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Printronix Auto ID Sets the Standard for Mid-Range Printers

Articles | By Printronix | 30 January 2017
Aside from technical innovations such as a print speed of 14 inches per second, the T6000 mid-range thermal barcode printer by Printronix Auto ID offers innovative expanded functionalities such as state of the art WiFi, a GPIO interface, direct PostScript and PDF printing, a quick change memory card, an integrated intelligent temperature control system, and an optional RFID module. Aside from technical innovations such as a print speed of 14 inches per second, the T6000 mid-range thermal barcode printer by Printronix Auto ID offers innovative expanded functionalities such as state of the art WiFi, a GPIO interface, direct PostScript and PDF printing, a quick change memory card, an integrated intelligent temperature control system, and an optional RFID module. Photo: Printronix Auto ID

The high performance T6000 thermal barcode printer delivers WiFi upgrade, GPIO interface, and direct PDF printing

Fast, flexible, reliable: the T6000 presents the next generation of thermal barcode printers for industrial applications by Printronix Auto ID. Developed for midrange markets, the printer offers extended functionalities such as direct PostScript and PDF printing or an optional RFID module. At Logimat 2016, interested customers were able to have a first look at the product innovation. Now “RFID im Blick Global” speaks with Rolf Diebenbusch, Printronix Auto ID, about the technical features and benefits of the T6000.

Rolf J.W. Diebenbusch, Application Engineer, Printronix Auto ID, in an interview with “RFID im Blick Global”

WiFi upgrade, GPIO interface, and direct PDF printing broaden functionality

A new engine, a processor five times as fast, more memory – the T6000 boasts several key upgrades. “Aside from technical innovations such as a print speed of 14 inches per second, the main innovations concern its extended functionality. The state of the art WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n supports all major security protocols, which play an increasingly large role in industrial environments such as production logistics. A GPIO interface assures easy integration of the printer into machines and applicators. PostScript and PDF direct printing are possible options for the successor to our T4M. Using PDF, which cannot be modified, guarantees printed label security,” Rolf Diebenbusch underlines.

The application engineer goes on to say: “The printer can easily be retrofitted for new functionalities at any time. In order to accomplish this, a different version of the firmware is unlocked and installed remotely. In keeping with our plug and play concept, the users are able to upgrade the printer themselves. Expansions like TN5250 and IPDS, as well as support for current printing languages, enable easy integration into existing systems.”

Intelligent temperature control assures optimal printing results

Another innovation is the integrated intelligent print head temperature control system. “High printing speeds can lead to an overheating print head. The intelligent print head control knows when a print element has already been activated and is then able to send less energy to it, since the print element is already at temperature. This means a fraction of the energy is required to generate optimal printing results and overheating of the print head is prevented. With this innovation, the T6000 generates a better image quality even for vertical barcodes.

To assure quality control of print results, the verifier reads the label after printing and validates the result according to ANSI standards. The printer registers faulty print results and is then able to repeat the printing process, if necessary. A quick change memory card guarantees the data transfer between printer and system in the case of a printer error, so that the faulty printer can be replaced without reconfiguring by the user,” Rolf Diebenbusch says.

Rolf DiebenbuschRolf Diebenbusch “Aside from technical innovations such as a print speed of 14 inches per second, the mid-range T6000 thermal barcode printer by Printronix Auto ID offers innovative expanded functionalities such as state of the art WiFi, a GPIO interface, direct PostScript and PDF printing, a quick change memory card, an integrated intelligent temperature control system, or an optional RFID module. Applications which used to require a specialised printer can now be realised with a mid-range printer.”

Printers can be equipped with RFID functionality

By customer request, the company is able to expand the T6000 with RFID functionality, which can be integrated as a module, Rolf Diebenbusch explains. “An antenna is mounted below the print head, where it can communicate with printed RFID tags. If the tag is placed optimally and according to specifications, up to 0.625 inches can be printed. Writing on the tag takes between ten and 15 milliseconds, depending on the amount of information encoded. The T6000 is able to process paper RFID labels of up to 0.1 millimetres.”

Right now, between eight and ten percent of printers are being shipped with RFID modules. “For Printronix Auto ID, RFID is a market with sizeable potential. In automotive, for example, the increasing number of plastic components also increases the demand for RFID modules. The T6000 is now available in a 6 inch version as well, in addition to the traditional 4 inch printer. We provide clients with matching solutions for printing larger labels in order to conform to the demands of a widening market. In the case of more than 10,000 labels printed daily, we recommend switching to our high end T8000 printer. The low-range segment is covered by the Printronix T2N,” the application engineer says.

An Energy Star-certified product for the middle of the market

“The Energy Star-certified T6000 boasts a very broad functionality. Applications which used to require a specialised printer can now be realised with a mid-range printer. Users in the automotive industry especially use T6000 printed labels in production logistics and warehouse management to identify products and assure quality control. Our products are also widely used in healthcare. Our main market is the United States, followed by Central Europe‘s D-A-CH region and Asia,” Rolf Diebenbusch explains.

The printers‘ life-cycle, depending on their use, is between three and five years. On average, the printer series are expanded with an upgrade model after eight years, which can be developed to maturity in about a year. Technical support, including upgrades and maintenance, is assured by local ecosystem partners. Alternatively, a Printronix Auto ID support team repairs printers at the customer‘s location or at the main plant in Zorneding near Munich. The software has been developed internally so that firmware support is assured by Printronix‘s site in the Netherlands.

Last modified on Monday, 30 January 2017 14:47
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