Printronix has expanded its growing portfolio of printer management solutions and enhanced the functionality of its thermal bar code printers with the General-Purpose I/O (GPIO) Module and GPIO Manager
The GPIO accessory module is designed specifically for those who want to integrate Printronix T5000r and SL5000r thermal bar code printers with other systems, such as label application systems, programmable logic controllers, light stacks and host computers.
The GPIO accessory module is comprised of an I/O circuit board that is easily installed in the printer. Simple printer menus allow programming of specific interface signals for proper polarity or logic functions that can meet all typical interface print/apply requirements or be compatible with the functions of all major competitors’ interfaces.
When combined with the GPIO Manager software, the GPIO modules leverages Printronix’s exclusive solutions enablers, such as the Online Data Validation (ODV) system, resulting in the industry’s most cost-effective solution, using the least amount of hardware.
The GPIO Manager software (part of the PrintNet Enterprise Suite) is a flexible, PC-based program offering simple and intuitive programming tools, including a graphical user interface (GUI) with pull-down menus, “self-documenting” with an audit trail for each line, and the ability to edit and upgrade quickly on a single screen. Additionally, the GPIO Manager software can program and map desired actions from the printer and GPIO accessory module to pre-defined events, such as “printer online”, “label present”, “label taken” and “printer error”.
The GPIO accessory module contains eight optically isolated inputs, eight optically isolated outputs and four single pole double throw relay outputs, all available for GPIO Manager mapping. In addition, printer functions, such as keypad switches, serial communication ports and proprietary ODV analysis parameters, are available with the GPIO Manager, extending its mapping functions.
Integrators of the T5000r and SL5000r series printers with label application systems can program a seamless system with simultaneous functions when a label is printed. For example, signals are sent to the label applicator, a light stack is illuminated for visual bar code or printer status indications, and printing resumes after the label applicator has received the label. Additionally, printer keys can be programmed with special functions for custom user access, and specially formatted priority data transmissions can be sent to a host for specific conditions. The system allows virtually boundless creative and economic solutions for value-add opportunities.