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  • Label printing extra blank

    I have a thermal label printer and an a5 label. I send code to print a single label.

    vPartNum = "1003"
    The label prints correctly but the printer also feeds a second blank label.

    If I run test print from the printer diagnostic utility, it correctly prints a single label without any overflow. so the printer is setup correctly.

    The physical label size is 4W X 5.5H

    See attached images...

    Any ideas on how to prevent the overflow?

    Label Settings.PNGLabel Settings 2.PNG
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  • #2
    Re: Label printing extra blank

    Try designing a similar label or duplicate the present one. Place a single field in the center of the label.

    Try printing that. If no extra blank label is generated it is likely you have some object on the label that Alpha thinks is too close to the edge of the printable area and is "printing", though not visibly, on the second label.
    There can be only one.


    • #3
      Re: Label printing extra blank

      Gee Stan. I would have never thought that would work, but it did. I'm "sure" there was nothing outside the label area, but apparently there was.

      Thanks much
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      • #4
        Re: Label printing extra blank

        Even the best WYSIWYG is just an approximation. We tend to forget the underlying mathematics controlling what happens.
        There can be only one.


        • #5
          Re: Label printing extra blank

          Sometimes if you set it to prompt, you might be able to see that the printer has shifted the label. Which I think might be a margin issue. Some printers have their own margins...

          Discernment is not needed in things that differ, but in those things that appear to be the same. - Miles Sanford


          • #6
            Re: Label printing extra blank

            We have label printers as well and are always dealing with this. Label skipping.....


            • #7
              Re: Label printing extra blank

              Originally posted by Mark B View Post
              We have label printers as well and are always dealing with this. Label skipping.....
              Every time you print a label or occasionally. Did you try the suggested diagnosis?
              There can be only one.


              • #8
                Re: Label printing extra blank

                The suggested diagnosis will work. Labels will always skip whenever the content extends past the defined print area, though you can not always really see this when designing the label. Sometimes you just need to move things around until labels stop skipping. There's a lot of trial and error in this. Given this though, sometimes labels just start skipping when the form has not been changed. Usually I need to go and play with the settings that are in the print dialog. Sometimes choosing a new setting and then changing it back to it's original settings does the trick. We use pdf reports to print from Alpha and our label printers are Cognitive Advantage DLXi.


                • #9
                  Re: Label printing extra blank

                  I've had pretty good luck using a report layout instead of a label.

                  Discernment is not needed in things that differ, but in those things that appear to be the same. - Miles Sanford


                  • #10
                    Re: Label printing extra blank

                    I just blast the printer with a baseball bat - I didnt know there was a fix.
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                    • #11
                      Re: Label printing extra blank

                      I always set up anything I print to "Shrink to fit".

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                      • #12
                        Re: Label printing extra blank

                        Originally posted by MoGrace View Post
                        I've had pretty good luck using a report layout instead of a label.
                        That is a great suggestion.
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