Design and Format Barcode Labels Easily with a Custom ABAP Program

  • by Tomoyuki Niijima, Senior IT Architect, IBM Japan
  • Vipin Nagpal, SAP ERP Technical Consultant, SAP India Pvt. Ltd.
  • June 3, 2010
Uncover a strategy that enables you to print barcode labels from SAP ERP using SATO printers. Find out how you can create a SATO Barcode Program language data stream from an ABAP report that contains the command for printing text, boxes, and barcodes.
Key Concept
Labels are commonly used in warehouse management and retail operations. SATO printers use thermal printing technology to print label images on small sticker label paper arrayed on roll paper. The labels contain information such as barcode, quantity, price, and other important text, including material name. Using the SATO Barcode Program language (SBPL) in SAP ERP enables you to define the label format and the label printing process.

Many companies use barcode printing to improve their day-to-day business operations through better data management and accessibility. It helps companies to reduce costs, increase productivity, and eliminate human error. We explain how to write a custom ABAP report in SAP ERP to design and format labels. In contrast to using third-party software for this formatting, the ABAP program gives you greater control and flexibility of the output. You can use different sets of commands to print text and barcodes on the labels to suit your needs.

Tomoyuki Niijima

Tomoyuki Niijima is a certified IT architect at IBM. He has been working mainly in high performance and high availability computing areas for the last 20 years. He is also interested in, and actively working in, technical areas such as operating systems, programming languages, communication and application protocols, peripheral devices, and open source software.

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Vipin Nagpal

Vipin Nagpal is an SAP ERP technical consultant specializing in ABAP. He is a certified ABAP professional consultant. He has a master’s degree in engineering from BITS Pilani University, specializing in software systems. He has more than 10 years of experience in design, development, and production support in SAP ERP. He has worked with SAP ERP implementations for industries such as chip manufacturing, healthcare, aviation, and computer hardware equipment. He has worked with SAP ERP modules in sales and distribution, material management, plant maintenance, finance, and project system. He has been part of challenging assignments including SAP implementations for Japan Airlines and General Motors. 

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