Zebra S4M Printer


Zebra S4M

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Specifications are provided for reference and are based on printer tests using Zebra brand ribbons and labels. Results may vary in actual application settings or when using other than recommended Zebra supplies. Zebra recommends always qualifying any application with thorough testing.

Standard Features

  • 203 dpi print resolution (8 dots/mm)
  • Thin film print head with E3 Element Energy EnergizerTM Control
  • Direct thermal printing of bar codes, text, and graphics
  • ZPL or ZPL II programming language, selectable through software or front panel
  • 32 bit high speed processor
  • 8MB DRAM memory
  • 4MB Flash memory (2 MB User Available)
  • Parallel, USB 1.1 and RS-232 Serial Ports
  • Transmissive and reflective sensing technology
  • Sleek personality / rugged metal design:
    -Metal media cover with enlarged clear window: easy to view supplies
    -Die-cast print mechanism with head open lock withstands general wear & tear and facilitates media loading.
  • Standard LCD control panel: Back-lit, 2 line, 14 characters w/ full menu to change set-up options

Optional Features

  • Thermal Transfer Ribbon Handling System
    Note: DT (Direct Thermal) printers may be upgraded to be a thermal transfer printer by adding ribbon spindles.
    The upgrade is available as a factory repair only via the standard RMA process. Contact the Zebra Repair location for details.
  • Print head 300 dpi (12 dots/mm) (ZPL Only)
  • A front mount, passive peel option, w/ no take-up spindle
  • Factory Installed 64 MB Flash Memory option
  • Additional scalable and smooth bitmapped fonts available
  • ZebraNetWireless Print Server option - provides an internally integrated wireless option
    Internal and External ZebraNet 10/100 Print Server option - supports 10Base-T, 100Base-TX, and fast
    Ethernet 10/100 auto-switching networks and enables the use of ZebraLinkTM Webview and Alert features.
  • External ZebraNet PrintServer II option - provides cost effective Ethernet connectivity to 10Base-T networks and
    enables the use of ZebraLink Web View and Alert features.
  • Keyboard Display Unit (KDU) option - Enter variable data and retrieve stored forms for standalone applications (requires
    null modem adapter with DB9 serial cable).
  • Real Time Clock (RTC) -date/time for standalone applications
  • APL-I firmware - allows a 203 dpi (8 dots /mm) Zebra printer to parse and print IPL code intended for an Intermec
    3400D, or 88XX printer. (With APL-I firmware installed, ZPL programming language is not recognized, and ZPL specific
    features are not available.)
  • APL-D firmware allows 203 dpi (8 dots /mm) Zebra printer to parse and print DPL code intended for a Datamax
    Prodigy Plus, Prodigy, or Allegro printers. (With APL-D firmware installed, ZPL programming language is not
    recognized, and ZPL specific features are not available.)
  • Full-width guillotine knife cutter with a catch tray. Factory-installed only using part number S4M00-xxxx-2xxxx
S4M Field Kit Part Number
10/100 Internal Ethernet kit 20063M
10/100 External Ethernet kit
G47490 External ZebraNet PrintServer 10/100
47490 P1032710-001 P1031031 (New)

G47490 External ZebraNet PrintServer 10/100
Fully refurbished with 90-day warranty
47490 P1032710-001 P1031031

Wireless b/g P1032272
ZebraNet II External
46692 External ZebraNet PrintServer II 10 Base T Parallel
Fully refurbished with 90-day warranty

203 dpi to 300 dpi print head conversion kit 20112
300 dpi to 203 dpi print head conversion kit 20111
Parallel Port kit 20037M
Peel Option kit 20046
Real Time Clock kit 20009M

