Businesses are continually looking for ways to work smarter. Printing operations provide an excellent - and often overlooked - opportunity. One growing trend among companies with bar code printing operations is to leverage the capabilities of "smart" printers, which are printers that integrate the power of a personal computer. Smart printers enable businesses to change the way their printing operations are structured, to streamline and improve processes in ways that reduce operating costs while improving reliability.Smart printing takes advantage of the memory and processing power available in advanced printers to run printing operations independently, without a PC or network connection to another host computer.
Smart printers can run software applications and can function as PLCs to control other devices, including scales, scanners and label applicators. By using the computing power that's in the printer, organizations can reduce their IT hardware, networking and support requirements, lower the total cost of printing operations, and create work processes that improve productivity and reduce opportunities for errors.