Press Release Summary:
EasyCoderÂ® PM4i smart bar code label and tag printer can access and update host databases, maintain timing between printer and applicator, and communicate with and run additional application equipment. Capable of operating with or without computer, 4 in., 203 or 300 dpi, direct thermal/thermal transfer, programmable printer offers all-metal construction, Compact Flash memory technology, and fully integrated Ethernet network connectivity.
Original Press Release:
Rugged Intermec EasyCoder PM4i Printer Unlocks New Applications Beyond Printing
Smart bar code label and tag printer can replace computers and middleware in industrial applications and environments
EVERETT, Wash., May 21, 2003 - Intermec Technologies Corp. today introduced the EasyCoder® PM4i industrial printer, the latest in its popular EasyCoder family of bar code label and tag printers. The EasyCoder PM4i is designed for manufacturing, distribution and warehouse environments where ruggedness and fast throughput are essential for productivity.
The EasyCoder PM4i bar code printer is a full-size, 4-inch, 203 or 300-dots-per-inch, direct thermal / thermal transfer, programmable printer. Its all-metal construction features a strong metal cast chassis and covers, plus details such as fully integrated Ethernet network connectivity, Kevlar belts and Compact Flash memory technology, all included as standard features.
The PM4i is a smart printer capable of operating with or without a computer. Intermec's Fingerprint technology transforms the printer into a "smart client" capable of executing user-defined programs. The PM4i can replace computing devices and middleware by its ability to communicate with and even control other industrial/computer devices such as scanners and other printers. The PM4i can act as a programmable logic controller (PLC) running and controlling production line devices and processes.
With a complete range of connectivity options, the EasyCoder PM4i fits easily in any environment. RS-232 serial, USB and Ethernet interfaces are standard. In addition, the PM4i can be equipped with additional double serial, parallel and industrial interfaces-any two at the same time-plus EasyLAN Wireless networking. This means you can use up to five interface ports simultaneously.
The EasyLAN Wireless option uses an integrated IEEE 802.11b radio, which provides 128-bit WEP encryption of the information relayed through the network to the printer. Intermec's wireless technology ensures secure printing and network infrastructure in all environments.
"In addition to delivering high-quality labels, the EasyCoder PM4i represents an important concept, one in which a barcode printer becomes an active network device that controls industrial processes," said Claes Winzell, Intermec director of global product management. "The PM4i can access and update host databases, maintain split-second timing between the printer and applicator, and communicate with and even run additional application equipment. It is technology that unlocks exciting new applications well beyond printing."
Intermec Technologies Corp., a UNOVA Inc. (NYSE:UNA) company, a recent Microsoft OEM Embedded Partner of the Year, is a leader in global supply chain solutions and in the development, manufacture and integration of wired and wireless automated data collection, Intellitag® RFID (radio frequency identification) and mobile computing systems. The company's products and services are used by customers in many industries to improve productivity, quality and responsiveness of business operations, from supply chain management and enterprise resource planning to field sales and service.
To learn more about how companies can benefit from Intermec's supply chain technologies, contact Intermec Technologies Corp., 6001 36th Ave. West, Everett, WA 98203 USA; telephone 800-347-2636; or visit Intermec's web site at www.intermec.com. To learn more about UNOVA, visit www.unova.com.
Corporate Communications Manager
Intermec Technologies Corporation