Zebra Technologies Corporation, a global leader in products and services that provide realtime visibility into organisations’ assets, people and transactions, has announced the launch of the new ZQ500 mobile printer series for field-based applications.

The 3-inch ZQ510 and 4-inch ZQ520 printers are portable, print-on-demand devices that combine a military-grade design with simple functionality for printing solutions for the transportation and logistics, manufacturing and government markets.

Mark Mackay, regional manager of Zebra Technologies South Africa, comments: “Zebra helps customers empower their mobile workforce with tools optimised to easily capture critical information, as well as make data accessible to the people that make the business run. Regardless of weather or temperature, mobile employees work in all conditions and require devices that are easy to use and manage while working in the field.

“Zebra’s new ZQ500 mobile printer series is the industry’s most rugged printer and specifically designed to withstand the bumps, drops and environmental extremes that are common in field environments. With an intuitive user display and the latest Link-OS environment, the ZQ500 series is easy to setup, use, manage and maintain.”

The lightweight ZQ500 series can be used for a variety of mobile applications including e-citation, parking enforcement, field sales and service receipts, transportation tickets, car rental receipts for vehicle return, proof of delivery and utility readings and invoices.

The easy to set up printers feature a simple design offering an intuitive display with only three large buttons and no menus – increasing accuracy for gloved hands and fingers.

Featuring a rugged military-grade design for exceptional durability and reliability in the toughest environments, the ZQ500 series offers:

* IP54 (or IP65 with optional exoskeleton case) rating for protection against dust and liquids
* MIL-STD 810g military qualifications for shock, vibration and temperature exposure cold temperature compensation automatically optimises and balances print speed and quality in cold temperatures – ideal for direct-store deliveries (DSD) that require colder transportation protection for the media from being ejected when the printer is dropped.
* The ZQ500 series comes standard with the latest Bluetooth Smart Ready 4.0 (low energy) connectivity, Print Touch device pairing and support for all major smartphone and tablet operating systems. These printers are also Zebra’s first to support a secondary Bluetooth channel for simultaneous operations– enabling developers to create new device management solutions and helping increase worker productivity.