Industry And Company News...
New Printhead Cleaning Swabs
To supplement our range of printhead cleaning products we are now offering Foam-Tipped IPA (Isopropyl Alcohol) Swabs.
These are made of a special foam containing 100 pores per square inch making it extremely effective in particle entrapment.
The swabs are thermally bonded, durable and non-abrasive. They are compatible with most organic solvents and cleaning compounds.
These self-saturating IPA Swabs will help to remove dirt, dust, adhesive build-up and other harmful contaminants from all card readers, thermal printers and other electronic read/write devices.
Keeping thermal printheads clean will improve quality, reduce downtime and extend the life of printer mechanisms.
They are also excellent for cleaning mobile phones and keyboards.
The handle of the foam tipped swab contains the IPA and is released by gently squeezing the handle to release the cleaning fluid. Go to the Thermal Printhead Cleaning Products page for more details. Foam tipped cleaning swabs are available now in boxes of 25
Rugged Printer now Apple Certified
The WSP-i350 and WSP-i450 have been certified by Apple Inc. for use with the iOS operating system.
This guarantees their compatibility with the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices.
We first offered the Woosim WSP-i350 rugged mobile printer in November 2010.
Back then it had a fantastic specification; RS232 & Bluetooth or WiFi, Magnetic card (MSR) & smart card reader options.
It's tough casing withstands drops onto concrete from 1 metre and the unit is sealed to IP54.
This means that it can be used outdoors in dusty or rainy conditions and the supplied belt clip or optional shoulder strap make it ideal for outdoor receipting or field events.
The 2 inch WSP-i250 and and 4 inch WSPi-450 were added to the range last year and now, along with the Apple certification for the 3 inch and 4 inch variants, their onboard memory capacity has been doubled.
Don't worry if you are not using iOS, Windows CE, Android and Blackberry drivers and libraries are also available. For more information have a look at our WSP-i350 or WSP-i450pages.
MaxStick Direct Thermal, Linerless Label Rolls
We can now supply MAXStick labels which can be obtained for almost any width or diameter to suit a wide range of direct thermal printing devices.
Like a sticky note they are easily removed and re-stuck to a different surface again and again. They are biodegradable and recyclable.
MAXStick labels are liner free direct thermal label rolls. They turn POS, panel mounted, kiosk or portable printers into label printers.
They can be adapted to a wide variety of applications including: Food Service, Retail & Business, Diagnostic & Medical, Manufacturing, Warehousing & Shipping.
View our MAXStick labels page for more information about linerless label rolls.
New Android Smartphone from SynQe
This is probably the most amazing new product we have seen this year. The SynQe Q2 terminal is a military spec. smartphone.
It is certified IP67 which means it can be totally immersed in water. It is also drop proof to 1.8 metres onto concrete.
The Android based phone has a large, 3.5 inch, high resolution touchscreen display and includes Dual Sim, Quad band, GPS, Bluetooth, WiFi, 5M pixel camera and RFID option.
Go to the Q2 page for more details. The phone will be available from May.
Axiohm - Kiosk Printers and Miniprinter Mechanisms
M-Tech Printers are delighted to announce the addition of yet another major brand of miniprinters to its range. French manufactured, Axiohm printers can now be supplied.
The range includes compact kiosk printers, miniprinter mechanisms (and interface boards) and some portable printers which include a compact label printer and ISO format card printer.
Axiohm have a strong history of innovation, they invented the Clamshell paper loading design which revolutionized transaction printers. This has helped make them market leaders in sectors requiring receipt issue terminals, such as gaming/lottery, gas pumps, hospitality/point of sales (POS), Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT), Transportation, and Weighing scales.
M-Tech Printers are now delighted to be able to offer the Axiohm product range into the UK and Ireland. For further details about Axiohm and their product range, please follow the link to our new Axiohm page. Once again, there are many exciting new products to be added to the site, so please check back regularly as they are released.
