Resolving IPDS Software
While IPDS is a very comprehensive printer command language,
it is never fully implemented, even in IBM printers. In
comparison with PCL5, where every PCL5 emulation has a
complete implementation of every PCL5 command, IBM allows
for partial implementation of IPDS. So a manufacturer can
claim to support the IPDS Bar Code Tower (BCOCA) while only
printing a code 3 of 9 bar code in portrait orientation,
where the entire BCOCA Tower encompasses many bar code
symbologies in 0, 90 180 and 270 degree orientations. The
Mini/400 resolves all confusion by interrogating the
printer, and then printing a detailed report of the
capabilities of the printer. No more software glitches.
Printer, workstation, and
At the press of a single button, you can test an isolated
printer or workstation from the twinax connector to the
printhead or screen. Or test an entire cabling subsystem by
communicating with twinax printers and workstations through
lightning protectors, in passive or active twisted pair
environments, or standard twinax cabling to ensure that your
cabling systems have integrity.
The Anzac Mini/400 automatically detects the printer type.
If the printer supports SCS, it prints a barber pole
pattern. Any shifting in the pattern indicates data loss. If
the printer supports IPDS, the diagnostics prints an IPDS
bar code, followed by a barber pole pattern. The test
completes with a listing of every IPDS object in every IPDS
tower that the printer can support, instantly identifying
software driver problems.
The Anzac Mini/400 uses interactive bidirectional
communication just like a real AS/400. Where passive cable
testers fail to detect cabling problems, the Anzac Mini/400
will show these errors immediately in the printout on the
With a single red/green LED to indicate communication and
date status, and a single button to activate the tester, the
Anzac Mini/400 is simplicity itself.
Priced at only $895, the Anzac Mini/400 is a small
investment which pays big dividends in time savings on cable
installations and printer problem diagnosis.