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   Technology       
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   Daisy-Wheel       Daisy-wheel printers or letter-quality printers use a small wheel with a single pin for each character. The wheel is rotated to the correct pin when marking each character on a page. 
   Screen Printer       Screen printers transfers an image onto a mesh screen by blocking out the surrounding area or areas. 
   Rotary Press       Rotary presses are similar to letterpresses, but place the raised type on a roller instead of a flat die. 
   Rotogravure       Rotogravure printers engrave photographic images on a cylinder that is then used in a rotary printing press. 
   Direct Thermal       Direct thermal printers output sharp, clear text and graphics. They use heat to set images on non-curling, smudge-proof, heavy-stock thermal paper. 
   Thermal Transfer       Thermal transfer uses heat and pressure to transfer resin-based ink from tiny ribbons directly onto the paper. 
   Ink Jet       Ink jet printers spray ink droplets through a nozzle onto the page. There are two basic types of ink jet printers: thermal and piezo. 
   Laser Printer       Laser printers use a laser beam to produce an image on a drum. The light of the laser alters the electrical charge on the drum, and the drum is then rolled through a reservoir of toner. In turn, the toner is picked up by the charged portions of the drum. Finally, the toner is transferred to the paper through a combination of heat and pressure. 
   LED / LCD       LED printers and LCD printers are similar to a laser printers, but uses light-emitting diodes (LED) or liquid crystal displays (LCD) to produce an image on the drum. 
   Letterpress       Letterpress printers are simple printing presses that use a die with raised type to press text onto the page. 
   Dot Matrix       Dot matrix printers produce characters and illustrations by striking pins against an ink ribbon to print closely-spaced dots in the appropriate shape. Dot matrix printers can print multi-page forms (carbon copies). 
   Flexography       Flexography is a rotary-press printing technology that uses water-based inks. Flexographic printers are often used to print on plastic, paper or cardboard. 
   Hot Stamping       Hot stamping machines use heat and pressure to apply an image onto a surface from a film that carries a thin leaf of color. 
   Line Printer       Line printers contain a chain of characters or pins that print an entire line at one time. They are very fast, but produce low-quality print. Line matrix printers use the same technology as dot matrix printers, but are much faster over greater workloads. 
   Offset Printer       Offset printers use a rubber cylinder to transfer an inked image from a printing plate to paper or other media. 
   Pad Printer       Pad printers use silicone pads to print on contoured or difficult plastic surfaces. They are used for relatively small images, text and graphics. 
   Plotter       Plotters use a pen to produce line art and images on paper or other media. 
   Other       Other unlisted, specialized, or proprietary technologies. 
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   Media Handling       
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   Paper       The device's primary function is to output data or graphics on paper, from a single sheet, roll or continuous fan-fold supply. 
   Single Sheet       Devices can print or mark single sheets of paper or other material. They may have several trays for different paper sizes. 
   Fan Fold (Continuous)       Fan fold paper (e.g., business forms or tape) is made from a web and folded lengthwise or crosswise, like a fan. 
   Roll       Rolls are continuous webs of paper or fabric, wrapped (rolled) around a cylinder or ball. 
   Glass / Ceramics       Devices can mark or print on glass or ceramic surfaces. 
   Metals       Devices can mark or print on metals or conductive materials. 
   Plastics       Devices can mark or print on plastic or other non-conductive materials. 
   Semiconductors / Electronics       Devices can mark or print on chips, printed circuit boards (PCBs), dies, or semiconductor wafers. 
   Textiles / Composites       Devices can mark or print on soft, fragile, gummy, or flexible materials such as textiles, cloth or composites. 
   Wood / Corrugated Paper       Devices can mark or print on fibrous materials such as wood or corrugated paper. 
   Other       Other unlisted, specialized, or proprietary media. 
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Performance Specifications
   Printing Width       Printing or marking width is the width of the characters produced by the printer. This is not the width of the media on which text or images are printed. 
   Search Logic:      User may specify either, both, or neither of the "At Least" and "No More Than" values. Products returned as matches will meet all specified criteria.
   Printing Rate       Printing rate is the linear rate at which ink jet printers and other marking equipment can perform. 
   Search Logic:      User may specify either, both, or neither of the "At Least" and "No More Than" values. Products returned as matches will meet all specified criteria.
   Resolution       Printer resolution is the number of dots per square inch (dpi) a printer can output. Generally, printers with a higher dpi have a higher resolution. 
   Search Logic:      User may specify either, both, or neither of the "At Least" and "No More Than" values. Products returned as matches will meet all specified criteria.
   Digital Interface       
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   Serial / Digital       Devices can provide outputs in serial, parallel, Ethernet or other digital formats. 
   Network / Fieldbus       Devices output signals that are formatted according to an industrial fieldbus protocol such as CANbus, PROFIBUS®, or SERCOS; a networking protocol such as Ethernet; or another industrial automation protocol. PROFIBUS is a registered trademark of PROFIBUS International. 
