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A versatile RFID-ready label printer, which can be controlled remotely by network managers, is available from Sato UK.

The GL4e is a durable machine for the day-to-day printing of labels up to 4in (102mm) wide in busy industrial environments.

As an RFID-ready printer, it is field upgradeable.

According to the company, this means that, as and when a business requires an RFID print function, additional components may be quickly and easily installed on site.

This enables the encoding of Class 1 Gen 2 tags.

The latest near-field antenna technology encodes the label in the best position to guarantee optimum read performance.

The printer also meets ultra-high-frequency (UHF) standards worldwide, according to the company.

The languages of all six main printer manufacturers are built in and can be accessed by icons on the front panel – an advanced emulation capability that is intended to resolve potential compatibility problems.

For businesses running a network of printers on different sites, or even different parts of the world, the Sato Net Connect software option allows network administrators to control them remotely.

Apart from switching the machine on and changing the label reels, all other functions are fully controllable.

This includes status review, all settings, label designs and online barcode verification.

Other features of the GL4e are its easy-change printhead (no tools are needed), its increased label capacity and its ability to accept any ribbon type.

It has a fast print speed – 10in (254mm) per second – and a choice of 8- or 12-dot print resolution.

Three interfaces are fitted as standard.

The system is fully supported by Sato’s after-sales service.

The company also supplies all accessories and consumables, including labels manufactured at its own factory at its UK base in Harwich.

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