Smart Print Engines

Nov. 2, 2022
The versatile S84/86NX are designed for automation — both in terms of supply chain and on-site usability and productivity.

The S84NX (4 in.) and S86NX (6 in.) line of smart print engines is designed for automation. Print engines are commonly used in logistics centers and factories to print variable information onto the label and feed it to an applicator to attach onto individual items.

 An RFID option allows users to apply smart labels to cartons and pallet loads for streamlining of stocktaking operations downstream. Smart features include intelligence in the printer powered by AEP (Application Enabled Printing), which makes printing without a PC possible.

AEP allows the user to install customized apps on the print engine and print based on keyboard or scanner input or make a local or cloud database search. Native apps allow warehouse operators to directly connect to weight scales to automate weight input. Another app allows users to directly print from a programmable logic controller (PLC), eliminating the need to reprogram the PLC when creating or modifying layouts. AEP also enables the customization of the external I/O interface, which is an important interface for the integration with the print and apply labeling system.

The S84/86NX is designed for demanding, industrial environments, with greater resistance to water and solvents than previous SATO print engines. This is a must in factories and warehouses where extreme temperatures and wet, dry, and dusty conditions can be the norm. Features like a sensor to tell when the cover is open, and stronger hinges and nip rollers add durability to extend the product’s lifespan in the harsh, 24/7 environment of ecommerce fulfillment. SATO’s preventative maintenance service SOS also allows users to remotely monitor the status of their print engines on a single dashboard to eliminate downtime and keep operations running.


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