SATO, a global manufacturer of barcode printing, labelling, and EPC/RFID solutions, is providing its CL4NX and CT4i printer series to GS1, Germany’s new knowledge centre in Cologne.  The centre, which opened on 1 July 2014, features live demonstrations of equipment, enabling visitors to learn about practical uses for the printers, particularly in the industrial and health care sectors.
GS1 is exhibiting selected solutions for automatic identification and data capture (AIDC) in its new centre, which offers innovative options for ongoing education and training, and networking and events for industry professionals, general public and the media. The new 2,500 m2 centre features a creative lab and sector-specific experience rooms, with modern conference rooms.
“We are pleased to be able to contribute to the GS1 Germany knowledge centre with our printers,” said Detlev Müller, managing director of SATO Germany. “We regard progress, innovation and practicality as basic parts of our job and visitors to the centre can experience directly from the live demonstrations just how diverse and demanding the requirements on these printers can be.”
GS1 Germany is embarking on entirely new forms of interactive information transfer using practical learning experiences in realistic settings. “This is largely thanks to the sponsors and GS1 Germany solution providers – over 80 in total – who have contributed everything from ATMs to patient wristband printers to our extraordinary venue,” said Jörg Pretzel, managing director of GS1 Germany.
SATO’s CL4NX general-purpose industrial printer handles important printing tasks for the “Value Chain live!” demonstrations, where GS1 Germany shows the entire value chain in a realistic multimedia presentation. It includes the transportation process for a water crate, from filling and shipping to delivery and finally bottle return, as well as an example from the food industry that demonstrates meat processing and packaging.
The live demonstrations also include the SATO CT4i printers used in the health care sector to print patient wristbands. The wristbands enable unique identification and assignment of patients, thereby improving patient safety by minimising errors in treatment and medicine administration. SATO’s CT4i printers can also be configured to print high-quality barcodes or labels for blood pouches or blood specimens. The company’s labels, ribbons and wristbands have been tested and optimised for resistance to body fluids, blood, xylene, water and virtually all other chemicals. Equipped with an optional antimicrobial external housing, SATO printers can also be used in environments with stringent requirements for cleanliness and hygiene.
Visitors to the knowledge centre can follow the course of treatment of a patient and see examples of where the printers work. The demonstrations comprise the entire process from medicine preparation and verification to patient admission to the hospital, treatment stages and documentation, and even include a realistic mock-up of a pharmacy where discharged patients can have their prescriptions filled. SATO printers additionally print medicine labels for this process.