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Item Selection From First Screen In Print Station

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mathews

Hello. I work for a manufacturing company that has a little over 2000 items and over 100 different Label Templates. We are using Bartender/Print Station to print case labels via wireless printers at our packaging machines. We have about 150 machine operators who need to submit jobs to about 60-70 printers throughout our Packaging area. It's very important that the Operator chooses the correct Item to print, and we need to have the Item Selection process in Print Station be as simple as possible.

 

Right now as Print Station appears to work, we must select either a Saved item file or a saved template file in print station, choose Print, then after that we can prompt the User to select the actual Item number. With this process, if the user chooses the wrong template on the main screen, even if they enter the correct item number later in the process the resulting label will be incorrect, which could get expensive fast. With our large number of Items and Label formats this is a big concern!

 

Our ideal solution would be to have a button or field on the main Print Station screen that allows the user to enter the Item number to print without having to do anything else first. Is there a way to do that? Thank you!

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Ian C - BarTender ninja @ Seagull

Print Station does not support this type of functionality. Instead you should create a front-end application form using something like VB.NET to take in the data entry (item number) from the print operator, and behind the scenes the application would control a BarTender process to open the appropriate BarTender document for the product and print it with matching data. Note that the Automation edition or above would be needed for such functionality. The below white papers will help start you off for producing such a solution:

 

http://www.bartenderbarcodesoftware.com/label-software/whitepapers/Controlling-Barcode-Label-Software-using-C-Sharp-and-VB.NET(English).pdf

 

http://www.bartenderbarcodesoftware.com/label-software/whitepapers/Controlling-Barcode-Label-Software-using-ActiveX-Automation.pdf

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