Partner Tech - POS Products
Partner Tech Point of Sale products can now be supplied via M-Tech Printers. Please see Partner Tech for details.
The range includes impact and thermal (POS printers), Touchscreen POS terminals & monitors, customer display units, cash drawers and mobile terminals. In addition, there is a Bluetooth mobile printer (MP-300) designed for use with the mobile POS terminals but it is also well suited to many other applications so it is included in our Mobile printers section.
So far we have enhanced our POS Printers page on the M-Tech website. Partner Tech products have been added and POS Printers have been moved into a sub-section of our new POS Products department. There are many exciting new products to add and these should go live in the next couple of weeks so please check back regularly as they are released.
New Section - Auto ID
As part of the product review announced in May, we are now offering the Scantech ID range of barcode scanners and price verifiers.
These form part of a brand new section on the website devoted to Automatic Identification products Auto ID. This section also includes data collection terminals (Data Capture) from our old friends at Argox as well as our new friends at SynQe Electronic.
Auto ID products are just part of an exciting new lineup of products and suppliers that we will be announcing here over the next few months. Although our primary focus will remain with MiniPrinters, these additional items have been included because they are similar peripherals often used alongside printers in many different markets.
Our knowledge and experience of MiniPrinters might be second to none but you will be re-assured to know that we also have some experience of these additional lines. More importantly, we have the full backing of the respective manufacturers. This means that you can be sure of receiving the same level of technical support, help and assistance that you have come to accept from M-Tech Printers.
New (Semi) Rugged Printer
We have just taken delivery of stock of the SP-T8 portable printer. It's specification really classifies this as a portable printer. It takes an 80mm wide by 60mm diameter thermal roll, is powered by fast charging, long lasting Li-ion batteries and it has a Bluetooth interface. However, the printer can withstand a 1.2m drop and, protected by its fully enclosing leather case it is certainly a contender for use out of doors.
For this reason we have included it into our Rugged Printers section. Although it is not sealed to IP54 like the other devices in this section it should certainly be almost as resilient but at a fraction of the price.
Why not give it a try yourself? Order a printer for evaluation and we are sure you'll be impressed by its value for money!
New Section - POS Printers
As part of an exciting review of the M-Tech product portfolio a new section of the website has been created to spotlight POS Printers. We are re-classifying POS printers away from our existing 'Portable' range by including here printers best suited for use at the retail point of sale. Typically this includes printers with a fixed AC power supply, cash drawer output and often (but not always) with an auto-cutter.
The distinction is useful because over the coming months we will be announcing a wider range of POS products including an enhanced range of barcode scanners, price verifiers, data collection terminals and fully featured POS Systems.
Please watch this space for details and new product releases as soon as they are announced!
SMS Printer - Beware of Imitations !!!
Since launching the Remote SMS/GPRS printer (popular for use with fast food takeaway ordering systems) it has become apparent that there are many, low cost, clones of this printer being supplied from China. Although these parts are sold as SPT58-G they are built with inferior components, the firmware is out of date and the support documentation and software are not provided. These devices are not compatible with our product which we have now re-named IBT-500GS to differentiate it from the copies.
M-Tech Printers are the official distributor for the Remote printer in the UK and Ireland and our associates based in Hamburg offer them to the rest of Europe. We have the full backing of the developer of the printer and can offer full support as well as development of customised firmware and additional features.
Please note. We can only provide support for the genuine version of the remote printer. If you have, or are planning to buy low cost versions off the Internet then be warned that we cannot offer support. For more information see: IBT-500GS SMS Printer.
New Range, Panel Printers with AutoCutter...
The latest additions to our range are a series of panel mounted printers each incorporating an autocutter for fast and convenient reporting, ticketting or receipt printing. Available in two paper widths, 60mm (actually 58mm) and 80mm and two roll capacities (60mm and 80mm diameter), all models are powered from 24V DC and have RS232C and USB interfaces.
