The Green Sheet Online Edition
June 11, 2012 • Issue 12:06:01
Hand-held printer hits stateside
Facing growing demand in the U.S. market for portable printers, Bixolon America Inc. introduced the SPP-R300 mobile receipt printer, a hand-held device packed with technology designed for on-demand mobile commerce.
Formerly a specialty printing division of Samsung, Bixolon spun off in 2002, with the goal of becoming a leading presence in the global mini printer market.
"With its iOS Wi-Fi, Android and Bluetooth connectivity, the SPP-R300 is the ideal solution to an ever increasing mobile transactions [market's] printing needs," said David Roberts, Senior Vice President of Bixolon America. The printer, which connects wirelessly via a Bluetooth or wireless LAN interface, also supports the Microsoft Corp. Windows CE platform.
Speed and accuracy reportedly are integral to the SPP-R300. With a print resolution of 203 dpi, it can print text and graphics at a rate of 3.94 inches per second, Bixolon stated. Also built in is a patent-pending Auto Balancer, designed to prevent blurred printing and allow merchants to print in low temperature environments as well.
Bixolon stated the SPP-R300's long-life, lithium-ion battery should last approximately 500 cycles between charges, the equivalent of about 10 rolls of three-inch thermal receipt paper or an average 8 hours of usage time.
An optional mag-stripe reader permits merchants to process credit card transactions on the spot. Its drop-in paper loading feature reduces down time when reloading rolls, and it also supports basic label printing using label paper and black mark paper, the company noted.
Weighing in at just over one pound, the unit is compact enough to wear comfortably on a belt. To accommodate portability, Bixolon offers multiple accessories to carry and protect the SPP-R300, including a belt or shoulder strap, a protective storage case and vehicle holder to mount the unit while in transit.
The SPP-R300 can reportedly withstand drop distances of up to 4 feet and offers water resistance, making it suitable for the most demanding outdoor field conditions.
"Bixolon continues its commitment to providing innovative mobile printing technologies, and the SPP-R300 proves itself as the latest addition to our continuously expanding product offerings," Roberts said. Bixolon's POS receipt, label and mobile printers currently serve the diverse needs of retail, hospitality, health care, banking, ticketing, post/parcel and warehousing.
Bixolon America Inc.
Notice to readers: These are archived articles. Contact names or information may be out of date. We regret any inconvenience.