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A Guide to Smart Printing

Posted August 16, 2012

Understanding the Capabilities, Use Cases and Advantages of Smart Printers

Businesses are continually looking for ways to work smarter. Printing operations provide an excellent – and often overlooked – opportunity. One growing trend among companies with bar code printing operations is to leverage the capabilities of “smart” printers, which are printers that integrate the power of a personal computer. Smart printers enable businesses to change the way their printing operations are structured, to streamline and improve processes in ways that reduce operating costs while improving reliability.

Smart printing takes advantage of the memory and processing power available in advanced printers to run printing operations independently, without a PC or network connection to another host computer. Smart printers can run software applications and can function as PLCs to control other devices, including scales, scanners and label applicators. By using the computing power that’s in the printer, organizations can reduce their IT hardware, networking and support requirements, lower the total cost of printing operations, and create work processes that improve productivity and reduce opportunities for errors.

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Zebra’s New 4″ Desktop Printer the GC420

Posted August 6, 2012

Zebra announces the release of the GC420 desktop printers. These compact printers allow organisations of all sizes to see more and do more by enabling track-and-trace capabilities for numerous applications, including:

Manufacturing – light industrial work-in-process, product and shipping labelling

Transportation & logistics – boarding tickets, bag tags, parking passes

Retail – price labelling shelf marking, receipt printing

Healthcare – laboratory specimen and blood bank labelling

Post  electronic stamping, address labelling

These new printers offer productivity enhancements essential for small to mid-size manufacturers, transportation and logistics businesses as well as retail, healthcare and post. The GC420 provides excellent value performance based on customer-proven mechanical design.

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Are Zebra Printers Used In Your Life?

Posted August 1, 2012

Zebra printers are some of the most popular and commonly used printers today.  You can find Zebra printers in retail, manufacturing, hospitality, government, healthcare,  and educational environments being used for a variety of  printing applications.  From wristbands to labels and even ID cards, no matter the environment, there is a Zebra printer to meet the needs of every application.

The Wasp WPL608 Industrial Label Printer

Posted July 25, 2012

Having the right printer to meet the demands of your business is critical to getting the most out of your investment.  For demanding print applications, a printer needs to be reliable and easy to use to keep you business running efficiently. The Wasp WPL608 features an industrial design at an affordable price, delivering reliability that your organization can depend on. Durable construction, exceptional print speed, and dual barcode printing technologies make this barcode printer a leader in industrial barcode printing.

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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.

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