Smart Printing: Print Barcode Labels and Receipts without a Computer

Typically when a company implements a barcode printing solution, it consists of a computer (either stand-alone or on a network), software, and the printer itself (table-top or mobile).  Smart printers, however, take advantage of the memory and processing power of the printer to run independent print operations without the need for a computer.  Reduce IT hardware costs, lower total cost of printing and create flexible work processes that improve productivity and reduce the opportunity for errors.

The abilities of Smart Barcode Printers include:

  • Operate independently of a computer
  • Maintain databases (ie. Product codes, customer ID) and automatically include them in the label
  • Execute payment transactions
  • Connect to scales, barcode scanners and other electronics
  • Format variable data into the label or receipt
  • Operate in mobile environments where there is no wireless or PC connection available
  • Serve as a controller for peripheral devices (PLC)

Examples of Smart Printing Applications:

  • On-demand output:  Print shipping labels, receipts, shelf labels, work orders, by using the keypad on the printer
  • Customer service & transaction processing:  Create mobile applications such as receipt printing and line-busting or event ticketing.
  • Scale interface:  Receive input directly from weight and counting scales and include the variable data on the label.
  • Shipment verification/label generation:  Use a barcode scanner to identify every carton packed into a shipping container.  The printer compares these carton ID’s to records stored in printer memory.
  • Process Control:  Smart printers can control peripheral devices such as applicators and material handling control systems.

Smart printing saves the cost of hardware, implementation and allows for flexibility as applications change, reducing total cost of ownership.

Guide to Smart Printing by Intermec - FR

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