   Other       Other unlisted, specialized, or proprietary digital interfaces. 
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Bar / Matrix Code Symbologies
          Bar code symbologies are essentially alphabets in which different widths of bars and spaces are combined to form characters and, ultimately, a message. Because there are many ways to arrange these bars and spaces, numerous symbologies are possible. Consult with a scanner manufacturer for help in choosing a bar code type, or determining which bar code you are currently using.
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   Bookland EAN       Bookland EAN barcodes are used internationally to identify books, video and audiocassettes, and software. A unique International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is assigned to each product. 
   Codabar       Codabar (USD-4, NW-7, and Code 2 of 7) is a self-checking, numeric-only code. Codabar can encode the digits 0 through 9; six symbols (- : . $ / +); and the start / stop characters A, B, C, D, E, *, N, or T. Codabar is used in libraries, blood banks, the overnight package delivery industry, and a variety of other information processing applications. 
   Codablock       Codablock is a stacked version of Code 39 and Code 128. Each row is structured to conform to the rules for basic encoding symbology. 
   Code 1       Code 1 is an area-type symbology that combines a checkerboard data area with a bar code-like locator pattern. It can label very tiny components and carry large amounts of information in larger symbols. This symbology allows users to encode up to 2218 alphanumeric characters into a single symbol. Code 1 symbols can be shaped to fit in non-rectangular shapes such as the letters L, U, and T.  
   Code 11       Code 11 is used primarily for labeling telecommunications equipment. The character set includes the digits 0 through 9 and a dash. Each character is encoded with three bars and two spaces. 
   Code 128       Code 128 provides excellent density for all-numeric data, and good density for alphanumeric data. The Code 128 standard is maintained by Automatic Identification Manufacturers (AIM). 
   Code 16K       Code 16K has 37 alphanumeric characters or 74 numeric characters. It employs a fixed-width, variable-height (2 to 16 rows) pattern. Code 16K is derived from Code 128 symbology. 
   Code 39       Code 39 (Code 3 of 9, USD-3) is used widely in many industries. It is also the standard for many government bar code specifications, including the U.S. Department of Defense. Code 39 is defined as American National Standards Institute (ANSI) specification MH10.8M-1983. 
   Code 49       Code 49 was the first two-dimensional symbology that could be read by traditional scanners. This symbology can encode 49 alphanumeric characters or 81 numeric characters in 1.25 x 1.25 inches. Each row contains eight characters, with each character having 49 possible values (hence the name of the code). 
   Code 93       Code 93 is a more compact version of Code 39. It encodes exactly the same characters as Code 39, but uses 9 bar code elements per character instead of 15. 
   Composite Symbologies       Composite symbologies use a single bar code composed of both linear and 2D bar codes. 
   EAN / JAN       EAN and JAN are abbreviations for European article numbering (EAN) and Japanese article numbering (JAN), respectively. EAN-13 is used worldwide for marking retail goods. It encodes 13 characters: the first two are a country code, followed by 10 data digits and a checksum. 2-digit and 5-digit supplemental bar codes may be added for a total of 14 or 17 data digits. EAN-8 is a shortened version of EAN-13. It includes a 2-digit country code, 5 data digits, and a checksum digit. 2-digit and 5-digit extension bar codes may be added. 
   Industrial / Matrix / Standard 2 of 5       Industrial 2 of 5, Matrix 2 of 5, and Standard 2 of 5 are numeric-only barcodes that have long been used. Unlike Interleaved 2 of 5, all of the information is encoded in the bars; the spaces are fixed-width and are used only to separate the bars. The code is self-checking and does not include a checksum. 
   Interleaved 2 of 5       Interleaved 2 of 5 is a numeric-only bar code used widely in warehouse and industrial applications. The data must consist of an even number of digits. 
   LOGMARS       Logistics applications of automated marking and reading symbols (LOGMARS) are a special application of Code 39 used by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). LOGMARS is governed by U.S. military standard MIL-STD-1189B, which defines acceptable ranges for a number of variables, include density, ratio, bar height, and size of the human-readable interpretation line. The Modulus 43 check digit, optional with Code 39, is defined and recommended in this specification. 
   MaxiCode       MaxiCode is a fixed-size, two-dimensional matrix bar code that can encode all 256 ASCII characters. It contains 866 hexagons arranged around a central bulls-eye finder. MaxiCode can be read quickly from most directions. United Parcel Service (UPS) uses MaxiCode in automated sorting operations. 
   MSI / Plessey       The Plessey bar code is a pulse-width, modulated, non-self-checking code. Each character consists of eight elements: four bars and four spaces. The character set includes the digits 0 through 9 and the upper case letters A through F. Plessey bar codes are used primarily in libraries. The MSI Plessey bar code is a variant of the Plessey barcode that is used primarily in store shelf labeling. A Modulo 10 checksum is appended to the end of the code. 
