Fast and simple integration of on-demand bar code label printing is now available for manufacturing and supply chain system applications, following the launch of a new printer range from Zebra Technologies. The new Extensible Markup Language (XML) enabled XiIIIPlus high performance printers from global barcoding specialist Zebra, have been designed to meet the increasing demand from customers for more flexible information identification when openly exchanging data.
Rod Rodericks, managing director of Zebra UK, said: XML is quickly becoming the standard for business-to-business and application-to-application transactions, and is gaining use in EDI, ERP, and manufacturing systems. These applications are driving the need for a simple, efficient interface to on-demand printers.
By adopting Zebras XML-enabled printers into their business process applications, companies can eliminate or reduce costs for middleware, licensing, print server hardware, administration and programming. With XML fast becoming the standard for enterprise software, enabling XML on our high-performance printers was a natural evolution for Zebra.
As diverse business processes become more integrated, open systems become increasingly important for the efficient exchange of data across technology platforms. Zebras XML-enabled printers were developed in collaboration with Oracle to allow printing directly from Oracles Warehouse Management System (WMS) and Mobile Supply Chain Applications (MSCA). However, they can also be integrated with a variety of enterprise systems with minimal customisation. Zebra XML-enabled printers are the only Oracle-certified WMS/MSCA printer hardware solutions currently available.
Jon Chorley, senior director at Oracle Inventory and WMS, said: Oracle WMS and MSCA provide comprehensive capabilities for shop-floor and warehouse mobile workers, which of course includes the need to generate and scan bar code labels. Were pleased to partner with Zebra on the certification of their XML-enabled printers with our applications. This innovative hardware provides our customers with an excellent option to efficiently generate labels on demand, without requiring additional hardware and middleware.