SATO Print Engines Support Intelligent Mail Barcode
28 Aug 2009
August 28, 2009 – SATO, a pioneer in the Automatic Identification and Data Collection (AIDC) industry and a leader in barcode printing, labeling, and EPC/RFID solutions, announced today that SATO print engines now support the Intelligent Mail Barcode (IMB).
The Intelligent Mail Barcode is a new USPS barcode which will expand the ability of the postal service to track individual mail pieces. The IMB includes fields to identify the mailer, class of mail, special services and can uniquely number each piece of mail. It is a height modulated barcode with four vertical bar types – Full, Tracker, Ascender, and Descender.
The SATO M84xxSe Series, S84 Series, and Lt408 print engines now include the resident capability to print the Intelligent Mail Barcode.
Mailers can begin using the IMB now, although they are not required to until May 2011. Mailers who begin using IMB early may qualify for discounts as early as this Fall. Effective May 11, 2011, the USPS will impose penalties for non-compliance with the IMB regulations.
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SATO is a pioneer in the Automatic Identification and Data Collection (AIDC) industry and the inventor of the world’s first electronic thermal transfer barcode printer. It revolutionized the barcoding industry by introducing the Data Collection System (DCS) & Labeling concept – a total barcode and labeling solution providing high quality barcode printers, scanners/hand-held terminals, label design software and consumables. SATO is one of the first in the industry to introduce a complete, multi-protocol EPC-compliant, UHF RFID solution.
SATO is publicly listed on the first section of Tokyo Stock Exchange in Japan. It has worldwide offices in the United States, Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, United Kingdom, Poland, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and China. For the fiscal year ended March 31, 2009, it reported revenues of US $776 million.