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TSC Alpha-30L and Alpha-40L Mobile Printers

Posted July 30, 2021

Introducing the new mobile printers that propel you into the next generation of smart, enhanced technology solutions for industrial-grade label printing applications, the TSC Alpha-30L and Alpha-40L. User-friendly, heavy-duty, and drop-resistant, the Alpha printers are intelligent label printers for enterprise professionals. Ideal for applications including manufacturing, retail, transportation & logistics, and healthcare, the innovative Alpha-30L and Alpha-40L have been carefully crafted from the ground up to provide you with durability you can depend on. With high productivity features for direct store delivery (DSD) and industrial field service, the Alpha-30L and Alpha-40L not only provide seamless mobility communication with users’ devices, they also securely print labels wherever they are needed.

Not only are the Alpha-30L and Alpha-40L versatile media handling solutions, but they also include a built-in peeler and a factory option for a linerless kit for a smarter, greener solution. Included with a full line of accessories to assist in performing labeling tasks on the go, including hands-free mobility, the TSC Alpha-30L and Alpha-40L allow users to easily integrate the printer onto a forklift with intuitive RAM mount components and more. For warehouse vehicles in need of a continuous power source, opt for the battery eliminator kit to increase productivity and prevent downtime for an entire work shift.

Key Features:

  • Seamless Mobility Communication: Apple certified MFi Bluetooth 5.0 connection with NFC tap-to-pair setup and dual band Wi-Fi
  • Integrated Software Pack: Supports label printing applications for different platforms and is available for both iOS and Android users
  • IP54 rating for dust and water resistance and a rugged design that can withstand drops from 1.8 m and tumbles from 1.0 m
  • Sophisticated TSC Sense Care: Auto scans and detects printhead bad dots during printing while monitoring smart battery to ensure maximum efficiency
  • SOTI Connect and TSC Console support multiple management tasks, reduce maintenance costs and avoid downtime of business-critical devices

To learn more about the next generation smart solution mobile printers, contact us today.

Where to Place an RFID Inlay

Posted December 17, 2020

Printing and encoding RFID “smart labels” with an RFID-enabled printer has traditionally been difficult; a classic case of “the Devil is in the details.”  One difficulty users have wrestled with has been “inlay placement.”  Inlay placement refers to the location of the RFID inlay under the label’s face stock.  Although inlays are generally oriented horizontally under the face stock, the inlays can be located towards the bottom of the label, towards the top, or anywhere in between.  In the picture to the right, for example, the inlay is relatively close to the bottom of the label, the “leading edge” as it is often called, because this edge comes out of the printer first. 

Almost every printer brand – and even model – has traditionally had detailed, complex specifications regarding inlay placement, with different specifications for each and every inlay on the market.  The location of the inlay has to be a particular distance from the leading edge of the label in order to maximize the printer’s throughput (speed).  Just a millimeter or two either way, and the performance of the printer can suffer dramatically.  What a mess.  Given that printing and encoding RFID labels is already slower than printing traditional barcode labels, any further loss in performance has often been catastrophic for the end-user.  Waiting for your RFID labels to print and encode can hold up an entire production line.  This all meant that for your printer brand and model, you needed to make sure to order labels with an optimal inlay placement. 

Precise inlay placement also causes some additional problems: 

  • It makes selecting labels more difficult. Users need to order their labels very carefully to ensure correct inlay placement.  Does your purchasing department understand inlay placement?  
  • It can cause delays in sourcing labels.  Often, a convertor (label manufacturer) will have exactly the label size you need – but with incorrect inlay placement for your printer.  To get labels with optimal inlay placement, the convertor needs to configure their entire production line and run a new batch of labels for you.  This can take several days to several weeks. 
  • Finally, requiring a specific inlay placement can mean that users may pay more for their labels.  A quick Google search of classic paper thermal transfer 4×6 RFID shipping labels will show some surprising results.  The very same labels from the very same vendor can have dramatically different prices depending solely on inlay placement.  It all boils down to supply and demand, but if you are on the wrong side of the equation, you may have to pay significantly more for your labels. 

With Printronix Auto ID’s current line-up of RFID printers, these headaches associated with inlay placement are now a thing of the past.  Printronix RFID printers have a unique firmware (the software brains in the printer), which does what they call “Encode During Print.”  In clearer language, this means that the printer will first print some of the label, then switch over to encoding, then switch back to printing and finish up the label.  The printer will automatically either print or encode at any given moment depending on where the label is relative to the printer’s printhead and RFID encoder.  The traditional approaches for RFID printers were to either first print the entire label, then encode the RFID portion (“Print then Encode”) – or to first encode the RFID, then print the label (“Encode then Print”).  But with these traditional approaches, if the inlay is not optimally placed, then the printer needs to back- or forward-feed the label to align it for an operation (printing or encoding) at any given moment.  With Printronix’s Encode During Print functionality, back- and forward-feed are eliminated (other than to overstrike bad labels, which is another blog topic for another day), regardless of inlay placement. 

So far, we have been talking about labels like 4×6 shipping labels that allow different inlay placements.  But what about all of the RFID labels, “tags,” on the market that have predetermined inlay placement?  For example, on-metal tags, plant stakes, small pharmaceutical labels for cold-chain applications, “RTI” tags (Returnable Transport Items), etc., etc.  There are many such tags on the market, and more are being developed and released all the time.  These tags generally have a fixed inlay placement based on their physical design and on simple commercial considerations – they are meant to be “Off-the-Shelf” (OTS) products.  This is another area Printronix’s Encode During Print functionality shines even more.  Because the Printronix printers do not care where the inlay is located, you can use any of these tags and still achieve maximum throughput. 

And these unusual tags often pose physical feed challenges for RFID printers.  For example, on-metal and RTI tags are often thicker than normal smart labels, and they can have abrupt edges between labels, large gaps, etc.  Both Printronix’s T6000e and T4000 series printers were designed from the ground up to work with these more difficult constructions.  The printers are spec’ed for labels up to 1.2mm thick and are available in 4” and 6” print-widths, allowing you to print and encode a wide variety of tags from a single printer – all without sacrificing performance.  

Finding the right RFID solution is always a challenge and having the right resources and help are critical. If RFID sounds like a suitable solution for your business or you have additional questions, feel free to contact us at Barcodes, Inc. We’re always happy to help you find the right solution for your needs. 

TSC MH240T Industrial Printer for High-Quality Label Printing

Posted February 19, 2020

TSC introduces a new generation of industrial printers with the new MH240T thermal printer. The TSC MH240T barcode printer features their best print quality yet – and with the latest print technology, faster processors, and plug-n-play TSPL-EZ firmware you will confidently be printing high-quality labels in no time.

Thermal Smart Control Print Technology

The TSC MH240T printer utilizes “Thermal Smart Control” print technology to help you produce the cleanest, highest quality 1D and 2D barcodes. Using this technology, the printer tracks each pixel to precisely heat it up for the best print quality so your labels can always be easily scanned without worry.

The printer also features 203 dpi resolution and fast print speeds – print labels as fast as 14” per second for efficient, high-volume printing! And for ease of use, the TSC MH240T barcode printer has a 4.3” color LCD touch panel.

Shop the TSC MH240T Industrial Barcode Printer at Barcodes, Inc.

MH240T Printer Applications

The MH240T industrial thermal printer is designed for:

  • Industrial printing
  • Compliance labeling
  • Work in process
  • Order fulfillment
  • Distribution
  • Shipping/receiving
  • Healthcare labeling & patient safety
  • Ticketing
  • Electronics & jewelry labeling

Questions?

You can find the TSC MH240T industrial thermal printer online at Barcodes, Inc. or contact your Account Manager for more information on the best printing system for your business.

Increase Printing Efficiency with the MH240T Barcode Printer

Posted January 28, 2020

When it comes to printing high volume labels you need an industrial powerhouse to produce clean and high quality barcodes for your daily operations. Great for industries in manufacturing, healthcare, warehouse, logistics, and transportation. The TSC MH240T Industrial Barcode Printer features fast, high volume printing with a sophisticated database connectivity that can increase printing efficiency in your workflow.

Designed with durable casing and advanced “Thermal Smart Control” print technology to produce clean and high quality barcodes, print up to 14″ per second, and Energy Star certified. Enhanced print quality thanks to the latest printhead technology and upgraded firmware, whether you are printing one label at a time or thousands of labels in a batch.

Loaded with features that is easy to operate and change media. Smart colorful display to notify end users of printer status to minimize downtime. Choose from a wide range of resolutions for different types of applications.

Features:

TSC MH240T Industrial Barcode Printer Available at Barcodes
  • Thermal Transfer printing
  • Thermal Smart Control print technology
  • Print speed up to 14″ per second
  • 3.5″ color LCD on standard display 4.3″ color touch LCD with advanced models
  • Support 8″ outer diameter label rolls
  • Side load design to easily change ribbons and labels
  • 512 MB Flash memory
  • RS-232, USB 2.0 Internal ethernet
  • Bluetooth (factory option)
  • Wi-Fi (dealer option)

Ideal for industrial duty printing, use in applications such as:

  • Compliance labels
  • Work in process
  • Order fulfillment
  • Distribution
  • Shipping/receiving
  • Healthcare labels
  • Ticketing
  • Electronics and jewelry labeling

Contact Barcodes to learn more about how the TSC’s MH240T Barcode Printer can help you maximize uptime in your operations.

