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Toshiba Expands Thermal Barcode Printer Line With New Wireless Models

Tuesday, December 8, 2015  
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Toshiba America Business Solutions (TABS) has introduced its desktop BFV-4 thermal bar-code printer series for on-demand labels in any transportation/logistics, health care and retail environment.

The printers' compact and top-loading clamshell design — weighing in at less than 5.5 pounds — facilitates sharing between departments, dedicated to a single station or any place where space is limited. Available in both thermal transfer (BFV-4T) and direct thermal (BFV-4D) formats, both printers come standard with USB and Ethernet connectivity with optional wireless 802.11 b/g and Bluetooth allowing for label printing from other locations without cables or wiring. Toshiba's wireless configurations will be available beginning in Q1 2016.

"VDC forecasts high single-digit growth for desktop printers as these take share away from industrial alternatives due to increased demand for low-to-mid-volume bar-code labeling in health care, logistics and retail," said Richa Gupta, senior analyst, VDC Research. "Toshiba's competitively priced BFV-4 line is designed to address this demand while also potentially giving the company access to new accounts with its brand-agnostic approach to printer emulation."

Users will also appreciate the BFV-4T printer's expanded ribbon capacity as the model is capable of using a high-capacity, 300-meter ribbon for optimal efficiency. The BFV-4T is also backward compatible with its predecessor, Toshiba's B-EV4 printer — which holds smaller 100-meter ribbons — thereby providing customers with consumable options.

With a maximum speed of 6 inches per second, the B-FV4 series deliver up to 57 4-by-6-inch labels per minute to accommodate even the busiest of environments. Toshiba's latest thermal bar-code printers additionally feature emulations such as ZPL, EPL, DPL and IPL for seamless and efficient integration within any organization's existing operation. Users may easily switch emulations via Toshiba's settling tool utility.

"The introduction of our BFV-4 series provides the necessary complement to our existing thermal bar-code printer line," said Bill Melo, chief marketing executive, TABS. "The availability of our new thermal bar-code printers now enables us to fully address our customers' desire for added mobility and efficiency while also providing a fairly compelling TCO."

The BFV-4T and BFV-4D are now available for purchase through authorized Toshiba dealers.

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