New Zebra P330m Monochrome Card Printer Announced

Zebra Technologies has announced the newest addition to its Performance class of card printers, the Zebra P330m, which prints a card in a rapid 5.2 seconds. This high-volume monochrome card printer was created especially for users that print large quantities of single-color cards and those who personalise sizeable numbers of pre-printed cards. The P330m also provides features such as magnetic stripe and smart card encoding. Encoders for contact smart cards and Mifare contactless cards can be integrated in the printer to enable printing and encoding in one machine.

High volume monochrome printing applications include personalisation of pre-printed gift cards for retail store chains, association membership cards, employee and student ID cards, financial cards, corporate ID badges, and logical and physical security access control cards for a wide number of organisations. The use of single-color ribbons significantly lowers the cost of the printed card versus printing with a color ribbon.

USB and 10/100 Ethernet connectivity options offer customers the ability to easily deploy and manage the P330m printer on an enterprise-wide basis. For example, a membership database can be managed centrally with the individual cards printed over the wide-area network at each local outlet.

The new angled card feeder system provides reliability and simplicity for improved card transportation. The P330m supports the range of card thickness used worldwide, printing on cards as thin as 10-mil or as thick as 60-mil proximity cards. The card input hopper capacity can be increased from 100 cards to 220 cards (30-mil) with the simple addition of plastic extension pieces. This option increases user efficiency, reducing the need for user interaction.

Zebra intelligent supplies and software make setup quick and easy with ribbon type detection, low-ribbon warning and automatic printer configuration to produce high-quality printing from the first card. Zebra software drivers for Microsoft Windows Vista compatible, 2000 and XP provide plug-and-play operation and compatibility with most applications. Ethernet connectivity also lets the P330m be integrated into network-based environments.

The P330m uses Zebra monochrome ribbons to print cards with a wide variety of colors. The ribbon system also features wider ribbons for better edge-to-edge printing.

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