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Free Barcode Label Design Software for Datamax-O’Neil Printers

Posted November 29, 2011

Datamax-O’Neil has released NEW barcode label design software that will be offered free of charge with Datamax-O’Neil label printers.

NETira Label Designer allows users to create labels using linear (1D) barcodes, graphics, images and text. With the easy-to-use menu selection, labels can be created, stored and printed in seconds.

NETira Label Designer is part of the NETira family of software applications that are designed to enhance the features and performance of Datamax-O’Neil stationary printers<. Download NETira Label Designer


Datamax 4te Printer and Qualcomm OmniTRACS Mobile Information System Refine Crude Oil Transportation

Posted December 14, 2010

Genesis EnergyEvery day, millions of people drive into gas stations to refuel their cars without giving a thought to the process of how that fuel gets there when they need it. Genesis Crude Oil plays a central role in transporting fuel to gas stations in the Gulf Coast region of the Unites States, which encompasses the states of Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida.

Genesis Crude Oil is a division of Houston-based Genesis Energy, a growth-oriented company with a diverse portfolio of customers, operations, and assets, including refinery-related plants, pipelines, storage tanks, and terminals The primary function of Genesis Crude Oil is moving crude oil, via trucks, from pumping stations to strategically located storage facilities, where the product is held until it’s time to move it to a refinery.

To make sure its deliveries always flow smoothly, Genesis Crude Oil equipped its fleet of trucks with the OmniTRACS® Mobile Information System from Qualcomm Enterprise Services. This system allows Genesis dispatchers to maintain contact with all drivers at all times. “We can use the OmniTRACS® System to send messages to drivers in places that cell phones don’t reach,” says Terry Lincecum, Louisiana district manager for Genesis Crude Oil.

The system, which relies on satellite technology, also sends data about conditions on the truck—such as its current location or the temperature and weight of the product being carried—back to regional headquarters. “If there’s a problem with one of our trucks after it leaves the pick-up location, we can find out about it before the driver reports it,” Lincecum says. That’s an important capability, because drivers are picking up crude oil from pumping stations in remote areas, and having to wait for drivers to be in cell phone range to learn about problems could delay finding solutions.

Problem

About a year ago, as the Louisiana region was adding new trucks to its fleet, Lincecum discovered a way to make the OmniTRACS® System even more valuable: he upgraded the printers they use with the system. Genesis Crude Oil drivers rely on wireless mobile printers to generate receipts confirming the contents of the loads they pick up from each customer. The driver also keeps a copy of the receipt to use as a manifest if a Department of Transportation inspector asks for documentation of the truck’s contents.

The information on that receipt also is transmitted, via the OmniTRACS® System, to Genesis Crude Oil headquarters, facilitating accurate recordkeeping. “As we were adding the new trucks, we realized that the printers we were using were becoming obsolete,” Lincecum recalls. One clue to this obsolescence was the increased frequency with which those printers were being repaired. After reviewing the costs of those ongoing repairs, Lincecum thought it was time to consider replacing them.

Solution

Genesis Crude Oil selected the Datamax microFlash 4te wireless portable thermal transfer printer. The 4te is the latest version of Datamax-O’Neil’s legendary 4t printer, the industry’s leading portable thermal printer and the defacto standard for route accounting and field mobile printing applications.

To accommodate the need for faster transaction processing in the fast-paced world of mobile field applications, the 4te printer incorporates a new, 32-bit RISC ARM 9 processor that allows the printer to process complex applications up to ten times faster, and enables the user to enjoy exceptionally high print throughput. It can print up to 2,240, 6-inch receipts on a single battery charge with automated, power-saving sleep and wake-up modes.

That printing capability was a selling point for Genesis Crude Oil, which was getting complaints from drivers about having to replace the paper in the older printers too often. But the most attractive feature of the 4te, according to Lincecum, was the newly developed kit for pairing the printer with the Qualcomm OmniTRACS® System. The kit made the transition to the new printer seamless. “Our drivers and customers really like these new printers,” Lincecum says. “The drivers like them because they don’t have to change the paper as often; that improves their efficiency. Customers like them because the print quality is much better. The receipts are much easier to read.”

Results

Lincecum says Genesis Crude Oil is pleased that the 4te is continuing the Datamax-O’Neil tradition for product reliability. After six years in the field, fewer than 10 percent of the units have ever been in a repair facility, even though they operate in harsh industrial environments.

