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RFID News Roundup

Printronix Auto ID launches industrial RFID printer; D.O RFID releases plastic RFID cards; Otis Elevator Co. debuts IoT solution to lift elevator performance; ShieldIOT raises $3.6 million seed round led by Innogy Innovation Hub; Kerlink intros LoRaWAN IoT gateway for smart cities and buildings; BehrTech unveils smart sensor for environmental monitoring in IIoT applications; Unified Office offers IoT-based restaurant food-safety service platform.
By Rich Handley
Oct 03, 2019

Presented here are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Printronix Auto ID; D.O RFID; Otis Elevator Co.; ShieldIOT; Kerlink; BehrTech; and Unified Office.

Printronix Auto ID Launches Industrial RFID Printer

Printronix Auto ID, a provider of enterprise-level printing solutions, has announced an RFID version of its T4000 thermal barcode printer. The T4000 can print and encode on-metal RFID tags, as well as standard labels, which the company says makes it suitable for most RFID applications, including the tagging of tools and equipment used in the health-care, manufacturing, supply chain, IT and service yard sectors.

"On-metal tags typically come with a foam insulator and metal foil backing, which makes them incompatible with most standard RFID printer-encoders," said Neil Baker, Printronix Auto ID's sales manager for the United Kingdom, Ireland, Benelux and South Africa, in a prepared statement. "But because the T4000 RFID printer was designed from scratch, it was engineered to handle such media with ease." To maintain accuracy, the T4000 will back up and completely overstrike, then reprint, any RFID labels that fail to encode properly.

"The T4000 with RFID capability is a welcome addition to our rapidly growing line of RFID printers," Baker said in the prepared statement. "It's highly affordable and represents great value to our customers. It's easy to use, is very compact, offers extremely high productivity and has the dual flexibility of printing on-metal or traditional RFID tags." The T4000 can be ordered with or without RFID capability, Printronix reports, noting that its small footprint and compact size enable it to be housed in areas where space is limited. The device can print up to 5,000 labels or tags a day at a rate of 10 inches per second.

The T4000 has multiple connectivity options, remote printer management tools and automated alerts to keep operations functioning at peak efficiency and productivity. It comes standard with Ethernet, USB host, USB device and serial connectivity; Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are optional extras. The device is built on the Printronix System Architecture platform, which is intended to simplify printer replacement and installation. A quick-change memory card is optionally available.

The T4000 stores printer configurations and network settings, simplifying printer installation and operation. "Operation could not be simpler," Baker added. "A 3.5-inch color display provides good, clear illumination for easy navigation in any conditions. The T4000 has a bifold door to enable users to easily change media and ribbons, even in confined spaces. To cut down on media changes, the side-loading label and ribbon spindles can accommodate 8-inch media rolls and 450-metre ribbons."

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