Printronix Intros First Field-Upgradeable RFID Printer Applicator

Printronix has introduced the SLPA8000r to give consumer packaged goods companies the ability to tag their products and shipping cases with bar code or radio frequency identification (RFID) labels. The new SLPA8000r is the first bar code printer applicator on the market with the ability to upgrade to RFID labeling in the field, providing users with a risk-free investment path to RFID adoption. In addition, the new SLPA8000r offers the industry's highest-speed RFID encoding, capable of exceeding 100 cases per minute.

Whether users require an automated slap-and-ship system or an in-line production printer applicator to integrate into their manufacturing process, the SLPA8000r will meet their needs. Its field upgradeability feature allows organizations to deploy a model that prints bar code labels only now and upgrade easily to RFID printing later. The SLPA8000r is built on Printronix's MP2 Smart encoding technology, a technology platform designed specifically to EPCglobal Gen 2 encoding specifications. The printer applicator offers users broad-ranging functionality:
- Offers predictable and reliable RFID implementation with Gen 2-certified hardware
- Interoperable with the widest range of Gen 2 tags while offering continued support of EPC Class 0, 0+, 1 and Philips UCode 1.19 protocols
- Yields 99.8 percent encode and read performance, according to user reports.

The SLPA8000r is an evolution of Printronix's SLPA7000r print-encode-and- apply system introduced in June 2004. Since then, Printronix has deployed more RFID printer applicators among Wal-Mart's top 100 suppliers than any other manufacturer and earned the top market share position in North America, according to CB GroupUSA.

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