My company uses RF scanners all over the shop floor and shipping docks. We use SAPconsole to get a direct connection to SAP. All of our transactions that run on the RF scanners are custom programs, complete with error messages. A couple of years ago, I was faced with the problem of finding a way to make a sound on the scanner when issuing an error message. At the time we were running the SAPconsole delivered with the 46d gui. This weblog will show what we did to overcome the problem.
First, if you are running a version of SAPconsole which is less than the 6.22 version, upgrade to at least the 6.22 version. It is delivered with SAP gui 6.20. Since SAPgui 6.40 is currently available, I would suggest upgrading directly to the the 6.40 version. In the sapconsole administrator you must set the flag to enable the bell signal functionality.
Next, create a screen which will give the error to the user. Here I have used screen 9999, it has 3 input fields that have been set as output only. These fields will hold the error message. Also, there is a “Back” button and an input field named NOTIFY_BELL_SIGNAL. You must specify this field in the screen in order for the bell signal to work. Make sure that it is declared as a numeric field.
Next, add a module to the screen flow logic, call it BELL_SIGNAL_ERROR.
Screen Flow Logic Code
PROCESS BEFORE OUTPUT.
PROCESS AFTER INPUT.
Finally, you will need to add some lines of code to your program, first declare the screen field in your ABAP program, and add the code to the module BELL_SIGNAL_ERROR.
data: notify_bell_signal(1) type n,
module bell_signal_error output.
notify_bell_signal = ‘3’.
Notice in the above code, I set the notify_bell_signal variable to “3”. This means that when the screen is thrown, that the RF scanner will “beep” 3 times. Set it to “4” and it will beep “4” times, etc. In the SAPgui, the number will show up in the screen, but when ran through SAPconsole, the value is stripped off.