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Datamax M-Class line
Since the introduction of the M-Class line, countless users have discovered the benefits of incorporating a sturdy, well-designed printer into mid-volume, high-performance printing applications. Users in the medical, manufacturing, government, retail and food processing sectors have embraced the M-Class, making it the most successful mid-range printer available on the thermal printer market today. The M-Class design is based on elements borrowed from the industry-leading Datamax I-Class printers, featuring a die-cast aluminum chassis to enhance durability and performance. The compact, modular design enables high-performance printing while allowing users to allocate less space to their printing capabilities. The M-Class features a robust option set – including thermal transfer, internal rewind, cutter, and peel and present – allowing compliance with the most demanding applications, and a value that goes far beyond what most users expect when budgeting for printer purchases.
Datamax is currently undertaking a campaign to educate the hundreds of thousands of users that operate using Legacy printers, including Datamax Prodigy, Prodigy Plus, Allegro, Allegro II, XL, DMX 400 and DMX 430 printers as well as several competitors’ models. The M-Class design makes it a perfect replacement product for these aging thermal printers, which have obsolete features and can often reduce an organization’s overall productivity. The M-Class features many cutting-edge capabilities allowing users to stay on the front line of productivity, including USB, Ethernet connectivity, and an advanced peel mechanism designed to accommodate the most difficult paper/adhesive combinations. Users of Legacy printers often have many questions about replacing their printer installed base, their goal being to minimize any disruption of people, processes or performance. Datamax has created an application note designed to assist Legacy printer users in addressing these issues.
Die-cast aluminum frame Precision die-cast aluminum frame designed for durability and flexible configuration Light weight design allows for low total cost of ownership.
Supplies loading diagram embossed into the frame Makes loading intuitive. No operator’s manual required. No diagram of the paper path to lose.
Unique collapsible ribbon hub Designed for simple loading and unloading of ribbons. No cores to lose, time to load and unload ribbon reduced.
(M4206) 3 button/3 LED control panel A combination of 3 control buttons and 3 LED status lights. Provide a wide range of user configurability and device status indications.
(M-4208 & M-4306) Front 5 button 2 line, 20 character LCD display Configure the printer and change how the printer operates. All configurations take place via the intuitive front menu. No complicated dipswitches.
Cantilever printhead mechanism Printhead mechanism is hinged to provide wide-open access. Easier to load ribbon and media, easier to clean printhead for longer life.
Flash memory DPL and printer firmware can be upgraded or enhanced without the need for modifications to the printer or electronics. Easier to remain current. Updates can be made to the printer without the need for replacing EPROMS.
Windows printer driver Windows applications have the ability to use the M-CLASS as a Windows printer. End-users can choose which application software to use with the M-CLASS.
DPL Utilizes the Datamax Printer Language. Many existing applications support Datamax Printer Language.
Field installable options Cutter, Peel and Present, and Present Sensor simply plug into the front of the printer. Not necessary to "disassemble" the printer just to add options. Patent pending option installation automatically adjusts present distance.
USB, Serial, and parallel communications Industry standard USB, RS-232C serial, and Centronics IEEE 1284 parallel ports included for host communication. Off-the-shelf communications cables can be used to provide printer/host connection.
Clean electronics side Designed for quality - no belts to wear out, no springs and cables crossing each other. Printer is designed for reliability and serviceability throughout.
Split ribbon supply hub Ribbon supply hub is split, allowing the proper back tension for all sizes of ribbons. Provides even tension to give smooth, wrinkle free, ribbon operation and prevent ribbon breakage.
Improved fanfold capability Printhead mechanism is designed to easily accept fanfold media. Fanfold media feeds through back or bottom of printer, works right every time.
All popular linear and 2D bar codesymbologies Industry standard linear and 2D bar code symbologies are included. Commonly-used bar code symbologies are available and do not need to be added.
Color coded component cues Components that can be touched, moved or adjusted are green and easily recognizable. Reduces operator training time. More intuitive. Novice users are less fearful of printer operations.

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