Toshiba America Business Solutions has recently introduced its desktop BFV-4 thermal barcode printer series for on-demand labels in any transportation/logistics, healthcare 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, the company said in a release.
"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 barcode labeling in healthcare, logistics, and retail," said Richa Gupta, senior analyst at VDC Research, adding, "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 popular 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 four-by-six inch labels per minute to accommodate even the busiest of environments. Toshiba's latest thermal barcode printers additionally feature emulations such as ZPL, EPL, DPLand 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 barcode printer line," said Bill Melo, Toshiba America Business Solution's chief marketing executive. He further added, "The availability of our new thermal barcode 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.