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New Zebra iMZ Mobile Printers Connect to Apple Devices

Posted February 14, 2013

The iMZ220 and iMZ320 mobile printers build on the current MZ series with the addition of Bluetooth connectivity to Apple iOS, Android, Windows Mobile and Blackberry platforms. Supporting smart phone and tablet technologies, as well as mobile computer technology, the iMZ series gives users a real choice of mobile platforms to suit their business requirements. Compact and lightweight, these easy-to-operate mobile receipt printers are a great entry-level model for printing simple 2-inch and 3-inch receipts.

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Direct to Card vs. Retransfer Print Technology

Posted December 6, 2012

Direct-to-Card (DTC) printing is the most common technology used by desktop card printer/encoders to transfer images directly onto a plastic ID card. DTC technology prints images by heating a print ribbon beneath a thermal printhead, resulting in the transfer of color from the ribbon to a blank card. With DTC printing, images have sharp edges, deep blacks and a full spectrum of colors. This printing method does not provide full card coverage as a small white border will be at the edges of the card. All major manufacturers produce DTC ID card Printers, with some of most popular models being Zebra ZXP Series 3, Datacard SD360, Fargo DTC1000, and Evolis Primacy.

Retransfer printing is a two-step process that transfers your image to a retransfer film before applying    it to the card. First, the image is printed in reverse directly onto a clear layer of film. Next, the printhead heats up and bonds the imaged film    to the card’s surface by applying heat and pressure. The two step retransfer process creates a true edge to edge (100% card coverage) high quality image on PVC cards and other card types. High end models using this technology include Zebra ZXP Series 8 and Fargo HDP5000. Remember, when using a retransfer printer; don’t forget to add the retransfer film with your ribbon.

For help finding the right  ID Card Printer for your business, contact us at BarcodesInc.


Get To Know The New Zebra GC420

Posted November 27, 2012

Zebra GC420 Series Barcode PrinterZebra has been a leader in small desktop label printers with its long standing LP and TLP series printers. While this series has been the go to printer for many businesses, all good things come to an end as these models were discontinued this year. However, Zebra has followed-up with a new line to fit the same needs with the GC420.

With any update in a product line though, there are always some questions as to the compatibility of using the newer model in place of the older series.  The following FAQ is a great guide into how the GC420 can be the right fit for an aging LP or TLP series printer.

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Zebra Achieves Oracle Validated Integration With Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.1

Posted November 14, 2012

Zebra, a recognized global leader in technologies that extend real-time visibility into business operations, and a Gold level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork, announced it has achieved Oracle Validated Integration between its thermal barcode and RFID printer product line and Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.1.

Zebra printers communicate with JD Edwards EnterpriseOne via the Zebra barcode printing solution, providing direct capabilities to seamlessly receive and process XML output from JD Edwards EnterpriseOne more quickly. By eliminating printing delays, customers save valuable time and money, and improve operational efficiencies.

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The New Zebra Z-Band Ultrasoft Wristbands

Posted October 29, 2012

With Zebra’s new patent-pending Z-Band UltraSoft direct thermal adhesive wristband, healthcare providers can take a softer approach to patient identification.

Featuring a soft, flexible polypropylene and vinyl material, Z-Band UltraSoft is the softest direct thermal wristband in the market. Z-Band UltraSoft also offers excellent resistance to most hand sanitizers, supporting patient safety by insuring readable text and scannable barcodes for up to 14 days. Z-Band UltraSoft is being positioned as Zebra’s premium adhesive-closure wristband.

Z-Band UltraSoft is available in a cartridge for the HC100 printer in several size. For more details on the new Z-Band UltraSoft, contact us at BarcodesInc.


Lamination Without the Extra Cost

Posted October 17, 2012

Are you looking to secure your ID card but don’t have the budget for a printer with lamination capabilities? Well, BarcodesInc and Zebra have the solution for you!

Zebra’s “Genuine Secure” hologram overlaminate patch is hand-applied with its peel-n-stick feature, so a lamination ID card printer isn’t needed. Just simply, peel and apply up to 500 patches per roll. The overlaminate patch features a “Secure” text hologram that serves as an anti-counterfeiting measure and makes the ID card difficult to replicate. The hologram overlaminate patch can be used with all manufacturers’ cards, including Fargo, Datacard, and Evolis.

For more information about ID card systems, contact us at BarcodesInc.


Properly Storing Your Blank ID Cards

Posted October 10, 2012

Having a professional looking identification card with crisp images and no blemishes is must-have in today’s corporate and university environments. Card Printers certainly play a part in the process, but taking care of your blank ID card stock should be a priority. Improperly handling cards before printing can create flaws in your card stock that will be reflected or even magnified in your printed cards. The following are a few tips to consider when handling cards:

  • Environment – Cards should be kept in the air-tight, water resistant containers when not in use. Most card stocks from Zebra, Fargo, Datacard, and Evolis come in 5 x 100 card packages. It is best to only open one container at a time. Cards also should be stored in a regulated temperature environment. Extreme heat or extreme cold can make cards brittle and more susceptible to snapping.
  • Handling: Oils and fingerprints from your hands can leave a residue on the card that will impact the overall print quality of the card. We recommend only touching the edge of the cards when loading and handling your ID cards. Anti-static gloves can also be worn which will reduce the residue left on cards.
  • Inputting: Always inspect the stock to make sure you have received the proper cards and no identifiable blemishes exist with in the cards.

For more information about ID cards and handling, contact us at BarcodesInc.


How to Get Your Zebra Printer to Work with Light Colored Ribbons

Posted October 8, 2012

Thermal label printers may only be able to print with a single color ribbon roll but this doesn’t mean you’re stuck with black only.  A variety of colored ribbons are available for almost every printer model in wax, wax/resin, or resin rolls.  However, when you start using lighter colors of ribbon (red, yellow, pink), the printer will sometimes have difficulty sensing that a ribbon is installed properly. Most printers just need a little calibration to get up and running.

Zebra printers are some of the most commonly used label printers today and the ZM400, ZM600, and S4M are a few of the more popular models.  Follow these steps from the front control panel on the printer to configure it to handle any color of ribbon with ease

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Zebra Announces The Discontinuance of the LP/TLP 2844, LP/TLP 2824, and TLP 3842

Posted September 4, 2012

Some of the most popular and widely used desktop label printers are finally coming to an end.  Zebra has announced the formal discontinuation of their famed  LP/TLP 2844, LP/TLP 2824, and TLP 3842 printers.

Zebra is a leader in the world of label printers and their compact desktop models are the perfect combination of performance and value.  While their most popular units may be on the way out, there is are new and improved printers ready to take their place.

These new models use the same labels/ribbons as their predecessors and are drop-in replacements in most applications. If you have any questions or need assistance migrating to these new printers, contact us at Barcodes Inc.


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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