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Printronix T5000r Thermal Barcode Printer Earns ENERGY STAR Rating

Posted April 9, 2010

Printronix T5000rPrintronix is pleased to announce that we are the first to earn the ENERGY STAR on our T5000r thermal bar code and SL5000r RFID printers. The T5000r and SL5000r are the only thermal printers in their class to meet the latest 2009 ENERGY STAR® Program Requirements for Imaging Equipment*. These printers will help companies to reach their corporate sustainability initiatives by reducing energy consumption and utility bills.

Plug-and-Play Printers for Every Environment

We now provide T5000r and SL5000r users with the most thermal printer emulations as a standard feature for quick and easy replacement of multiple printer brands. You may need to make rapid printer upgrades or streamline operations following mergers and acquisitions. We’ve added Monarch and IER emulations, giving the T5000r and SL5000r printers support for a total of seven thermal emulations, which includes Zebra, Intermec, TEC, SATO, Datamax, Monarch and IER. This extensive emulation support, combined with micro-stepping technology, means the T5000r and SL5000r ENERGY STAR printers have unparalleled application and output compatibility.

Feature Enhancements Ensure Adaptability to Future Business Applications

The latest features to come standard on every T5000r and SL5000r printer will help you not only to accommodate current applications, but also to plan for the future. Each printer now comes with built-in Ethernet and the highest memory in the industry at 64MB DRAM and 16MB Flash. Enhanced label sensing technology expands the range of media compatible with the printer. In addition, the T5000r thermal bar code printer is field upgradable to RFID to meet the changing demands of business applications. The SL5000r RFID printer includes EPCglobal Class 1 Gen 2 certified hardware. Both the T5000r and SL5000r offer optional functionality for wireless environments when combined with our mobile PrintCart. The lower power consumption enables prolonged use of the printer, resulting in less frequent charging and productivity improvement.

Datamax-O’Neil MP Compact4 Mark II and the MP Compact4 Mobile Mark II Compact Printers Coming in April

Posted March 31, 2010

Datamax-O'Neil Compact4 Mobile Mark IIThe Industry’s Most Compact Ruggedized Printers Now Offer Higher Print Quality and Performance, and Expanded Emulation Capabilities

Datamax-O’Neil, part of Dover Corporation’s Product Identification Platform and global provider of label and receipt printing solutions, introduces a new generation of its MP Compact printer family, now designated the MP Compact4 Mark II and the MP Compact4 Mobile Mark II. The new models, which will be available in April, incorporate the following features:

* Datamax-O’Neil’s DPL printer language
* Optional W-LAN 802.11 B/G with WPA2 security protocol
* IntelliSEAQ™ printhead which provides analytics and reporting capabilities
* Expanded emulation capabilities
* “Top of Form” multi-function sensor

“The MP Compact4 Mark II printers have an incredibly small footprint which allows them to be used in applications where space is limited,” said Umesh Cooduvalli, senior product manager for Datamax-O’Neil. “Their compact size takes up less than half the space of a traditional desktop label printer but with the same duty cycle and strength.”

The rugged printers are constructed on a solid cast metal frame and protected with metal die cast covers. The printer is ideal at the front desk of a hospital or in the box office of a movie theatre.

The Compact4 Mobile Mark II is designed for installation on forklift trucks and mobile stations. It can operate from a connection to a forklift’s battery. Its vibration-proof design makes it the perfect choice for warehousing logistics.

The MP Compact series of printers have achieved considerable success in Europe. “We expect these printers to achieve similar success in other regions of the world,” Cooduvalli explained. “The new features we’ve incorporated into the latest Mark II generation printers make them an even more competitive offering.”

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Sato Introduces “All-In-One” Printer Management Utility

Posted March 23, 2010

Sato barcode printers

New management utility for seamless configuration of SATO printers system-wide

SATO, a pioneer in the Automatic Identification and Data Collection (AIDC) industry and a leader in barcode printing, labeling, and EPC/RFID solutions, announced today its new SATO All-In-One printer management utility that enables users to seamlessly configure all of their SATO products across their system-wide infrastructure.

The SATO All-In-One tool is designed to provide a truly easy way to configure SATO printers based on the user’s requirements, and access local or networked SATO printers regardless of how the SATO printers are connected (parallel, serial, USB, Ethernet, or wireless). This one-stop configuration tool simply requires that any Windows PC be connected to the user’s network or any standalone Windows PC environment. It’s that simple.

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SATO Introduces CG Series of Ultra-Compact Barcode Printers

Posted March 1, 2010

Multi-purpose desktop printers at affordable prices with SATO’s dependable performance and renowned durability

SATO, a pioneer in the Automatic Identification and Data Collection (AIDC) industry and a leader in barcode printing, labeling, and EPC/RFID solutions, announced today the introduction of its new, CG Series of compact, multi-purpose desktop printers.


Ideal for on-demand, low to mid-range volume label or wristband printing applications such as retail shelf and product labeling to layaway and price markdown printing, as well as healthcare wristband printing and office shipping labels, compliance labeling, product identification labels and/or tags, and much more.

The CG Series direct thermal and thermal transfer versions with emulation available are a perfect fit for a variety of applications in healthcare, retail, transportation and logistics, manufacturing, office administration, education and libraries, hospitality, travel and leisure and any other industry where a small footprint combined with value pricing and dependability are a must.

