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You May Need An Industrial Printer If…

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Industrial printers are built to withstand bumps, knocks, and generally tough environments. Printing in demanding environments may cause too much wear and tear on regular-grade printers. If a combination of advanced technology and a rugged exterior are crucial to the operation of a business, an industrial printer may be the perfect solution.

Reliable performance is a top priority
In demanding environments where round-the-clock printing is a frequent occurrence, an industrial printer is a great option. The life expectancy of an industrial printer in a rough environment is typically five to seven years. This life span results in a significant reduction in the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) that easily justifies the investment.

Remote management across many locations is a factor
Managing many printers across different locations remotely helps reduce costs. Configurable dashboards that make availability, life cycle and insight into the status of each device available regardless of location makes maintenance and oversight easy.

High quality is a necessity

Industrial printers that can print high-quality images on specialized paper are common in the electronics industry and the chemical industry. In some environments, tiny parts labels carry dense data that must remain in place and easy to read for years.

Environmental extremes are unavoidable
Ideally, a printer would be housed in a temperature controlled, carpeted, out-of-the-way room. Certain types of businesses need the ability to print on or near the manufacturing plant or in the warehouse. Temperature fluctuations and a rough environment dictate a need for an industrial printer.

Printing is critical to workflow
Certain types of businesses rely on printers as part of their workflow. It may not be possible to stop production if a printer breaks, so having a fleet of industrial printers that are 100% reliable is an essential part of the overall productivity of the business from day to day.

High volume printing is necessary
Industrial printers are well suited to high volume printing. In some industries, like automobile manufacturing and pharmaceuticals, printers are running every minute of every day. Labeling parts, shipping products, or validating quality are essential parts of a fast-paced business. Industrial printers are a reliable option for environments where there is no such thing as down time.

Industrial printers are built to last, even in tough environments. Highly reliable components housed in metal frames and chassis make these carefully crafted machines ideal for any business that needs reliable printing services.

Industrial printers with additional features like remote connectivity, Wi-Fi network accessibility, cloud-based Operation Visibility Service, and a wide range of apps and utilities help to meet the unique needs of a business requiring technology components that can handle a rough environment.

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Intermec PM23c Barcode Label Printer

The Intermec PM23c is a mid-range barcode label printer that builds upon the existing technologies of the PM43 and PM43c.

If you’re a fan of the Intermec PM43 or PM43c, then you may also want to check out the PM23c, which builds upon them. This recent addition to the Intermec family is a 2” mid-range industrial printing solution ideal for mission critical markets such as airlines, manufacturing and retail. When maximizing productivity drives results, you can count on the Intermec PM23c.

The Intermec PM23c features:

  • Full color touch-creen
  • 10 languages + universal icon interface
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Industry standard and supported wireless connectivity options
  • Intermec C# Smart Printing language

“According to our research, enterprises actively seek compact printers that deliver the print precision, quality and speed needed for industrial printing jobs, while working seamlessly with other peripheral industrial technologies. Intermec’s new PM23c industrial printer is designed to be a good fit for constrained work spaces in transportation and passenger service applications given its compact body and baggage tag printing capabilities. With the release of this product, Intermec continues to sharpen its focus on delivering an enhanced user experience across diverse markets and application environments,” said Richa Gupta, Senior Analyst, AutoID & Data Capture at VDC Research Group.

Learn more about the Intermec PM23c.

AIDC Predictions for 2013

As we begin 2013, its hard not to look back on 2012 and think what will be different in 2013. VDC Research recently discussed their AutoID predictions for 2013. According to VDC Research, we can expect:

Increased Market Aggregation
We can expect consolidation of barcode hardware to achieve growth across different verticals and regions.

Accessories
More barcode hardware accessories will be marketd, such as sleds and/or sleeves to make consumer-grade devices friendly for the enterprise.

Mobile Labels
There will be more support for printing barcode labels on-the-go, ideal for field service and direct store deliver (DSD) applications.

Barcodes for Consumers
Barcode scanning by consumers on their mobile devices will continue to increase, as will overall QR code usage.

Mobile POS (mPOS)
More and more B2C businesses will use mobile POS systems, particularly in retail applications.

NFC
NFC-enabled phones will become more prominent, but it still won’t become the norm in 2013.

RFID & RTLS
The use of RFID and RTLS in healthcare is on the rise—this will most likely continue in 2013.

Item-level Tagging
Item-level tagging in the apparel industry will increase as a result of already successful implementations from retailers such as Wal-Mart and American Apparel.

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Intermec PC23d Direct Thermal Barcode Printer

Today, Intermec announced the launch of their latest barcode printer, the PC23d. This 2” direct thermal desktop printer is ideal for the healthcare industry and designed for the ultimate in user friendliness, featuring:

  • 10-language LCD or iconic user interface
  • One-handed media loading
  • Quick configuration via USB flash drive
  • User-installable connectivity upgrades and accessories for scalability
  • Modular IT-friendly design speeds
  • Remote status update
  • Easily programmable

Learn more about the PC23d, or more about Intermec.

Add Some Color to Your Barcode Labels

While adding color to your barcode labels is always a nice touch, many are concerned with the cost of color. However, in a recent study from Brother, it was found that the cost of color printing is declining. In fact, the two price points of color and mono printing are predicted to meet as early as 2011.

While most companies own black and white label printers, the total cost of ownership of for color printers will eventually meet that of black and white printers, allowing companies to spruce up their labels. Judging by current trends, the price points should meet at approximately mid-2011. However, it is arguable that the two costs may not meet due to added technical complexities in the color printer and supply manufacturing processes.

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