Thermal Printer Subassembly facilitates paper loading.

Press Release Summary:

Thermal printer, APU-F247, features EZ-OP lever mechanism to facilitate paper loading. Supplied with built-in interface board, unit measures 99.3 x 92.5 x 173 mm, weighs ~1 kg and provides printing with 8 dots/mm resolution at speeds to 100 mm/sec. Subassembly prints barcodes, page mode allows for free layout of printed materials, and printer accommodates paper width of 58 mm and print width of 54 mm. It supports serial, parallel, and USB interfaces.

Original Press Release:

Seiko Instruments Inc. Unveils Compact Subassembly Featuring an 'EZ-OP' Mechanism for Easy Maintenance

TORRANCE, Calif. - May 18, 2004 - Seiko Instruments USA Inc., Micro Printer Division today introduced the APU-F247 subassembly to its family of thermal printers, featuring the company's innovative "EZ-OP" mechanism that offers fast and simple paper loading with the touch of a convenient lever.

"The APU-F247 is an all-in-one thermal printer and is ideal for a wide range of applications, including kiosk, vending, voting, medical and parking," said Bob Falco, director and division manager, Seiko Instruments USA Inc., Micro Printer Division. "Supplied with a built-in interface board, the printer unit simply needs to be plugged in and connected to the device and it is ready to go."

The subassembly, measuring 99.3 x 92.5 x 173mm, weighs approximately 1kg and provides fast, high-resolution printing of 8 dots/mm, with a speed of up to 100mm/second. The subassembly can print a variety of barcodes * such as UPC-A, JAN13, Code 39, ITF and CODABAR * and the page mode enables free layout of printed materials. In addition, the printer unit supports three interfaces: serial (RS-232C), parallel and Universal Serial Bus (USB).

The printer unit is virtually maintenance-free, with a thermal head that can be cleaned by simply lifting the platen, and offers a service life of 100km of printing and/or 100 million pulses. Accommodating a paper width of 58mm and a maximum roll capacity of 3.25 inches, the APU-F247 provides a print width of 54mm. The unit features an autocutter, providing an operational life of 500,000 cuts.

The MSRP for the APU-F247 is $550. Each unit is backed by a one-year factory warranty and the "SII Secure" customer support commitment, which includes application engineering assistance, software development and customization, comprehensive technical documentation, customer training, and technical and service support.

For more information about the APU-F247 thermal printer subassembly, as well as the entire line of Seiko Instruments Inc. thermal portable printers, subassemblies and mechanisms, contact Seiko Instruments USA Inc. at 2990 West Lomita Blvd., Torrance, CA 90505; 800-553-6570; fax 310- 517-8154; e-mail; or visit our web site at

About Seiko Instruments Inc.

Seiko Instruments Inc. uses its well-recognized expertise in precision engineering, design miniaturization and quality manufacturing to develop and market over 100 industrial high technology and consumer electronics products in the United States and around the world. The company's Micro Printer Division offers a wide range of thermal printers, subassemblies, mechanisms and accessories. Other divisions offer electronic components, fiber optics, and office and home office products.

SII is a registered trademark of Seiko Instruments Inc.

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