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Zebra’s ZQ500: Mobile Printing for Mission Critical Applications

Posted June 12, 2017

Businesses already know the move to a more mobile workforce is key to greater effectiveness and profitability. Enabling your employees with better tools lets them do more in less time and improves their general day-to-day experience.

From transportation and manufacturing to the retail front-end, many mobile applications require a means to print labels or receipts on the go. There are plenty of mobile printers on the market today but none match the performance and durability of the Zebra ZQ500.

ZQ500 printers are lightweight, yet engineered to handle the bumps, drops and collisions that are part of the job. The printers feature a patented military design that meets third-party-verified MIL-STD 810g military standards for shock, vibration and temperature exposure. The printers can withstand repeated drops to concrete from 6.6′ on multiple sides.

Designed for intuitive, simple use with a simplified user interface that reduces the amount of accidentally changed printer settings, and the large buttons increase accuracy for gloved hands and fingers the ZQ500 is made for the workplace.

  • Apple iOS, Android, Windows Mobile and BlackBerry connectivity
  • Direct thermal printing of barcodes, text and graphics at 203 dpi resolution (8 dots per mm)
  • Print speed up to 5″/127 mm per second (with Draft mode enabled)
  • CPCL and ZPL programming languages and XML support
  • 400 MHz 32-bit ARM processor with 256 MB RAM (8 MB available for user applications)
  • Cold Temperature Compensation mode–optimizes/balances print speeds to allow for better print performance at lower temps
  • Dual-sided tear bar which allows for clean tearing in either direction (not available with linerless SKUs)
  • Printer can be used in any orientation
  • “Clamshell” design for easy media loading
  • Management: Mirror, SNMP, Web server, ProfileManager, AirWatch and Wavelink Avalanche
  • Bluetooth 4.0 Smart Ready Low Energy radio
  • Simple easy-to-read LCD with large icons for battery and wireless status
  • Tolerance of multiple drops from 6.6′ (2 m) to concrete
  • Zebra Print Touch simplifies Bluetooth pairing and launches web-based help pages with Near Field Communication (NFC) enabled devices
  • Power Smart Print Technology – anticipates upcoming printing to optimize battery consumption and print speed

TSC Introduces Affordable, COmpact Alpha-2R 2″ Portable Printers

Posted November 1, 2016

TSC Alpha-2R Portable PrinterTSC has introduced their all-new Alpha-2R 2-inch wide mobile printer. The Alpha-2R portable printer offers a great combination of small size, light weight, high durability at an economic price. The Alpha-2R is the third Alpha model of our growing family of cost-effective portable printers from TSC that now includes 2″, 3″ and 4″ wide mobile printers.

The Alpha-2R is a comfortable, light-weight printer capable of working with any mobile printing application where you need access to quick, simple receipts or tickets. The Alpha-2R is TSC’s smallest and most affordable mobile printer. While cost-effective, the Alpha-2R is still equipped with important basic features and offers a selection of competitive accessories.

TSC delivers more for our customers with the Alpha-2R without sacrificing function or performance:

  • Print More – Alpha-2R offers the largest media capacity in the 2″ receipt market with a media capacity of 58 mm wide and a maximum media roll out diameter of 50 mm
  • Print Longer – Alpha-2R was designed to be Energy Star 2.0 compliant and features 17 hours of usage on a battery charge with an average of a 2 minute printer interval (BT mode)
  • Broad Application with excellent printing compatibility – ESC-POS & CPCL & ZPL emulations available
  • Print Quality – Smart Algorithm to adjust print speed & condition based on layout & heat history
  • Better Warranty – 2-year standard warranty

Brother Redefines Mobile Printing with New RuggedJet 2 Series

Posted October 25, 2016

Brother RuggedJet 2 Portable PrinterBrother has announced the launch of the new RuggedJet 2 Series, two-inch mobile label and receipt printers. The company’s first 2-inch format printers are the most compact, lightweight, and notably versatile printers in their class, incorporating the rugged durability and rock-solid reliability which have made the existing RuggedJet lineup popular.

Designed to wirelessly print both labels and receipts, the RuggedJet 2 was engineered to meet the varied and rigorous demands of today’s mobile environments. Available in four models, the printers support Bluetooth and Wi-Fi technology, in addition to iOS, Android, Windows mobile and Windows operating systems capability. Of special significance is the IP54 certification and 8.2 ft. drop protection, and advancements in speed and power further differentiate the new series.

The RJ-2050 and RJ-2150 models are the first in the 2-inch category to feature both Apple MFi certification and Apple AirPrint compatibility – allowing easy wireless printing from iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

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Brother’s RuggedJet Series Now Apple Certified

Posted October 10, 2016

Brother RuggedJet 4 PrinterBrother has announced that its RuggedJet 4 Wi-Fi handheld receipt and label printers now support Apple AirPrint wireless technology. AirPrint from Apple allows users to wirelessly print from iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch devices directly to RuggedJet 4 printers with ease.

Built-in AirPrint compatibility allows instant printing from iOS devices without the need to download or install drivers or interfaces and simplifies the RuggedJet user experience, making the thermal printer even easier to use. Moreover, all existing RuggedJet 4 Wi-Fi printers are backward compatible with AirPrint via a simple, free firmware update available from Brother.

With AirPrint support built in, an organization’s application developers benefit in that they do not have to spend time programming the printers or dealing with installation and set-up. Businesses and government agencies benefit as well by gaining device flexibility and the agility to future-proof their technology investments.

With the RuggedJet 4 certification complete the RuggedJet 2 will be the next MFi certified printer in October 2016 followed by the RuggedJet 3 in December.


