Printing from AS400 to a Networked Copier

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We have an iSeries (model 820) that is a Tier Group 30. We are trying to find a solution that will allow us to print our Purchase Orders and Checks on a networked copier (Canon IR 6000 or IR 400). We are currently printing our P.O.'s and checks on an impact printer using continuous forms. We want to move away from this method. We've been told by some vendors that there are software options (PlanetPress Watch and others) for $7,000-$14,000 we can get this done. Any easier and less expensive solution ? The checks would need to have a signature printed on them (this is currently being done by a signature card in the printer). Thank you!
ASKED: October 27, 2005  5:29 PM
UPDATED: November 1, 2005  1:49 PM

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You can developp your own, print solution, technicaly, rpg is enough. But in this case you need strong programmer. IE TCO will reach vendor soft.

IMO you have a better solution using electronic exchange : e-mail you PO’s, and pay your vendors by electronic payment. TCO = 0. you can transform your PO in flat file or html page or pdf file (look at MMAIL), you can email with native SNDDST or with the free MMAIL (from easy400.com or ibm.com) ; and you can send payment order to youbank with the soft your bank will offers to you.

And you will save trees.

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  • BoatJomar
    We here are looking at using IBM Inforprint within our enviroment. It allows you to overlay onto a image text to print on a laser. http://www.printers.ibm.com/internet/wwsites.nsf/vwwebpublished/softwareoverview_ww Our cost is under $1,000.
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  • Pcatlin
    What JP says about RPG is very true. It's not difficult to print to an IP enabled printer from an RPG program and format the data to fit a form, BUT... One of your criteria is the signature, currently being supplied by a piece of hardware that can be secured such that un-authorized staff can't print signed checks. If the security of printed forms is important, you probably want to look at a 3rd party solution. If it's not a major worry, take a look at using something like IPDS and merging a word doc with the signature into your print stream. There's some adauqate documentation in IBM's IPDS docs on how to make that happen. (note... not all printers are IPDS capable, and I don't know about the Cannon models you mention.)
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  • CarterC19
    The overlay solution works well for us and is a fairly straightforward approach. You will, of course, need MICR toner for the printer to do checks, and you will of course *not* want to use MICR toner for the purchase orders, as this is needlessly expensive. The savings in not using MICR toner for purchase orders may easily justify separate printers for these applications, depending on the volume of POs. I don't envy you using the Canon multi-functions to do this, tho. We have 600+ printers attached to the iSeries, and the most troublesome to manage and configure, without a doubt, are the Canon multi-function printers. Best of luck there.
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  • BorisM400
    Another software solution is provided by ICS. Their product FormSprint runs natively on iSeries and proves to be inexpensive, versatile, and reliable. It?s a bit cumbersome to develop the forms but you can get used to it. You can buy run module only (without Form Editor) under $6K. The vendor can do the form designs for you for $200-$400 a piece. They have great tech support. We use this solution to generate BOL, checks, invoices, and many more. Some of the forms have quite a complex logic built in the form definition. We?re happy with this solution.
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  • NetBoss
    Check out http://www.iocorp.com/web%20pages/printsolutionscanon.htm The I-O 5435dp specifically supports Canon imageRunner. If your forms are native AFP/IPDS, it will do the job. If your forms are pre-printed, it will also work. I use a different model that allows me to print to a Xerox DC470 with Edge to Edge and IPDS functionality on existing forms. You might have to make some image adjustments/alignments in the print server setup, but it gets the job done. I wish I had the tray functionality for the Xerox that comes with the Canon print server. As for the signature, I don't know.
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  • CowboyBebop
    We have been using Optio Software for our checks, invoices, even W2's. It is around $1600, and it is compatible with these printer types: AFP, IPDS, HP-PCL and Thermal (TH). Checks need MICR toner, and we have been using an HP IV laser printer, since it can take MICR toner cartridges. It can do signatures as well. We are using Optio 5.0 on a IBM 620 V5R1 and I find it very useful. An example: W2 forms are pre-printed from the government (you know them well) and Optio can be used to overlay the data into the correct boxes on the W2 forms. It can sometimes be a pain to get the data in the exact spot, but with the correct measurements (top to bottom, right to left) it makes printing 25,000+ W2's almost fun! www.optiosoftware.com
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  • Vegatony
    There is another product from FabSoft called Reform. It costs less than Planet Press.
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  • TheQuigs
    If your printer supports PCL, you can set it up for vitually no cost. There are two caveats: 1) You need to digitize the signature and convert it to a page segment (object type *PAGSEG) or include it in an overlay (*OVL). These can be secured by standard OS/400 security. 2) There will be some CPU utilization, but on a P30 that shouldn't be much of a problem. Set up the printer file as a *AFPDS device type. When you print to a non-IPDS printer, OS/400 will convert the file to PCL. Enter a CRTDEVPRT command and prompt on the MFTYPMDL parameter. If you find yours listed, you're done. Sometimes a very similar printer will be listed. Other times, I've retrieved the Workstation Customization object (RTVWSCST command) and made modifications as needed. Look for the iSeries Printing VI Redbook at: http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/sg246250.html?Open You might even find some of the AS/400 Printing V Redbook helpful at: http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/sg242160.html?Open hth
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