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Intermec Thermal Label Printing Technology Briefs

Intermec continues to lead the thermal label printing industry with innovative products and solutions. Our host of technology briefs will provide you with ideas and information to help you select and deploy your Intermec printer for your unique printing environment.
  • 3240 to PM23c Migration Considerations
    3240 to PM23c Migration Considerations »
    Intermec's newest compact-industrial printer, the PM23c, includes Precision Print capabilities that make it an ideal replacement for the venerable 3240 printer. With any technology migration you must anticipate differences between old and new platforms, and this Technology Brief walks you through what to expect.
  • Configuration And Management for Intermec PM43 and PC-Series
    Configuration And Management for Intermec PM43 and PC-Series »
    Deploying and maintaining Intermec printers in either local or distributed environments is easy with Intermec's advanced printer management tools. Intermec offers four easy-to-use printer configuration and management tools for Intermec Gen 3 printers - PrintSet 5 Printer Configuration Utility, printer web page, SmartSystems, and for printers with LCD displays, the LCD menu. This document provides a brief overview of each of these tools.
  • Configuration Migration Considerations
    Configuration Migration Considerations »
    Intermec’s new-generation printers include greatly enhanced configuration capabilities that differ from legacy models. Additionally, printer security capabilities were updated to better match the needs of modern enterprise security. This technology brief discusses the configuration capabilities of our printers.
  • CUPS Printing in Linux and UNIX
    CUPS Printing in Linux and UNIX »
    This Technology Brief describes how to print to Intermec printers from a Linux/UNIX environment by using the Common UNIX Printing System (CUPS). The Brief shows where to find our CUPS drivers, what solution to use for a given use case and how to set up your environment.
  • ESim Migration Considerations for PC-Series Desktop Printers
    ESim Migration Considerations for PC-Series Desktop Printers »
    The ESim competitive simulator available for the new PC-Series desktop printers includes many enhancements from the versions available in PF8 and PC4 printers. While backward compatibility with the old versions was a significant goal, changes in hardware, platform and standards dictated some differences in behavior, functionality and usage. This Technology Brief discusses the differences between the legacy and new version of ESim.
  • Fingerprint Migration Considerations
    Fingerprint Migration Considerations »
    Intermec’s new PM43, PM43c, PC23d, PC43d and PC43t printers introduce important upgrades to the Fingerprint language related to their new color LCD displays and configuration capabilities. The new touch-screen color-LCD interface and new architecture in these printers provided both significant upgrades and some challenges. This Technology Brief explores the differences in Fingerprint from our former printer families.
  • Font Aliasing for PC-series and PM43 Printers
    Font Aliasing for PC-series and PM43 Printers »
    When legacy applications require obsolete fonts or different fonts than come with the printer, font aliasing comes to the rescue. By automatically substituting printer-resident fonts (either built-in or downloaded) at specified point sizes, width adjustments and other factors, unchangeable data streams work just as if they were being sent to old or competitive printers. This is just one of the many ways that the flexibility built into Intermec printers makes them the best choice in just about any deployment environment. This Tech Brief discusses how to create aliases for our popular new PC-series desktop and PM43 industrial printers.
  • Font Aliasing For PR2 and PR3 Printers
    Font Aliasing For PR2 and PR3 Printers »
    When legacy applications require obsolete fonts or different fonts than come with the printer, font aliasing comes to the rescue. By automatically substituting printer-resident fonts (either built-in or downloaded) at specified point sizes, width adjustments and other factors, unchangeable data streams work just as if they were being sent to old or competitive printers. This is just one of the many ways that the flexibility built into Intermec printers makes them the best choice in just about any deployment environment. This Tech Brief discusses how to create aliases for our popular new PR2 2" and PR3 3" durable receipt printers.
  • Font and Language Support in PM43 and PC-Series Printers
    Font and Language Support in PM43 and PC-Series Printers »
    In a global economy, customers printing bar code labels frequently need to print more than just basic Latin characters. Fonts resident in Intermec printers have specific characters sets and code page support which may not be suitable for printing some languages. This technology brief provides guidance to users selecting a font to use for a specific code page or language. It also describes the mapping between printer resident code pages and resident and downloadable fonts for respective languages.
  • Installing and Configuring Intermec Device Types for SAP
    Installing and Configuring Intermec Device Types for SAP »
    Intermec printers now certified through the SAP Printer Vendor Program. With Intermec device types for SAP Smart Forms and mySAP Business Suite, integrating barcode labeling with SAP is easier than ever. This document is intended to assist system integrators and SAP administrators when installing and configuring Intermec device types in a typical SAP system.
  • InterDriver Strategic Direction
    InterDriver Strategic Direction »
    With the release of our new PM43 and PC-series printers, Intermec has refined its InterDriver strategy. This document describes the new direction, outlines the various printing scenarios users encounter and discusses how to use our printers with InterDriver to work best in any printing environment.
  • IPL Migration Considerations for PM43 and PC-Series Printers
    IPL Migration Considerations for PM43 and PC-Series Printers »
    Intermec’s PM43 and PC-series printers include a new version of IPL. Backward compatibility with previous versions was a significant goal; however changes in hardware, mechanics, and platform standards may result in differences in behavior, functionality and usage. This Technology Brief discusses these differences and how you can mitigate their impact.
  • PF2i to PM23c Migration Considerations
    PF2i to PM23c Migration Considerations »
    Intermec's newest compact-industrial printer, the PM23c, has the compact size that make it the ideal replacement for the PF2i. It also includes Precision Print and many more new and exciting capabilities. However, with any technology migration you must anticipate differences between old and new platforms, and this Technology Brief walks you through what to expect.
  • Precision Printing for PM43 and PM43c
    Precision Printing for PM43 and PM43c »
    Precision Print enables printing dense text, graphics and bar codes with high accuracy and repeatability on very short labels where the distance between the top or bottom of printed elements and the physical edge of the label is very small. This brief discusses how to design high-precision layouts.
  • Printer Compatibility with Scanners and Mobile Computers
    Printer Compatibility with Scanners and Mobile Computers »
    Intermec printers support multiple communication interfaces and protocol standards which make them compatible with many devices. New Intermec printers use industry standard drivers providing support for an even broader selection of devices. This technology brief provides an overview of compatibility between our printers and other Intermec devices.
  • Scan To Configure Printers
    Scan To Configure Printers »
    Intermec industrial, commercial and PC-series desktop bar code label printers contain a USB host port in addition to a USB device port. This enables the unique ability to configure the printer via an attached USB scanner. This technology brief describes how easy it is to configure a printer out of the box or to reconfigure a printer after deployment by connecting an Intermec USB scanner to the printer and scanning some pre-printed bar codes. This is especially useful for Icon printers where there is no screen to modify printer settings.
  • Smart Phone and Tablet Support
    Smart Phone and Tablet Support »
    You can print to Intermec printers from a wide range of devices and operating systems, including Apple iOS (via WiFi only) and Android-based tablets. This Brief discusses the different connection methods we used, and points toward developer resources for creating your own apps to support these important new devices.
  • Thermal Print Head (TPH) Resolution and Advantages
    Thermal Print Head (TPH) Resolution and Advantages »
    Print quality and image size are affected by the resolution of the thermal print head. This Tech Brief discusses what to consider when deciding which TPH resolution to choose.
  • Virtual Serial Port Over USB
    Virtual Serial Port Over USB »
    Physical serial ports are becoming less common on new PCs, but many legacy applications only print via serial. This Tech Brief shows you how to configure the Virtual COM Port in PC-series printers to enable serial communications via a physical USB connection.

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