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Workshop 2016 Genebank IT - Print Barcode

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Printing Barcode. First Workshop for IT Staff on Barcodes and GRIN-Global.

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Workshop 2016 Genebank IT - Print Barcode

  1. 1. I L R I C A M P U S , A D D I S A B A B A E T H I O P I A NOVEMBER 22, 2016 First Workshop for IT Staff on Barcodes and GRIN-Global Edwin Rojas (CIP) Genebank Data System Manager Programing Language Printing
  2. 2. Agenda: Barcode KIT • Printing barcodes with ZPLII
  3. 3. Barcode KIT Concepts: Barcode Types, Symbologies, Label Information Machine-readable: Is the barcode that represent information interpreted by the scanner. Human-readable: Text in numeric or alphanumeric with different font types and sizes.
  4. 4. Barcode is a machine-readable representation of information This representation is a symbology; when is scanned the symbology enabled the information to be read accurately Barcodes: Definition Code 128 Data Matrix
  5. 5. Barcode KIT Concepts: Symbologies Barcode is a machine-readable representation of information. This representation is a symbology; when is scanned the symbology enabled the information to be read accurately Barcode Types Symbologies Description 1D (linear) Code 39 Can encode both numeric and alpha data Code 128 For a wider selection of characters arose than Code 39 2D Data Matrix A Data Matrix Code is a two-dimensional (2D) code that consists of black and white modules. Capacity to recover 20-30% of data Though usually for small size items For asset tracking, identification and data-driven applications, traditional Data Matrix Codes are generally the best choice. Data Matrix Code can store large amounts of data for encoding, making them appropriate for a wide variety of applications. QR A QR Code is another type of 2D code that consists of black modules arranged in a square pattern on a white background. Capacity to recover 20-30% of data Can encode long numeric data, alpha data and raw data like photos (binary). QR Codes can be useful when software programs are not available through a scanner, but can be reached through a website. By scanning the QR code, the data is then transferred to the site where it is entered.
  6. 6. Barcode KIT Concepts: Symbologies Barcode 2D parts Recognition area (red color): To identify the symbology and inform the decoder how to decode it (like version, masks etc). Black and White Modules Smallest: 21x21 modules Largest: 144x144 modules Black Modules Smallest: 10x10 modules Largest: 177x177 modules QR and Datamatrix both can be used free of any licensing or royalties.
  7. 7. Barcode KIT Concepts: Print Technologies Dot matrix Laser Thermal transfer or Direct Thermal
  8. 8. Barcode KIT Concepts: Print Technologies Direct Thermal • Thermal printing is classified as either direct thermal or thermal transfer • Direct thermal printing is an old technology, originally designed for copiers and fax machines, that utilizes chemically coated paper • Advantages: • Direct thermal printing produces sharp print quality with good scannability. • Direct thermal is ideal for applications requiring only a short shelf life—meaning the label image does not need to last very long. Shipping labels and receipts are ideal applications, for instance. • Direct thermal printers are simple to operate compared to most other print technologies, with no ink, toner or ribbon to monitor or replenish. • With no supplies to replace other than the material to be printed, long-term maintenance costs remain low. • Direct thermal printers, like thermal transfer, are typically built more durably than dot matrix or laser printers, allowing reliable operation in genebanks. Shorter label image life limits their applications compared to thermal transfer printers. Label
  9. 9. Barcode KIT Concepts: Print Technologies Direct Thermal Label • Limitations: • Direct thermal printing is extremely sensitive to environmental conditions such as heat and light (fluorescent and/or direct sunlight) • Direct thermal paper remains chemically active after printing. Because of this, thermal labels, tags or ticket stock are often top-coated to resist UV light exposure, chemicals and abrasion.
  10. 10. Barcode KIT Concepts: Print Technologies Thermal Transfer Ribbon Label
  11. 11. Barcode KIT Concepts: Print Technologies Thermal Transfer • The thermal printhead transfers the ink onto the label surface, where it cools and anchors to the media surface. The polyester ribbon is then peeled away, leaving behind a stable, passive image. • Advantages: • Thermal transfer delivers high definition text, graphic, and bar code print quality for maximum readability and scannability. • Thermal transfer printing produces longlife image stability. • Long-term maintenance costs are low compared to dot matrix and laser printing. • Thermal transfer technology can print on a nearly unlimited variety of media stock layouts • Thermal transfer printers are typically built more durably than dot matrix or laser printers, allowing reliable operation in industrial and genebanks. Ribbon Label
