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Zebra QLn Series Mobile Label Printers

Posted May 18, 2011

Zebra QLn320Zebra’s popular QL family of direct thermal mobile label printers has built a highly satisfied following based upon its proven drop-resistant durability; user-friendly, productivity-boosting features; and easy integration. As Zebra’s third generation of QL printers, the QLn series extends these QL-platform benefits to the “nth” power—whether you choose the QLn320 for 3-inch-wide printing, or the soon-to-come 2-inch QLn220 printer.

A new seamless, one-piece design and tempered-glass display join the printer’s rubber-infused over-molding to make the lightweight printer even more durable. The QLn printer can boost your operation’s productivity through a larger, sharper, easier-to-navigate display; faster, higher-quality printing; a variety of proactive alerts that help keep working printers in employees’ hands; and many convenient charging accessories. And your IT department will find the QLn easier to integrate into existing environments with such features as Zebra Global Printing (coming soon), improved network performance, and ZebraLink support. Also prolong printer uptime and enhance operations productivity with remote Ethernet- connected printer, battery, configuration, and firmware management, all supported by ZebraLink tools.

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Zebra RW 420 Route Palette integrates Motorola’s MC9500 Series Mobile Computers

Posted December 27, 2010

Zebra RW 420 Route PaletteZebra announces the release of their next version of rugged RW 420 Route Palette. This integrated carrying device is designed to work specifically with Motorola’s new MC9500 industrial grade mobile handheld computer. Ideal for route accounting, direct store delivery or field service and sales operations, the RW 420 brings efficiency and ease-of-use to field mobility applications, saving valuable time and money.

Designed to handle the harsh demands of mobile computing in the field, the RW 420 Route Palette is the most rugged of its kind, with an Ingress Protection (IP) rating of IP 42, making it resistant to certain environmental conditions, such as moisture, dust and dirt.

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Zebra Technologies Introduces ZMotif CardStudio Card Design Software

Posted December 9, 2010

Zebra ZMotif Card StudioClassic, Standard or Professional CardStudio Software Offered for Basic to Advanced Card Design and Printing

Zebra Technologies, announces the release of its ZMotif CardStudio card design and issuance software suite this week. CardStudio is a Zebra card design software application for intuitive design, encoding and printing of simple to complex design cards. CardStudio is available now, in 11 different languages worldwide.

Ideal for a variety of markets, CardStudio is easy to use right out-of-the box. Users are able to design cards for access control, gift cards, loyalty and club cards, school identification and library cards, and visitor badges. This software is optimised for all Zebra card printers including: direct-to-card, retransfer, current and legacy models, and contains many new features and benefits for anyone looking at designing and printing cards. CardStudio’s Direct-to-Printer (D2P) technology optimises print quality and performance by providing advanced print control functionality from card design elements directly to the printer. New capabilities and features such as new software only license manager, and D2P print technology demonstrate Zebra’s commitment to deliver and innovate productivity software for ID cards across a wide range of industries and hardware/software solutions.

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Zebra Z-Band Fun and Z-Band Splash Durable Water-resistant Wristbands

Posted December 8, 2010

Durable material and water-resistant adhesive creates a wristband that last for days; Hi-resolution images enable easy cashless payment options for guests.

Zebra Technologies, announced the launch of the Z-Band Fun and Z-Band Splash wristbands. The economical bar coded wristbanding solutions are ideal for amusement parks, theme and water parks, sporting events, and concerts. The wristband’s on-demand printing capability promises to create a splash in the amusement and attraction market.

The Z-Band Splash wristband features a durable, water-resistant adhesive which is perfect for water parks, resorts and cruise lines. Using direct thermal printing, Z-Band Fun bar coded wristbands can offer entertainment venues significant benefits compared to RFID wristbands.

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Zebra ZXP Series 3 Card Printer for Smart Card Applications Announced

Posted December 8, 2010

Zebra Technologies announced the new ZXP Series 3 card printer. Available in the first quarter of 2011, the ZXP Series 3 extends Zebra’s card printer product line with a new model that combines performance and affordability in a small footprint ideally suited for most card printing and encoding applications.

The ZXP Series 3 is unique to the card printing market, employing several advanced features that provide best-in-class performance at an attractive price point. The ZXP Release 3 ZRaster host-based image processing technology takes advantage of the increased processing power of today’s PCs to significantly optimise image and print quality while increasing overall print speed throughput. This permits greater sophistication in image optimisations without sacrificing printer speed or adding cost. Additionally, new Zebra high performance card ribbons employ an improved chemical formulation specifically designed for fast high-quality image printing. Zebra is first to market with the new ribbons, which provide more efficient dye transfer and greater durability under printing conditions. Both these innovations work together to provide better image quality and faster throughput without compromising reliability or cost.

