How to Configure Cloud Printers and Scales

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Introduction

The ChargeLogic Shipping functionality includes the ability to print shipping labels provided by the carrier and integrate with scales for collecting accurate package weights. To take advantage of these features, there are a few things you’ll need to do to get it set up.

If you haven’t already done so, you’ll need to register for and download the ChargeLogic Shipping Client. You can do that by following the link here. Once that’s done, you’ll receive an email with links to download the client so it can be installed. This client runs on your computers and allows Business Central to interact with the printers and devices attached to those computers. You should install the Client on all computers you want to print labels from, as well as any computers connect to a scale for reading package weights.

If you’ve already registered, use the instructions below to install the ChargeLogic Shipping Client and configure it.

Installing the ChargeLogic Shipping Client

After downloading the appropriate client for your operating system, double click on the downloaded file to begin the install.

Review the license agreement, and click I accept the agreement, then Next to continue. If you do not accept the agreement, you will not be able to continue.

Select the location where the application should be saved, keeping in mind this needs to be installed on any PC that will have a printer or scale installed.

Here you can enter a different name for your Start Menu shortcut or choose not to create one by placing a checkmark in the Don’t create a Start Menu folder.

Next, you can decide whether to create a Desktop shortcut or install ChargeLogic Shipping as a Windows Service. When you do this, it installs a Windows Service on your computer, and you will access the configuration via a web browser by navigating to http://localhost:8888. The rest of this document assumes you installed the Shipping Client locally.

Click Install to complete the installation.

Once the installation is complete, click Finish. If you chose the Launch ChargeLogic Shipping option, it will appear on screen for you. Otherwise, the Setup will close, and you can manually start the ChargeLogic Shipping client when it is convenient for you.

On the login page, enter the username and password that you received in the ‘Get Printing with ChargeLogic Shipping E-mail’ and then click Sign In.

On the Account page, it will tell you the account you are logged into, as well as the computer that is being used. From this page, you can view the history of your account by using the hyperlink provided.

The Printers tab will display all the printers, as well as the status, that are installed on this computer. You will need the ID when completing the Shipping Printer Profile, so it’s a good idea to write down the value for your label printer and your regular printer.

If you have a scale attached to the PC, it will appear under the Scales tab.

Now that you have the information you need for your printer and/or scale, you’ll need to create Profiles using the information that was provided. You can close the ChargeLogic Shipping client and return back to Business Central.

Setting Up a Label Printer

In Business Central, open the Shipping Setup window. You can get there by choosing Setup & Extensions > Manual Setup > ChargeLogic Shipping or select ‘Tell me what you want to do’ to search for it.  From the Shipping Setup window, click Profiles, and then choose Printer Profiles. The list of profiles is likely empty, so you’ll need to click ‘New’ in the ribbon.

Enter a value in the No. field. This will be used to assign this Profile to a Shipping Station Interface. If you have multiple computers that will have a printer, it’s a good idea to make this value represents that PC. After you enter a value, the Label Printer Interface will change to Cloud.

Enter a description for this profile and set the Label Printer Language to match that of the printer you are using.

Enter the Label Printer ID. This value is displayed in the ChargeLogic Shipping client. You can also enter a General Printer ID for printing other documents that are not labels. These will be printed as PDFs.

Lastly, enter the API Key that you received in the ‘Get Printing with ChargeLogic Shipping E-mail’ as shown below.

When finished you can close this window and setup additional printers or move on to creating Scale Profiles.

Setting up Scales

From the Shipping Setup window, click Profiles, and then choose Scale Profiles. The list of profiles is likely empty, so you’ll need to click ‘New’ in the ribbon.

Enter a value in the No. field. This will be used to assign this Profile to a Shipping Station Interface. If you have multiple computers that will have a scale, it’s a good idea to make this value represent that PC. After you enter a value, the Interface Type will change to Cloud and the Scale Mgt. Codeunit ID and name will be populated. If it does not, enter 37043703 in the Scale Mgt. Codeunit ID.

Enter a description for this profile.

Lastly, enter the Computer ID from the ChargeLogic Shipping Client, the API Key we provided you in the ‘Get Printing with ChargeLogic Shipping E-mail,’ and enter ‘30’ as the Comm. Timeout (Seconds).

Assigning Profiles

After the profiles have been established, they need to be assigned to a Shipping Station. From the Shipping Setup, choose General and then Shipping Stations. Open an existing Shipping Station or create a new one. For more information on how to complete that process, please review the ‘How to Create and Configure Shipping Stations’ document.

In the Shipping Scale Profile No. field, enter the Shipping Scale Profile that was created earlier.

In the Shipping Printer Profile No. field, enter the Shipping Printer Profile that was created earlier.

Recap/Next Steps

To recap, at this point you’ve registered for the Shipping Client and installed it, signed in and retrieved your printer IDs, established Shipping Printer Profiles/Shipping Scale Profiles, and assigned them to a Shipping Station in Business Central

If you haven’t already, you’ll need to run the ChargeLogic Shipping Setup Wizard to configure the rest of the ChargeLogic Shipping functionality, as well as configure your Shipping Agent Accounts.

Once all the setups are complete, you should be able to successfully pack, weigh, print and ship with ease.

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