“Printing on a TLP 2844 Zebra printer form an iSeries”

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We are trying to print labels on the iSeries to a Zebra printer TLP 2844 to no avail. What do we need to look for as we have exhausted all avenues!!! Thanks for helping. John

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We had a similar situation. We setup a PC to be a printer server for the zebra printers. I had to purchase a software called WASP labeler V6. The programers wrote a program to transfer a spoolfile to a pc file and deposit it to an IFS folder. The Printer server monitors this ifs folder. Using the wasp labeler software it puts the proper bar code and prints the label. It took the programmer about a day to complete.

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  • Roglejr
    I am having the same issues with my TLP 2844Z. I have setup rmtoutqs as the web/IBM/Zebra say with no luck. Any ideas???? Thanks in Advance!
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  • WoodEngineer
    We have used the iSeries to drive Zebra and other bar code printers directly. Since I don't know where you are on the learning curve, please don't be offended by this comment . . . we found that standard spoolfiles could not be printed. Instead we imbedded the data in the stream of characters required by a particular vendors printer language. Its all clear text but can be a little tedious. The good news is that once you get it working it just hums along. No need to a PC to convert the data or anything like that. If you have a few bucks to spend, T L Ashford has a package that works great. Its designed for the iSeries. If you want an example of a character string we send to a DynaMax bar code printer I could provide it. Also, we configured the printer as a very basic character printer such as an Epson 850. Again, I may be talking about something you already know well.
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  • Bigmac46
    Echo Woodengineer response - we also run several models of Zebra printres with iSeries spoolfiles containing the ZPL code needed and the printer work just fine. Our labels are spscific to application an include different fonts , different barcodes includingf the new UPS maxicode, and different sizes like, 2 wide 1x1's, 1x3 ,4x6, 4X12. Zebra has a manual that will get someone started and once you do a couple to see how the formating takes place it is easy to duplicate/copy/change for more kinds of labels. One of our new programmers converted all of out line printer labes that were 4 wide 1x3's with out any problem and was getting fast before she finished all of them. I would say it's well worth the time spent to get familiar because it all inhouse programming. Just a thought.
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  • Bigmac46
    I guess I should have checked my spelling before I posted the previous.
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  • JAC
    Thanks everyone for the input.. So far..... 1- we are able to create a spooled file with either ZPL or EPL codes 2- placed it in an outq attached to the rmtwtr 3- green light on printer goes from solid to flashes, but........ nothing comes up... we can ping the printer! Any toughts? John
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  • Bigmac46
    We send the printer ththe following 1 line of code to tell it to use the > for a control character(only once per printer when it it first installed or ocasionally if we have power flickers.) This is a throwback to when "DUMB TERMINALs" could not create the control key needed by the printer and was a solution suggested by ZEBRA support.If the printer looses the control parameter it will just green light blink and we send the set up spoolfile again and they start printing again. . ~XA~CC>~XZ . Following is sample of a spoolfile to print 3 (1X3)label with a max of 19 characters on a 2 line label that are 10/32 inch high and used to tag printer names and other info on each PRINTER or DISPLAY in use. >XA>PON>LH0,0>FO015,030>A0,090,055>FVTHIS IA A SAMPLE OF>FS >FO015,130>A0,090,055>FVZEBRA PRINTING >FS>XZ >XA>PON>LH0,0>FO015,030>A0,090,055>FVTHIS IA A SAMPLE OF>FS >FO015,130>A0,090,055>FVZEBRA PRINTING >FS>XZ >XA>PON>LH0,0>FO015,030>A0,090,055>FVTHIS IA A SAMPLE OF>FS >FO015,130>A0,090,055>FVZEBRA PRINTING >FS>XZ All of our label generation is through QSYSPRT printer file some of the attributes of the spollfile: Save file after written . . . . . . . : *NO Device type . . . . . . . . . . . . . : PRINTER Printer device type . . . . . . . . . : *SCS Device file . . . . . . . . . . . . . : QSYSPRT Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . : QSYS User-specified data . . . . . . . . . : DEVICEIDS2 Accounting code . . . . . . . . . . . : 05 Program that opened file . . . . . . . : DEVICEIDS2 Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . : USER Date file was opened . . . . . . . . . : 03/27/08 Time file was opened . . . . . . . . . : 09:36:05 Date file was last used . . . . . . . : 03/27/08 Warning: if you don't put the end-of-label code in a spoolfile with lots of labels and you End-of -form, it will start back on first label. We found this when printing batches of 6000 labels with only 3000 label roll. It is possible you may not be able to connect and print correctly using as the computer generates some funky code that is sent ahead of the spoofile and may be causing the translation problem if using 3812 emulation and some others.. Visit ZEBRA online to troubleshoot this problem. The printer has to be set up in debug mode to print all received data to see if this is the problem. We use CLIENT ACCESS or printer sessions on "dumb terminals" so we can us 5224 or 4214 printers. With some playing around I had an ZEBRA print server working but have deleted all the setup as the other control methods seemed more simple. You can support 4 to 5 zebras on a single PC with client access sessions using the USB ports. It m ay even be more than that with a USB hub. Good luck -
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