Printing AklphaNumberic Barcode using I2of5 Format
I have a Zebra s4m printer and would like to print Alphanumberic Shipment barcode using i2of5 format. I know i2of 5 format supports only numeric. But we used to print the same barcode using Eltron LP2348 and I have to install this new printer. Can anyone help me here? I would really appreciate it. By the way i'm using the ZPL command to print the label and the barcode as well.
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in your guide book for the zebra it describes codes that must be outputted before the code number . in coding start a field, tell it where to place the field and orientation, tell it bar code type and height give it the output characters (i2of5) is special extra coding then close the field . close the label then print
You would need to configure the application which are you using to scan, there is usually one default length for the barcode preselected.
If you are using ScanWedge, download the CtlPanel application, start it goto Scanner settings, decoders, I2OF5 and length. Dont forget to make the settings persistend
The gaps run in the direction of the label feed? You have a bad printhead. Bad dots on the printhead prevent it from printing your format in the areas that you see the blank lines. There is no easy fix other than replacing the printhead. You can prevent (or actually prolong the time between failures) in the future by periodically cleaning your printhead. It's recommended that you clean the printhead after every roll of labels. The printhead is underneath the hinged assembly. Over time, ribbon or adhesive from the labels builds up and causes dots to go bad - creating the blank lines you see. Clean your new printhead with rubbing alcohol.
By gaps, do you mean a "void" area ? Over time, the elements on the printhead will wear down and finally they won't transfer heat to the ribbon. This causes a gap or void area. Usually the elements go out one or two at a time. If the area that is worn out is supposed to be printing bars for the barcode, this will cause the scanning problem you are experiencing.
The best way to see if elements are worn out is to design a label that has a thick solid black line across the label or a solid black box. You will see white vertical lines in the areas where elements are worn out. Another method would be to use the widest and longest label you have and print a 'pause" test label. This is done by turning off the printer, pressing and holding on the PAUSE key while turning on the printer. Hold the pause key for 10-15 seconds and when the printer is done with it's power on self test, it will start printing out a test pattern label which includes a nice black area where you can look for the white vertical lines.
Select the correct label size in the printer setup.Go to printing preference in driver and changet label width and height according to label which you use.Eg: 52MM and 25MM
when label is large double click the barcode and decrease font size according to your label size.
Try slowing down the speed of the printer. Faster speeds degrade the quality of your print. Try printing your serial (ladder) barcodes at 2-4 inches per sec. It should improve the quality of your format.
You might want to check the barcode ratio, bar width, printer speed and printer darkness. I am assuming that you are creating the barcode in some sort of label design package, correct? You either need wider bars, or make sure you have enough quiet zone on both sides of the barcode, so shrinking it might be the solution as well.
Normally I2of5 comes disabled as default in wavelink software.
You will need to enable it and if you are scanning barcodes of different legths, set both the maximum and minimum to 0 value. This will allow any length.
If you still have problems, get back in touch with me and send me a sample barcode as I have a verifier which will allow me to determine whether there may be a problem or not.