Complete the following steps to print labels using the MP2 software package.

Use your favorite Label Design software to design your labels. Products like Label Matrix, Bartender, Label Vista, Zebra Designer, offer “print to file” that give you all the printer language code you need in a test file.

For this guide we will demonstrate the design process in Teklynx Label Matrix.

 

BEFORE YOU BEGIN

After installation of the Label Matrix software, refer to the Label Matrix Quick

Start Guide, which you received in the Label Matrix package. Use the tutorial

to familiarize yourself with the process of designing your label.

 REMEMBER, when designing your new label in Label Matrix:

 

You will define the Print Driver in the label design, the actual

printer will  be set up with the Generic Printer driver, so it is

important to use  the correct Printer Driver within Label Matrix. 

  

The printer driver name should contain the (L) or the (X), and

not the (W) next to the printer resolution information.

 

The printer resident fonts are used for the human readable fields. 

The printer resident fonts are those fonts that have a 

spooling paper icon next to the font name. 

  

If you select the True Type font, you won’t receive the 

desired output during the label conversion process and 

printing out the label.

 

We recommend using the 128B barcode type. It is the most

compatible, and uses most readable characters.

Use the Auto (Printer Default) font when designing barcodes

  

Designing your label with Label Matrix

When inserting both the human readable and the barcode fields

into the new label design, always select a CONSTANT as your

Data Origin field, which is located under the Data tab

 

When finished designing your label, be sure there are no

warning lights next to images, barcodes or human readable

fields.  If you have a yellow or red warning light, hold the curser

over the warning light to find the error.

If you have images on your label we recommend converting the

image to the format that is supported by your printer model to

make the label printing a more efficient and less time

consuming. If your printer doesn’t support color images, you can

convert it to Black and White format using the Microsoft Paint

program.

To make the label design conversion process more efficient and

less troublesome, type the actual MP2 substitution in the

Text field for a specific CONSTANT.  (use a substitution in the

label design for the field where the barcode will print out

information pulled from MAS90/MAS200)

To make sure that there will be enough space for your actual

data when printing your label, add extra digits after the

substitution to equal the maximum length of that data field. 

 

Find the correct substitutions and the maximum field

lengths in the Table of MP2 Label Substitutions in

Appendix A of this manual. If you don’t see a substitution

you need, contact Scanco Support. We do build custom

substitution fields upon request for an additional fee.

 

Use the $NO_LBLS$ substitution on every label, this data

informs MP2 how many labels to print out. If this

substitution isn’t present, you will always print just one label.

Depending on the label printer model, the $NO_LBLS$ code will

be placed in a different location. Usually, it will replace 1 in the

PQ1 line. Contact Scanco Support if you are not sure where this

line is.

  

SECTION 1: DESIGNING YOUR LABEL WITH LABEL MATRIX

After running through the tutorial for Label Matrix, you are ready to design your first MP2 Label. We suggest drawing out your design “look” before you start designing your own label, but for practice, follow along this section to design a basic inventory label that will include item number and serial number information. 

You will want to create a folder on your desktop to keep your files, on a temporary basis. Name the folder something recognizable like Inventory Label. This can be moved at a later date.

Open Label Matrix, make sure the correct printer and driver are selected before you start. Go to the FILE menu and choose Label Properties to set the label size, make sure it matches your actual label as it comes out of the printer.

 

After setting up the label’s properties, you are ready to design a practice label. Click on Add Text to add a human readable field on the label.

 

Type ITEM: in the Text field, make sure the Origin is CONSTANT.

 

Check to make sure the font is appropriate for your printer.

Click on Place, and position at the top left of your label.

Now, add a barcode for the item number, click on Add Bar Code.

Type in the substitution for Item Number - $ITEM_NO$ - make sure to use

capitals when placing any substitution and it is 9 characters long.

Add characters at the end of the substitution to equal the length of the data

field, in this instance 15 spaces.

 

Check the barcode Type and the Density (density is the width of your

barcode, anything over VERY HIGH is difficult for scanners to read). Choose

below for the Type Where field to have a human readable item number

below the barcode.

 

Make certain the Auto Printer (Default) font is chosen for the Barcode.

 

In the Data Tab, click on Place, and place the barcode just to the right of

the human readable ITEM:

Click on ADD TEXT to repeat this process and insert a Serial Number into

the label design. Use $SER_NUM$ as the substitution, add enough

characters at the end to equal 15 spaces.

Go to the FILE menu and scroll to Save As. Browse to the folder you made

on your desktop, and save this .qdf file as invlbl.qdf.

