-HP,Canon,Epson Etc.) for cheque printing purpose. We are unable to send this spool to the above printers using 5250 printer emulation, as the outcome of the print is unpredicable from printer to priner.(Font size,Chracter spacing,Blank spacing etc.) We have tried using the HTP (Transfer print data to iSeries) option in the printer emulation as well as using customising object option. Please help me to resolve this issue.
ASKED: January 25, 2006  4:08 AM
UPDATED: March 17, 2012  1:24 PM

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We have implemented something very similar. We write the data to a work file.

This file is then merged with a word document (via the mail-merge function and using ODBC)

All users can now print them on their own printers, regardless of make and model.

A very simple solution.

An even simpler solution that will work better eliminates Remote Out Queues and Host Print Transform all together.

Most typical network print servers DO NOT support TN5250e protocol and therefore need to have the printers configured as Remote Out Queues, especially with matrix printers. With this method, you don not get good control over your output.

When you use a TN5250e capable print server such as an <a href=”http://www.twindata.com/I-Ocorp/5730e.htm”>I-O 5730e</a>, or a TN5250e emulation program that has very good printer support such as Praim’s Net-2000, or Praim’s a TN5250e Print Server program NET-2000, you will have no problem getting consistent output on different printers.

The devices will be created on the Power7 as a “true device” and act just like a direct attached Twinax printer.

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  • Dalejanus
    I have similar troubles and am interested in hearing what others do. Mail merge with WORD is not an option for us.
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  • Rayne427
    I have also encountered this problem in the past, however, it was not with checks but with report printing. Basically, I did was alot of "tweaking" with the output file settings in the system and the physical printer settings from the printer control panel until everything lined up and the output was correct.
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  • TomLiotta
    This is the basic problem that .PDFs were originally created to solve. Different printers print documents differently. I don't know if alternation solutions work reliably. Don't use different printers. Tom
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  • Spalko
    Have a same problem, Is there a solution without changing any setting on printers all the time? Thanks
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  • TomLiotta
    Is there a solution without changing any setting on printers all the time? The most certain item is to use the same printer models. Next, make sure all printers have the same fonts installed and that they print them the same. Next, if the printer fonts can't be relied upon, make sure you can download the same fonts from the server to all of the printers. Next, make sure the printers all talk the same printer control language(s) and that you use the same printer control language for each of them. That's about as far as I can take it off the top of my head. Printers print different from each other; that's a fact about printers. Tom
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  • WoodEngineer
    Check out this IBM site titled "Information on Printers from Various Manufacturers" It has tons of data about configuring printers from various manufacturers. Lots of good info.
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  • WoodEngineer
    Sorry . . . the link got lost. Let's try again. http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=nas1b44a2cf4ba778d83862568250053649f
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