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SATO Named ‘Best of the Best’ for Labeling Expertise

Posted September 27, 2016

Sato announced that SATO Printing received the Best of the Best Award at Label Industry Global Awards 2016. It was awarded in the letterpress category for the premium Japanese tea, “Keikacha”. It received the award at a ceremony held at Labelexpo Americas 2016 in Chicago on September 13.

The ‘Best of the Best’ Awards are presented to L9 World Label Awards winners in five categories—Combination Printing, Letterpress Printing, Offset Litho Printing, Flexographic Printing and Digital Printing.

Features that were recognized for Keikacha include metallic printing, varnish printing and laminate coating which give a premium look and feel. The finished product showcases SATO’s technical printing capability to regulate printing pressure and ensure accurate printing registration.

Ensuring print registration accuracy and avoiding patchy halftone patterns (when tiny halftone dots are blended in print reproduction) were challenges requiring trial and error to overcome. The Label Industry Global Awards 2016 Best of the Best Award is a testament to SATO’s strong teamwork as it strives to further increase its technical and design capability.


CL4NX Printhead Replacement

Posted June 28, 2016

Sato’s CL4NX Series is genuinely a universal label printer designed to meet the needs of any application. Built with the user in mind, the CLNX Series is a breeze to maintain and update. See how easy it is to replace the printhead and minimize downtime in this video.


Sato CLNX Series: Flexibility and Connectivity for Any Application

Posted April 26, 2016

When label printing is a key element of your business operations, flexibility and ease of use are essential to choosing the right printer to meet your needs. Sato’s latest generation of industrial printers, CL4NX and CL6NX, go beyond high resolution printing with support for any media type, a variety of connectivity options, and an intuitive interface to make them the only printer you’d need in any environment. Reduce training and maintenance, improve overall sustainability and add enterprise IT connectivity with the CLNX series.


Sato’s S86-ex Series Print Head Has Been Improved!

Posted January 4, 2016

SATO S86-ex Print EnginesWith their continued efforts to continue improving their products, Sato has recently adopted a new/replacement print head for the S86-ex series print engine.  This change will result in improved print quality at higher print speeds.  You can take advantage of the more capable printhead at the same cost as the original.

Although mechanically the old/new print head is compatible, you will need to update the printer firmware to 61.00.00.06 or later in order to use newer print head. To obtain latest version of firmware, please go to www.satoamerica.com/S86exPrintHeadFirmware for download.


Sato’s CLNX Series Next Generation Industrial Label Printers

Posted October 28, 2015

Unequaled by any current competition, the Sato CLNX Series provides the most capable standard feature set that is easy an intuitive to operate. Available in two versions, Cl4NX (4.1″ width) and CL6NX (6.5″ width), the CLBX series is the perfect fit for any barcode or RFID printing environment.


Successfully Migrating to the New Sato CLNX Series 

Posted October 14, 2015

The successful release of SATO’s new CLNX Series ​​brought about a sequence of End of Life announcements ​​for various models of SATO Industrial Thermal Printers. To help your business simplify its transitions to the new series, we have created an easy ​​mapping solution from the EOL SKU‘s to the new CLNX Series set of SKU‘s.

The new CLNX Series surpasses the standard of today’s printing technology and was made to be a compatible replacement to the following discontinued models:

Service and Warranty: SATO America will honor all warranties in place and maintain our service obligation by supporting and servicing discontinued printers through SATO America, as long as parts are available.


Replacing a Sato M5900RVe with the New CL4NX Series

Posted July 9, 2015

The SATO M-5900RVe was one of the most sought after industrial printers specifically for Direct Thermal printing. Its compact size and efficient design made it one of the most reliable printers on the market. With the discontinuation of the M-5900RVe many users will want to look to the CL4NX series as a suitable replacement.

In many cases the CL4NX is an appropriate replacement model, but due to the print head width differences it’s not always possible. This can be used as a guide to select the proper replacement model. Replacing the SATO M5900 series tabletop printer with the SATO CL4NX printer can be accomplished under the following conditions:

Print area is 4.1” or less and:

  • Media width is 5.04” (128mm) or less
  • CL4NX must be configured with 203dpi print head
  • CL4NX must be set to Direct Thermal Mode

Print area is 4.1” or more:

  • CL4NX can be used only if the printed portion of the label is reformatted to the 4.1” width.
  • CL608e must be used if the print width requires wider than 4.1” and the label cannot be reformatted.

The SATO CL4NX can use the existing M5900 media rolls (6”/152mm O.D.) provided it meets the criteria stated above, but it is now possible to use industry standard media roll size of 8”/203mm or even increase the roll capacity to 10”/254mm O.D., providing more labels per roll and less user intervention replenishing media supplies.

For assistance finding the right SATO printer for your needs, contact a printer specialist at Barcode Discount.


Sato Printer Discontinuations

Posted March 18, 2015

SATO CL4NX Thermal Barcode Label PrinterDuring 2014 SATO announced the End Of Life of the following barcode printers and their limited availability. At this time, inventory of these products have run their supply and SATO cannot fulfill any further orders placed for these models.

Migration Options:

SATO does offer a direct replacement for these printers with the CL4NX series.

This 4.1″ wide thermal transfer printer offers the following benefits to End-Users:

  • SATO programming language (SBPL) compatibility making it a drop-in replacement.
  • SATO emulations of competitive print languages on-board, user selectable.
  • Standard Ethernet, USB, Serial and Parallel communication on the base model which lowers the cost from many previous models.
  • Media and ribbons used may be wound in/out
  • 600m ribbon and 10-inch O.D. media that saves users time in changing media.
  • Full color graphic display and intuitive navigation menus that improve usability and decrease training time.
  • Tool-less service parts that keep the printer up and running, reducing downtime.

With its advanced technology, yet uncomplicated operation and set up, we are confident you will discover the CL4NX to be an excellent replacement printer option for your customers.

Service and Warranty:

SATO will maintain their 5 year service commitment by supporting and servicing discontinued printers through our service center as long as parts are available.




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