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Brother bolsters mobile printing range

Brother UK has enhanced its RuggedJet (RJ) mobile print range, introducing two new models to help bolster resellers’ support for customers in the field service, retail and warehousing sectors as the category sees further growth.

The new RJ-3200 range of label printers, comprising the RJ-3230B and the RJ-3250WB, have the latest connectivity, charging and integration features required to meet end-users’ needs. Boasting applications to assist with everything from shelf labelling, price markdowns, click and collect through to quotes, estimates, and invoices, the RJ-3200 models are well equipped to slot into a wide variety of working situations.

The new devices are suited to help workers on the go, delivering print speeds of up to five inches-per-second, featuring strengthened bodies that can withstand drops of up to two metres in height, and meeting IP54 certification meaning that the models resist water spray and protect against damage from dust penetration.

Wireless connectivity options including Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth enable workers to easily carry out tasks remotely. An upgraded 16-hour battery life also lasts users over two shifts, helping to maximise usage time and productivity.

The devices are compatible with a variety of command languages, including ZPL2, ensuring that the new models will integrate seamlessly with firms’ existing IT infrastructure. They’re also compatible with device management software, including SOTI, meaning IT leads can manage their fleet of label printers remotely with ease.

The new range, which replaces the existing RJ-3050 and RJ-3150 models, comes as part of wider investment in Brother UK’s specialist print solutions (SPS) division. The vendor recently launched Brother ONSITE – a new next-day maintenance service for its TJ range of industrial label printers. The service reduces the risk of downtime for customers where labelling is critical to operations.


Exclusive new inline product

Konica Minolta and the Plockmatic Group have extended their partnership to launch the powerful and versatile SD-435/450 booklet makers. This brings a cost-efficient solution for heavy production finishing to low and mid-sized CRD and commercial print environments.

Plockmatic Group’s inline platform introduces architecture that enables new features for the first time in the low to mid volume market segments across Konica Minolta’s AccurioPress mono and colour production machines. The inline versions of the SD-435/450 will be exclusively sold by Konica Minolta throughout 2022.

The new system architecture enables customers to produce high quality booklets from A6 to A4 landscape and has all the key processes needed to produce corner and edge staple, folding, spine forming and full bleed trimming, all combined in one single, easy to use system.

Other options include: RCT 3.0 Rotate Crease Trimmer that enables professional looking, full bleed trimmed and creased booklets now on sheets up to 620mm long, which can also be fitted with active anti-static bars. A finishing module FM-400 that includes a new design, face trimmer and square folding mechanism in a single unit. High-capacity BST4000 book stacker for more production-oriented sites allowing long unattended runs.


Sharp interactive touchscreen table

Interactive touchscreen tables

Sharp UK has launched a new range of interactive touchscreen tables – specifically designed to help people stay better connected. Available in three models – the Early Years, Agile and Flex – the interactive touchscreen table range works seamlessly in a variety of different environments – from businesses and architecture firms to healthcare and education.

Delivering high-definition picture quality and visual display, all models come with a dynamic 32-inch full HD screen. The intuitive touch display allows for up to 40 simultaneous touch points, making teamwork, learning, or group sessions fun, engaging and easy-to-manage. What’s more, the built-in adjustable camera on the Agile and Flex offers flexibility in different scenarios, and the microphone and speakers, coupled with the integration of Android 10, provide a tool to remain connected.

Each touchscreen table is available as a battery-powered or plug-in device that sits on a lightweight stainless steel frame with easy-lock wheels for stability and mobility. The halo protection system, with its round moulded edges, provide both screen and person protection.

The Early Years table has been designed for Key Stage One and Key Stage Two schools. The Agile and Flex tables are designed to be mobile, and to provide functionality for use in any environment, such as the office, universities or care homes.


Wireless LAN module

POS printer manufacturer Star Micronics has launched its MCW10 module that plugs directly into Star POS printers to enable printing over wireless LAN. Currently designed for Star’s mC-Print series, it fits neatly in the back of the mC-Print3, or externally on the mC-Print2, to provide a compact wireless LAN solution that supports the new WPA3 standard for wireless printer communication.

By deploying the MCW10, retailers can benefit from robust in-store wireless communication, while in hospitality environments the module supports both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands with 5GHz being resistant to the interference of radio waves generated by microwave ovens to provide a safe and effective wireless LAN solution.

Once the mC-Print printer is connected via wired LAN and USB to the module, users can quickly and easily benefit from wireless printer communication thanks to the Star Quick Setup Utility. Moreover, no additional printer integration is necessary by software providers. Featuring an LED display along with Ethernet and USB cables provided in the box, the MCW10 offers a cost-effective plug and play multi-port wireless LAN solution that allows two printers or other devices to be connected at the same time.