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E-Class Pro+ Bridges The Gap Between Desktop And Industrial

Posted July 20, 2012

The latest E-Class Mark III printer offers features typically found in industrial printers but at a desktop printer size and price 

Datamax-O’Neil announced the availability of its newest E-Class Mark III printer model, the Professional Plus (Pro+).  The Pro+ offers a locking media cabinet and enough internal media capacity to hold a 7.2-inch roll of media or stack of fan-folded media  — the ideal printer when applications require secure printing or continuous uninterrupted printing.  Similar to the Professional model, the Pro+ also offers a fast print speed, expanded communications, real time clock, audible alerts and large display – features normally found in industrial class printers, but available with the E-Class Pro and Pro+ at a desktop printer price.

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Wasp’s WPL305 Desktop Barcode Printer

Posted July 18, 2012

Finding the right barcode printer can always be a challenge.  Ease of use and reliability are key concerns for every business to stay productive and minimize downtime. Within the sea of desktop printers currently available, the Wasp WPL305 stands out as a printer that is ready to meet the needs of any desktop application.

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Smart Printers. Smart Investment.

Posted July 10, 2012

People generally relate to industrial printers as they do to their desktop printers. It’s a “dumb” device that prints whatever a computer sends it. As long as it does that well and keeps working, people really don’t think too much about it.

Bar code printers have generally fallen into the same “dumb” and reliable category, but are also rugged and fast at producing labels.

However, there is a different type of industrial-strength printer that’s in a class by itself. It has the same characteristics as other bar code printers—rugged, fast, and reliable—but these printers are “smart.” Smart printers have built-in intelligence that enables them to perform a wide variety of operations that normal printers cannot.

First, smart printers do not require a computer to be able to produce labels. The immediate benefits are you save the cost of a computer dedicated to controlling the printer and you save space by reducing the number of devices needed to perform operations. Smart printers’ intelligence also allows them to actually run processes and devices. Smart printers can act as programmable logic controllers (PLC) to run other devices in production applications.

Smart printers are not new; they have been manufactured for over a decade. The latest generation delivers even more capability than before, adding advanced bar code printing capabilities, errorproofing, the ability to print directly from ERP systems via XML data, and RFID labeling and data management capabilities.

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The Common Sense Case: Why Thermal Trumps Laser for Label Printing

Posted July 6, 2012

“When you’re finished changing, you’re finished,” said Benjamin Franklin, a printer and purveyor of common sense. This paper, makes the common-sense case for using thermal printers in label applications. In fact, the advantages of thermal over laser are so compelling that the only reason to continue using laser printers for labeling must be habit. Before enumerating the advantages of thermal printing technology over laser, it will be useful to consider the use of laser printers for labeling.

Laser Printing Labeling: History and Concerns

Laser printers have long been used in label printing applications, chiefly because a base of laser printers are usually already installed—primarily for forms, letters, and other narrative communications and documentation. Their multi-function capability made it relatively easy to adopt the laser printer hardware for printing labels. Since adoption was easy, a thorough examination of the technology’s appropriateness was rarely undertaken. Parameters such as operating costs, total cost of ownership, materials and energy usage, ergonomics, and other relevant factors were simply not considered in the label printing context.

After laser label printing applications became the de facto standard, users began to see the shortcomings of using laser printers for this function. While many are now demanding better label printing solutions, they are challenged by inertia in the form of a huge installed base of laser printers.

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New Thermal Printers From Wasp – WPL25 and WHC25

Posted June 27, 2012

WPL25 Desktop Barcode Printer and the WHC25 Desktop Wristband Printer Provide the Latest in Quick and Durable Labeling

Wasp Barcode Technologies has announced the launch of the WPL25 Desktop Barcode Printer and the WHC25 Desktop Wristband Printer. Designed specifically for speed and durability, both products use direct thermal technology to provide accurate images and barcodes of the highest quality. The thermal printing technology used in both printers uses heat as opposed to ink, making the printed label or wristband smudge proof and durable.