TSC Introduces New MH240 Series of Industrial Printers

Posted June 8, 2017

The MH240 Series is the newest addition to TSC’s mid-range industrial printer line on a brand-new platform featuring three different levels of models covering 203, 300 and 600 dpi resolutions. All models feature color LCD displays, a high technology printhead, a lightning fast processor, and all the memory customers will need to print high quality labels at speeds up to 14 inches per second.

Available in 9 model variants, the MH240 series offers the full range of features required by any application.

Key Features

  • Easy to operate with the new GUI design on color touch display (except basic model)
  • Up to 356 mm (14″) per sec. print speed
  • MH240P/ MH340P/ MH640P includes full 8″ OD internal rewind on a 3″ label core
  • Firmware autosenses 203 dpi, 300 dpi and 600 dpi resolutions
  • Ribbon capacity and label near end monitor widget
  • “Thermal Smart Control” print technology produces cleanest, high quality barcodes
  • Wireless options include: internal Bluetooth module, slot-in 802.11 a/b/g/n wireless module kit
  • USB host interface 2 (front side) for stand-alone applications
  • 600 meter ribbon capacity
  • Foldable cover reduces desk space needed for each printer
  • Tool-free design for print head and platen roller replacement
  • ENERGY STAR certified

 

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

New Wi-Fi Interfaces for TSC Printers

Posted March 11, 2016

The new TSC RF-WRN dual band modules are faster, more robust, work on more wireless networks, and offer improved performance and connectivity. The new Wi-Fi modules are designed to work with TSC’s standard network management tools to make it simple to integrate and manage TSC printers on a network. The modules will be offered as factory or user installed options.

The Wi-Fi option will initially available on the following TSC printer models:

  • TTP-2410MT Thermal Transfer Rugged Industrial Series
  • MX240 Thermal Transfer High Performance, Mission Critical Industrial Series
  • TX200 High Performance Thermal Transfer Desktop series
  • Alpha-3R/ Alpha-4L Direct Thermal Portable

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TSC wins Industriepreis 2015 award

Posted May 29, 2015

TSC’s high-performance MX240 series printer has won the prestigious INDUSTRIEPREIS 2015 “Best of 2015” award in the category of Intralogistics & Production Management.

INDUSTRIEPREIS each year honors those companies supplying the marketplace with the the most innovative products and solutions. The awards are given in 14 categories, ranging from the automotive industry to component suppliers. A panel of independent experts that includes professors, scientists, industry experts and specialized journalists chooses the winners. Products and solutions are evaluated based on innovation, production readiness, benefits (e.g. increased profitability and efficiency), value, practicability, ease of implementation and other criteria.

“We are delighted to be honored with this prestigeous award,”” said Ladislav Sloup, General Manager of TSC EMEA. “This national German award is further evidence of the quality and performance of TSC‘s products.”

TSC Introduces New TTP-2410MT/TTP-2410MU Industrial Label Printers

Posted March 6, 2015

TSC has introduced two upgraded versions of its popular TTP-2410M Pro printer, TTP-2410MT and TTP-2410MU,  that significantly boosts print quality, is faster than its predecessor, and is loaded with enough surplus memory to mass produce even the highest-resolution labels.

Enhanced print quality
One of the major upgrades is a new printhead technology, called “Thermal Smart Control” which along with faster processors and upgraded firmware, deliver a level of print quality that is superior to anything previously offered by a TSC midrange printer. Thermal Smart Control tracks and precisely calculates the duration that each pixel needs to be heated to produce consistently clear high-quality labels – one at a time or in batches of thousands.

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TSC’s Alpha-3R, Alpha-4L Mobile Printers Now MFi Certified

Posted March 4, 2015

2015-03-04_0918TSC has received Apple license approval of its Alpha-3R and Alpha-4L handheld mobile printers, certifying them as an MFi hardware accessories. The licensing enables TSC to advertise the Alpha-3R and Alpha-4L as Apple-approved MFi devices and display MFi-related logos on their product packaging.

Operating in Bluetooth mode, the Alpha-3R can print receipts, tickets, proof of delivery, invoices and other documentation direct from iPhone and iPad Apple devices.  The Alpha-4L can print direct from iPhone, iPad and iPod devices. The result: increased transaction efficiency and improved worker productivity.

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