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Now You’re Speaking My Language: New Standards for Enterprise Thermal Printer Management

Advantages of PCL-Enabled Thermal Barcode Printers in Distribution & Transportation: Cutting out the Middleware

PCL is the “de facto industry standard” printer command based language using control sequences that are processed and interpreted in the order they are received. At the consumer level, PCL data streams are generated by a print driver. PCL output can also be easily generated by custom applications. PCL commands follow consistent specifications to control common printer features: font and graphics layout, label macro management, rendering, and label resolution. These commands operate independently of the underlying hardware resolution specifications for the printer. By keeping operation and resolution commands separate, administrators have the flexibility to create open-architecture environments that maximize the printer’s technology and improve the enduser experience: saving organizations both time and money..

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Powering Your Printer: What You Need to Know About Lithium-Ion Batteries

Datamax-O’Neil printers are powered by lithium-ion batteries. Lithium-ion is the fastest growing battery chemistry type in the world. In less than two decades, it has progressed from the research and development domain to more widespread use, to the point that they are rapidly becoming the world’s most popular portable secondary battery chemistry. They’re the battery of choice in everything from cell phones and digital cameras to printers and portable PCs and tablets.


Understanding the Value of Genuine Printer Supplies

Before purchasing supplies, buyers would do well to remember the words of Warren Buffett, a man who knows a little about buying smartly: “price is what you pay. Value is what you get.” The point is simple: it’s not the initial purchase price that ultimately matters, but rather the value delivered by the purchase. This is particularly true when it comes to printer supplies.



Not Barcodes or RFID, but Both: Leveraging Printer Infrastructure to Reap the Benefits of Converging Technologies

Technology has an inexorable momentum, but one that proceeds at a pace determined by utility. Such is the
case with barcodes and radio-frequency identification (RFID). “When technology rolls over you, if you’re not part of the steamroller, you’re part of the road,” said the American writer and editor Stewart Brand. When Wal-Mart issued its famous RFID mandate in 2003, many manufacturers thought they were being steamrolled; pundits saw the mandate as the death knell of barcode technology. Neither the fear nor the forecast has proved accurate.




The Common Sense Case: Why Thermal Trumps Laser for Label Printing

When you’re finished changing, you’re finished,” said Benjamin Franklin, a printer and
purveyor of common sense. This paper, makes the common-sense case for using thermal
printers in label applications. In fact, the advantages of thermal over laser are so compelling that
the only reason to continue using laser printers for labeling must be habit. Before enumerating the
advantages of thermal printing technology over laser, it will be useful to consider the use of laser
printers for labeling.

WirelessSecurityWP   Beyond Retail: The Imperative Ubiquitous Security in Wireless Printers

While the importance of enhanced security and encryption protocols for wireless hardware has long been
understood in the retail industry, where identifying theft and credit card fraud are well-known and well publicized
security concerns, the need for protective technology is now pervasive across all industry as the network
threat environment has evolved. This concern includes wireless local area networks (WLANs) and associated
hardware, such as wireless printers.
warehouse rl4 labeling app   The Power of Mobile Printing in the Warehouse and Beyond

In today’s precarious economic environment, global enterprises are experiencing a dual pinch: one, difficult times have cut operating budgets significantly, and rehiring to support growth after the contraction remains difficult; secondly, as investments in new equipment and systems have been delayed or denied, the optimization of warehouse and supply chain processes has become a critical factor in balancing costs, labor, and assets. What’s more, this optimization must occur while maximizing productivity and improving responsiveness to customer demands.

With the growing emphasis on cost cutting, companies need to find new and better ways to enhance efficiencies and ensure accuracy across their supply chains and distribution networks. One strategy that is still effective in helping achieve this goal is the implementation of greater mobility into warehousing and distribution functions through devices such as mobile printers.
PrintPAD   PrintPAD meets the needs of the increasingly demanding mobile printing market

In virtually all market segments, companies are demanding new technologies to upgrade current mobile field service processes. Mobile printing solutions are an important part of meeting these evolving demands. Driving the adoption of mobile printers is the overarching goal of automating processes that were previously accomplished manually. Achieving this goal has two principal benefits to the user: one, improving the internal performance of the organization (i.e., improving the productivity, efficiency, and accuracy of field service personnel in executing their work), and two, achieving higher levels of customer service and satisfaction. Both of these accrue to the bottom line.
Barcoding   A brief guide to Bar Code Printing

Bar coding is an automatic identification and data collection technology commonly referred to as AutoID. The most visible and familiar bar codes are the ones found in retail and grocery stores. These bar codes (parallel, adjacent bars) are found on many product labels or printed on the products themselves. AutoID technology has been in use for more than 30 years especially with shipping/ receiving, warehousing and manufacturing companies. As technology advanced to where the personal computer has become the indispensable tool for business operations, AutoID technology has gained global acceptance to provide immediate and accurate data collection. Over the years many industries have development standards to ensure product identification and compliance within their respective industry such as HIBCC (Healthcare), HAZMAT (Chemical), POSTNET (Postal) and AIAG (Automotive).
Wireless   The importance of enhanced security and encryption protocols for wireless hardware

In the storefront, at the office, throughout the warehouse, and on the road, wireless technology is a critical tool for conducting and improving business. Yet, despite its ubiquitous presence in business, we still read, almost daily, about hackers breaking into large network databases—heightening concerns about identity theft and credit card fraud. Security risks associated with wireless networks have forced businesses to comply with new, more stringent regulations for network security and data encryption. This document outlines the risks your wireless network faces and summarizes current state-of-the-art wireless hardware security systems. It also highlights critical factors to consider when selecting hardware partners to protect your future investment in wireless technology.
Reliability   Mission critical mobile printing: A case for reliability

Printers that work day in and day out enable higher productivity, lower the cost of repairs, and significantly reduce the user's total cost of ownership. To earn lasting customer loyalty and positive word-of-mouth, VARs must recommend and deliver the best, most cost-effective products. Learn how Datamax-O'Neil's relentless focus on the proactive design and the continual refinement of the 4t family of printers has produced the best reliability rates in the industry, and therefore the smartest investment.