Bixolon’s SPP-R310 Compact and Ergonomic 3″ Mobile Printer

Posted August 1, 2016

Bixolon has recently launched their new SPP-R310 super compact, ergonomic three-inch receipt, ticket and label printer with Bluetooth, WiFi, USB and Serial connectivity options.

Supporting Easy Bluetooth Pairing via embedded NFC tag enabling auto pairing with Android, iOS & Windows devices, alongside additional Apple MFi iAP2 certification. Featuring an Auto-Switch function which provides simple automatic switching between iOS mode and standard Bluetooth modes.

Ideal for all retailers from micro merchants to global brands, field service, logistics and more, the SPP-R310 is designed for multi-purpose 80mm receipt, ticket, label and linerless label printing. Producing 203dpi high resolution fonts, graphics, and logos on a 72mm wide media at speeds up to 100mm/sec receipting (80mm/sec linerless).

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House of Fraser Takes Control of Price Management with Datalogic’s Skorpio X3

Posted March 28, 2016

Datalogic Skorpio X3 Mobile ComputerDatalogic has announced that premium United Kingdom department store, House of Fraser, is using Skorpio X3 mobile computers to improve the price management processes.

House of Fraser, owned by Nanjing Xinjiekou Department Store Co. Ltd., a leading chain of Chinese department stores, purchased 290 Skorpio X3 devices following an extensive pilot program run in its Glasgow and Bristol stores with Datalogic business partner Capgemini.

The primary function for the mobile computers is to aid and improve price management processes. Paired with a mobile label printer via the integrated Bluetooth communications on the Skorpio device, employees can price check items and then print accurate clearance labels on the shop floor, affixing them to items within seconds. “The ability to price check and print on the spot enables us to more accurately and efficiently prepare for sale periods and provides our customers with a clear and professional presentation of the item price that minimizes queries and reduces checkout times,” – Fred Jefferiss, Commercial Finance Controller at the House of Fraser.

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Case Study: British American Tobacco: Increasing productivity and reducing errors

Posted January 13, 2016

British American Tobacco (BAT) is the market leader in the Romanian tobacco industry. Operations began, as a local affiliate, in 1994 and BAT Romania was founded as a domestic business entity in 1996. Local production began at the company’s Ploiesti factory in 1997. The factory now employs more than 500 staff and produces brands including Kent, Lucky Strike, Pall Mall, Dunhill, Vogue, Viceroy and Rothmans for both local and international markets.

The company’s sales agents had previously been using a range of dot matrix printers for printing all required documents to carry out their daily engagement with customers. However, poor printer performance, costly printer consumables, printer size and issues related to limited connectivity led to BAT looking for a new solution to ensure that their sales agents’ productivity levels were improved. They looked to upgrade to a printer that could withstand the rigours of the field sales environment and that could grow with them in the future.

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Proof of Delivery, Signature Capture and Receipt Printing Made Easy with Zebra

Posted November 2, 2015

zebradeliveryIn the world of delivery and pick-up logistics, speed and accuracy are the foundations of any successful business. Gone are the days of paper manifest’s and clipboards to guide a delivery driver through their day. Information has to be accessible and capturable in real-time to efficiently track the delivery process from truck to customer and proof of delivery.

Zebra’s mobile technology offering empowers drivers with the ability to scan packages to dynamically record their deliveries, electronically capture signatures and take photos for proof of delivery. Dispatch also can notify drivers mid-route about a new deliveries, changes in route or last minute pick-ups.

Zebra’s MC9500K mobile computer provides the real-time visibility workers need to instantly access their deliveries for the day, accurately document all delivery information, capture signatures, and stay connected to dispatchers for anything that may come up mid-route. Paired with the RW420 mobile printer for invoices, receipts, and delivery confirmations, you have an unstoppable combination to keep deliveries on time and accurate.

Cut costs and eliminate inefficiencies while improving the customer experience with Zebra Delivery Solutions.


Star Micronic’s SM-S230i Compact, High Speed Bluetooth Portable Printer

Posted September 3, 2015

Star SM-S230i Portable PrinterStar has announced the launch of their smallest portable printer. The SM-S230i is a compact, lightweight, high speed two inch Bluetooth and USB portable printer. The SM-S230i Bluetooth portable printer is compatible with all operating systems including Windows, Android, and iOS. With Apple MFi certification, the SM-S230i can easily connect and pair with the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

The SM-S230i is suitable for a wide range of mobile printing applications with no configuration changes required when switching between various operating systems. The clerk will be able to use the SM-S230i with an iOS, Android or Windows device with no set up required using its auto detection Bluetooth feature. This feature eliminates frustration caused from changing your settings when using devices with different operating systems. With an additional convenient connection option for USB 2.0, the SM-S230i can send fast transfer speeds of data and provide security with an easy plug-in USB cable.

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Star’s New Mobile SM-L200 Printer

Posted July 28, 2015

Star SM-L200 Portable Printer‘Always Leading-Always Innovating’ in cutting-edge technology, Star is proud to announce its SM-L200 two-inch Bluetooth low energy portable printer for the mobile point of sale industry. The SM-L200 supports BLE technology for all iOS mobile devices such as the Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Its compact and lightweight design make this two-inch portable printer perfect for a wide range of applications from queue busting in retail and hospitality to home delivery 58mm wide invoicing.

The SM-L200 is the first portable printer currently on the market which offers the ability to connect any Apple, iOS BLE compatible device without having to pair to it. With no limitation on the number of devices connected, BLE is the perfect solution for BYOD (bring your own device) environments that does not require any certification or prior authorization from your iOS operating system. In addition to the BLE feature for iOS, the SM-L200 is Bluetooth (3.0/ 4.0) compatible with all operating systems (Windows, Android, and iOS).

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