Label printers EOS: Questions to Thomas Rudolphi (Head of Training Department – CAB)
What do users expect from a label printer?
For the most part this depends on the application and requirements. Before developing the EOS printers we asked customers in various lines of business: What are your demands? What we often heard was that the printer needs to be small in size because little footprint is available for operation. Yet the device should as well provide the features of a large industrial printer that usually has bigger functionality. A deficiency that comes with many smaller printers. In case of alternating staff effortless setup, intuitive operation and easy maintenance were also important. All in all label printers were demanded having a simple outer design but with interior features not offered by other manufacturers.
What kind of flexibility do EOS printers stand for?
There should be no wishes left open! If you have multi-track labels, for example, the label sensor can be adjusted to the correct sensing position. In case of processing bigger label rolls an external unwinder is offered. Just click this in at the rear side of the printer, insert the material as usual and … here we go! No additional tool is necessary. If you know from the beginning that bigger label rolls shall be processed it could make sense to directly choose an EOS 4 model. It has a bigger chassis than the EOS1 which means that there is more space available to insert the label roll. Both printer versions may be complemented with an accessorial cutter to reliably separate the labels. An additional brake is available if fanfold material has to be processed with constant tension.
Is this flexibility also applicable to device control?
Absolutely! Presumed there is a network connection, its associated access options allow remote operation with EOS printers. Even the display shows up and can be used like a remote control from the PC. Or you can work autonomous without a PC connected. At this, the labels are recalled from the internal memory, added with data and finally printed. Ports to connect a standard PC keyboard or a barcode scanner are self-evident.
How do EOS printers prevent from secondary costs?
EOS printers can be expanded with standard components. It is not necessary to buy expensive special equipment. Take consumables as an example. With the ribbons you have free choice because EOS printers have been designed for standard cores. Both inside or outside wound materials can be used. Because of the clever control mechanism each colored ribbon can be used. This makes the handling of these printers calculable. As a warning counterexample just think of low-cost inkjet printers: The devices might be cheap but it gets expensive when it comes to exchanging the ink cartridge.
Source: EOS interview