User friendly Zebra ZM series of thermal label printers


Zebra Technologies has released a new range of thermal barcode label printers replacing the current Z4 and Z6 plus series. The new ZM series offer an easier to operate form, increased connectivity, RFID readiness as standard and an impressive number of available options, all at the same price as the previous models.

The new Zebra ZM series thermal barcode label printers come standard with features that provide unsurpassed easy to use operation and user selectable adjustments such as an adjustable black mark / label edge sensor.

As standard the label printers include the additional connectivity of USB 2 for faster and more reliable connectivity with most warehouse, manufacturing and business applications, with the option of adding a wireless ZebraNet 10/100 print server for simultaneous parallel and ethernet connections.

Two versions of the ZM series are available, the ZM400 and the ZM600. The ZM400 boasts printhead choices of up to 600 dpi at 104mm wide and the ZM600 up to 300 dpi at 168mm wide. Both can perform ZPL and EPL printing tasks.  A larger LCD display on the front means quick printing status visibility and a real time clock for accurate variable data printing. Media handling options such as label cutter, peel and liner rewind can be installed for automated label handling functionality.

The new ZM series of thermal label printer is a fast, reliable and affordable choice for label printing tasks such as: Work in progress, order fulfillment, compliance labelling, distribution, warehouse management, shipping / receiving and pharmacy / healthcare labelling. A solid metal chassis and reliable up-to-date functionality make the new ZM series printers from Zebra a perfect choice for your label printing applications.

Peacock Bros. have been providing Zebra labelling solutions for over 20 years and offer full manufacturer backed after sales service and support on the complete range of Zebra printers.

For more information, please contact Peacock Bros. on: 1300 723 282, email: or visit our website at:

Alternative to Refrigerated Vehicles for Sensitive Goods


Saving Energy and Costs – Top Priorities for Logistics

Portable Insulated Containers Provide Solutions

The number of “green” consumers in the World is growing rapidly and they are becoming very conscious of the carbon footprint of the products they buy. When you combine this trend with the very obvious benefits to profitability, this means that the time is at hand when the food and pharmaceutical sector must change its operations and cut its carbon emissions – if only to stay ahead of competitors.

Many food manufacturers and processors already have systems in place to ensure that excessive (and expensive) quantities of power are not used, temperatures of refrigeration equipment are kept within the correct levels for economic operation, loading bay doors kept shut when not in use and their staff made aware of the cost of wasting energy. However, this does not always apply to the distribution system, whether carried out by the manufacturer, their customer or a third party logistics provider.

There is an alternative to the obvious use of refrigerated vehicles for temperature sensitive goods – portable, insulated and/or refrigerated containers. Thus the actual vehicles can have normal dry-freight bodywork without the need for costly refrigeration systems (both to buy and operate with many having an additional diesel engine). There is a saving in energy and reduced running costs as a result of lower unladen weight without refrigeration and less energy is consumed in the manufacture of a non-insulated body. It is also possible to reduce the actual vehicle fleet as both ambient and temperature-controlled goods can be carried in the same vehicle.


As the goods are delivered in their own “mini” cold stores there is no need for refrigerated stores at the delivery point. It is also not necessary to have temperature-controlled assembly areas or loading banks. An added benefit is that the refrigeration systems used by CoolPac/Olivo containers (eutectic plates or injected CO2) are totally silent – ideal as well for “out of hours” deliveries.

As the CoolPac/Olivo containers have a very long life, further energy requirements are not needed to regularly replace old and worn out equipment. By using eutectic plates for refrigeration these can be frozen in the freezing plant at the factory without the need for additional equipment. The Siber System of injected CO2 uses gas that is predominantly obtained from chemical processes in industry. This gas is usually just vented to atmosphere if not used.

In the UK, The Carbon Trust, which exists to help companies to understand systematically the known risks and opportunities associated with climate change, found that last summer alone poor energy efficiency cost the food and drink businesses in the United Kingdom at least £26 million (€35 million/ $52 million)! By simply adopting a forward-thinking approach to carbon emissions and looking closely at their supply chain with such simple solutions as annotated above, companies have the potential to realise significant carbon savings and develop new profit opportunities as we create a low-carbon economy.

A wide range of food and pharmaceutical distribution organisations around the World have found that by choosing CoolPac/Olivo containers for their operations, large cost savings have been a feature and with the added benefits of considerable reductions in their carbon emissions.


For more than fifty years in Europe, industrial size insulated containers together with Eutectic technology have been used to transport chilled and frozen goods alongside dry goods using non-refrigerated trucks/vans. 

For more information, contact or phone Lyn Radnell on 0425 720 885

The new Jetstick Industrial label applicator

Jetstick Label Applicator

The new low cost Jetstick Industrial Applicator (JIA) is designed for rapid barcode label application in industrial situations.  The JIA is an air-powered label applicator that integrates with a barcode label printer such as the Intermec PM4i by way of a base plate.  When the printer presents the printed barcode label, the JIA holds the label via suction and positions it for “blow” application onto the target package or carton.

