Ricoh offers 2 different bar code printing products, for historical reasons. At the time when the first product was launched, Ricoh devices could only print bar codes using a font based technology.
This changed in 2003/2004 with the first firmware based on the Ricoh GW platform.
|BOP||Barcode & OCR Product||A font based one dimensional bar code and OCR A1 and B product, which is available on DIMM, Hard disk download and SD-Card. This product supports most Ricoh printers. It is shipped with a manual and SAP ABAP program for check sum calculation.|
|IBS||Intelligent Barcode System||Based on stethos ELP, this product is compatible to the industry standard for bar code printing with laser printers.
Product selection guideline:
If you need to print two dimensional bar codes (QRCode, PDF 417, Data Matrix, Azetc or UPS Maxicode), then IBS is the choice
If your client already uses a hard ware product for bar code printing, then check what kind of product he has:
JetMobile BarDIMM, HP HG271xx or JM30100.. IBS stethos sos8026 familiy IBS HP Barcodes & More C2035A #C06, HG281xx IBS or BOP HP Scalable Barcode Font Set HG282xx IBS HP MICR Font HG283xx IBS Lexmark, Canon Barcode Fonts Some are build into IBS Kyocera Prescribe IBS Emulation of Epson, Proprinter PSi, Cobra Box, Brother, Printronix PGL and VGL IBS 2D Barcodes: PDF417, Data Matrix, QRCode, Swiss QRCode, UPS Maxicode, Aztec IBS
For bar code 39 only, this bar code is used as a font with 2 star signs (*) for start and stop. You can use usually IBS or BOP.
If you need other bar code types like 2of5 interleaved or Code 128, it is suggested to use IBS. Here you just need to send one sequence to the printer which defines the bar code height, width and type followed by the readable bar code information. BOP requires on some calculation routines in the software application
OCR-A for check printing, or. OCR-B for address labels. Use BOP.
MICR, TAX, USPS fonts: BOP for hard disk or IBS.
If all criteria mentioned above won´t help please get your hands on a sample spool file. A guide for capturing spool files can be found here. Then have a look into the spool file and check for the bar code selections. Here are some indicators which solution will be applicable:
- If the symbol set selection shows <esc>(0Y then IBS is the suitable solution.
- If the bar code selection looks like this: s24###T then IBS is the suitable solution.
- If the bar code selection looks like this: s10###T then IBS is the suitable solution.
- If the bar code selection looks like this: s9###T then BOP is the suitable solution.
If the requirements go beyond bar code printing the solution of choice will be the ELP software.
Overview of advantages and disadvantages
|BOP||No X-Y independent scaling in PCL5 only in GL
Check sums, interleaving needs to be calculated in application
For SAP an ABAP utility is provided, but client needs to change his SAP forms
||Not all printers are supported, but in this case ELP (see below) or AP-ELP print server boxes can be offered.|
The following table illustrates the functionality difference between BOP and IBS, but as well as the server and appliance versions of IBS, called ELP and AP-ELP.
The tables including the working links which can also be viewed in a presentation.
1* If needed this must be done by client application or with SAP ABAP solution
2* As soft font in printer memory all manufacturers, HP also on hard disk
3* Depends on the version: Postscript, Oki, Kyocera Prescribe, VGL, PGL, Brother, HP, Cobra box, Printronix.
4* All listed under 3*
5* Supports up to 54 printers
The second and last tables illustrate some additional functions and their availability in BOP (none), IBS and ELP.