SOURCE: Printronix Inc.

June 11, 2008 11:00 ET

Printronix Supports USPS Intelligent Mail Bar Code Initiative

Printronix Laser, Line-Matrix and Thermal Bar Code Printer Customers Will Receive Discounts on Bulk Mail Services From the United States Postal Service by Using the Service

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwire - June 11, 2008) - Printronix Inc., the leading integrated supply-chain printing solutions manufacturer, now supports the USPS Intelligent Mail® bar code initiative mandated for adoption by May 2009. Customers deploying Printronix's P7000 series line-matrix printers, L7032 laser as well as its T5000r and T4M thermal bar-code printers will want this capability to receive discounts on bulk mail services from the United States Postal Service.

"Printronix is integrating the Intelligent Mail bar codes into firmware for our laser, line-matrix and thermal bar code series printers as a standard feature. This will allow bulk mailers to print bar codes directly from their Printronix printers, saving them time and money -- two commodities of our global economy," said David Sakai, senior vice president, marketing, Printronix. "The Intelligent Mail bar code is the result of the USPS' efforts to develop more robust codes capable of encoding more information while minimizing the space used on mail pieces."

The Intelligent Mail bar code (formerly known as the 4-State Customer Barcode) is the next generation of USPS bar code technology used to sort and track letters and flats. The Intelligent Mail bar code combines the data of the existing POSTNET™ and the PLANET Code® bar codes, as well as other data, into one unique bar code. The Intelligent Mail bar code is a type of height-modulated bar code that uses four distinct vertical bar types: Full, Tracker, Ascender and Descender.

Printronix will support the Intelligent Mail bar code on four product lines: P7000 line-matrix, T5000r thermal bar code, T4M radio frequency identification (RFID)-ready thermal bar code and L7032 laser printers. The full manufacturing release will occur in fall 2008 for all the supported product lines. P7000 series customers who would like to adopt this bar code now can order a point release of the firmware to enable their printers using part number 369224, version 2.13D.

About Printronix Inc.

Since 1974, Printronix Inc. has created innovative printing solutions for the industrial marketplace and supply chain. The company is the worldwide market leader in enterprise solutions for line matrix printing and has an outstanding reputation for its high-performance thermal bar code and fanfold laser printing solutions. Printronix also is an established leader in pioneering technologies, including radio frequency identification (RFID) printing, bar-code compliance and networked printer management. Printronix is headquartered in Irvine, Calif. For company information, see www.printronix.com.

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