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ZD500R RFID Printers

Small in size but full of features, the ZD500R is Link-OS-enabled making it simple to integrate and manage.  With automatic calibration, you'll enjoy lower media cost, less waste and fewer roll changes.  Featuring UHF RFID encoding capabilities, it is ideal for numerous applications such as retail tagging as well as manufacturing, government and healthcare tracking.

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Chip-Based RFID Serialization

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Used For:
  • Medium Volume Applications
  • Item Level Exception Tagging
  • In-Store Tagging of Returned Goods
  • Specimen Tracking
  • RFID Wristbands

Standard Features

  • RFID : Supports tags compatible with UHF EPC Gen 2 V1.2/ ISO 18000-6C
  • Print methods:  Thermal Transfer or Direct Thermal
  • Programming Language:  ZPL
  • Construction:  Dual-wall frame

RFID Features
  • Prints and encodes tags with a minimum pitch of 0.6"/16 mm (without cutter option)
  • Adaptive Encoding Technology simplifies RFID setup and eliminates complex RFID placement guidelines
  • RFID job monitoring tools track RFID performance
  • RFID ZPL® commands provide compatibility with existing Zebra RFID printers
  • Support for industry standard multi-vendor chip-based serialization (MCS)
  • Supports block permalocking of user memory compatible with ATA Spec 2000
  • Integrated ThingMagic® RFID Reader/Encoder

Printer Features
  • Tool-less printhead and platen replacement
  •  OpenACCESS™ for easy media loading
  • Quick and easy ribbon loading
  • Simplified calibration of media
  • Quad connectivity: USB, Parallel, Serial, and Ethernet
  • Real-time clock
  • LCD User Interface
  • Zebra E3 Printhead Energy Contro
  • ENERGY STAR® qualified
  • Link-OS™enabled
  • Print Touch™ app
  • Unicode compliant for multi-language printing
  • 16 resident expandable ZPL II® bitmap fonts
  • Two resident scalable ZPL fonts
  • Auto-switching 100-240V power supply
  • Head-up sensor
  • Standard tear-off mode feature
  • 3" media core adaptor
  • Zebra printer drivers for Windows™

Printer Specifications


  • 203 dpi (8 dots/mm)
  • 300 dpi (12 dots/mm) optional


  • 128 MB Std SDRAM memory (4 MB available to user)
  • 256 MB Std Flash memory (56 MB available to user)

Print length:

  • 39" (990 mm) maximum

Programmable print speeds of 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6 ips (51, 76, 102, 127, & 152 mm/s)

Media sensors:

  •  Full width reflective and multiposition transmissive sensors

Media Characteristics

Maximum label and liner length: 39"/990 mm (maximum non-continuous)

Maximum label and liner width: 0.75"/19 mm to 4.25"/108 mm

Label Length:

  • Minimum using tear off mode: .25" (6.3 mm)
  • Minimum with label present sensor used - 0.50" (12.7 mm)
  • Minimum with cutter - 1.0" (25.4 mm)

Maximum media roll size: 5"/127 mm O.D.

Media thickness: 0.003"/0.08 mm to 0.012" (0.305 mm)

Media types: Roll-fed or fan-fed, die-cut or continuous direct thermal labels with or without black line, tag stock, continuous receipt paper, wristbands

Ribbon Characteristics

Outside diameter: 1.36"/35 mm
Standard length: 244'/74 mm
Ratio:  1:1 media to roll to ribbon
Width:  1.33"/33.8 mm to 4.3"/109.2 mm
Core inner diameter: 0.5"/12.7 mm


Storage Temperatures: -40° F/-40° C to 140° F/60° C

Physical Characteristics

Width:  7.6"/193 mm
Height: 7.5"/191 mm
Depth: 10.0"/254 mm
Weight: 4.9 lbs/2.2 kg

  • Barcode Ratios: 2:1 (non-rotated) and 3:1
  • Linear barcodes: Code 11, Code 39, Code 93, Code 128, UPC-A, UPC-E, EAN-8, EAN-13, EAN-14, UPC-A and UPC-E with EAN 2 or 5 digit extensions, Plessey, POSTNET, Standard 2 of 5, Industrial 2 of 5, Interleaved 2 of 5, LOGMARS, MSI, Codabar, and GS1 DataBar (formerly RSS)
  • 2-Dimensional: PDF417, MicroPDF-417, Code 49, Maxicode, Codablock, Data Matrix, QR code, Aztec

Options and Accessories

300 dpi print resolution printing for fine detail and crisp images
Wireless—802.11 a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0
Dispenser—label peel and present with present sensor
Cutter for various media types
ZKDU and KDU Plus™ keyboard display units for stand-alone printing solutions

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