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Printing PDF417 Barcode

Printing PDF417 Barcode

Printing PDF417 Barcode

hey guys..
i have with the above mentioned matter

Well i have a barcode printer SATO CL612.

I would like to print a 2D barcode.
According to the user manual.
This Barcode peinter support to the 2D label printing.

by following the command in the book i amost can print all normal barcode. example Code39 barcode.
However i cannot print the 2D barcode label even i follow exactly the same cmd from the book..

The command states as follow
<ESC>V0100<ESC>H0100<ESC>BK0607400000021PDF417 PDF417 PDF417

whennever the signal is sent to the printer i can only heard a beep sound..nothing is printed.

i am using win2000
and i have save the above command into notepad by changing the <ESC> to ^.

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RE: Printing PDF417 Barcode

The beep is an error recived in the data.  You need more than just what you have.

I would get a copy of the SATO printer software from
It is free.
Run the program and Choose the Cl612 printer for a new label.
Add a PDF 417 to a test label and print it to a "File" not the printer
Copy this data
here is a sample of that.

A*&ZAEX0ZA%0H803V0128BK0405100000019testing 123 houston&Z AARZ  A#E3Z   ACS8Z  A 0000Q000001/Z

This will print a pdf417

You can copy this data to a text file called Text1.txt and print it to the port where the SATO is connected.
from the Run command key this in.
Copy Text1.txt LPT1

DougP, MCP

RE: Printing PDF417 Barcode

hey dougp thanks for the reply..
yes as u said the beep sound is the error received by the printer and
i have found the problem that i encounter..

The PDF417 command structure is BKaabbcddeeffffnn....n
    aa        =    Minumum module dimension (03-09 dots)
    bb        =    minumum module pitch (04-24 dots)
    c           =    security
    dd        =    Code word per lines (01-30)
    ee        =    row per symbol (00 or 03-40)
    ffff        =    no of character to be encoded(0001-2700)
    nn...n   =    data to be print

i found that the data to be encounter have to be the exact length of the data to be printed+1.

as the example that i gave
we wanna print PDF417 PDF417 PDF417
is 20 char..(inc the 2 space) thus the data to be encoded is 21 (BK0607400000021) ==BK060740000-->0021<--

thank you

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