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Top Factors in Comparing Rugged Printers

What Makes a Printer Truly Rugged? Not all printers are built the same. Some are more robust and rugged than others and better suited for working in industrial environments and harsh conditions where reliable and uninterrupted printing are essential. At Logistyx, we’re often asked to recommend printers that will withstand years of use in a […]

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What Makes a Printer Truly Rugged?

Not all printers are built the same. Some are more robust and rugged than others and better suited for working in industrial environments and harsh conditions where reliable and uninterrupted printing are essential.

At Logistyx, we’re often asked to recommend printers that will withstand years of use in a distribution center. We asked our team of printer specialists to weigh in, and they came up with the following tips on evaluating industrial printers.

An Ability to Withstand Extreme Environments

You may need to print on the floor of a manufacturing plant, in a warehouse, or even out in the field—outside the four walls of a workplace.

In these environments, printers are often subjected to extreme heat or cold, dust and debris, and even being bumped, dropped or knocked over.

To minimize downtime, you need an industrial-strength or enterprise-grade printer that can withstand the use and abuse that go along with them.

An industrial grade printer is essential if you’re choosing a stationary printer for barcode labeling, RFID, and printing shipping labels, packing slips or other documents. It should:

  1. Be built with an all-metal frame and chassis.
  2. Include high-quality, durable internal components.
  3. Have internal temperature sensors and controls to ensure proper performance in extreme temperature environments.

Mobile Printing Durability

If you plan to use mobile printers for labels, receipts, tickets or invoices on the go, indoors or outdoors, choose a device with military-grade construction. Mobile printers in this class are lightweight and much smaller in size than an industrial printer, but they’ll be drop-resistant and highly durable, and proven by military-grade testing standards.

Support for High-Volume Printing

For high-volume of printing, such as labeling parts for use in car production or pharmaceuticals, you’ll need industrial printers.

In these applications, reliability and continuous operation are critical, because you can’t afford to stop production or shipments if a printer breaks down.

As with the all-metal frames and high-quality components that enable reliable printing in extreme environments, the same mechanisms ensure performance at higher volumes.

Easy Maintenance & Management

If you use numerous printers across many sites, being able to remotely manage them is critical to continuous uptime and keeping your costs down. One way to ensure this is to use printers with a cloud-based Operational Visibility Service (OVS) that provides detailed insight into the status, usage and health of every printing device on your network.

The best printers offer configurable dashboards that provide the insight to help you proactively manage and improve the performance, availability and life cycle of your printers.

They also provide automatic notifications of servicing needs or print errors, so you can quickly address issues and ensure your printers are as reliable as possible.

A Brand You Can Trust

Whether you need a robust industrial printer or a highly durable mobile solution, our logistics technology specialists recommend printers from Zebra Technologies.

Zebra is the global leader in manufacturing industrial and mobile printers for the most extreme environments and some of the world’s most demanding print applications.

Zebra fulfills all the key requirements of a truly rugged printer, which is why its solutions are used by over 90% of the Fortune 500.

Want to learn more and get a personalized recommendation for your business? Contact our print experts at Logistyx now.

Where Mobile Printers Make The Most Sense in the Warehouse

Where and When to Use Mobile vs. Industrial Printers Worker mobility should be a key consideration when you’re designing and optimizing your warehouse, logistics, manufacturing and other operations. Mobile computers, wearable technology and cordless barcode scanners are extremely effective in freeing up workers to take their technology with them as they move to the next task. Mobile printers […]

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Where and When to Use Mobile vs. Industrial Printers

Worker mobility should be a key consideration when you’re designing and optimizing your warehouse, logistics, manufacturing and other operations. Mobile computers, wearable technology and cordless barcode scanners are extremely effective in freeing up workers to take their technology with them as they move to the next task.

mobile printers for the warehouse
Mobile printers eliminate extra steps back and forth to fixed printer stations and increase productivity.

Mobile printers can help you increase efficiency. However,  there are significant differences in the scenarios in which mobile and fixed industrial printers deliver the most benefits. Following are several key factors to consider when deciding:

Printing Volume & Environment

If you’re printing barcode labels in an environment where durability and throughput are critical, fixed industrial printers are often your best choice.

industrial printers in the warehouse
Look for industrial, rugged tabletop printers to deliver high-volume, high-quality results and reliability in harsh environments.

Industrial printers, such as the ZT400 printers from Zebra Technologies deliver fast print speeds and can operate continuously in extremely demanding environments—whether those demands are high volumes or extreme temperatures and harsh conditions.

Industrial-grade printers provide around-the-clock printing performance and outstanding print quality, along with the greatest flexibility in supporting specialized label materials and printing high-quality labels as small as 3mm.

RFID Printing Requirements

To print RFID labels or tags, an industrial or desktop printer is your only viable option. Mobile RFID printing technology may eventually become a reality, but thus far there has only been some limited experimentation with it.

Mobile Workforce Considerations

If your printing and labeling requirements are a bit less extreme or demanding or you have a mobile workforce, mobile printers may be your best option.

wearable printers
Users now have many choices in wearable print options and sizes.

Mobile printers allow workers to perform critical labeling tasks throughout a warehouse, plant or other facility, or even outside the four walls – on the spot, wherever they’re needed.

