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Datamax-O’Neil H-8308p

The H-8308p printer is for wide label/thermal printing customers who are looking for a high quality printer that is easy to integrate, user friendly and will save them money.

For years customers have been asking for a 9 inch/228.6mm wide HP compatible thermal printer to replace their laser printers. The H-8308p delivers the power of the PCL print language, LINUX operating system and Managed Print Service (MPS) support to create a truly laser replacement thermal printer.

The H-8308p is a rugged and versatile printer that offers one of the most feature rich solutions for dynamic enterprise applications and is twice as fast as other printers in its class. The H-8308p is ideal for high-volume label printing in pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, warehouse, transportation, and high-resolution labeling. Modular construction increases up-time for the highest level of user productivity. The high quality features, performance, and rugged reliability make the H-8308p the best value of any premium printer on the market.

Benefits of PCL Thermal Printers over Laser PCL Printers

  • Printing only what you need eliminates waste
  • Thermal printing is 4 to 5 times more energy efficient than laser
  • Thermal printing has lower maintenance costs
  • Thermal printing has higher label printing duty cycles
  • Thermal prints on more diverse label stocks
  • Better and more choice of adhesives can be used with thermal printers

The H-8308p printer can be used in a wide variety of industrial applications with a range of media compatibility, connectivity, emulation support, and options. Key features are listed below:

PCL5e & PCL6 Standard Language - makes graphics integration easier and allows users to spend less time setting up printers. Offers virtually endless application choices. Easy ERP Integration - a benefit that derives from a true PCL5e & PCL6 thermal barcode printer. Middleware applications are no longer necessary within printer networks. The H-8308p is approved through the SAP Printer Vendor Program. Graphic colour touchscreen - display with an intuitive menu flow making the user interface and navigation seamless. Die cast frame - and metal covers designed specifically for harsh work environments. Standard 300 dpi printhead - The H-8308p allows users to now benefit from a higher resolution printhead with better text, images and barcodes at a 203 dpi printhead price. 50 resident scalable fonts - is the new standard in thermal barcode printing. No longer restricted to a limited font selection, users can create custom labels on-demand. Managed Print Services - first truly MPS thermal printer on the market. Can monitor labels and ribbon stock by percentage and a whole lot more with public and private MIB

Option and Accessories

Thermal Transfer - A printing method that uses ribbon to produce exceptional image clarity, as compared to most direct thermal media types. The 4-section split-hub design allows for lower torque on narrow ribbons. This option can be used with either coated-side-in or coated-side-out ribbons.

Basic Peel & Present - A simple "plate" style design that automatically separates most printed labels from the backing material and allows subsequent printing to occur only after the removal of a previously printed label. Minimum label length is 1.5 inches (38 mm).

Cutter - Plug and play: attach the cutter and it is auto detected during power up. The rotary style mechanism is capable of cutting media from 0.0025” to 0.0100” (0.0635mm - 0.254mm) thick, and has a minimum lifespan of 500,000 cuts.

Internal Rewind - "X" Models: A heavy-duty label rewind option using a dedicated DC motor to tightly rewind a full 8" roll of labels and backing onto a 3" diameter core. Standard Models: A heavy-duty label rewind option to tightly rewind a partial 5.5" roll of labels and backing onto a 3" diameter core


Automotive Labels - The average automobile is said to have over 2000 labels in it. The AIAG, a global organization for the automobile industry has established standards for part suppliers to the auto industry. With the wide width, the H-8308p can do all the varying sizes of labels. From permanent identification labels, mold labels etc. Window and Door Labels - Window and door manufacturers use the NRFC and ECEEE label for energy saving information. These labels not only provide important energy information but serve as a marketing tool as well. The 300dpi printhead and PCL language is a perfect fit for these large information and graphic-filled labels.

Brick and Metal Fabrication - Building material manufactures use labels for product distribution. These labels tend to be large and made out of synthetic materials to stand up to all weather conditions. Labels have large print to stand out and make them easy to read.

Transportation and Logistics - The transportation and logistics industries use barcode labels in their distribution and warehousing facilities primarily for labeling shipments with critical shipping information. Because every shipment is different, the label printer must be able to handle the high demand with continually changing data. The H-8308p is the ideal printer for applications such as cross docking, shipping labels, pallet tracking, and in sorting centers. In addition it can also handle the packing list or packing label.

Most shippers have two printers side by side. One laser for the packing list which is printer on a PCL laser printer and one printer printing the packing label. Now you can use the same printer to do both. Increasing productivity and reducing cost.

Drum Labels - Drums and containers used to transport petroleum, paint, liquid and powder chemicals must be designed to hold up under extreme conditions. Labels must meet many standards: International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMGD) and Globally Harmonized System of Classification (GHS) to name only two. The H-8308p with its graphics driven International Icon Display can be used around the world to provide seamless integration.

Pharmaceuticals - Strict labeling requirements drive an ever-increasing number of labels used in this industry. The H-8308p printer is perfect for blister packs, carton and pallet labels, medication guides. Using standard PCL printer language makes it a plug and play replacement. Coupled with your standard MPS software, you now have a complete solution to monitor all labels and supplies used.

Food & Beverage - The food and beverage industry has many different label requirements around the world. Produce country of origin labels, organic food labels, kosher labeling requirements, liquor tax and many more. The US Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) and the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act are a few laws governing food products. Most countries have similar consumer protection agencies that require ingredient and product information labels on raw goods to the finished product.


H-830p Datasheet
Product Guide

Technical Specifications


Managed print services – MPS Datatrade have a complete range of managed printer services and solutions for all impact and thermal printers. With fully comprehensive packages that be financed over 3/5 years, demonstrating significant cost savings over a traditional purchase and after market support model.

Remote Print Service Using our remote printer engineer – Reg the virtual printer engineer, Datatrade can ensure maximum uptime and cost savings for your remote mobile printers.

Auto ID Services We offer a comprehensive range of service from the supply and support of new as well as legacy equipment. Even if the manufacturer has discontinued the unit or it has been rebranded. We can also supply a complete range of accessories for all makes and model of barcode scanners such as screen protectors, styluses, batteries and wrist straps.

Audit and discovery Our pre-sales engineers will undertake a full site audit to find / recommend the best printer solutions to meet your supply chain delivery requirements.

Repair We demonstrate an extremely high level of technical expertise and service for a wide range of Printer and Auto ID Products. We can repair onsite or in our workshop. We can also select and help install printers and Auto ID equipment for our customers. We can offer a fully managed Return to Base (RTB) service solution for smaller devices such as Barcode scanners, Hand Held Terminals and mobile printers.

Maintenance Datatrade offer a flexible approach to maintenance and can tailor a contract to suit your needs.

Hardware We can supply printers, printheads, print servers as well as all major brands of barcode scanner and hand held equipment… For further information on finding the right print solution for your business please use our Hardware Selector or for Auto ID enquiries contact us using the details below.

Media and Consumables We fully understand the importance of ensuring that the correct media and consumable’s are used in mission critical printers to ensure perfect print quality and enhance the life of your printer asset so we provide a large range of media and consumables for all manufacturers.

In addition to supplying these items, we will also work with you to ensure you are using the correct product for quality and cost effectiveness.

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