Business and home/office products supplier Seiko Instruments, the pioneer of the one-label-at-a-time smart printer, announced today the launch of a new model in its flagship Smart Label Printer (SLP) line, offering higher resolution and a print speed of approximately one second per label.

Seiko Instruments new SLP 450 adds 2D barcode printing and improved network connectivity, producing high-quality, professional-looking labels that can include patient or customer information, bar codes for storing, shipping or inventory tracking, as well as text and graphics for labelling office files or cabinets.  The printer will also generate name-tags with a company logo for reception desk visitors or office events.  In a home environment, the SLP 450 will produce labels for home office file folders or storage boxes or generate name-tags for special parties. 

Generating a label in approximately one second, the new SLP 450 delivers top-of-the-industry performance, creating high-quality labels, incorporating text, graphics or barcodes in a wide range of sizes, and in high resolution 300 dpi.  The high-speed SLP 450 is the first of a series of new printers, as well as time-saving new kinds of labels, compatible with either the Windows or Mac environment, coming from Seiko Instruments in 2006. 

The SLP 450 demonstrates our continued focus and commitment to offering top-of-the-line label printers that increase productivity, Dennis Cox, director of sales and marketing, Business and Home/Office Products Division, Seiko Instruments, said.  Our new SLP is a great time-saver at home or in the office.  Its a workhorse product that lets the user quickly generate high-quality, customised labels. 

Seiko Instruments Smart Label Printers import text and graphics from most Mac and PC applications directly to a variety of adhesive or paper labels up to 2 1/8 inches wide for marking items such as envelopes, files, storage boxes, floppy or Zip disks, video cassettes or 35 mm slides.  The SmartCapture feature lets the user instantly grab an address or other text from standard desktop computing applications, such as Word, Act!, Goldmine, Palm Desktop and Outlook.  No typing is required.  Just a single mouse click, and the information is sent to the printer.

The lightweight and portable label printers also make great name tags and ID badges for parties, trade shows, conferences and other business or social events.  

With the SLP 450, users can now print 2D barcodes, which contain more information than conventional one-dimensional barcodes by making use of the vertical dimension to pack in more data.  In a hospital setting, for instance, a single 2D barcode might include such data as patient name, account number, treating physician, blood type, date of admittance and more.  In a shipping situation for any industry, the 2D barcode could provide information such as name, street, city, county and post code for both the shipper and addressee, and keep it all confidential, within what appears to be just black blocks and lines to the naked eye. 

Improved networking functionality allows the SLP 450 to be connected by USB or serial port at an individual users desktop or centrally as a network printer, letting multiple users in a large office access the printer without it being tied to a single computer.

Because just a single label can be created and printed as needed, costs are kept down, the process is efficient and there are no wasted sheets of labels.  Direct thermal printing technology also eliminates the need for expensive inks, ribbons or toner.

Seiko Instruments SLPs make handy desktop companions for administrative personnel in virtually any professional setting, from small businesses to large organisations, and across many vertical industries education, healthcare/medical, government, consulting, business/professional services, retail, real estate, accounting and the legal profession.

Operating System Compatibility
Seiko Instruments Smart Label Printers are compatible with Windows 2000, Windows XP, Mac OS 10.2 and higher, Power Macintosh G3/G4 and iMac, making printing labels from nearly any Windows or Mac application quick and easy.

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