News | October 30, 2014

SATO Strengthens Print Engine Lineup, Delivering Exceptional Throughput And Incomparably Easy Operation

Source: SATO America

S84-ex and S86-ex Maximize Productivity for Food and Beverage, Pharmaceutical, Health and Beauty, Retail and Logistics Industries

SATO, a leader in barcode printing, labeling, and EPC/RFID solutions, announced recently the release of its new high-performance S84-ex and S86-ex print engines for case carton, pallet and individual product identification, and print and apply applications. The new generation of SATO print engines offers significant industry advancements in quality imaging, exceptional throughput, and incomparably easy operation, setup and maintenance.

The new print engines incorporate two-color LCD and LED displays which help operators understand print status from a distance. A simple standalone mode also provides independent operation via LCD control. Font and printer settings can be uploaded or downloaded without the use of software tools via SD/USB, and remote printer settings can be handled via web browsers.

"As applications or environments may change, customers desire communication flexibility; amongst its many other new features, the S84/86-ex models incorporate built in communication ports including LAN, optional wireless LAN and Bluetooth to support their communication platforms today and when change is needed. Adding flexibility and convenience, the S84/86-ex models provide customers with expansive storage, printer settings, and formats via SD slot or front-side USB port communications,” stated Bob Linse, President of SATO America. “SATO launched its first print engine here in the U.S. market in 1985, and has never relinquished its commitment to continual improvement. We are an industry leader with a long track record of manufacturing quality and performance-based solutions; the release of the S84-ex and S86-ex series further builds upon our legacy."

The new models utilize a number of redesigns that make it easier for operators to use and maintain their systems to ensure continued operations. Print head replacement is simple thanks to a tool-less design, lengthy cable and easy access. Locking side covers allow for quick and easy replacement of platen rollers, and the sensor cover’s design and non-stick surface help service engineers or operators easily clean or replace parts without the necessity of tools.

Through a variety of enhancements and model options, SATO’s new print engine family provides both reliability and flexibility across industries and applications including:

  • Food and Beverage–Tracking and traceability, regulatory compliance, ingredient labeling, allergic caution notices, food safety management
  • Pharmaceutical – Tracking and traceability, security labeling, GTIN, FDA, UID and GS1 standard compliance
  • Health and Beauty– Traceability, ingredient labeling, pallet/carton management
  • Retail– Traceability, routing, inventory management
  • Logistics– Automation, freight forwarding, shipping, inventory control

The S84-ex and S86-ex are available in print widths of 4-inch and 6-inch thermal transfer/direct thermal and direct thermal-only models. The S84-ex also features the option of a Ribbon Saver model (S84-ex only).

The S84-ex and S86-ex will be on display at Pack Expo International from November 2-5, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.

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About SATO
SATO is a pioneer and leading global provider of integrated Automatic Identification and Data Collection solutions that leverage barcode, two-dimensional stacked & QR code, color code, digital watermarking, and UHF/HF/PJM RFID technologies. SATO delivers innovative end-to-end solutions to businesses as a single point responsibility for hardware, consumables, maintenance management, application software, each designed to enhance customer value. SATO solutions enable better business efficiencies and environmental protection to contribute to the development of a sustainable world.

Founded in 1940, SATO is publicly listed on the first section of Tokyo Stock Exchange in Japan. It has sales and support offices in over 20 countries and is represented globally through a world-class network of partners. For the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014, it reported revenues of JPY 96,773 million (US$ 966 million). More information about SATO can be found at

*Conversion is based on an average exchange rate of 1 US Dollar = 100.16 Japanese Yen.