Zebra Looks to Meet Growing RFID Print-And-Apply Demands

Upgraded R110PAX4 multi-protocol print engine protects technology investments by allowing updates for new standards, enabler says

Upgraded R110PAX4 multi-protocol print engine protects technology investments by allowing updates for new standards, enabler says

Vernon Hills, IL  May 3, 2005  Zebra Technologies this week rolled out a new multi-protocol print engine designed to print and encode smart labels while improving speed, reliability and print quality in high-volume, automated label print-and-apply operations.

Companies will be able to use Zebra's new R110PAX4 in their print-and-apply systems in order to comply with the radio frequency identification (RFID) labeling mandates issued by the Department of Defense and major retailers, but they will also be able to protect their investments because the solution will allow for updates to accommodate new RFID standards.

As more consumer packaged goods manufacturers become impacted by the new RFID mandates, many must upgrade their existing bar code label print-and-apply systems to support RFID. Zebra's R110PAX4 enables these systems to incorporate RFID without significant mechanical modifications and to be assured of Gen2 compatibility. This is vital for companies looking to make a smooth and cost effective transition to RFID, Zebra said.

In addition, the R110PAX4 offers features intended to help improve print-and-apply efficiency, including optimized RFID processes for fast throughput and an RFID calibration feature that automatically selects the optimal program position for transponder placement in the label. The R110PAX4 print engine signals and voids unusable labels to the print-and-apply systems so they will not be used, and counters keep track of both good and unusable labels.

Zebra said it boosted print quality and ease of maintenance with the R110PAX4, which offers connectivity options that can accommodate 10/100baseT Ethernet and 802.11b wireless communications protocols, as well as an optional I/O interface with 28V programmable logic controller to make the print engine compatible with the needs of the European market.

The R110PAX4 comes in both right- and left-hand versions, and in 203 or 300 dpi models. The R110PAX4 supports EPC Class 1, Class 0, Matrics' 0+, ISO18000-06B and Philips UCODE 1.19 and can be upgraded via a cost free software download to Gen 2 protocols as they become available.

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 For a contrary view of the future of the RFID market, see the article "The O'RFID Factor: A 'No Spin' Look at Where Radio Frequency Identification Is Headed," in the October/November 2004 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive.