Generic TCP/IP Printers.
Even small and simple printers are often network-ready devices with a defined TCP/IP interface. These devices mostly use a simply telegram structure with printing fields for content transmission. The Generic Printer plug-in of the OPC Router allows easy configuration of the telegram format as well as easy definition of dynamic fields. The telegram can then be sent to the printer to prompt the printing process.
Achieve More with Combined Systems
Printing systems take on important product labeling tasks. Wrong or missing labels can result in sizeable economic damages. When a printers is connected with the OPC Router, data exchange can take place coherently, which rules out human errors by tapping into the data source immediately.
Industry 4.0 with Generic printers
In order to move production plants and businesses toward Industry 4.0 readiness, each and every device needs to be connected to avoid media gaps. The Generic Printer plug-in is well able to connect even simple, conventional printers, which can then receive data via the OPC Router from other systems from within your company’s system architecture. A seamless data connection via the OPC Router facilitates seamless printing.
About the OPC Router
The transfer object of the Generic Prucker plug-in contains the telegram template used for printing.
The label defines the command sequence and the telegram. Static texts, special characters and dynamic fields can be added.
The fields are dynamic data fields, which are retrieved from other systems during transfer, and then written into the telegram of the printer.
The Generic Printer plug-in does not have trigger functions of its own but uses the standard trigger functions the OPC Router offers.
The Generic Printer plug-in extracts the filled-in dynamic parameters from inside the command sequence and makes it available for selection.
How do Transfer Objects, Triggers and Browsing work?
The OPC Router establishes connections between systems that address core functions of the OPC Router.
Functions of the respective plug-ins may vary, due to the different nature of each connected system.
Sources and Destinations
Transfer objects are the sources and destinations inside the OPC Router. They contain data fields with read and write functions. Depending on the respective interconnected system, the possible configuration scope of sources and destinations may vary.
Homegeinity on the Outside – Heterogeinity on the Inside
Inside the OPC Router configuration, the transfer object abstracts the respective system of any connected system into a simple data input and data output block. Thus, the functions can be treated in the same way although each connected system has very individual features.
Triggers can also be useful as data sources if the prompting event is combined with data reception.
Searching and Finding Data Fields
Easy browsing also makes data field configuration easy when establishing transfer objects in order to establish the respective interface connection. The browsing mechanisms may vary, depending on the system and its available plug-in.
Reading out Structures
Many plug-ins that are available for the OPC Router offer easy search and selection tools for quick identification of respective data fields without the need for specific knowledge about inherent subsystems. The user can easily browse through the data. Data source structures may vary according to the specification of each respective plug-in.