This is a very economically priced label applicator ideally suited for the industrial goods and processed foods market, but will also work brilliantly in the Transport and Logistics industry.  Because the labels are applied by air, the label application works accurately on items of irregular sizes, shapes and surfaces with ease.  Labels up to 100mm x 150mm can be applied from a distance of 100mm which is superior to some more expensive, and elaborate existing systems.

As there is no physical contact with the item that the label is to be applied to, this system will not damage the goods or touch the surface.  The Jetstick Industrial Applicator uses its own patented air-amplifier mechanism that increases the air pressure without increasing the amount of air required saving on operating costs.  This combined with the speed, range and accuracy of the label propulsion, make the JIA a unique labelling option.

The JIA is manufactured from high strength aluminum finished with an anodized surface and boast only two moving parts (motor and air valve) for minimal maintenance and solid reliability.  The flexible assembly means that this solution can be set up to apply labels on the top or side of cartons depending on the application need.

Optional wireless network connectivity will enable your Jetstick label applicator to be remotely managed via your warehouse management system, desktop PC or via a wireless handheld computer.  Now you can change label data information and label formats from anywhere within your facility without a direct cable connection.

Peacock Bros. are the exclusive distributors in Australia and New Zealand for the Jetstick Industrial Applicator with fully trained and qualified staff on hand that can provide the right advice and custom fit this unique, cost effective label application solution into almost any workplace.

For more information, please contact Peacock Bros on: 1300 723 282 or email:

New commodity trailer – the right fit equals the perfect balance


The new Wilson Australian Commodity Trailer has been specifically engineered to suit Australia and its unique operating conditions and will encompass all the Wilson qualities that create the Perfect Balance of: Quality, Durability and Performance.

This B-Double Model Trailer integrates Wilson’s renowned lightweight aluminium design to provide an increase in payload of up to 48 tonnes.

The custom design of the Wilson commodity trailer for the Australian market, demonstrated through bottom discharge functionality, has the ability to unload into all existing rail infrastructures. This innovative design ensures that efficiency is maintained via ease of operation whilst not comprising safety. Some of the key safety features include:

  • Oval Stop & Turn Lights in the Rear Header
  • Inside Load Lights for Night Loading
  • Halogen Unloading Lights in the Apex for night time unloading
  • Ladders Inside the Hoppers
  • Grad handles
  • Non-Skid step surfaces on and ladders and walkways
  • Safety decals
  • Full Length conspicuity tape
  • Rear Impact Guard to prevent run under

Wilson has 43 years experience in the manufacture of grain and self-unloading conveyor trailers, coupled with an extensive history in North America building B-Doubles for the Canadian market.

The Wilson name is associated with over a century of demonstrated leadership in the design, production, distribution and support of their superior trailers. Plus, with an ongoing company-wide commitment to excellence of every detail, Wilson boasts an established group of satisfied customers.

With extensive production capabilities, the manufacture and delivery of multiple units is realised much quicker than local manufacturers. This provides our customers with a competitive edge and the ability to attain operational savings via efficiency gains and reap the financial benefits of increased payloads quicker.

The industry has already expressed interest regarding the National release of these custom designed trailers, with many indicating what an invaluable asset they will be for many Grain Carriers. Not only does the lightweight aluminium design enable increased payloads, but provides a material resistant to corrosion promoting less maintenance costs.

With the partnership of Featherlite Trailers Australia and Wilson Trailer you will soon realise that Wilson is a “good name to have behind you”.

For more information visit or call1300 889 892.

Hot new handheld terminal for cold storage

LXE handheld terminal MX7CS

LXE recently announced the introduction of the MX7CS handheld data collection computer for cold storage environments at the 11th Cold Chain Education Program in Amsterdam The Netherlands and the FROZEN exhibition in Zaragoza Spain.

The MX7CS is the smallest, lightest handheld on the market specifically designed for highly effective use in sub-freezing temperatures (down to -30C). The MX7CS completes LXE’s industry-leading cold storage product line, which includes the MX5X ultra-rugged handheld, the VX6 half-screen and the VX7 full screen Vehicle Mount Computers.

"The MX7CS fills a critical hole in the cold storage market for a rugged handheld data collection device that’s small and lightweight," says Stephen Dubois, LXE’s Regional Manager, Australia and New Zealand. "LXE has a deep understanding of the cold storage business based on extensive experience in delivering these solutions. The MX7CS is the culmination of all the customer feedback and lessons weíve learned during that time."

The MX7CS solves the problems that make it impossible to use standard handheld computers in cold storage environments. Built-in heaters eliminate both fogging and frosting, a specialised battery ensures free-flowing power, and a highly effective conformal coating technique protects the unit from condensation.

