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Bundle-Track General System Requirements

The Basic Elements:
Here's what you'll need to use Bundle-Track:

See below for fuller details.


Computer Hardware Requirements
Computer hardware requirements depend on the system it must support (Desktop Edition, or Network Edition's Server, or Network Edition's Client), and on the amount of data involved. Please honor the following recommendations when preparing your system. We cannot support systems that do not meet the stated minimum requirements.

  Desktop Edition Network Edition Server
(Database Server)
Network Edition Client
(User Interface)
Operating System
Windows XP only
Any of the following Windows versions: 98, ME, 2000 SP1, NT 4.0 SP6A, 2003, XP.
CPU
recommended: Pentium 800 MHz
minimum: Pentium 400 MHz
(Athalon processors are not supported)
RAM
recommended: 256 MB
minimum: 128 MB
Hard Drive Free Space
recommended: 400 MB
minimum: 200 MB
100 MB
CD ROM
Yes
Network
(not applicable) Windows NT Server using TCP/IP. Specific server requirements can vary with your circumstances. Contact us to discuss requirements for your facility.
Power Supply
un-interruptible power supply (battery backup) recommended

recommended: daily
minimum: how far back are you willing to fall?



Ticket Printer
Daily ticket printing is very demanding on a printer, so you need a sturdy one.

We urge you to consider the following when selecting a printer to support ticket printing:

  • Require MS Windows-compatible.
  • Prefer EPSON-compatible. For the standard (built in) ticket, you'll need to use Epson's FX1050 print driver. Otherwise, a custom ticket may be required.
  • Prefer continuous-form paper feeds. Otherwise, keeping the printer loaded may be labor-intensive, and the paper may be much more expensive.
  • Prefer a printer that pulls the paper (tractor pull) over one that pushes it. Ticket stock tends to be too heavy to push well.
  • Prefer fewer and gentler curves in the paper feed pathway. "Bottom feed" systems tend to work best.
  • Prefer newer and more heavy duty models. Other models may not be able to withstand the stress of daily ticket printing. If you are thinking of using an older printer, it is a good idea to have it serviced and to closely monitor its performance.
  • In Dot Matrix printers, prefer 9-pin over 24-pin. 24-pin models will tend to run more slowly and to be less durable.
  • To guard against printer downtime, we suggest two printers rather than one more expensive one.
 

Epson
(look under Printers / Impact Printers, 9 Pin)

Staples
(look under Printers / Dot Matrix Printers)

Output Technology
LaserMatrix line

   

We generally recommend the following Dot Matrix / Impact printers from Epson:

  • Epson FX-2190
  • Epson DFX-5000+
  • Epson DFX-8500

Track Feed Laser Printers are also available. We have had success with Output Technology's LaserMatrix line, but only with a custom ticket and custom printer object settings. Other laser printers have not been validated. Note that laser printers tend to iron out the crease between the pages, so if you need them to refold, you may need to look into a powered refolding Stacker too.

Report printing does not require a special printer.


Ticket Paper
Bundle-Track prints tickets on special paper stock designed specifically for separation into tickets. The stock may consist of sheets of self-adhesive labels or of perforated cardstock for use with gum-sheets.

 
R.T. Barbee Co.
P.O. Box 37246
Charlotte NC 28237

BarbeeTickets.com
800-934-1838 phone
704-375-5225 fax
RTBarbee@BellSouth.net

   
You can get Ticket Paper stock from our preferred supplier, R.T. Barbee Co. (When you talk with Lou Schrum, tell him Bundle-Track sent you.)

To be compatible with Bundle-Track's standard ticket format, ticket stock must meet the following specifications:

  • "Single-width" format.
  • Continuous feed to a dot-matrix printer.
  • 7 inch total width excepting the pull tractor edges.
  • Vertical separations every 2 inches.
  • Horizontal separations every of an inch.

Custom Tickets may support other dimensions.

As illustrated below, the standard ticket sheet includes a "header row " measuring of an inch in height by 7 inches in width. The header row contains information about the Lot, the Product, and the Bundle. Below the header, individual Operations are detailed on tickets measuring inch by 2 inch. Corresponding Operation information is printed on the remaining 2- inch center portion (spine) that remains with the Bundle as the tickets are removed.

bundle header
section 1 header
ticket-1
t-1     spine     t-2
ticket-2
ticket-3
t-3     spine     t-4
ticket-4
section 2 header
ticket-5
t-5     spine     t-6
ticket-6
ticket-7
t-7     spine     t-8
ticket-8


Bar-code Scanners
Using a bar-code scanner can greatly speed your ticket entry process. We highly recommend it. (But it is optional: users can enter ticket codes into the system through the keyboard.)

If you are shopping for a bar-code scanner for use with Bundle-Track, consider the following:

  • It must have Decode capability to read bar-code symbology Code 39 or 3 of 9.
  • It must support a Keyboard Wedge interface to attach to the computer in-line with the keyboard.
    • Check your own computer to determine which kind of connector your interface will need, such as PS/2 (circular), USB (flat), 9-Pin (trapezoidal), etc.
  • It must be configured to automatically insert a carriage return after each scan.
    • To configure your LS-1900 series scanner, click here.
  • Laser scanners are faster than older CCD scanners.
 

Symbol.com
- Barcode

BarCodeDiscounters.com
- Cobra LS 2200 Series
- (800) 988-1914

   

While have not performed comparative testing on available scanning technologies, we have had positive experience with LS Series Handheld Laser Scanners produced by Symbol Technologies. We recommend the LS-2208 (which has replaced the LS-1902C).

Among the many distributors to pick from, one that seems knowledgeable and friendly is BarcodeDiscounters.com (see sidebar).

 

 

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