Zebra Technologies Announces New ZXP Series 8

Zebra Technologies Corp. recently announced the introduction of the Zebra ZXP Series 8, a revolutionary retransfer printer that offers a host of options for smart card encoding and networking making it ideal for such applications such as high security ID cards, driver’s licenses, gift cards and financial cards.

The Zebra ZXP Series 8 produces photo-quality cards at nearly twice the speed of other retransfer printers currently on the market

The ZXP Series 8 printer delivers photo quality, over-the-edge, high speed printing on many different types of cards, including those with uneven surfaces, such as smart cards, polycarbonate cards for security applications, and biopolymer cards. The printer is available in single- and dual-sided printing configurations with a full portfolio of magnetic encoding, smart card encoding, single- and dual-sided lamination, and connectivity options.

“Industry adoption of retransfer printing has been slow, in part, because of slow print speeds and high costs,” said Ram Ramaprasad, director of product management for Zebra Technologies. “Zebra developed the ZXP Series 8 printer to respond to the industry’s need for an on-demand retransfer printer capable of delivering higher print speeds at lower costs without sacrificing the image quality. Zebra also developed the ZMotif software platform, to make application integration easier than ever.”

Designed to significantly improve enterprise scalability and reliability a XML-based software development kit is available to support a broad array of features and technologies, making it easier and faster to integrate the ZXP Series 8 retransfer printer with host of enterprise applications.

Some of the ZXP Series 8 retransfer printer features include:

  • Photo print quality.
  • Best in class throughput for printing, encoding and laminating.
  • True over-the-edge printing.
  • Ability to print on smart cards or cards with uneven card surfaces.
  • Ability to print on non PVC cards such as polycarbonate and biopolymer cards.
  • More durable and abrasion resistant cards.
  • Some fraud protection since the film is inherently tamper evident.
  • XML-based SDK for easier application integration.

Standard and optional features of the ZXP Series 8 retransfer printer include: magnetic stripe encoder; combination smart card contact and contactless encoders; contact station; USB or Ethernet connectivity; and security mechanical locks. Planned future options include support for UHF Gen 2 RFID encoder, single- and dual-sided laminator, and 802.11g wireless connectivity.

Available globally in the second quarter of 2009, the Zebra ZXP Series 8 retransfer printer will be sold primarily through Zebra’s vast network of channel partners.

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