Up until now, all mobile printers used direct thermal paper only. This restricted the use of mobile printers to only be used for printing material that did not have to last too long or be very durable. Today there are many other options for mobile printing opening up many more applications. An example is the Zebra P4T Mobile Printer.
The P4T is the world’s very first thermal transfer printer that is mobile. Thermal transfer is a term used for printers that thermally transfer wax or resin from a ribbon onto a label. This process is more durable and permanent. This printer offers advanced wireless connectivity and boasts an array of features that easily handle customer’s printing needs while on the road.
So with all this information, what is an actual application we have used these printers for? This printer has been implemented in a national industrial distributor where they have hundreds of sales people in the field calling on parts warehouses, factories, repair shops, and maintenance rooms all over the country.
The original issue was that all of these sales people had sheets of labels they had to keep in the vehicle on sales calls in case some of the labels in the parts rooms were gone or worn out. The sales person makes their route and takes inventory by scanning the label and entering the reorder quantity. If the label is missing or damaged, a new labels must be made. The sales person would go to the vehicle and grab a sheet with many labels on the sheet. They then take the one label off of the sheet that needed to be replaced and discarded the rest of the sheet.
This process led to an extreme expense on the company due to all the wasted labels in the field. These labels were not just the basic paper label either. They were a high grade vinyl label with an over laminate to protect the image.
We proposed using mobile printers to allow printing on demand, but the mobile printers at the time only produced direct thermal labels which do not use a ribbon and they fade. Then along came the P4T, allowing thermal transfer printing on the road. For just over $1000.00 per unit, the printer more than paid for Read More