Since its inception in 1948, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) has revolutionized tracking operations across multiple industries. Developed to identify ally and enemy aircrafts during World War II, RFID technology has no permeated in several industries. Tracking pharmaceutical specimens, warehouse stock deliveries, maintenance records, and everything else in between, today’s RFID labels have been optimized through the years to adapt to new application requirements, yet this insightful solution seems to constantly run into one nemesis: metal. 

Supplies ZT410 Labels RFID on Metal

Tackling on-metal applications with ease, Zebra’s new ZT400 RFID printers set a new standard in asset tracking with on-demand metal-friendly tags

From costly scanning equipment to manufactured inventory, warehouses face a challenge when it comes to labeling metal assets. Acting as a conductor, metal reflects RFID signals, hindering read performance. While regular paper-based barcodes may serve as a viable solution, Avalon Integration is proud to work alongside Zebra Technologies in implementing the next level of RFID efficiency. Tackling on-metal applications with ease, Zebra’s new ZT400 RFID printers set a new standard in asset tracking with on-demand metal-friendly tags. 

On-Demand Solutions for the On-Demand Market

RFID experts aim at extending these benefits to metal assets with the ZT411

RFID experts aim at extending these benefits with the ZT411

Integrated into retail, RFID tags have been reported to lower inventory shrinkage by nearly 55%. Equipping warehouses with the correct printer, reader, and scanner, our RFID experts aim at extending these benefits to metal assets with the ZT411. See how Zebra’s latest RFID printer maximizes visibility while lowering operational costs.

  • Tag crucial devices throughout the supply chain: Instead of only tagging inventory, metal-friendly RFID tags can track mobile computers, tablets, and other enterprise devices to prevent shortage and downtime.
  • Secure reliable identification in harsh environments: Thicker than typical RFID tags, metal-friendly labels are still strengthened to survive the harsher conditions metal encounters, such as extreme temperatures, water, and rust.
  • Amplify printer functionality with compliant labels: Whether it be national or global requirements, Avalon makes sure your entire solution meets standards with an easy-to-adjust solution.
  • Create crisp tags at faster printing speed: This plug-and-play solution redefines agility with 14ips printing speeds, delivering up to 300 dpi to create resistant yet flexible tracking tags.

To learn more about Zebra’s newest industrial printer, download our brochure here.

Maximize uptime with the most versatile and durable RFID printer on the market, made the demanding environment of today’s warehouses. Start optimizing warehouse visibility when you contact us for an assessment of your inventory tracking system and schedule a free demonstration of the ZT411.

It can happen on any ordinary day. On a slow morning shift in late December or on the first day of the fiscal quarter, your prints become smeared, fading as your printer falls ill. Unlike human employees who may still power through a cold to efficiently contribute to operations, a malfunctioning sick printer is never harmless to your efficient supply chain as it will most likely stop working, affecting productivity while ushering in expensive downtime.

Servicing countless labeling systems for over twenty years, Avalon Integration is ready to share tips and hints to treat your sick printer with tested strategies while also exploring some common cleaning suggestions that -like expired medicine- should never be used.

Get the Right Prescription for Your Printer

Cleaning the Zebra ZT230 Printer

Cleaning the Zebra ZT230 Printer

Much like real illnesses, a printing issue can be contagious, infecting your operations with bottlenecks, inefficient practices, and employee strain. Fortunately, most issues may be resolved by a simple cleaning. While most industrial printers can be quite durable, even the best printers may crumble if the wrong cleaning technique is used, which is why we are highlighting a few common misconceptions surrounding printhead maintenance.

  • Put Down the Dry Towel: Although some leftover printing debris may be easily wiped away, a lightly damp towel should be used instead of a dry one. Removing printheads with a dry towel can scratch and damage your printer indefinitely.  
  • Avoid Ammonia/Glass Cleaners: Ammonia-based cleaners may leave a behind harmful residue that skews prints, ultimately adding to debris pile up over time.
  • Be Careful with Rubbing Alcohol: While rubbing alcohol may successfully pick up debris and the old adhesive stuck on your printhead, alcohol is also quite corrosive and may damage the printer’s inner mechanisms if splattered or used excessively. 
  • Beat the Clock: Even though cleaning a printer requires extreme care, leaving a printer open for extended periods of time can allow dust and other harmful outside debris to fall right back into your printer.

Minimizing all the risks mentioned above, Zebra’s Cleaning Cards serve as the best solution for a dirty printer. Non-invasive and cost-effective, Cleaning Card’s tackle printing debris quickly and efficiently, preventing future malfunctions and jams. Simply follow the instructions in the video to maximize your printer’s lifespan.

Further, elevate your investment by signing up for Zebra’s Printhead Protection Program and get free printhead replacements along with quality printing supplies when you make Zebra your exclusive consumables supplier.  

Or See the Doctor

Raymond Scipioni Cleaning a Printhead

Raymond Scipioni Cleaning a Printhead

As a Zebra Premier Solution Partner, Avalon Integration develops multiple in-depth solutions and strategies to optimize printing performance with the best tools available. Explore a new road to printing health when you contact us for a free demonstration of Cleaning Cards and other printer maintenance technology. Looking for reliable customer service, checkout Avalons technical support blog post by clicking here.