“We don’t have nearly as much downtime now,” Lincecum says. “With our previous printers, when one went down, the driver would have to locate another truck nearby and wait for that driver to show up to print a receipt for the customer. We haven’t had those issues with the Datamax-O’Neil printers.”


Datamax-O’Neil RL4: Rugged 4-inch Portable Label Printer

Posted November 3, 2010

Datamax-O’Neil extends its expertise in building rugged portable receipt printers to a new class of portable label printers ideal for manufacturing, warehouse and distribution applications.

Datamax-O’Neil, a global provider of label printing and receipt printing solutions, today announces an entirely new and “ground breaking” 4-inch label printer, the RL4, which is designed for rugged environments typically found in manufacturing, transportation and logistics applications. Combining flexibility and speed with easy integration, the RL4 has proven its superior rugged reliability by delivering labels even after a series of grueling tests.

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Datamax-O’Neil Introduces the Andes 3 Receipt Printer

Posted August 11, 2010

Datamax O'Neil Andes 3Datamax-O’Neil is proud to present a new addition to the current receipt printer product family – the Andes 3.

The Andes 3 is a lightweight, compact, 3-inch (80 mm) thermal printer with all the features and options required to keep pace with today’s requirements in field service, law enforcement, retail, hospitality and field sales applications. The Andes 3 printer has a larger paper capacity than the Apex 3, and was built to operate and withstand the rough and tough environments encountered by mobile professionals during their long, difficult shift. Like the Apex 3, the standard Andes 3 includes many accessories and options (like Bluetooth®) for at no additional cost, but this is unlike many competitive printers that make you pay more for standard accessories. Weighing in slightly over a pound (0.5 kg), the Andes 3 can be worn comfortably all day with the included shoulder strap or the optional belt loop system.

Specifications at-a-glance

  • Dimensions: 6.9" L x 4.8" W x 3.5" H
  • Communications: RS-232, USB, Bluetooth
  • Weight: 23 oz (0.78 kg) with battery
  • Options: 802.11 b/g, Magnetic Card Reader
  • Media Roll Capacity: 2.2" (55mm) maximum roll diameter (O.D.) with 3.15" (80mm) media width

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Datamax-O’Neil’s I-Class printer helps manufacturer respond to government requirements and gain higher productivity and profitability

Posted May 26, 2010

In 2008, the Food and Drug Administration in China passed legislation that required pharmaceutical enterprises involved in the manufacture and distribution of pharmaceutical products to apply barcode identification on all unit-dose medical product packaging. As a pharmaceutical manufacturer specializing in vaccine production, Wuhan Institute of Biological Products had to find a barcode solution to meet the requirements set by the legislation. They sought the help of Datamax-O’Neil to implement a track-and-trace solution, using Datamax-O’Neil’s I-Class series industrial printers.

Wuhan Institute of Biological Products produces an average of more than 100,000 vials of various vaccines daily. These vaccines have to be delivered to health and epidemic prevention stations as well as disease control centers throughout China on time and uninterrupted to meet the daily needs of disease control and prevention. While complying with the new legislation, they also had to ensure that product identification in the manufacturing process would not impact the existing production flow or slow down productivity. To support this, the Institute required an industrial strength printer that it could rely on for mission critical and accurate barcode label printing.

Enter the I-Class series printers. The I-4208 and I-4308 barcode printers feature a tough, modular design that includes a die-cast aluminum frame that assures durability and rugged reliability. The printers come with a standard 32Bit processor and 8MB (16MB) of standard memory for fast first-label output and print speed of 8 inches per second, with a printing resolution of 203dpi (I4208) and 300dpi (I4308) respectively, perfect for printing clear and accurate barcode labels for medical packages that come in varying sizes.

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Datamax-O’Neil’s Microflash 4t printer Makes NYPD Parking Citations More Accurate and Efficient

Posted May 21, 2010

Datamax O'Neil Microflash 4tCautionary words to those who park in New York City— obey the rules, or pay the price. A computerized parking citation system rolling out to the NYPD’s parking enforcement division will effectively eliminate hand-written traffic tickets. The result: a more accurate, efficient and cost effective solution. City officials say the new system will significantly reduce errors associated with hand-written tickets and, according to some estimates; realize millions in unpaid fines owed the city.

