Sato has launched FX3-LX, a cloud-connected touchscreen label printer that can be operated without a PC.
FX3-LX has been engineered with the needs of restaurants, retail, healthcare, manufacturing and logistics workplaces in mind. The 3in printer is intended to be highly intuitive and customizable for increasingly tech-savvy businesses that expect a consumer-level user experience. With support for the Sato application enabled printing (AEP) enterprise label printing platform, the printer enables apps specialized for various work environments that can be accessed intuitively as you would with a smart device.
The durable, portable device has a small footprint allowing users to print labels anywhere they are required around the workplace. With its multilingual display and 7in TFT full color touchscreen and ability to load original training videos, it gives operators on-demand insight into operational procedures to render training virtually unnecessary.
FX3-LX also supports the cloud-based maintenance service SOS (Sato Online Services), allowing identification of issues before they cause downtime, visualization of printer status and asset management.
Sato noted that legacy hardware and outdated technology can have a major impact on worker productivity and competitiveness by impeding a collaborative workforce. Also companies that are highly connected are far more likely to report a favorable market position than those with poor connectivity, according to the Harvard Business Review Analytic Services Pulse Survey, ‘The Connected Workforce: Maximizing Productivity, Creativity’.
Noriyasu Yamada, chief product planning officer at Sato Holdings, said: ‘As the user experience boundaries of personal and workplace tech become ever more blurred, we’ve created a next generation label printer that is user-friendly from the first use and offers operators a high degree of autonomy via easy database updates. We aim to further increase customer value with new IoT solutions to boost productivity.
‘With the FX3-LX we’ve worked hard to understand how we can empower workforces and streamline the operations of end users. The result is a universal device with simple cross-sector integration to improve the total cost of ownership for SATO customers.’