Printing to a Zebra 160S

I have a Zebra 160s we want to utilize to print plain text labels. (It's a replacement for a dying dot matrix printer.) The printer is connected to our AS400 using a Jetdirect card. I can print to the printer using TL Ashford's Barcode400 software. However, I would like to use the existing programs that are currently running and just generate a plain QSYSPRT printout. Any help/suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Create a spooled file with TL Ashford that looks like you want it. Once you have the spooled file, display it and you will see a lot of “Logical Not” symbols. Change your program to insert the control characters. The end result of your spooled file should look identical to the TL Ashford one except for variable data.

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  • MichaelFS
    The trick may be to add printer control language characters to your print file generation as suggested by using the logical not commands from the Ashford software. The pcl used to be called ZPLII but I couldn't find your printer model on the Zebra website to verify that. Happy to send you an example of a print file definition that we used if you wish.
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  • Bigmac46
    This is a sample of 160S print stream created a AS400spool file and used to print a 1X3 label. You can be creative and print about anything a zebra can print. ZPLII programming guide from zebra is helpful. Label follows. >XA>POI>LH225,5 >FO10,10>ADN,30,10>FV29182200 >FS >FO200,05>A0,75,80>FVXXXX3745>FS >FO25,65>A0,40,30>FVITEM DESCRIPTIONTOR 120AX >FS >FO100,105,>BY2>B3N,N,075,N,N>FVPOSMG3745>FS>XZ The label contains placement, font, rotation, and variable to be printed. You must send printer a command(1 time) to use the '>' as a control character. This was also created and sent to printer as AS400 spoolfile. ~XA~CC>~XZ send this one time and printer holds it until you change it... The printer does it's on conversion of data it receives and prints it. Hope this will work for you. We do thousands every day of all different sizes and configurations.
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  • Beverly
    Thanks to all for the help. It's a little more cumbersome than I was hoping for, but things aren't always as easy as we would hope:))
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