Thursday, 8 August 2013
Refurbished Zebra Barcode Printers
In today's business environment, barcode technology is incredibly important. Just about every type of business implements barcode technology successfully. With the growth in barcode use comes the growth in demand for the barcode printer. Before I dive any deeper into the world of barcode printers, let's first describe what a barcode is.
A barcode is a symbol which carries information about the object or person to which it is attached. A barcode can be one dimensional or two dimensional. It can be read by special optical scanners, or barcode readers, desktop printers, and smart phones. Barcode printing uses different combinations of bars and spaces to encode data into barcodes that are printed on labels or cards.
A barcode's overall scan-ability depends on its print quality. There are four different types of barcode printers: DotMatrix, Inkjet, Laser, and Thermal. The thermal barcode printer is by far the most efficient, and as such, is the most widely used type of barcode printer on the market today.
Direct Thermal Printer
A direct thermal printer creates images directly on treated labels or tags. Ink, toner, and ribbon are not necessary when using a direct thermal printer. Instead, it uses a chemically-treated, heat sensitive barcode label that blackens when it passes under the thermal print head of the printer. Since the direct thermal printer does not need ink, toner, or ribbon, it is an inexpensive option.
Thermal Transfer Printer
A thermal transfer printer uses a ribbon and a print head to produce accurate, high-quality barcode images. It uses heat to transfer ink from the ribbon to the label or tag to form images. A thermal transfer printer can print on a wide variety of media, from paper to polyester.
If you are in search of a barcode printer, you should consider a refurbished Zebra printer. Refurbished printers are an excellent choice for several reasons: they perform just like new but at a much more budget-friendly price, they are environmentally friendly as they give life back to old printers and keep them out of landfills, and they have been recently tested and have received any and all necessary maintenance. Refurbished printers will also come with a warranty of some kind, so you don't have to worry about what to do if something happens to go wrong with them. Like most products, you should do your research and make sure you are purchasing your refurbished server from a reputable company, and an easy way to tell if a company is reputable or not is if it offers warranties for its refurbished products. A reputable company will always offer some kind of warranty for a refurbished product. Keep that in mind during your search.
Zebra 110XiIII Plus
One of the best Zebra barcode printers on the market today is the Zebra 110XiIII Plus. This printer is an entry-level, high performance thermal barcode printer. It offers 4 inch print width and a variety of resolutions from 203 to 300 to 600 dpi. It is a great printer for heavy-duty industrial operations, and it can handle both 4X6 inch shipping labels as well as tiny, extremely detailed labels for smaller products. It features a single 32 bit 133MHz processor, 16MB SDRAM, and 4MB Flash memory.
The Zebra 110XiIII Plus is ideal for top-side and bottom-side circuit board labeling, product labels, serial plate labels, surgical tools, diagnostic kits, and printing on bottles.
If you're in the market for a new barcode printer, I highly recommend considering a refurbished Zebra barcode printer, such as the Zebra 110XiIII Plus. Refurbished computers are good for the environment, perform just like new, and are incredibly budget-friendly.
By Sullivan G Jones