Wasp’s WPL25 Desktop Barcode Printer features a high-quality clamshell design thatmakes the WPL25 ideal for printing high performance labels for healthcare, retail, shipping, and office environments. The WPL25 barcode printer uses a 200 MHz processor that prints labels at speeds up to 5 inches per second at 203 dpi print resolution. For easy integration into various business environments, the Wasp WPL25 comes standard with USB and serial interfaces. The WPL25 also comes with optional peeler, cutter, and stand-alone keyboard making it easy to create an all-in-one barcoding and scanning solution.

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CognitiveTPG’s ‘Wanted Alive’ Summer Promotion

Posted June 20, 2012

Celebrating the coming summer months, CognitiveTPG announced a promotion to entice its current, former, and possible future customers.

The promotion is a video contest calling for loyal Blaster and Advantage LX owners to show off their old dependable printer. “We are calling the promotion Wanted Alive’ and challenging current and former customers to show us the oldest operational unit in the field. We know what true workhorses these printers are and we know there are still many 10-plus year old printers in the field today, working,” said Angela Mansfield-Swanson, CognitiveTPG’s Marketing Director. The customer with the oldest operational unit will win a $500 Visa gift card.

This promotion will run from June 1st through August 31, 2012.


Intermec’s Most Innovative Industrial Printers – PM43 and PM43c

Posted June 18, 2012

Intermec’s PM43 and PM43c ares some of the most capable and reliable mid-range industrial printers on the market today. These printers were designed for a wide range of applications within distribution center/warehouse and manufacturing environments. With full color touch displays, preloaded leading programing languages, support for mobile devices, and an incredible 12 inchs per second print speed, these printers are at the top of their class and will  fit right in to your existing enterprise.

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The Power of Mobile Printing in the Warehouse and Beyond

Posted June 12, 2012

In today’s precarious economic environment, global enterprises are experiencing a dual pinch: one, difficult times have cut operating budgets significantly, and rehiring to support growth after the contraction remains difficult; secondly, as investments in new equipment and systems have been delayed or denied, the optimization of warehouse and supply chain processes has become a critical factor in balancing costs, labor, and assets. What’s more, this optimization must occur while maximizing productivity and improving responsiveness to customer demands.

With the growing emphasis on cost cutting, companies need to find new and better ways to enhance efficiencies and ensure accuracy across their supply chains and distribution networks. One strategy that is still effective in helping achieve this goal is the implementation of greater mobility into warehousing and distribution functions through devices such as mobile printers.

According to a recent study, mobile devices and software commonly improve workforce production by 20 percent or more. This translates into lower labor costs, lower operating costs, and faster payback on investment. Such gains are not hard to envision. By minimizing the time needed to print labels and apply them to materials, work in process, finished goods, pallets, boxes, and so forth, mobile printers help drive down labor costs while improving performance on the warehouse and DC floors.

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Zebra’s New Mid-Range Printer – the ZT200

Posted May 30, 2012

The new ZT200 series printers are the culmination of Zebra industry expertise, voice of customer feedback and innovative engineering. Incorporating Zebra’s new global design gives the ZT200 a sleek, contemporary look, improved user interface and a space-saving design. What’s under the hood is equally exciting since the series is engineered for effortless setup, intuitive user operation, and ease of service and maintenance for long-lasting performance. Superior print quality is achieved via the new print mechanism design and precision adjustment controls that accommodate a variety of media.

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Not Barcodes or RFID, but Both

Posted May 23, 2012

Leveraging Printer Infrastructure to Reap the Benefits of Converging Technologies

Technology has an inexorable momentum, but one that proceeds at a pace determined by utility. Such is the case with barcodes and radio-frequency identification (RFID).

“When technology rolls over you, if you’re not part of the steamroller, you’re part of the road,” said the American writer and editor Stewart Brand. When Wal-Mart issued its famous RFID mandate in 2003, many manufacturers thought they were being steamrolled; pundits saw the mandate as the death knell of barcode technology. Neither the fear nor the forecast has proved accurate.

First, the mandate did not result in a rapid torrent of RFID adoption. Deadlines associated with the mandate have been extended several times because many vendors faced significant difficulties implementing RFID systems, including the relative cost of implementation. The Wall Street Journal published an article stating that the RFID plan set forth by Wal-Mart was “showing signs of fizzling” due to a lack of progress by their executives to introduce the technology to its stores and to the lack of incentives for suppliers.No one was being steamrolled.

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