 

 

 

Next, go to the FILE menu and scroll to Print. Click the Print to File box

and click OK.

Choose that same folder and save this text file as invlbl.txt. Close out of

Label Matrix.

Your label file should look similar to this.

To convert this file to conform to the correct MP2 file format, a few

changes need to be made.

  1. Delete any lines that may be indicated on the file.
  2. Delete the characters you added after the substitutions. (XXX)
  3. Delete any extra characters that may have been added to any of the substitutions. (5f)
  4. Add the NUMBER OF LABELS substitution. $NO_LBLS$

Your finished converted file format should appear similar to this, depending

on your printer.

Close this file and Save changes when prompted.

If you wish to add or edit this file, open the .qdf file, change your data, save

as, and follow the process to convert your file. You can have many different

labels in MP2, and choose which one is needed when your print through

MAS90/MAS200.

 

 

 

Appendix A

Description

Sub

Inventory

Lot/Serial

PO

Receipt

SO

Shipping

Item #

$ITEM_NO$

X

X

X

X

X

X

Item Desc

$ITEM_DESC$

X

X

X

X

X

X

Warehouse

$WARECOD$

X

X

X

X

X

X

Date

$SYSDATE$

X

X

X

X

X

X

Time

$SYSTIME$

X

X

X

X

X

X

Print Qty

$NO_LBLS$

X

X

X

X

X

X

Detail KB Prompt1

$LABDES1$

X

X

X

X

X

X

Detail KB Prompt2

$LABDES2$

X

X

X

X

X

X

Detail KB Prompt3

$LABDES3$

X

X

X

X

X

X

Detail KB Prompt4

$LABDES4$

X

X

X

X

X

X

Detail KB Prompt5

$LABDES5$

X

X

X

X

X

X

Global KB Prompt1

$ Global1$

X

X

X

X

X

X

Global KB Prompt2

$ Global 2$

X

X

X

X

X

X

Global KB Prompt3

$ Global $

X

X

X

X

X

X

Global KB Prompt4

$ Global 4$

X

X

X

X

X

X

Global KB Prompt5

$ Global $

X

X

X

X

X

X

Sales UOM

$SLS_UOM$

X

X

X

X

X

X

Purchase UOM

$PUR_UOM$

X

X

X

X

X

X

Standard UOM

$STD_UOM$

X

X

X

X

X

X

Category 1

$USERDF1$

X

X

X

X

X

X

Category 2

$USERDF2$

X

X

X

X

X

X

Category 3

$USERDF3$

X

X

X

X

X

X

Category 4

$USERDF4$

X

X

X

X

X

X

Bin

$BIN_LOC$

X

X

X

X

X

X

Standard Price

$STD_PRICE$

X

X

X

X

X

X

Vendor Alias

$V_ALIAS$

X

X

X

X

X

X

General Alias

$G_ALIAS$

X

X

X

X

X

X

Customer Alias

$C_ALIAS$

X

X

X

X

X

X

Lot or Serial

$SER_NUM$

 

X

 

X

 

X

Receipt #

$PURCHNO$

 

 

X

X

 

 

Receipt #

$RECPTNO$

 

 

 

X

 

 

Job #

$JOB_NUM$

 

 

 

X

 

 

Qty Received

$QTY_REC$

 

 

 

X

 

 

Order #

$ORDERNO$

 

 

 

 

X

X

Customer PO#

$CUST_PO$

 

 

 

 

X

X

Qty Ordered

$QTY_ORD$

 

 

 

 

X

 

AR Division

$ARDIVISIONNO$

 

 

X

X

X

X

Bill To Name

$BILLTONAME$

 

 

X

X

X

X

Bill To Address1

$BILLTOADDRESS1$

 

 

X

X

X

X

Bill To Address2

$BILLTOADDRESS2$

 

 

X

X

X

X

Bill To Address3

$BILLTOADDRESS3$

 

 

X

X

X

X

Bill To City

$BILLTOCITY$

 

 

X

X

X

X

Bill To State

$BILLTOSTATE$

 

 

X

X

X

X

Bill To Zip

$BILLTOZIPCODE$

 

 

X

X

X

X

Bill To Country

$BILLTOCOUNTRYCODE$

 

 

X

X

X

X

Ship To Name

$SHIPTONAME$

 

 

X

X

X

X

Ship To Addr1

$SHIPTOADDRESS1$

 

 

X

X

X

X

Ship To Addr2

$SHIPTOADDRESS2$

 

 

X

X

X

X

Ship To Addr3

$SHIPTOADDRESS3$

 

 

X

X

X

X

Ship To City

$SHIPTOCITY$

 

