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KYOCERA Introduces New KRW Series Thermal Printheads for Barcode Printing

Kyocera Corporation announced that it has developed a new thermal printhead for desktop barcode printers. The new Kyocera KRW Series printheads offer improved durability and corrosion resistance through a simplified structure and refined resin sealant, which improve assembly efficiency and extend the useful life of printing equipment. Samples will be available beginning June 2014.

Logistics sites such as warehouses and distribution centers store a wide range of information on barcode labels to optimize inventory and supply-chain management. In recent years, logistics platforms have expanded into developing regions of Asia and elsewhere, leading to a substantial increase in distribution volumes. As a result, demand for desktop barcode printers for shipping labels has been expanding.

Barcode printer manufacturers demand thermal printheads that offer superior durability and serviceability to improve production efficiency and streamline printer assembly. They also require better corrosion resistance to prevent component deterioration resulting from use in environments featuring elevated levels of moisture, humidity and/or salt.

Kyocera’s KRW Series provides superior durability through a simplified structure with fewer components and use of specialized resins to affix connectors, the area most susceptible to mechanical load. The new KRW Series also offers superior corrosion resistance through use of an improved resin-sealing film, which coats the surface of the printhead. Additionally, Kyocera’s advanced film-forming processes protect the printhead from harsh environments involving high temperatures, humidity and salinity. With improved durability and corrosion resistance, the KRW Series will help improve assembly efficiency for printer manufacturers while enhancing the lifespan of printing equipment.

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