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kswan2

Incomplete GS1-128 Bar Code Printing


I am using a Zebra printer with ZPL commands to print a 1D GS1-128 bar code that has embedded Application identifiers. The issue I am having is that the printed bar code when scanned is not including all of the characters sent to via the ZPL command unless the number of characters following one of the AIs is greater than 1 character.

Here is the ZPL command:
^BY3,3.0^BCI,102,N,N^FN5^FS
where ^FN5 is the place holder for the string to be encoded.

Here is the string being passed that works correctly with AI's (17), (10), and (30):
>;>81716070810>613JG999>5>83012

The string below does not endcode the 6 following the (30) AI:
>;>81716070810>613JG999>5>8306

Anyone ever run into this?


07-08-13     2237 day(s) ago    

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James

Best Answer

IDAutomation has solutions that are printer independent, not using the Zebra Programming Language (ZPL).

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The support provided is for IDAutomation products only. IDAutomation cannot provide consulting services, assist with the vendor's application or client's environment, or troubleshoot custom source codes.

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josef72
The >5 says that the following characters are all numeric and pairs of numeric characters are grouped together for compression in the barcode. You must therefore always have an even number of numeric characters after the >5. If you cannot guarantee this then remove the last >5.

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kswan2
No luck. Removing the ">;" at the front of the string produced an unscannable barcode.

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Dragana
take off >;
try below
>81716070810>613JG999>5>8306

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kswan2
Sorry but your suggestion is not possible with this particular application situation.

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kswan2
The strings are being passed via the ZPL command directly to the Zebra printer from a custom application, no IDAutomation font is being used.

If I was not using the ^FN5 placeholder the complete command to the Zebra printer would be:
^BY3,3.0^BCI,102,N,N^FD>;>81716070810>613JG999>5>83012^FS
or
^BY3,3.0^BCI,102,N,N^FD>;>81716070810>613JG999>5>8306^FS

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James
How is the data being encoded? Are you using an IDAutomation font? If so, please list an order number.

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