What's new from ... Smart Products, Casio, Zebra

What's new from ... Smart Products, Casio, Zebra



Smart Label printers use direct thermal technology, which eliminates inks, ribbons and toner from the printing process. These are task-specific printers that can be adapted to a variety of uses, featuring a compact design, a built-in USB port and serial connections (SLP 100/200/240).

These printers come with software, which enables the use of multiple fonts and graphics as well as an intuitive WYSIWYG SmartLabel application. Alternatively they can be integrated into a larger system designed to retrieve data from applications like Word, ACT!, GoldMine, Palm Desktop Organiser Software, Outlook and WordPerfect. The software also enables end users to capture text from virtually any Windows application with SmartCopy and import graphics to create high-quality custom labels with company logos, digital images to name a few.

Smart Label models EZ30, SLP 100, SLP 200 and SLP 240 are all currently available in Australian through Smart Products and retail between $229 to $599 each.

Smart Products: 1300 788 081,


The Freedio FZ-500P can link to a computer via the usual parallel printer cable, or with other devices via IrDA. Like label printers, it uses high-quality direct thermal printing and offers a resolution of 400dpi.

This pocket-sized printer can either

be used together with the FZ-700S scanner or as a stand-alone pocket size peripheral. The model has a parallel interface and is designed to be rechargeable via a battery pack. The LCD display shows characters only.

The Freedio FZ-500P is not broadly available in Australia. However it is obtainable via the Casio Web site retails at about $US174.99.


Proving that not all printer vendors share the mobile printing cynicism, the Smart Printer DPU-3445 is designed to deliver hard copy in out-of-the-way places. Measuring just 160x89x29.5mm and weighing in at 245grams, the Smart Printer DPU-3445 is powered by a lithium battery, is good for up to 8000 print lines and provides 104-mm print width with a 8-dot/mm resolution at print speeds of 50mm/sec.

This offering is Windows CE, Windows 95/98 and Palm Computing compatible -- with RS-232C and IR interfaces. It is designed specifically as an attachment for PDAs and hand-held PCs and would ideally suit on-the-road professionals in a wide range of industries, from sales to banking to pathology.

Smart Products: 1300 788 081,


The PA400 is designed exclusively with the mobile user in mind. The PA400 is designed to bring barcode label generation to the item -- precisely where and when it is needed.

It is ideally suited to light industrial applications requiring real-time, on-demand barcode labels such as logistics, warehousing, stock control and distribution.

Weighing 1.5 kgs, the PA400 is transportable and includes "personalised fit" carrying options enabling the user to easily and effortlessly move from one place to another with maximum efficiency.

The PA400 is designed to perform even in severe environments and is protected by strong polycarbonate ABS plastic housing with integrated rubber overmolding to insulate it against wear and tear, and shock from drops of up to 1.2 metres.

The Zebra PA400 is available from distributors Peacock Bros.

Peacock Bros: (03) 9563 1900,

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