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Datamax-O’Neil A-Class Mark II Print Engine.

Datamax-O’Neil A-Class Mark II Print Engine

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Datamax-O'Neil A-Class Mark II Print Engine Features

When the demands of your high performance print and apply application require more features than existing print engines offer, it’s time to move up to the A-Class™ Mark II.  The A-Class Mark II family of advanced print engines is designed for high-demand multishift applications requiring fast throughput and proven reliability. It includes a number of innovative design features such as stainless steel hardware components, a modular design for enhanced serviceability, coated side in/coated side out thermal transfer ribbon assembly, a full graphics display, intuitive menu navigation, and an optional remote display.

Designed for print and apply applicator integration, the A-Class Mark II utilizes the industry recognized Datamax-O’Neil firmware architecture with maximum connectivity options for industry standard communications interfaces.  The A-Class Mark II with RFID option allows users to encode smart labels at the point of print, where most experts agree that encoding should take place to avoid any chance of mismatch between printed and encoded information. The RFID option currently accommodates EPCglobal Class 1/Gen 2 tags with either 64 or 96 bits of memory.  The A-Class Mark II is available in either 4” or 6” widths and is the only print engine to offer 203, 300, 400 and 600 dpi resolution in either right-hand or left-hand models.

Features at a glance

• Stainless Steel Cabinet:

Protects your printer for years of service in rugged and extreme environments

• Expanded Connectivity:

Unlike other print engines, the A-Class Mark II includes four types of communication ports as standard features - 10/100 LAN, USB, Serial and Parallel

• Printer Language Emulation:

Allows you to seamlessly integrate the A-Class into most existing solutions using PL-Z and PL-I language emulation without changing code

• Large Graphic Display:

Enables easy navigation, advanced set-ups and simple operator use

• 6’ Remote Display:

Optional feature can be added when location is a challenge

• IntelliSEAQ™ Printhead:

Proactive diagnostic tools allow easy access to printhead performance and history

• Pinch Roller Option:

Provides added tension for increased printing accuracy and quality


Added flexibility for expanded memory and USB attachments such as keyboards and memory flash drives

• Easy to Service: 

Modular design makes it easy to service or upgrade in the field; most operations can be done on-site with minimal downtime or decrease in productivity


Fully integrated UHF RFID solutions available

Datamax-O'Neil A-Class Mark II Print Engine Specifications

Print Technology


– Direct thermal

– Optional thermal transfer

– Right-hand or left-hand versions available

  • Print length range:

– 0.25” – 99.99” (6mm – 2539.75mm)

User Environment

• Operating temperature:

40° F to 100° F (4° C to 38° C)

• Operating humidity:

10% to 90% non-condensing

• Storage temperature:

-40° F to 150° F (-40° C to 60° C)

• Storage humidity:

5% to 95% non-condensing

• Dust:

– Non-conducting, non-corrosive

• Electromagnetic radiation:

– Moderate RF fields can be tolerated


• Power supply:

– Auto-ranging switching type

• AC Input Voltage Range:

– 90 to 132 / 180 to 264 VAC @ 47 to 63 Hz,


• Power consumption:

– A-4xxx models: 200 watts, typical operating; 25 watts, standby

– A-6xxx models: 220 watts, typical operating; 25 watts, standby

• Printhead protection:

– Thermistor sensor shutdown with over temperature occurrence, and automatic

printing resumption after cooling

• Built-in real time clock

Agency Approval

Contact sales representative for the most current list


• Communication ports:

– Standard: Serial RS232, Parallel Bi-Directional, Ethernet-Wired LAN 10/100, USB 2.0

Compatible, GPIO Applicator Card

– Optional: Wireless 802.11b/g, USB-Host, SDIO Memory Slot

• Software

– DMX Config: Complete printer setup utility

– DMX NetManager

– Embedded Network Web Pages

– Windows Drivers – NT, XP, Vista

• Firmware

– Updates: available online

– Universal printer command language

(Emulation): PL-Z Zebra and PL-I Intermec


• Media types:

– Wound-out labels only and tag stock; roll-fed, die-cut, notched, reflective, continuous, and


– Flat printable side, with no more than .0007” (0.018 mm) protrusions on the opposite side

• Media thickness range:

– 0.0025” – 0.010” (0.06mm – 0.25mm)

• Ribbon types:

– Coated side in or coated side out

• Maximum ribbon length:

– 2,132 ft. (650 m)

• Ribbon core sizes:

– 1.01” +/- 0.006” (25.6 mm +/- 0.2 mm) inner diameter; core not to protrude beyond the ribbon edge


• Printer*: 1 year (including platen roller and installed options)

• Printhead*: 1 year or 1,000,000 inches whichever comes first

• Contact sales representative for extended warranty options


• Memory:

– 8MB Flash


• Barcodes:

– Linear: Code 3 of 9, UPC-A, UPC-E, Interleaved 2 of 5, Industrial 2 of 5, Std 2 of 5, Code 11, Code 93, Code 128, EAN-8, EAN-13, HIBC, Codabar, Plessey, UPC 2 and 5 digit addendums, Postnet, UCC/EAN Code 128, Telepen, Planetcode, FIM, USPS-4 State

– 2D Symbologies: MaxiCode, PDF417, USD-8, Datamatrix, QR Code, Codeablock, Code 16k, Aztec, TLC 39, Micro PDF417, GS1 Databar

• Resident fonts:

– Ten alphanumeric fonts from 2.5 to 23 point size, including OCR-A, OCR-B, CG Triumvirate™ smooth font from AGFA®

– Scalable Fonts: CG Triumvirate Bold Condensed, CG Triumvirate & CG Times with Cyrillic, Greek Arabic and Hebrew character support

• Downloadable font types:

– True-Type, Bitmap

• Character set:

– Over 50 resident character sets;

Unicode/UTF8 support

• Font expansion/rotation:

– All fonts expandable vertically and horizontally up to 24x; fonts and graphics can be printed in four directions: 0°, 90°, 180° and 270°s

• Graphics supported:

– .PCX, .BMP and .IMG files

• Reversible field/mirror image

– Any font or graphic field can be printed as a normal or reverse image

• ILPC (International Language Print Capability):

– Kanji Gothic B scalable

– Korean Hangul

– Simplified Chinese GB


• Thermal transfer (factory installed)

• Ribbon saver (factory installed)

• Internal wireless LAN (DMXrfNET II)

• Pinch rollers (factory installed)

• Remote front panel display with 6’ cable

• RFID (encodes EPC Class 1/Gen 2 tags)

• USB host / SDIO

• Cutter


Getting Started

User’s Guides and Manuals