The solution consists of Symbol Technologies’ handheld computer, the PPT 2800, and Datamax-O’Neil’s portable Microflash 4t thermal printer. The terminal’s pocket PC platform and features, including bar code scanning and real-time wireless communications, allow officers to scan vehicle registration stickers, print tickets, and upload the information to a central database.

The solution works well in New York City, as New York State requires that all vehicles have their registration affixed to the inside of the windshield. The registration includes a 2-D barcode, which the parking officer scans using the handheld computer, and information about the vehicle is instantly and accurately captured. A traffic summons is printed on the spot by the wearable thermal printer, which is connected to the PC via a wireless LAN.

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Datamax-O’Neil Integrates the Former Extech Apex and S2000i Printers into Solution Portfolio

Posted May 12, 2010

Extech S2000iApex and S2000i Printers Bring Diversity into Datamax-O’Neil’s Mobile Printer Family

Datamax-O’Neil, part of Dover Corporation’s Product Identification Platform and global provider of label and receipt printing solutions, announces that it has integrated the former Extech Apex and S2000i printers into its printer portfolio, and the rebranded printers are now available to the company’s worldwide partner network. The Apex and S2000i printers expand the range of applications where the company’s mobile printers have been successful and will provide new opportunities for growth in the increasingly mobile global workforce.

“The Apex and S2000i printers bring tremendous diversity into the Datamax-O’Neil portable printer family and will expand our ability to sell products in applications where our existing line might not have been the perfect fit,” said Paul Lehmann, director of product management for Datamax-O’Neil. “The existing Datamax-O’Neil portables are known throughout for their industry-leading rugged reliability, and the Apex and S2000i printers bring a value element that will appeal to customers that demand ease of operation, reliability and low cost, but don’t require the extremely rugged characteristics needed for certain applications.”

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Datamax-O’Neil Introduces the OC3 Receipt Printer

Posted July 31, 2009

Datamax-O’Neil presents a new addition to the current OC product family – the OC3 Receipt printer. The OC3 Receipt printer incorporates a fixed width media holder and spring loaded mechanism inside the printer that allows 3.15-inch receipt media to be easily placed into the printer. Conversely, the OC3 Label printer has an adjustable media width holder that allows it to handle various sized label media up to 3-inch linered label media with Q-mark or gap sensing.

Recognizing the necessity for a compact, streamlined, and reliable receipt printer, Datamax-O’Neil has designed the OC3 Receipt printer to offer approximately 45% less total volume than the closest competitive rugged portable printer. The OC3 Receipt printer prints 3.15 inches wide receipts and is created to meet the continually expanding requirements associated with mobile POS, field sales/service, transportation and hospitality applications. The OC3 Receipt printer is the newest member of Datamax-O’Neil’s OC line of mobile printing solutions; the industry’s most light weight, streamlined and ergonomic family of portable label and receipt printers.

The OC3 Receipt printer maintains Datamax-O’Neil’s renowned reliability standard, and offers optional wireless personal area Bluetooth network (WPAN) capability, as well as a wide variety of security options to meet the needs of the retail community. To accommodate the need for faster receipt printing, the OC3 Receipt printer incorporates a 32-bit RISC ARM 9 processor allowing the printer to process complex applications up to ten (10) times faster and enabling the user to enjoy exceptionally high print throughput. For “line/queue busting” applications and easy processing of credit or debit card payments, the OC3 Receipt printer includes an optional built-in magnetic stripe card reader. It prints high quality receipts at 203 dpi, incorporates Flash memory for fast adaptability to changing business requirements, and offers intelligent power management for longer battery life to increase user productivity and efficiency.

Ordering Information

Part Number Product Description List Price (US$)
200339-100 Printer, OC3 Receipt, Serial $ 950.00
200340-100 Printer, OC3 Receipt, Serial, Card Reader $1,100.00
200341-100 Printer, OC3 Receipt, Bluetooth $1,100.00
200342-100 Printer, OC3 Receipt, Bluetooth, Card Reader $1,250.00

OC3 Label Printer & OC3 Receipt Printer Difference – Media Holder

OC3 label printer OC3 label printer
OC3 Label Printer with Adjustable Width Media Holder OC3 Receipt Printer with Fixed Width Spring Loaded Media Holder

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