Other vendors produce specialty printers for labels and bar codes

Other vendors produce specialty printers for labels and bar codes

A big job that cries out for the use of portable printers is labeling inventory, collections, evidence or other items that have a procedural use. In many cases, that means bar codes.

The Smithsonian Institution has millions of bar coded plant exhibits in its back rooms; labels for this sort of collection can be produced from sheets of preprinted labels or generated as needed.

Bar code and label printers can be linked to notebook PCs or can be part of an integrated unit. These standalone bar code systems may be as basic as a keyboard and code generator or as sophisticated as one running on a RISC processor complete with a communications link, bar code scanner and large memory.

Several bar code printers that attach to standard computers are included in the chart accompanying this buying guide. These printers specify resolution in a different way from typical printers, giving just the horizontal density in dots per inch.

Standalone bar code and specialty printers are also available in standard or custom configurations from vendors not listed in the chart, including:

Axiohm/Cognitive Systems Inc.

Blue Bell, Pa.

215-591-3363

www.axiohm.com

Bar code, label and tag printers

Extech Instruments Inc.

Waltham, Mass.

781-890-7440

www.extech.com

Battery-operated printers

Genicom Corp.

Chantilly, Va.

800-436-4266

www.genicom.com

Printers for extreme environments

ICL Systems Inc.

La Jolla, Calif.

619-657-5611

www.iclhandheld.com

Handheld computers with printers

Star Micronics Inc.

Piscataway, N.J.

732-572-9512

www.starmicronics.com

Thermal receipt and bar code printers

TEC America Inc.

Atlanta

770-449-3040

www.tecamerica.com

Specialty printers

Zebra Technologies Corp.

Vernon Hills, Ill.

800-423-0422

www.zebra.com

Designs and markets a variety of specialty printers

These companies don't sell general-purpose portable printers, so they don't fit in the product chart on Page 18.

These vendors offer specialty printers suitable for warehouse and other applications. Many will custom-configure their products.

'John McCormick

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