If you’re already using handheld, wearable or vehicle-mounted computers, mobile printers are the perfect complement.

Many companies find them ideal in certain areas of receiving, inventory, packing or shipping. Mobile printers are also effective for field sales or service staff who when printing receipts, small-scale invoices and proofs of delivery.

Mobile Printing Durability & Performance

Mobile printers offer portable, print-on-demand flexibility and convenience without having to sacrifice durability or performance.

mobile printers vary in size
Be sure to evaluate size requirements before you choose printers, both in mobile and desktop environments.

However, not all mobile printers are alike. It’s important not to assume that every manufacturer or model will offer the same level of extreme durability as industrial printers. If you need mobile printers that will withstand tough wear and tear, there are rugged, military-grade mobile printers available.

Lightweight and drop-resistant models, such as Zebra’s QLn Series and ZQ Series mobile printers, can withstand daily use and abuse in both indoor and outdoor environments. In addition, they provide fast, quality printing that ensures your barcodes and receipts are seamlessly readable and scannable.

If you only need receipt, invoice or ticket printing on the go, Zebra’s iMZ Series and ZQ110 mobile printers are the most compact and lightweight options. Each offers quick and reliable wireless printing in a small-profile device.

Making the Choice for Your Business

Are industrial printers or mobile printers the right choice for you? What’s the best option to maximize your operational efficiency and ROI?

Logistyx Technologies is an industrial print expert. For many years, our print specialists have helped companies evaluate their options for a wide range of warehouse and other business environments. We also integrate our order fulfillment, inventory and shipping software solutions with a wide range of printers, simplifying the implementation process for you.

We’re here to answer your questions as you review your printing needs. Contact us for a free consultation.

Pulling the Plug: How Wireless Workstations Can Transform Warehouse Fulfillment

Wireless Workstations Increase Productivity and Efficiency in Warehouse Operations Mobile, wireless workstations are getting a lot of attention by supply chain managers these days, particularly as wireless devices are growing in popularity for routine fulfillment tasks. What benefits could your company gain by adding wireless, mobile-powered workstations in your operations? Whether you run a warehouse, […]

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Wireless Workstations Increase Productivity and Efficiency in Warehouse Operations

Mobile, wireless workstations are getting a lot of attention by supply chain managers these days, particularly as wireless devices are growing in popularity for routine fulfillment tasks.

mobile shipping workstation

What benefits could your company gain by adding wireless, mobile-powered workstations in your operations? Whether you run a warehouse, a distribution center or a retail store, a mobile-powered workstation makes your employees and processes more effective and more efficient.

No Need to Walk Over to a Shared Printer

Valuable time is often wasted when warehouse employees have to move from one area to another to complete a task.

mobile workstation for printers

Another option is to create a mobile-powered workstation that lets your employees bring exactly the tools they need, to exactly where they need them.

For example, with a mobile-powered workstation equipped with a computer, printer, bar code scanner, an employee can:

  • Immediately scan a product’s bar code,
  • Inspect and document the product’s condition,
  • Label and sort the item for return to the shelves, and
  • Credit a customer’s account
  • …all from their mobile-powered workstation

This approach reduces overhead costs because fewer pieces of equipment are required to create workspaces – they move with the employee. It also eliminates restrictions about where the work occurs, and creates real time and measurable productivity and data access points for all your employees.

Streamline Your Retail Workspace

Mobile-powered workstations can also dramatically increase customer service in retail operations, enabling employees to spend more time selling to customers.

mobile shipping workstation

Retail and sales employees can position the workstation so that they can label and tag inventory from the floor and manage the line to the register by offering point of sale purchases.

Create a Mobile Central Command Center

By creating a mobile central command center, your employees have all the tools they need right at their fingertips to get their job done. They can also easily move their workstation where they will be most productive.

 

Your workers gain instant access in real time to data and information, fostering better decisions about productivity, distribution, and inventory.

Before You Choose a Workstation

When choosing a mobile powered workstation, take the following into consideration.

  • Weight capability: Your mobile-powered workstation must be sturdy enough to hold a number of expensive and sometimes heavy devices.
  • Maneuverability: Where will you be moving your mobile powered work station? Are the corners tight? How wide are the aisles? Choose a model that fits your space to gain the greatest efficiencies.
  • Power: The mobile-powered workstation should be able to run several electronic devices at the same time such as a scanner, a laptop, printer and smartphone or tablet. Each device should operate for at least eight hours or the length of a standard shift.
  • Recharge: The mobile powered workstation should fully recharge in five to eight hours.

So much of our personal technology is now mobile and wireless, isn’t it time to cut the cords and introduced a mobile powered workstation into your business?

Logistyx sells a complete line of mobile workstations, which make an ideal order packing and multi-carrier shipping workstations.

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About Our Guest Author

ChristineWheeler-1-150x150Christine Wheeler is the marketing director for our partner, Newcastle Systems, a premium manufacturer that make equipment more mobile and information more readily available across an entire enterprise.

Logistyx Technologies is a provider of carrier-agnostic e-commerce fulfillment software and shipping software solutions that enable shippers to manage all their small parcel, LTL postal, regional, national and international carriers on one platform. We also help companies automate their reverse logistics process for greater efficiency and lower cost. Contact us today. 

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