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Citizen Introduces Three New Printers: CL-S700, CT-S851 & CT-S601

Posted February 25, 2010

CitizenCitizen Systems America Corporation, a supplier of world-class printing solutions, expanded its portfolio of Next Best Printing Solutions with the introduction of the CL-S700DT barcode/label printer, the CT-S851 front exit receipt printer and the CT-S601 value receipt printer. All of these new products are backwards compatible with previous Citizen models and fully plug and play with current competitor’s models.

“Investing in new products, in these economic times, is more important than ever” says Oscar Ibarra, Executive Vice President.” Our commitment to R&D and to our customers and partners is stronger than ever. We will continue to deliver the Next Best Printing Solutions throughout the world by offering the best value in their category – richer feature sets, cutting edge functionality and better pricing with the same high quality and reliability that all customers have come to know and expect from the Citizen Brand.”

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SATO CG2 Label Printer Offers Unrivaled Value

Posted February 9, 2010

Sato CG2SATO, a leading provider of data collection and label printing solutions, announces the launch of a new thermal label printer, which prints 2-inch labels, receipts, wristbands and tags. Its ease-to-use, ultra-compact design, as well as its suitability for on-demand, low-volume label or wristband printing applications make the CG2 series one of the best feature to value desktop printers in its class.

The functional design of the CG2 allows for its operation as a standalone printing system when using the SATO keypad, thereby eliminating the need for a PC at the point of printing. The printer’s compact footprint is ideal for applications where counter space is limited or for shop floor or back office operations that require small space printing systems. The CG2 printer is available in 203 or 305 dpi print resolutions for the crisp imaging of text, linear and 2D barcode symbologies for application use on small labels commonly used for the electronics or pharmaceutical industries or specimen identification labeling in the healthcare sector. The printer’s anti-microbial casing is manufactured using an inorganic antimicrobial material making it suitable for use in environments where cleanliness and hygiene are paramount.

The CG2 printer is RFID-ready 1 and provides an affordable HF RFID printing solution for short-read range applications.

Its clamshell design and simple print mechanism makes the loading of media quick and easy. With its simplicity of design this enables easy operation and maintenance; print heads and platen rollers can be replaced without the need for any tools.

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Barcode printer ribbons: Coated side in vs. Coated side out

Posted February 8, 2010

The “ink” (wax, wax-resin, etc.) coating on the a thermal barcode printer ribbon can be manufactured to face in or out on the roll.

Ribbon coating

Most brands of barcode label printer work with only coated side in or coated side out. Some printers support both.

Coated side out:
Most Zebra, Datamax, Intermec, Printronix and TEC printers

Coated side in:

Printronix T4M and SL4M

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Raising the bar for positive patient identification

Posted December 4, 2009

Zebra 2844-ZThe Challenge
The concept of ‘positive patient identification’ is much talked-about in the medical world, and is a fundamental requirement for correct patient care. This phrase covers all types of verification and identification practices which effect patients, hospitals and procedures. Using patient ID wristbands goes a long way to ensure the correct drugs are assigned to the correct patient – as hand- written wristbands can be misread, easily damaged or even lost.

Previously ward nurses would have to hand write all patient wristbands using information from the patients medical history. By eliminating this manual process, the hospital would save time for medical staff, allowing them to focus on other aspects of their jobs.

It was also important that the key patient demographics were taken from the hospital information system to avoid the risk of transcription errors.

Effective barcodes
According to Helena Roddy, Haemovigilance Officer, Portiuncula Hospital: “We wanted to implement a blood tracking system to assist with compliance to the EU Blood Directive. The first step in this process was to introduce barcoded patient identification wristbands.”

“Implementation and support were also key” Roddy continued. ”We needed a solution which required minimal maintenance and expense.”

The hospital chose a Zebra solution of printers and wristbands for use with all its adult patients and installed six LP 2844Z printers throughout the hospital as well as working with hospital staff to design the wristband. This design was key to its success, and had to contain the patient’s name, date of birth, sex, and hospital number.

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Discontinuance of Ethernet for Zebra 2824 Series Label Printers

Posted November 19, 2009

Zebra 2824 PlusZebra has announced the discontinuance of the ZebraNet® PrintServer II internal Ethernet option for 2824 series 2-inch desktop label printers.

The Zebra 2824 Plus™ with internal 10/100 Ethernet will directly replace the internal ZebraNet PrintServer II on the 2824 2-inch desktop printers. The 2824 Plus printers incorporate better Ethernet technology at a lower price point than the 10base-T legacy printers.

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Processing return shipments more smoothly and more quickly

Posted November 16, 2009

Zebra Z4M PlusOtto ranks as the world’s largest mail order company and offers its products by way of two main catalogs it publishes each year, but also through numerous seasonal and special interest catalogs and via electronic media.

Otto’s core business is catalog selling. Therefore, access to a robust Warehouse Management System that allows the company to process return shipments effectively is of great strategic importance. Within this context bar code printing is of particular importance. For example, identification of an article that has been returned takes place solely using bar codes. This means that the printing quality of the bar codes is of the highest importance in identifying items that have been returned and managing all of the other related processes.

In 2001, Otto implemented a new and more efficient system for managing stock and returns. Wolf Hartmann is department head of the returns day shift at Otto in Hamburg. He decided to implement bar code printers from Zebra Technologies in Obertshausen, Germany. This brand of printers has been used successfully by Otto for many years and has proven to be extremely reliable. In addition, Otto was convinced that ZebraLink, the innovative method of connecting and controlling printers, could be of great value to their company.

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