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Modules:AWO Integration with Bartender using Webservices


Integration with Bartender using Webservices

This document describes the integration in Advanced Warehouse Operations with BarTender printing services, using WebServices.

The BarTender software enables organizations to improve safety, security, efficiency and compliance by creating and automating the printing and control of labels, barcodes, RFID tags, plastic cards and more. The Openbravo Bartender module, enables the user to integrate The Advanced Warehouse Operations module with the Bartender print server using Web Service.

Installation of Openbravo/Bartender module

The Openbravo/Bartender module can be directly installed from the Central Repository using the Openbravo's Module Management window as usual. Take into account that these modules are distributed under a commercial license that requires acquiring an activation key before the installation.

It requires the openbravo.warehouse.advancedwarehouse module installed. The relevant configuration in Openbravo is described below.

Configuration in Bartender

To configure the Bartender service with the 2016 version to work with Openbravo, we will have to create two things:

Bartender Template

The template created with the Bartender Designer, will have the different field objects (text fields, barcodes, etc) with named data sources that will be linked with the parameters arrived from the Web Service petition.

Definition of Data Sources in Bartender (1)
Definition of Data Sources in Bartender (2)
Definition of Data Sources in Bartender (2)
Definition of Data Sources in Bartender (3)
Definition of Openbravo Parms in Bartender (4)
Example of label layout in Bartender (5)

Bartender Integration Service

The service created with the Bartender Integration Builder, will have a configuration that will receive the petitions of the client, make the configured actions, and return the response. Each integration will have one bartender template associated, that will have the same parameters (data sources on the template, and variables on the integration service) to link them correctly and print the template with the correct data of the petition.

First, to configure the service, we have to create a new Bartender Integration builder with the web service method:

Web Service integration method in Bartender.

Once we have selected the Web Service integration, we must configure some parameters:

The Service window in Bartender.
The Input-Data window in Bartender.
The Response window in Bartender.
The Variables window in Bartender.
Actions / Print Document window.

Once loaded the template, we can import this document settings that will load the Named data sources created on the template, the default printer configured, and other settings.

The Named Data Sources have to be replaced for the variables created on the Variable Window, that will have for default value the value assigned when created it, but will be replaced for the Web Service petition data if there is a tag on the JSON received with the same name.

Print Options (1)

Example received JSON: {productCode: “1234”, printer: “HP-1”}, will replace the printer variable assigned on the Print Settings, and the “productCode” that will be replaced on the template with the value “1234”.

Print Options (2)

Finally, when the configuration is done, we have to start the service going to the Test tab. (on the footer of the window)

Print status window.

Configuration in Openbravo

After the installation of the Bartender Module (and their dependence modules), we will explain the functionally and the default parameters of the Web Service Request that it sends to the Bartender Server. This module adds on the Printing Service table, a new register for the Bartender Service.

First, we have to navigate to the Print ID Template window, where we will have the new Printing Service from the Bartender module installed before. Here we create the Templates according to the BarTender setup and link them to the URL of the BarTender server.

The BarTender printing setup in Openbravo Advanced Warehousing.

Once we have defined our bartender process with the URL of the web service (created on the bartender integration builder), we have to define which Internal Routings should print an ID (label) and which Bartender template should be called. Optionally, a printer can be configured to override the printer-selection logic in Bartender. To activate the printing in the Internal Routing, set the flag Print-ID. That will show the Bartender Printer field, and the Bartender Template field.

In the IR we activate printing and select the template and (optionally) the warehouse printer.

When we generate Tasks from the differents transaction types (Picking, Put-away, Receipt…), each task where the print-flag is set, will automatically issue a print-request on confirming the task. Furthermore, any task -regardless the print-flag- can be printed with the Print-button on the Task-window in the backend.

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