Zebra RZ Series Passive RFID Printers

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Zebra RZ Series Passive RFID Printers Features

RFID Industrial/Commercial Printer/Encoders

The RZ400™ and RZ600™ printer/encoders bring UHF RFID capabilities to Zebra’s popular Z Series® platform and set the new standard as the price-performance leaders in RFID smart labeling. Newly enhanced, they can print/encode small labels for today’s closed-loop item-level tracking applications, as well as help meet global RFID tagging compliance initiatives. These metal printer/encoders offer EPC UHF Gen 2, Class 1 support; high-speed print throughput; and rugged reliability to enhance productivity in tough environments.

Better Connected for a Connected World

The RZ series RFID printer/encoders connect easily with most warehouse/manufacturing and business applications. The RZ400 and RZ600 are better connected to your network—through USB 2.0, 802.11b/g secure wireless or Ethernet. They’re better connected to your applications—with multiple RFID power settings to adjust to current and future RFID protocols, transponder designs and sizes; choice of print resolution including 300 dpi; and XML-Enabled printing as a standard feature. And they’re better connected to your needs—with easy setup via a large, easy-to-read front panel that includes Asian-language support; easy loading of supplies; and easy maintenance with quick-changing printheads and platens.

Ideal for These Applications

The industrial/commercial RZ400 (for smart labels up to 4 inches) and the RZ600 (for up to 6-inch smart labels) have been designed for item-,case- and pallet-level identification. Streamline business-improvement and supply-chain management applications such as:

Item-level tracking for package verification, work in process, product authentication, document tracking and more

Asset Tracking

Inventory Management



Zebra RZ Series Passive RFID Printers Specifications

Printer Name


Standard Features

• Integrated UHF Reader/Encoder

• EPC Gen 2 Class 1/ ISO 18000-6C

• Supports wide range of transponder placements beginning at 15 mm

• Full range of RFID power settings

• RFID processes optimized for fastest label throughput

• RFID counters keep track of the good and unusable labels

• Variable RFID power settings for both read and write allow maximum flexibility for printing small labels

• 32 bit 133 MHz RISC processor

• Zebra printer driver for Windows® 3.X and 95/98/NT/2000/XP/2003 operating systems

• Advanced label/media counters

• Print methods: Thermal transfer or direct thermal

• Construction: Die-cast aluminum base, frame and printhead mechanism

• Metal media cover with large clear window

• Element Energy Equalizer™ (E3™) for superior print quality

• Auto-calibration

• Real-time clock

• Auto-ranging (90–265 VAC) power supply

• Color-coded operator cues

• Multi-language control panel with back-lit 240 x 128 pixel display


• XML-enabled printing

Printer SpecificationsResolution

• 203 dpi/8 dots per mm

• 300 dpi/12 dots per mm

• 600 dpi/23.5 dots per mm (RZ400 only)


• Standard: 8 MB Flash, 16 MB DRAM

• Optional: Factory Installed 64 MB Flash

Maximum Print Width

• RZ400: 4.09”/104 mm

• RZ600: 6.6”/168 mm

Maximum Print Length

• RZ400: 157”/3,988 mm (203 dpi); 73”/1,854 mm (300 dpi)

• RZ600: 102”/2,590 mm (203 dpi); 45”/1,143 mm (300 dpi)

Print Speed

• 203 dpi: 10”/254 mm per second

• 300 dpi: 8”/203 mm per second

Media Sensors

• Fixed reflective sensor

• Adjustable transmissive sensor

Media CharacteristicsMaximum

Label and Liner Length

Maximum non-continuous: 39”/991 mm

Maximum Label and Liner Width

• RZ400: 4.5”/114 mm

• RZ600: 7.0”/178 mm

Maximum Roll Diameter

8.0”/203 mm OD on a 3”/76 mm ID core

Media Thickness

0.0023”/0.058 mm to 0.010”/0.25 mm

Media Types

Continuous, die-cut, tags, black mark

Ribbon Characteristics

• Outside Diameter: 3.2”/81.3 mm OD on a 1.0”/25.4 mm ID core

• Standard Length: 984’/300 m or 1476’/450 m

• Ratio: 3:1 media roll to ribbon. Ribbon must be at least as wide as media.

• Width:

• RZ400: 2.00”/51 mm to 4.33”/110 mm

• RZ600: 2.00”/51 mm to 6.85”/174 mm

• Ribbon Setup: Ribbon wound ink-side out (ribbon wound ink-side in can be used with optional ribbon spindle on RZ400)

Operating CharacteristicsEnvironment**

• Operating temperature: 32º F/0º C to 104º F/40º C (Direct Thermal); 40º F/5º C to 104º F/40º C (Thermal Transfer)

• Storage temperature: -40º F/-40º C to 140º F/60º C

• Operating humidity: 20-85% non-condensing

• Storage humidity: 5-85% non-condensing


Universal auto-ranging (PFC-compliant) power supply 90-265 VAC; 48-62Hz

Agency Approvals

• FCC subpart B & C, IC RSS 210, IEC 60950-1, EN 300 220, EN 55022 Class B, EN55024, EN 61000-3-2, EN 61000-3-3.


Physical Characteristics

• Width: 10.9”/278 mm

• Height: 13.3”/338 mm

• Depth: 18.7”/475 mm

• Weight: 32.4 lbs/15 kg

• Shipping weight: 49 lbs/22 kg

ZebraLink™ SolutionsSoftware

• ZebraDesigner™ Pro

• ZebraDesigner for XML

• ZebraDesigner Label Design Software

• ZebraNet™ Bridge Enterprise

• ZebraNet Utilities v 7.0

• Zebra Universal Driver

• ZBI-Developer™


• ZebraNet Wireless Plus Print Server

• ZebraNet 10/100 Print Server

• RS-232C serial port

• High-speed, IEEE1284, bi-directional parallel interface

• USB 2.0



• XML-Enabled Printing

• Web View & Alert

• ZBI 2.0™

Fonts/Graphics/SymbologiesFonts and Character Sets

• 7 bitmapped, 1 smooth scalable

• Native open type font support

• Global Printing—Unicode™ compliant

• Contains UFST® from Monotype Imaging Inc.

Graphic Features

• Supports user-defined fonts and graphics—including custom logos

Barcode Symbologies

• Linear Barcodes: Code 11, Code16k, Code 39, Code 93, Code 128 with subsets A/B/C and UCC Case C Codes, UPC-A, UPC-E, EAN-8, EAN-13, UPC and EAN 2 or 5 digit extensions, Plessey, Postnet, Standard 2-of-5, Industrial 2-of-5, Interleaved 2-of-5, Logmars, MSI, Codabar, Planet Code

• 2-Dimensional: Codablock, PDF417, Code 49, Data Matrix, MaxiCode, QR Code, MicroPDF417, TLC 39, GS1 DataBar (RSS), Aztec

Options and Accessories

• Factory installed 64 MB Flash memory option

• Cutter with catch tray

• Peel—a front mount, passive peel option with no liner take-up

• Liner take-up (works with peel option)—full roll liner take-up spindle (fits standard base, RZ400 only)

• Rewind—internally rewinds full label roll on 3” core (comes with taller, non-standard printer base)

• RS-422/485 serial port adapter

• Optional ribbon spindle to support ribbon wound ink-side in (RZ400 only)

For optimal printing quality and proper printer per­formance across our product line, Zebra strongly recommends the use of genuine Zebra™ supplies as part of the total solution. Specifically, the RZ400 and RZ600 are designed to work only with genuine Zebra™ printheads, thus maximizing safety and print quality


Getting Started

User’s Guides and Manuals