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Zebra CardStudio: New ID Card Printer Software from Zebra

Posted November 23, 2010

Zebra is excited to announce CardStudio™ id card software for Zebra® card printers. CardStudio will be available as a stand-alone or bundled product, and will support all current and legacy Zebra id card printers—both direct-to-card and retransfer.

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Honeywell And Zebra Technologies Ally To Deliver Seamless Mobile Computing, Barcode Scanning And Printing Solutions

Posted October 27, 2010

Relationship brings advanced automatic identification solutions to serve customers in healthcare, self-service and field mobility segments

Honeywell and Zebra Technologies, a global leader in label printing and automatic identification solutions, announced the formation of an alliance to market and sell advanced automatic identification solutions. The agreement enables both companies to deliver cutting-edge mobile computing, scanning and printing solutions for the healthcare, self-service and field mobility industries.

“Zebra’s strong brand recognition throughout the AIDC marketplace and its position as a global market leader make it a perfect strategic partner as we build out our product offerings,” said John Waldron, vice president of worldwide marketing, Honeywell Scanning & Mobility. “After integrating both Hand Held Products and Metrologic, we have turned our sights to building a global champion. An important part of this growth lies in working with world-class industry players like Zebra.”

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Brigham and Women’s Hospital use Bar Codes to Improve Asset Management

Posted October 13, 2010

Zebra PrintersChallenge: Throughout the U.S., almost one in five medication doses administered in hospitals is given in error, according to a recent Archives of Internal Medicine study. As a pioneer in patient safety, the Boston-based Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) wanted to decrease those odds by creating an automated safeguard for preparing and administering prescription medications. BWH concluded that bar code scanning was the optimal system to improve safety and accuracy at all points. An effective system would require an individual bar code label on all prescription medications, however, only about half of the pharmaceuticals shipped to the hospital were marked with unit-of-use bar codes.

When BWH was planning its systems, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was considering a new rule to require unit-of-use bar code pharmaceutical labeling. The hospital didn’t wait for the FDA to require bar code labels on individual medications, and it did not rely on its suppliers to provide them. Instead, the hospital relied on printers from Zebra Technologies to produce individual two-dimensional (2-D) bar code labels for more than 3.5 million pharmaceuticals per year.

Solution: BWH implemented a system using bar code scanning to track and record pharmaceuticals from the time they are processed in the pharmacy until they are administered to the patient. Bar codes are also applied to patient wristbands, employee ID badges, prescription orders and lab samples to facilitate automated tracking and error-free information recording.

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Raising the Bar for Positive Patient Identification

Posted October 13, 2010

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The Challenge
The concept of ‘positive patient identification’ is much talked-about in the
medical world, and is a fundamental requirement for correct patient care. This phrase covers all types of verification and identification practices which effect patients, hospitals and procedures. Using patient ID wristbands goes a long way to ensure the correct drugs are assigned to the correct patient – as handwritten wristbands can be misread, easily damaged or even lost.

Previously ward nurses would have to hand write all patient wristbands using information from the patients medical history. By eliminating this manual process, the hospital would save time for medical staff, allowing them to focus on other aspects of their jobs.

It was also important that the key patient demographics were taken from the hospital information system to avoid the risk of transcription errors.

Effective barcodes
According to Helena Roddy, Haemovigilance Officer, Portiuncula Hospital:
“We wanted to implement a blood tracking system to assist with compliance to the EU Blood Directive. The first step in this process was to introduce barcoded patient identification wristbands”

“Implementation and support were also key” Roddy continued. ”We needed a solution which required minimal maintenance and expense.”

The hospital chose a Zebra solution of printers and wristbands for use with all its adult patients and installed six LP 2844-Z printers throughout the hospital as well as working with hospital staff to design the wristband. This design was key to its success, and had to contain the patient’s name, date of birth, sex, and hospital number.

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Bar Coded Wrist Bands are Healthy Solution to Hospital’s Tracking Procedure

Posted October 13, 2010

Zebra Wristband Printers

Challenge: South Central Regional Medical Center needed to keep up-to-date with technology to provide their patients the utmost in care. They needed a system that would allow them to verify the patient’s identity before performing any procedures in the facility.

Solution: The Medical Center installed Zebra® Stripe® thermal transfer printers to print Z-Band™ wristbands. All wristbands are printed with the patient’s name, identification number, date of birth and gender. This same information is also embedded in a bar code along with the patient’s accounting charge number. The wristbands are clearly readable, easily scannable and more durable than traditional methods.

Application: Various departments throughout the hospital also use the bar code printers. For example, from a nursing station, a doctor issues orders specifying which tests need to be performed on which patients. This generates bar coded labels on the Stripe printers in Hematology. The hematologists take the labels to the patient floor and scan the patient’s wristbands to verify the patients’ identity. When a specimen is collected, it is labeled at bedside to ensure positive identification. The labeled samples are brought back to the lab where the various tests are performed. Once the tests are completed, the scanner releases the patient information into the hospital computer to update the patient’s chart.

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