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DED PAWRS for thought

15 June 2009

Star Micronics TSP800 and CardExchange Software selected to print all PAWRS Delegate Badges.

In a drive to introduce a more efficient ticketing system, Winchester based organisers of the Plant & Waste Recycling Show (PAWRS) have standardised on the Star Micronics TSP800 and CardExchange Professional database/print application from DED Limited. With over 6000 delegates attending the annual PAWRS conference held in Paignton, Devon, the TSP800 is being used to print all visitor and exhibitor entry badges, whilst the CardExchange software is being used to manage the delegate database.

Choosing the TSP800 due to its print speed and ease of use, the TSP800 was also selected for the quality of print it provided. Taking full advantage of features available on the TSP800, PAWRS chose to use a slightly heavier than usual paper stock to print the badges on. They also chose to get all their paper stock pre-printed with the show logo and contact information in full colour – another service that DED can provide to give tickets and badges a more professional looking finish.

Sophie Lipscombe, Executive Administrator at PAWRS commented “we chose the TSP800 and CardExchange software as they worked easily with our standard Excel database to get the information required onto each badge without any fuss.”

Each exhibitor entry badge for the PAWRS show also features a unique bar code. Using this barcode, the organisers are able to scan visitor badges to monitor which entrance they came through and which sections of the exhibition they attended. This information can then be easily exported back into Excel for use at a later date if necessary.

The TSP800 is a very fast thermal barcode, label, receipt and ticket printer which features a unique paper width of 112mm wide on papers of up to 150gsm in weight and all in a printer only 180mm wide! Without any software changes, the unique scalable Raster drivers allows the TSP800 to print pages which are scaled down from A4 to A6 and still be perfectly readable, making it ideal for use as a compact internet printer or even as a kiosk printer.

The TSP800 uses Star's simple "Drop-In & Print" paper loading feature and can accept paper rolls of various widths. An external paper feed path for large diameter and fanfold tickets is standard. Interfacing is no problem thanks to ESC/POS (including "Super Large" 40 column mode), DP8340 emulation mode and the traditional Star mode. The TSP800 has a host of extra features including two colour printing, wall and desk mount brackets, interchangeable interfaces and drivers for most operating systems.

CardExchange provides a powerful yet cost effective solution which allows government agencies, universities, corporations, as well as small businesses to issue high-quality badges or plastic cards. With powerful filters to manage and manipulate databases effectively, it can also be used to print directly to any Windows printer. Database support ranges from a simple .csv file import to multiple simultaneous connections to MS Excel, MS Access, Paradox, MySQL, SQL and more.

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