The cutters can perform a full (total severence) or partial cut. The latter retains a 1.5mm tab in the centre of the paper which prevents the ticket from falling to the floor until it is taken. The high speed printing of up to 200mm/sec is ideal for 'on demand' printing applications where the user needs to wait for the printout before proceeding.
New Range of Rugged Printers...
A new range of rugged mobile and portable printers will be available from the end of this year. Rugged printers are water and dust resistant and shock proof, surviving a drop of up to 1.5 metres onto concrete. This makes them ideal for use in harsh environments such as in factories, on farms and for any number of outdoor applications such as sports, payment collection, ticketing, law enforcement, etc.
They are all powered from high capacity re-chargeable batteries giving up to 1 hour of continuous printing from a full (4 hour) charge. The range includes 58, 80 and 112mm wide paper versions, all with RS232C & Bluetooth interfaces. A wireless LAN interface is available as an option. Other options include integral 3 track magnetic card and Smart card readers. For more information see: Rugged Printers.
New SMS Printer...
M-Tech Printers can now offer the fully featured SPT58-G SMS printer. This stand alone device prints information sent to it by SMS (text messages) or GPRS (web mail). This makes it ideal to replace radio communication messaging equipment or for the increasingly popular use with fast food takeway ordering systems.
The printer, which can be powered from battery or AC adapter (provided) has a choice of firmware options. The simplest prints unformatted SMS messages received via its internal SIM card (adding time, date and the sender's telephone number). Alternative firmware will process multiple SMS messages or GPRS data to produce a formatted report or order. With its backlit display and keypad the unit will function independently of a computer to print, acknowledge or reject an order using a reply SMS or GPRS callback function. Although ideal for use with online ordering systems, customised firmware can be developed for a wide range of other applications finding uses in logistics, warehousing etc. For more information see: SPT58-G SMS Printer.
New Product - e-Printer, a New Concept in Data Logging...
M-Tech Printers can now announce what could be the most significant development for data logging applications since the launch of the digital miniprinter 30 years ago!
Our new range of virtual miniprinters (we like to call them 'e-Printers') will soon be going into production. Over the past few years there has been a steady migration away from printers for data capture where a hard copy ticket or receipt is not required at the moment of the event.
Until now, the chanegover has been slow because it usually entails a complete re-design of the data capture equipment to take advantage of the new recording medium.
M-Tech Printers can now introduce the e-Printer. This is a virtual or paperless printer incorporating a standard printer interface with a memory card writer instead of a printing mechanism. This simple device has been designed to plug into your data capture equipment instead of your existing printer and to record your previous printer output onto a memory card for later analysis. For more information see: e-Printer Products.
Another New Range - SPRT Brand Printers...
M-Tech Printers are delighted to announce that we have been appointed UK distributor for the SPRT brand of miniprinters
The SPRT brand are manufactured by the Chinese company, Beijing Spirit Technology Development Co. Ltd. They produce a range of advanced panel mounted printers, POS receipt printers, mobile printers and LCD modules. All key components are manufactured in-house (except print heads) to save cost and improve quality assurance. Products carry CE and UL certification and are compliant with the RoHS Directive. For more information see: Beijing Spirit, SPRT products.
New - Printhead Cleaning Products...
Did you know that you could easily improve the quality of your thermal print image, improve barcode readability and extend the life of your printer by regular cleaning of the thermal printhead unit?
Of course, end users never bother to do this because handling alcohol and cotton swabs is fiddly, messy and time consuming. Now, with this range of isopropyl alcohol impregnated cards, cleaning the head is as simple as inserting the card into the paper path and pressing the feed button! There are also pre-saturated wipes and a convenient head cleaning pen to remove the more stubborn dust or adhesive deposits. For more information see: Printhead Cleaning Products.
New Website Section - Consumables...
Some of you already know that we support the miniprinters we offer with a range of consumables. Products include ink ribbons and ordinary single or multi ply paper rolls for impact printers and heat sensitive rolls for our thermal printer range.
