Sato launches smart, simple printer

January 10, 2020

Packaging Solutions


Sato has launched the CT4-LX smart mini label printer. Equipped with a colour touch panel LCD for intuitive operation, the printer is easy to use for operators of varying skill levels, in a space saving manner, widely across many sectors and geographic regions.


As diversification of the economy creates a shortage of skilled labour and a more competitive job market, sectors from retail, warehousing, transportation and logistics, food manufacturing and healthcare are faced with the common challenge of procuring and retaining human resources at worksites where variable data labels are printed. There is an increasing need to improve productivity using smaller and more diverse teams.


Taking these needs into consideration, Sato designed the CT4-LX to be intuitive and suitable across many worksites for use by anyone, anywhere, at any time.


Not just a passive label printer, the CT4-LX is an interactive smart printer. It can enhance business by supporting existing applications and operations. Intelligence in the printer allows users to print labels without a PC by connecting to a number of peripherals. A label waste prevention feature automatically senses the first label to reduce waste. 



Designed to be easy to use for operators of all range of expertise, the CT4-LX is equipped with a large 4.3 inch colour TFT LCD touch panel for a user friendly interface anyone can intuitively set up labels. Even if an error occurs, it can be overcome quickly with the help of simple instructions or a video.

It is also easy to perform basic operations like setting labels and ribbons with a cover mechanism that opens wide.


The global design of the CT4-LX has a small footprint and is shaped to be suitable for various environments. It also supports menu display in 31 languages and printing in 47 languages. It is designed to serve as a common model for customers with workforces deployed around the world. Also, a Media Profile Function allows registering and saving of settings for each label.


‘I am excited to unveil this irresistible smart mini, which is a totally new category for barcode label printers,’ said Sato international president Hayato Shindo. ‘The great potential of the CT4-LX is its value added features that users in different sectors can pick and choose from to optimise their on-site operations. Together with our customers and partners, we want to turn ideas into reality.’


CT4-LX can play many labelling roles with its highly customisable application technology.


With AEP, applications are possible such as automatic updates for price changes or SKU amends to reduce repetitive manual work. Another possibility is tapping a smartphone to a reader to let consumers print shipping labels for parcels.


By utilising the proactive maintenance solution SOS (SATO Online Services), users can enjoy prompt support to eliminate operational downtime.


The CT4-LX RFID model can read and encode RFID labels in UHF and HF bands. In order to write labels stably with a printer, individual configuration settings are typically required for each type of RFID label. Now with the CT4-LX RFID, a new function enables the printer to read and encode UHF RFID labels automatically for fast, stable encoding. Some RFID features are coming soon. 



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