ZebraLink Solutions

  • 48766-001 ZBI 2.0 Enablement Kit for 1

  • 48767-001 ZBI 2.0 Enablement Kit for 5

  • 48768-001 ZBI 2.0 Enablement Kit for 25

  • 13831-001 ZebraDesigner Pro

  • 13832-001 ZebraDesigner for mySAP Business Suite

  • 13833-001 ZebraDesigner for XML

  • 48733-120 ZebraNet Bridge Enterprise for 1-50 Printers

  • 48734-120 ZebraNet Bridge Enterprise for 1-100 Printers

  • 48735-120 ZebraNet Bridge Enterprise for 100+ Printers

Networking Options
ZebraNet Wireless PrintServer (internal) (ZPL Only)
ZebraNet 10/100 PrintServer (internal or external)
ZebraNet PrintServer II (external)
ZPL II - Universal language for Zebra printers. Simplifies label
formatting and enables format compatibility with existing systems
that run Zebra printers.
Web View - Connect and control Zebra bar code printers via the printers Web interface using a common Web browser.
Alert - Printers equipped with ZebraNet print servers provide alerts via any email-enabled, wired, or wireless device to minimize downtime.
EPL2 - Eltron Programming Language is an optional firmware
version that provides backwards compatibility with many desktop
printers as well as the Zebra 2746e Thermal Transfer Printer.
APL - Zebra's Alternative Programming Language allows
integration into mixed printer environments without reprogramming

Printing Specifications

  • 203 dpi resolution (8 dots/mm)
    - Dot size (W x L): 0.0049" x 0.0049" (0.125mm x 0.125mm)
  • 300 dpi resolution (12 dots/mm)
    - Dot size (W x L): 0.0033" x 0.0039" (0.084mm x 0.099mm)
  • First dot location measured from inside media backing edge: 0.10" +-.04" (2.5mm, not to exceed -.5mm +1.0mm)
  • Maximum print width: 4.09" (104mm)
  • Maximum continuous media print length:
203 dpi 300 dpi
  • Media registration tolerance:
    Vertical = < +-0.039" (+-1.0mm) on non-continuous media
    Horizontal = <+-0.039" (+-1.0mm) within a roll of media
  • Programmable print speeds:
    - 203 dpi models = 2.0" (51mm) through 6" (152mm) per second in 1" increments
    - 300 dpi models = 2.0" (51mm) through 6" (152mm) per second in 1" increments

Media Specifications

  • Maximum non-continuous label length: 39" (991mm)
  • Media type: continuous, die-cut, tags, black-mark
  • Media web width (label and liner): 0.75" (19.4mm) to 4.50" (114mm)
  • Minimum label length:
    - Tear-off mode: 0.7" (17.8mm)
    - Peel mode: 0.5" (12.7mm)
  • Media thickness (label and liner): 0.003" (0.076mm) to 0.010" (0.25mm)
  • Maximum media roll size:
    8.0" (203mm) O.D. on a 3" (76mm) I.D. core
    6.0" (152mm) O.D. on a 1" (25mm) I.D. core
  • Maximum fan-fold pack size:
    8.0"L (203mm) x 4.5"W (114mm) x 6.2"H (157mm)
  • Gap and notch sensing standards:
    - Inter-label gap: 2 - 4mm, preferably 3mm
    - Sensing notch: 0.25"W (6mm) x 0.12"L (3mm)
    - Sensing hole: 0.125" (3mm) diameter
    * Note: Notch & Hole Position centered from 0.15" to 2.25" from media inner edge
  • Fixed transmissive sensor location: 7/16" from media inner edge
  • Black mark sensing standards:
    - Black mark length (parallel to inside media edge): 0.098" - 0.453" (2.5mm - 11.5mm)
    - Black mark width (perpendicular to inside media edge):> 0.37" (> 9.5mm)
    - Black mark location: within 0.040" (1mm) of inside media edge
    - Black mark density: > 1.0 Optical Density Units (ODU)
    - Maximum media density: 0.5 ODU

Ribbon Specifications (Thermal Transfer Option Only)

  • Ribbon width: 1.57" (40mm) to 4.33" (110mm)
  • Standard Lengths: 984' (300m) or 1476' (450m)
  • Maximum ribbon roll size: 3.2" (81.3mm) O.D. on a 1.0" (25.4mm) I.D. core
  • Ribbon wound ink-side out

Standard Printer Fonts (ZPL firmware Only)
Fonts A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, and GS are expandable up to 10 times, height and width independently. However, fonts E and H
(OCR-A and OCR-B) are not considered "in-spec" when expanded. The scalable smooth font 0 (CG Triumvirate Bold Condensed) is
expandable on a dot-by-dot basis, height and width independent, while maintaining smooth edges. Maximum character size depends
on available memory. IBM Code Page 850 international character sets are available in the fonts A, B, C, D, E, F, G, and 0 through
software control.