 

X

X

X

X

Ship To State

$SHIPTOSTATE$

 

 

X

X

X

X

Ship To Zip

$SHIPTOZIPCODE$

 

 

X

X

X

X

Ship To Country

$SHIPTOCOUNTRYCODE$

 

 

X

X

X

X

Ship Via

$SHIPVIA$

 

 

X

X

X

X

Invoice #

$INVOICE$

 

 

 

 

 

X

Qty Shipped

$QTY_SHP$

 

 

 

 

 

X

UDF1

$UDF1$

X

X

X

X

X

X

UDF2

$UDF2$

X

X

X

X

X

X

UDF3

$UDF3$

X

X

X

X

X

X

UDF4

$UDF4$

X

X

X

X

X

X

UDF5

$UDF5$

X

X

X

X

X

X

 

This is the list of User Defined Fields

CI Item UDF1               -           $UDF1$

CI Item UDF2               -           $UDF2$

CI Item UDF3               -           $UDF3$

CI Item UDF4               -           $UDF4$

CI Item UDF5               -           $UDF5$

IM Cost UDF1               -           $UDF_ITEMCOST1$

IM Cost UDF2               -           $UDF_ITEMCOST2$

IM Cost UDF3               -           $UDF_ITEMCOST3$

IM Cost UDF4               -           $UDF_ITEMCOST4$

IM Cost UDF5               -           $UDF_ITEMCOST5$

PO Header UDF 1          -           $UDF_PO_HEADER1$

PO Header UDF 2          -           $UDF_PO_HEADER2$

PO Header UDF 3          -           $UDF_PO_HEADER3$

PO Header UDF 4          -           $UDF_PO_HEADER4$

PO Header UDF 5          -           $UDF_PO_HEADER5$

PO Detail UDF 1            -           $UDF_PO_DETAIL1$

PO Detail UDF 2            -           $UDF_PO_DETAIL2$

PO DETAIL UDF 3          -           $UDF_PO_DETAIL3$

PO DETAIL UDF 4          -           $UDF_PO_DETAIL4$

PO DETAIL UDF 5          -           $UDF_PO_DETAIL5$

PO DIST UDF 1             -           $UDF_PO_DIST1$

PO DIST UDF 2             -           $UDF_PO_DIST2$

PO DIST UDF 3             -           $UDF_PO_DIST3$

PO DIST UDF 4             -           $UDF_PO_DIST4$

PO DIST UDF 5             -           $UDF_PO_DIST5$

SO_HEADER1               -           $UDF_SO_HEADER1$

SO_HEADER2               -           $UDF_SO_HEADER2$

SO_HEADER3               -           $UDF_SO_HEADER3$

SO_HEADER4               -           $UDF_SO_HEADER4$

SO_HEADER5               -           $UDF_SO_HEADER5$

SO_DETAIL1                 -           $UDF_SO_DETAIL1$

SO_DETAIL2                 -           $UDF_SO_DETAIL2$

SO_DETAIL3                 -           $UDF_SO_DETAIL3$

SO_DETAIL4                 -           $UDF_SO_DETAIL4$

SO_DETAIL5                 -           $UDF_SO_DETAIL5$

WO_MASTER1               -           $UDF_WO_MASTER1$

WO_MASTER2               -           $UDF_WO_MASTER2$

WO_MASTER3               -           $UDF_WO_MASTER3$

WO_MASTER4               -           $UDF_WO_MASTER4$

WO_MASTER5               -           $UDF_WO_MASTER5$

WO_MATERIAL1            -           $UDF_WO_MATERIAL1$

WO_MATERIAL2            -           $UDF_WO_MATERIAL2$

WO_MATERIAL3            -           $UDF_WO_MATERIAL3$

WO_MATERIAL4            -           $UDF_WO_MATERIAL4$

WO_MATERIAL5            -           $UDF_WO_MATERIAL5$          

INV_HEADER1              -           $UDF_INV_HEADER1$

INV_HEADER2              -           $UDF_INV_HEADER2$

INV_HEADER3              -           $UDF_INV_HEADER3$

INV_HEADER4              -           $UDF_INV_HEADER4$

INV_HEADER5              -           $UDF_INV_HEADER5$

INV_DETAIL1                -           $UDF_INV_DETAIL1$

INV_DETAIL2                -           $UDF_INV_DETAIL2$

INV_DETAIL3                -           $UDF_INV_DETAIL3$

INV_DETAIL4                -           $UDF_INV_DETAIL4$

INV_DETAIL5                -           $UDF_INV_DETAIL5$