Zebra launches new retransfer card printer

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Zebra Technologies Corporation has launched Zebra ZXP Series 8, which is said to produces photo-quality cards at a very fast speed. This new model offers a host of options for smart card encoding and networking, making it ideal for applications such as high security ID cards, drivers licenses, gift cards and financial cards. 

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 Richard Powlesland, Custom Applications & Product Manager. Zebra developed the ZXP Series 8 printer to respond to the industrys 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.

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