The new pages on the website now gives more information about popular consumables supplied. This not only includes product information such as the weight or length of a given roll, but also lists the printers that are supported. Look at the new pages here.
New Kyomouse Mobile Printer...
Kyosha Industries have released their new version Kyomouse portable printer. Available from next month, the new Kyomouse is even smaller than the model it replaces but the clever design means that it can accommodate a 55mm diameter roll giving an impressive paper length of 40m!
Packed with features, the new design is supplied with RS232-C and USB interfaces as standard with IrDA and Bluetooth options available to order. Three different power supplies mean that every application is covered; 12VDC/AC mains (via adapter supplied), vehicle and internal re-chargeable battery options. For more information go to: Kyomouse Mobile Printer.
New Barcode Selection Guide...
M-Tech Printers have released a comprehensive Barcode Selection Guide. The large range of label printers available these days can be overwhelming and specifying the right product for your application can be daunting, especially when each printer is also available with up to three different software emulations.
To simplify the selection process, M-Tech printers have released a Barcode Guide. This comprehensive table guides you through the Argox Label Printers that support the barcodes you wish to use. It not only highlights the relevant model, but also the software emulation required.
New Label Printer from Argox...
Argox have introduced an innovative new printer to their range. The F1 is a breathrough in barcode printers, combining the user-friendly features of a desktop printer with industrial durability. Offering many new and innovative features, the F1 is a 203dpi thermal transfer label printer printing up to 15,000 labels per day. The plastic housing is strong, lightweight and space-saving. Interfaces include USB (2.0), Centronics parallel, RS-232C and PS/2. It has a 32 bit CPU, 8MB SDRAM and 4MB flash memory which achieves up to 152mm/ second printing speed and a printing length of up to 2286mm. The mechanism offers up to 110mm wide media, a 360m ribbon and 203mm diameter roll.
New user-friendly features include a twin-eyed sensor system, media guide lock with floating reflective sensor, ribbon inside/outside auto switching and a warning buzzer. The F1 is the first in a new generation of advanced industrial barcode printers.
Portable SMS Printer Launched...
Working in conjunction with M-Tech Printers, Sequoia Technologies have released a stand alone, fully self contained SMS printer. The SMS2Printer is based upon the Mylox MLX-8260 casing with its reliable, 60mm Fujitsu easy load thermal printer mechanism but it incorporates a quad band GSM modem and internal antenna. The unit works with any network provider and can be customised if required. It is suitable for many applications including; Restaurants to receive orders directly from the customer or from a message dispatch centre, Taxi/cab firms to receive instructions on new pickups or delivery drivers to receive instructions on deliveries. Applications include Retail, Transportation, Warehousing & Distribution, Ticketing, Data Logging, Remote Fault Recording, Hospitality, etc.
The SMS Printer is supplied ready to go, no configuration is required. Simply insert your SIM card and you are ready to print your SMS messages. Contact us for more information.
M-Tech Printers will not be exhibiting at CeBIT this year. The last two years, exhibiting with Mylox Technologies, were very successful but M-Tech's new focus is to concentrate on UK distribution, not just for Mylox but also for our more recent appointments as distributors for a number of European based manufacturers.
To this end, M-Tech Printers will be assisting AM Tech Europe (Hall 7, Stand C04) and Argox Information Company Ltd (Hall 7, Stand E10). If you are planning to attend CeBIT this year then please make sure you contact us to discuss your miniprinter requirements. Contact us now if you wish to make an appointment for a brief chat or call +44 7792 403164 to catch up with us at the show.
Trentino Systems Miniprinter Interfaces...
More details of the Trentino Systems range of interface pcb's for various makes of miniprinters are now being added to the M-Tech website. These can be found by navigating to the Products>Interfaces page but also via a dedicated Trentino profile page.
There are still lots of interface products to add to this section and it is hoped these can be released to coincide with the launch of Trentino's own, brand new website. So please check back regularly to keep up to date with the releases, or contact us now to discuss your specific miniprinter requirement. Contact us.