The MX7CS comes "voice-ready" and allows voice logistics applications and barcode scanning applications to be used on the same unit. As with all of LXE’s products, the MX7CS is "Born Rugged, not Made Rugged TM". Specialised plastics absorb impacts; solid state, industrialised electronics resist shock and vibration; and a fully ruggedised display and backlit keyboard can handle the rigors of rough industrial operations.

For more information on the MX7CS handheld computer for cold storage, go to

About LXE Inc.

LXE Inc. improves supply chain performance by applying over 36 years’ experience developing wireless products and solutions. From rugged mobile computers, advanced auto-ID technologies, and secure wireless network infrastructure, to our award-winning customer support – LXE’s easy-to-use products are as reliable as the people who install and support them.

Based in Norcross, Georgia, LXE also offers a full range of turnkey services, including radio integration, project and installation management, network design, technical support, and repair services. LXE is a wholly-owned subsidiary of EMS Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ELMG), and has offices worldwide.

For more information, visit our Website at

For further information, please contact:

Stephen Dubois

Phone: +61 2 9438 4324



Alternative packaging for liquid – cost-effective and reliable

Introducing the new Citadel-v intermediate bulk container (IBC) available from Bison Plastics. Equipped with a recessed valve in the base, the molded plastic Citadel-v offers safe, secure protection of liquid products throughout processing, transport, and storage.

Citadel-v has been designed to deliver efficiency, security, and optimal protection for transport of all nonhazardous, liquid products.

Citadel-v is a cost-effective and reliable alternative to disposable wood, corrugated, or metal packaging typically used for liquid transport applications. Smooth, strong walls, a heavy-duty base, and secure latches give the Citadel-v high durability for a long service life and low cost per trip in closed loop supply chains.

With a 300 gallon/3,000 lb. capacity, the Citadel-v handles liquids with ease. The 48" x 45" x 46" footprint conveniently cubes out warehouses, trailers, and rail cars; lowers freight costs; and reduces wasted storage space by up to 40%.


Download brochure here


For sales call Alex Ciobo on 0412 874 444 or email

Zebra G-Series desktop barcode label and receipt printer

The Zebra G-Series desktop barcode label and receipt printer is the latest range from Zebra technologies. Providing increased durability and ease of use, the G-Series provides the best value of all basic desktop thermal label printers. The compact space saving design will fit into the smallest of workplace environments and the price will suit most low to mid label printing volume applications and budgets.

The G-Series is available in five different configurations including; GK420d, GK420t, GX420d, GX420t, GX430t. The range offers a selection of thermal transfer and direct thermal label printing, and 200dpi or 300 dpi printing and all come with a 4 inch wide media capacity and Zebra

Protect Yourself when Firing Employees

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New Industrial Mobile Computer with Bluetooth and RFID options

Cipherlab 9400

CipherLab, a global leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of Automatic Identification and DataCapture/Collection products and systems, have released the 9400 Industrial PDA.

Not your ordinary PDA but a PDA built to withstand and survive the harsh treatment it will be subjected to out in the field. With a drop rating of 1.5m, 2000 tumble rating and IP 64 rating, this PDA can go anywhere, anytime with a minimum of fuss and come back for more

Designed to keep you in touch, the 9400 integrates a full range of communication options and data capture solutions like the high-resolution touchscreen VGA display, a two megapixels camera, and 28 shared or 59 full alphanumeric keypad for data input.

The 9400 Industrial Mobile Computer with Bluetooth onboard and options such as     Wi-Fi 802.11b/g, GSM/GPRS/EDGE and RFID is all you need for simpler, better productivity



Combined barcode scanning and 13.56 MHz RFID capabilities

Windows® CE 5.0 Professional operating system

2 megapixels camera

Linear imager, laser, and 2D imager

3.5" Color VGA or QVGA, TFT Transflective display

Large, easy-to-read backlit LED Touchscreen

CipherLab’s Power Suite enables custom applications

Survives multiple 1.5 m drops onto concrete and 50 cm tumbles 2000 times / IP64

Wireless Communications

9400 – Bluetooth Class 2

9470 – Bluetooth Class 2 and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g

9480 – Bluetooth Class 2 and GSM/GPRS/EDGE

9490 – Bluetooth Class 2, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, and GSM/GPRS/EDGE

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If you would like to contact Cipherlab Australia for more information, email


Alternatively, you can phone Cipherlab Australia on 1300-CIPHER, or 02 9621 3427

Cipherlab’s mobile computers and scanners are integrated into the networks of some of the world’s best known logistics, retail, distribution, government installations and healthcare companies, helping them run more efficiently and effectively onsite and on the road.  Headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan operations in EMEA, the Americas, Asia Pacific and China, CipherLab is publicly traded on the Taiwan stock exchange (Taiwan OTC: 6160). 

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Protect Yourself when Hiring Employees

Workforce Guardian 

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