Barcode printer

Barcode printer

A barcode printer (or bar code printer) is a computer peripheral for printing barcode labels or tags that can be attached to physical objects. Barcode printers are commonly used to label cartons before shipment, or to label retail items with UPCs or EANs.

The most common barcode printers employ one of two different printing technologies. Direct thermal printers use a printhead to generate heat that causes a chemical reaction in specially designed paper that turns the paper black. Thermal transfer printers also use heat, but instead of reacting the paper, the heat melts a waxy or resin substance on a ribbon that runs over the label or tag material. The heat transfers ink from the ribbon to the paper. Direct thermal printers are generally less expensive, but they produce labels that can become illegible if exposed to heat, direct sunlight, or chemical vapors.

Barcode printers are designed for different markets. Industrial barcode printers are used in large warehouses and manufacturing facilities. They have large paper capacities, operate faster and have a longer service life. For retail and office environments, desktop barcode printers are most common.

Barcode Printer Market

Barcode printers are used by factories, retailers, laboratories, hospitals, and other industries. Sales of consumable printer supplies are significant and include: ribbons, printheads, and label stock. A common problem with users is that in retaining multiple suppliers for their print needs, central planning is compromised and excessive costs incurred so a new breed of office supplier like Datatrade has emerged to deliver mission critical printing solutions that both improve efficiency and reduce printer downtime.

ee also

*Barcode
*Computer printer
*Label printer

Barcode Printer Manufacturers

*Avery Dennison
*Printronix
*Postek Electronics Co., Ltd.
*EcoLabel
*QuickLabelSystems
*Cab
*Cognitive Solutions
*Zebra Technologies
*Intermec
*Argox
*Datamax
*Sato
*Toshiba TEC
*Oneil Product Development
*Paxar
*TSC
*Seiko
*Citizen
*Epson
*InfoSight

External links

* [http://www.rfidradio.com/?p=13 What Are Direct Thermal and Thermal Transfer RFID label Printers?] , RFID Radio


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