printers work best with Networks barcodes and hand-helds?
Almost every printer manufactured today will work as a network printer.
The network and communications personnel are usually responsible
for configuring printers into the enterprise system. Therefore,
the only limitations are your network and the hardware constraints
of the printer itself. That is why it is crucial to know what the
business requirments are for printing before investing in the hardware.
For example, if you have a requirment to print barcode labels on
a regular basis throughout the day, it would be wise to invest in
a printer that is designed specifically for this purpose. If you
are prinitng large amounts of graphics on documents, you will want
to invest in a printer that is able to support this and has extra
memory for this purpose. The real answer is, plan the printing environment
before planning the networking environment.
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data can be sent to a network printer?
to ask, what can't be!. It is important to know what type of
data is to be sent to the various devices, how often, and what the
expected volume is. If the device is capable of printing data such
as logos, graphics, barcodes, different fonts, etc. it can be sent
via the network. How fast that occurs depends on the network hardware
and software and how it is configured. A document that contains
graphics and barcodes will take longer to print then a document
that contains only data. If barcodes are to be printed, the printer
must either have the font DIMM/SIMM cards installed in the printer
or have softfonts loaded each time the printer is activated. The
bottom line is, a business must know what their output will be before
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How difficult is it to enable
ERP software on networked printers?
This is all based on the ERP software you are choosing. Each
system requires some type of set up or configuration. Within SAP,
for example, the administrators must:
output for all the SAP modules to be used
up and maintain standard text
up and process auto fax functions if required
or modify barcode font control characters
the actual printer device types and assign to the network name
the initialization commands for the device types
up non-supported printers within SAP
authorizations to printers if required
with the network and communcation group
or modify font families and character sets
code pages for device types
Which is the best printer on the
That's not a fair quesition. The real question is "Which
is the best printer on the market today to meet my needs?".
The only way to answer that is to know your real requirements.
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What can New Alliance Associates
do for you?
Here at New Alliance Associates, Inc., we have the expertise and
knowledge to perform any and all the activities related to output
processing. Our company has been involved with output processing
since 1992. During this time, we have designed and implemented
output processes for companies such as Delmarva Power and Light,
Symbol Technologies, Inc., NEC, Corporate Software
and Technologies, and Colgate to name a few.
Alliance Associates designed, developed, and implemented the process
the support documentation for Xerox Corporation to load into
SAP output device data that enables Xerox customers to take advantage
of printer capabilities unique to Xerox directly from SAP, regardless
of the software release. As part of this development, we trained
Xerox personnel on the installation and use of this process.
By working with you, we can develop a detailed plan to meet all
your output requirments and implement this plan for you.