Kyosha Printers, now available in the UK through M-Tech Printers...
M-Tech Printers now offer the full range of Kyosha printers to the UK and Ireland.
French company Kyosha Industries have over 20 years experience in the field of thermal printing and POS solutions. They are specialists in the manufacture of 112mm (4 inch) portable thermal and impact dot matrix printers but more recently have added a 58mm (2 inch) thermal mobile printer to their line up. There is also a 4 inch moving head thermal panel printer, more details.
Argox Label Printers, now available in the UK through M-Tech Printers...
M-Tech Printers can now add Argox label printers to the range of printer products offered to the UK. As a leading one-stop supplier of AIDC products, Argox produces barcode printers, barcode scanners, data collectors and labelling systems.
Argox is the fastest growing maker of AIDC products and is the world number one OEM/ODM supplier of barcode printer and linear CCD imagers and their customers include the industry´s most famous brands. The Argox core design concept is "unprecedented cost-performance". Focusing on the entry-level to mid-level market segments, the Argox line of products offers the best performance for the lowest cost, more details
EasySafe Key, simple, affordable data security device...
M-Tech Printers can now offer the EasySafe data encryption key. This easy to use device can be installed on your PC or laptop in minutes to provide a high level of data security. A single key can be used on multiple computers or multiple keys can be used on a single workstation to provide individual users with their own, secure virtual drive.
The EasySafe key is available now for just £59.95, more details
M-Tech Printers to be Distributor for Trentino Systems ApS...
M-Tech Printers are to become a UK distributor for Danish company, Trentino Systems ApS. Trentino design and manufacture a wide range of compact, low cost interface boards for miniprinters manufactured by; Fujitsu, Seiko, Citizen, Epson and others. The interface modules available cover a large number of the most popular mechanisms but continuous product development means that new and customised boards can be provided to order. Interfaces include; RS-232C, USB, parallel, Bluetooth & IrDA. Re-programmable FLASH memory allows easy firmware updates or customisation of control protocols, international or fully customised character sets.
More details about the Trentino interfaces will be published on our Product pages soon.
M-Tech Printers Appointed Distributor for AM TECH EUROPE Ltd...
M-Tech Printers have been appointed as the exclusive UK distributor for AM TECH EUROPE Ltd. the European branch office of AM TECH Co Ltd, Korea. AM TECH specialise in the manufacture of innovative printers, thermal and impact dot matrix print heads. Their portfolio contains mobile printers with IrDA or Bluetooth Interface, non expensive receipt printers with RS232 or USB interfaces and complex Kiosk printers with or without cutters and presenters. AM TECH have developed dot matrix printers and thermo print heads based on the latest, in-house developed techniques and are already in use in thousands of printers.
All AM TECH printers are supplied with Windows drivers (95,98,ME,2000 and XP). The Mobile Pro series have drivers for Print Office software (supplied) to print under WinCE, WinCE.Net, Win 5.0, PPC , Windows mobile 2003 und Windows mobile 5.0. There is also a Software Developer Kit (SDK) available to allow programmers to feature a print command in their own applications. Some printers have drivers for PALM OS and the Spectrum and Advance series have a sample printing solution under the Symbian OS. AM TECH printer details.
M-Tech Printers Appointed Distributor for Mylox Technologies Inc...
M-Tech Printers has been established to take over from the UK office of Mylox Technologies Inc. M-Tech are an independant organisation but retain substantial backing and support from Mylox USA. M-Tech proprietor, Graham Millman (formerly the European Business Manager for Mylox) said that establishing a UK based organisation would not negatively affect any of Mylox's growing number of UK & European customers. "In fact, this move will serve to simplify the day to day operation of the UK office which will mean better efficiency and a positive impact on the overall levels of service and support offered." Through M-Tech, Mylox will continue to supply and offer full technical support for their own brand of low cost, panel mounted and portable printers along with distributed products from a portfolio of top miniprinter manufacturers. More details are available from www.mylox.co.uk.