   PDF417       PDF-417 is a 2D bar code that can store up to about 1,800 printable ASCII characters or 1,100 binary characters per symbol. The symbol is rectangular; the shape of the symbol can be adjusted to some extent by setting the width and allowing the height to grow with the data. There is no theoretical limit on the amount of data that can be stored in a group of PDF-417 symbols. 
   PLANET       PLANET bar codes track both inbound and outbound letter mail. They complement the existing POSTNET bar codes and are required by the U. S. Postal Service (USPS) for the CONFIRM service. 
   POSTNET       The POSTNET bar code is used by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to sort mail automatically. The POSTNET code consists of evenly-spaced bars of two different heights. Each character is represented by five bars: two tall and three short. The character set includes the digits 0 through 9. The code begins and ends with a tall bar (frame bar), and may contain a 5-digit ZIP code, a 9-digit ZIP+4 code, or an 11-digit delivery point (DP) code. A Modulo 10 check digit is inserted after the ZIP code and before the ending frame-bar. 
   SISAC (ISSN) Code       Serials Industry Systems Advisory Committee (SISAC) code uses Code 128 to uniquely identify each issue of a journal. SISAC codes include the journal's ISSN number, date of publication, and  volume number. 
   Telepen       Telepen is a European code capable of encoding the full ASCII set. It uses a  compressed numeric-mode, enabling numeric data to be encoded at twice the density of the standard mode. Telepen is a wide-narrow symbology with a fixed 3:1 wide: narrow ratio. 
   UPC       UPC-A is used for marking products that are sold at retail to the public. The bar code identifies the manufacturer and specific product so point-of-sale (POS) cash register systems can automatically look up the price. UPC-E is a variation of the UPC-A symbol that is used for number system 0. By suppressing zeroes, UPC-E codes can be printed in a very small space and are used for labeling small items. The Uniform Code Council of Dayton, Ohio controls the UPC-A Code and the assignment of manufacturer ID numbers in the United States. 
   VeriCode and DataMatrix       VeriCode and DataMatrix help computers access specific files of information. The symbol itself can also contain that information. Each square in the symbol is a data cell. Algorithms contained in the cell identify the information that has been encoded. More than 2000 ASCII characters may be encoded in a symbol. VeriCode and DataMatrix are very popular with applications that require very tiny symbol sizes. 
   Other       Other unlisted, specialized, or proprietary symbologies. 
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Features
   RoHS Compliant       Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) is a European Union (EU) directive that requires all manufacturers of electronic and electrical equipment sold in Europe to demonstrate that their products contain only minimal levels of the following hazardous substances: lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyl, and polybrominated diphenyl ether. RoHS will become effective on July 1, 2006. 
   Search Logic:      "Required" and "Must Not Have" criteria limit returned matches as specified. Products with optional attributes will be returned for either choice.
   WEEE Compliant       Waste Electrical and Electronics Equipment (WEEE) is a European Union (EU) directive that is designed to encourage the reuse, recycling and recovery of electrical and electronic equipment. WEEE establishes criteria and requirements for the collection, treatment, recycling and recovery of this equipment. It also makes producers responsible for financing these activities. For their part, retailers and distributors must provide a way for consumers to return used or obsolete equipment without charge. WEEE became effective on August 1, 2005. 
   Search Logic:      "Required" and "Must Not Have" criteria limit returned matches as specified. Products with optional attributes will be returned for either choice.
   Color Printing       The printer is capable of color output in addition to monochrome output. 
   Search Logic:      "Required" and "Must Not Have" criteria limit returned matches as specified. Products with optional attributes will be returned for either choice.
   Copying / Scanning Capabilities       The printer is a multifunction system for printing, copying, and/or scanning. 
   Search Logic:      "Required" and "Must Not Have" criteria limit returned matches as specified. Products with optional attributes will be returned for either choice.
   Industrial Metal Housing       The printer is housed in an industrial metal cabinet for protection. 
   Search Logic:      "Required" and "Must Not Have" criteria limit returned matches as specified. Products with optional attributes will be returned for either choice.
   Memory / Storage       The printer has storage capacity or memory for custom settings, programming, and processing tasks. 
   Search Logic:      "Required" and "Must Not Have" criteria limit returned matches as specified. Products with optional attributes will be returned for either choice.
   Programmable       The printer is programmable to facilitate custom printing and marking applications. 
   Search Logic:      "Required" and "Must Not Have" criteria limit returned matches as specified. Products with optional attributes will be returned for either choice.
   Cutter       The printer has a cutter to separate media from continuous forms or rolls. 
   Search Logic:      "Required" and "Must Not Have" criteria limit returned matches as specified. Products with optional attributes will be returned for either choice.
   Application Software Included       The printer is equipped with application software. 
   Search Logic:      "Required" and "Must Not Have" criteria limit returned matches as specified. Products with optional attributes will be returned for either choice.
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