RFID Labeling & Encoding Printer
VERNON HILLS, Ill., Aug. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Zebra Technologies
(Nasdaq: ZBRA), a global leader in delivering printing solutions
for business improvement, today released the Zebra R402 RFID smart
label printer/encoder, a dynamic tool for both printing and programming
13.56 MHz smart labels, tickets, and tags. The compact size of
the R402 makes it ideal for use in locations where space is limited,
including pharmacies, libraries, ticket counters, video rental
outlets, and other retail stores. This printer/encoder delivers
the enhanced tracking, inventory management, and authenticating
benefits of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology.
"Zebra designed the R402 to make smart label encoding as easy
as traditional bar code labeling at a very affordable price,"
said Matt Ream, Zebra's senior product manager for RFID systems.
"The R402 is the most economical and versatile smart printer and
encoder in the industry. It can print bar codes, human-readable
text, and graphics on the label surface. It also can read, encode,
and verify information programmed to the ultra-thin RFID transponder
embedded inside the label."
RFID transponders include an antenna and an integrated circuit,
which can be read, programmed, and reprogrammed using non-contact
radio waves. With RFID technology, users can update and change
the data encoded in the transponder throughout the life of the
smart label. Storing information in the transponder creates a
portable data file and reduces the need for network access to
retrieve information from a remote database. Additionally, because
it is not an optical technology, no line of sight is required
between the reader and the object to be identified. RFID transmits
data wirelessly and is a read-write technology, so it also can
be used as a complement to bar coding when data on the identified
object needs to be updated or changed during the tracking cycle.
The R402's versatility sets it apart from other printers and
encoders. It is one of the first printers to support the new ISO-15693
standard, joining Texas Instruments' Tag-it(TM), Philips Semiconductors
I.CODE, and Inside Contactless Technologies' PicoTag(R). The R402
also supports a full range of transponder antenna sizes, from
9 x 25 mm (0.35 in. x0.98 in.) to 90 x 130 mm (3.5 in x 5.1 in.).
Plus, it has the smallest footprint of any RFID printer and encoder
in the industry, occupying just 9.4 in. x 7.8 in. (238.7 mm x198.1
mm) of desk space. The R402 verifies that the tag operates properly
and that the data has been programmed correctly. In the event
of an error, the printer automatically voids the smart label so
it is not mistakenly applied to an item or product.
Applications for the R402 include inventory management; product,
dose, and specimen verification for pharmaceuticals; patient and
records tracking; access control; charge accounts and preferred
customer privileges at amusement parks or events; item authentication
in manufacturing and retailing; automated check-in/check-out;
and anti-theft systems in libraries and video stores.
The R402 is Zebra's second smart label printer/encoder model.
Zebra's R- 140 tabletop printer/encoder also prints, encodes,
and verifies smart labels embedded with 13.56 MHz RFID transponders,
in one pass. The R-140 is designed for higher volume or industrial
use and can be connected wirelessly to a network offering ZebraLink(TM)
remote management and alert capabilities.
The R402 has a U.S. list price of $1,695 and is currently available
for shipping. For more information on Zebra Technologies and its
RFID solutions, please call +1 800.423.0442 or visit the company's
Web site, www.zebra.com .
About Zebra Technologies
Zebra Technologies (Nasdaq: ZBRA) delivers innovative and reliable
on-demand printing solutions to businesses and governments in
90 countries around the world; more than 90% of Fortune 500 companies
use Zebra(R)-brand printers. A broad range of applications benefit
from Zebra-brand thermal bar code label, RFID, receipt printers,
and Eltron(R)-brand card printers, resulting in enhanced security,
increased productivity, improved quality, lower costs, and better
customer service. The company, with an installed base of more
than two million printers, also offers software, connectivity
solutions, and printing supplies. Information about Zebra bar
code products can be found at www.zebra.com
. The company's Web site for thermal printing supplies is www.zipzebra.com