S4M 203 Matrices S4M 300 Matrices

Bar Code Symbologies & Specifications (ZPL Only, Other Firmware Languages may vary)

  • Bar code modulus "X" dimension:
    - Picket fence (non-rotated) orientation:
    203 dpi = 4.9 mil to 49 mil
    300 dpi = 3.3 mil to 33 mil
    - Ladder (rotated) orientation:
    203 dpi = 4.9 mil to 49 mil
    300 dpi = 3.9 mil to 39 mil
  • Bar code ratios - 2:1, 7:3, 5:2, & 3:1
  • Aztec
  • Codabar (supports ratios of 2:1 to 3:1
  • Code 11
  • Code 39 (supports ratios of 2:1 to 3:1
  • Code 49 (2-D)
  • Code 93
  • Code 128 (subsets A, B, C, and UCC case C codes)
  • Data Matrix
  • EAN-8, EAN-13, EAN extensions
  • Interleaved 2 of 5 (supports ratios 2:1 to 3:1, modulous10 check digit)
  • Planet Code
  • ISBT-128
  • Logmars
  • MaxiCode (2-D)
  • PDF417 (2-D)
  • Micro PDF (2-D)
  • Plessy
  • Postnet
  • QR-Code
  • MSI
  • Standard 2 of 5
  • Industrial 2 of 5
  • UPC-A, UPC-E, UPC extensions
  • RSS

Zebra Programming Language (ZPL/ZPL II)

  • Compatible with mainframe, mini, and PC hosts
  • Downloadable objects include graphics, scalable and bitmap fonts, label templates and formats
  • Adjustable print cache
  • Data compression
  • Automatic memory allocation for format while printing
  • Automatic serialization of fields
  • Format inversion (white on black)
  • Mirror-image printing
  • Four position field rotation (0, 90, 180, or 270 degrees)
  • Slew command
  • Programmable label quantities with print, pause, cut control
  • Status messages to host upon request

Eltron Programming Language (EPL2)

  • Compatible with mainframe, mini, and PC hosts
  • Four position field rotation (0, 90, 180, or 270 degrees)
  • Variable field support (00 to 99)
  • Counter support (up to 10)
  • Variable field addition and subtraction
  • Status reporting
  • Form storage
  • Metered print odometer

Communications Specifications

  • USB 1.1
  • High-speed serial interfaces
    - RS-232C, with DB9F connector
    - Configurable baud rate (600 - 115,200kB), parity, and data bits. Stop bits at 1 or 2.
    - Software (XON/XOFF), hardware (DTR/DSR, or RTS/CTS) communication handshake protocols
  • Bi-directional parallel interface
  • ZebraNet Wireless Print Server - 802.11b-compliant wireless print server (ZPL Only)
  • ZebraNet 10/100 Print Server - Ethernet network print server (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX)
  • ZebraNet Print Server II - Ethernet network print server (10BASE-T)

Electrical Specifications

  • Auto-detectable 90-265VAC, 48-62 Hz, 5A fused power supply
  • Agency approvals: IEC 60950, EN 55022 Class B, EN55024, EN 61000-3-2, EN 61000-3-3.
  • Product Markings: cULus, CE Marking, FCC-B, ICES-003, VCCI, C-Tick, NOM, IRAM, CCC, GOST-R, BSMI

Physical Specifications

  • Height: 11.7" (295 mm)
  • Width: 10.7" (272mm)
  • Depth: 18.8" (477mm)
  • Weight: 27.2 lbs (12.4 kg)
  • Shipping Weight: 33.5 lbs (15.2 kg)

Environmental Specifications

  • Operating environment:
    Thermal transfer = 40 to 104 F (5 to 40 C)
    Thermal direct = 32 to 104 F (0 to 40 C)
    20% to 85% non-condensing R.H.
  • Storage/Transportation environment:
    -40 to 140 F (-40 to 60 C)
    5% to 85% non-condensing R.H.

Preventative Maintenance
Zebra recommends cleaning the printer on a regular basis using standard Zebra printer parts and cleaning supplies. Consult your
Users Guide for further details.

  • Cleaning:
    The exterior is cleaned with a lint-free cloth, and if necessary, a mild detergent solution or desktop cleaner. Interior components (print head, platen roller, media sensor, peel bar,
    ribbon and media paths) are cleaned with alcohol or blown air to remove any particles.
  • Lubrication:
    All mechanical parts are self-lubricating and do not require additional lubrication.
  • Print Registration:
    Media registration and minimum label length are affected by media type and width, ribbon type and print speed. Performance
    improves as these factors are optimized. Zebra recommends always qualifying any application with thorough testing.