  12. 12. Barcode KIT Concepts: Print Technologies Thermal Transfer Ribbon Label • Limitations: • Since thermal transfer printers require ribbon, supply costs are higher than direct thermal. • Thermal transfer printheads last longer than direct thermal. • Single-pass thermal transfer ribbon can be wasteful if little is printed on it. • To obtain optimum print quality in thermal transfer printing, the ribbon and media substrate MUST be compatible. Otherwise, the heat from the printhead could melt the ribbon onto the label causing internal printer problems.
  13. 13. Barcode KIT Components: Label types Type 1 Square labels for seed envelopes or in vitro vessels Stick-ins labels for pots Self-tie labels for field Square labels for crossing plants in greenhouses
  14. 14. Barcode KIT Components: Label types Type 2 Type 3
  15. 15. Barcode KIT Components: Label installation
  16. 16. Barcode KIT Components: Label 3. Labels with Barcode: Germplasm Identification Stick-ins Label (Pointend end Label)Self-tie Label Self Adhesive Label
  17. 17. Selection Criteria for Labels IML Provider
  18. 18. Barcode KIT Components: Ribbon 4. Ribbon for Barcode n Thermal Transfer : Germplasm Identification Supplies Stick-ins Label (Pointend end Label) Self-tie Label Self Adhesive LabelProduct: Ribbon Wax (20USD) Model: 5319 PERFORMANCE Manufacture: Zebra Product: Ribbon Wax/Resin, 3200 PERFORMANCE (35USD) Product: Ribbon Resin, 5095 PERFORMANCE (65USD) Manufacture: Zebra Product: Ribbon Wax (20USD) Model: 5319 PERFORMANCE Manufacture: Zebra
  19. 19. Barcode KIT Components: Ribbon Installation
  20. 20. Barcode KIT Components: Printer Sensors
  21. 21. Barcode KIT Components: Printer Sensors Printer Type Media Sensors Print Technology Desktop printer: Media thickness: 0.05 to 0.25 mm Transmissive media sensor and reflective media sensor Direct thermal and thermal transfer Mobile printer: Media thickness: 0.05 to 0.16 mm Transmissive and reflective media sensor Only direct thermal Transmissive sensor: To detect start/end of label using visible inter-label gaps, notches or pre-punched holes Reflective sensor: To detect start/end of label when reaches a black mark appearing on the reverse side of the label stock
  22. 22. Barcode KIT Components: Software to print Printing on your Desktop from Excel Files. Zebra Designer Pro = $275
  23. 23. Barcode KIT Components: Desktop Printer 5. Desktop Label Printer: Print Identification General features: Good quality print for text and barcode, robust printer, support 1D, 2D & RFID encode, long life image stability, low maintenance cost, support different labels layout and thickness Product: Desktop barcode printer Manufacture: Zebra Model: Series ZT410 , Cost: 1500USD Device specifications in compliance with CIP standards : Print method: Support thermal transfer and direct thermal Resolution with 300 dpi (12 dots/mm) Label thickness <= 225 micron Maximum Print Width: 4.09"/104 mm Support broad range of barcode symbologies: Linear and 2-Dimensional Support RFID: Supports tags compatible with UHF Rugged metal frame and case for demanding activities Many connectivity choices including USB, wireless 802.11 b/g, Ethernet, parallel and Bluetooth Media types: black mark, continuous, die-cut, fanfold, notched, perforated, tag stock Label sensors: Transmissive and reflective media sensors Capacity to print: Text, images and barcodes Memory 256 MB RAM memory (4 MB User Available) Memory 512 MB Flash memory (64 MB User Available)
  24. 24. Barcode KIT Components: Desktop Printer 5. Desktop Label Printer: Print Identification Pre-cut Self Adhesive Labels Self-Tie Labels Pointed End Labels Continue Self Adhesive Labels
  25. 25. Barcode Print Technologies: Languages Printing Language Printing ZPL or ZPLII EPL CPCL
  26. 26. Barcode Print Technologies: Languages Printing – ZPL II
  27. 27. Barcode Print Technologies: Computer output and printer input options Computer output options VB Source Code Printer input options Direct to Parallel Port Open “LPT1” For Output As #1 Print #1, strCommands Close #1 Shared Parallel Port Open “pc_nameprinter” For Output As #1 Print #1, strCommands Close #1 Print Server WiFi or network card Open “120.110.80.50” For Output As #1 Print #1, strCommands Close #1 Direct to Serial Port or Bluetooth Open “COM1:” For Output As #1 Print #1, ChangeFormat(strCommands) Close #1 Note: COM6 for Bluetooth ++ +
  28. 28. Barcode Print Technologies: Tools Tool Method Zebra Designer Software LPT1, USB, COM, Bluetooth, IP address Printer Driver Windows Icon Text file ^XA ^LH10,10 ^FO50,70 ^ADN,45,30 ^FDWelcome to Addis^FS ^XZ Excel Macros VBA Macros VS 2015 or 2008 C# USB memory support in Zebra Printer ZT410 Export ZPL Commands in a text file
  29. 29. Exercises to printing barcode labels Go ahead
  30. 30. Thanks and Spark your Imagination !
  31. 31. The International Potato Center (known by its Spanish acronym CIP) is a research-for-development organization with a focus on potato, sweetpotato, and Andean roots and tubers. CIP is dedicated to delivering sustainable science-based solutions to the pressing world issues of hunger, poverty, gender equity, climate change and the preservation of our Earth’s fragile biodiversity and natural resources. www.cipotato.org CIP is a member of CGIAR CGIAR is a global agriculture research partnership for a food secure future. Its science is carried out by the 15 research centers who are members of the CGIAR Consortium in collaboration with hundreds of partner organizations. www.cgiar.org

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