Zebra® GK420™ Healthcare Printer

Zebra GK420™
Healthcare Printer
GK420t Healthcare
GK420d Healthcare
The Challenge
The Solution
Safeguarding patient health is
of utmost importance in the
healthcare industry, followed by
adhering to compliance standards.
New government regulations
impose substantial penalties for
noncompliance with patient-safety
Protecting patient safety and
ensuring compliance with standards
just got easier with Zebra’s GK420
Healthcare printers. Part of Zebra’s
healthcare product line, GK420
Healthcare desktop printers are
constructed using durable materials
designed to withstand regular
cleaning with harsh disinfectant
chemicals over their lifetime.
Keeping instruments, tools and
products that come into contact
with patients clean of any potential
germs, blood or other infectious
liquids is critical. And, cleaners can
be harsh. Healthcare facilities need
devices that can withstand regular
cleaning and enable compliance.
Additionally, power supply units for
medical electrical equipment used
throughout healthcare facilities
must be certified to meet IEC
60601-1 specifications. Complying
with these standards can be
complex and costly.
Zebra GK420 Healthcare Printer
Engineered for years of performance
specifically in healthcare
environments, these printers come
in a color palette designed for the
industry. And, GK420 Healthcare
printers are designed with a medicalgrade power supply that meets IEC
60601-1 standards to further protect
patient and staff safety by reducing
the risk of electrical shock. Now,
healthcare professionals can print
labels and wristbands anywhere in a
healthcare facility.
Ideal for These Applications
•Medication identification in the
•Sample processing and slide
labeling in the lab
•Tissue identification and
implant tracking in the surgery
•Blood bank labeling
•Breast milk bank labeling
•Medical records labeling
•Compliance labeling
•Asset identification and tracking
Easy Integration
Space and Cost Savings
Available in both direct thermal and thermal transfer
models, GK420 Healthcare printers can accommodate
a broad range of applications in a healthcare setting.
Advanced connectivity options include standard
Serial/USB/Parallel communication and optional USB/
Ethernet models, so these printers can be easily
integrated into existing local or networked systems.
And, native ZPL® and EPL™ programming languages
ensure GK420 Healthcare printers fit in perfectly with
other Zebra printers.
Easy to use, GK420 Healthcare printers boast the
smallest footprint of any 4-inch desktop printer and
the easiest ribbon-loading system available. ENERGY
STAR® 2.0 qualified, these printers also reduce
operational costs.
Reliable Performance
Building on the GK420’s proven reputation for reliable
printing in space-constrained environments, the 4-inch
GK420 Healthcare printers deliver advancements
in healthcare-specific construction and electrical
certifications. Featuring a medical-grade power supply
and constructed with durable, disinfectant-ready
materials in the desired healthcare color palette, these
printers can withstand regular cleaning with harsh
chemicals over their lifetime to perform anywhere in
the healthcare environment.
Adherence to Industry Standards
Designed with a medical-grade power supply certified
to IEC 60601-1 standards, GK420 Healthcare printers
protect patient and staff safety by reducing the risk
of electrical shock. And, these printers can produce
labels that meet the Clinical and Laboratory Standards
Institute® (CLSI) harmonization standard.
Cleaning Made Simple
The following cleaning agent ingredients are safe to
use on GK420 Healthcare printers:
• Isopropyl and Ethyl alcohol (including wipes)
• Ammonium
• Hydrogen peroxide
• Phosphoric acid
• Bleach/sodium hypochlorite
• Mild dish soap
Recommended cleaning agents include:
• Windex® Blue (or Isopropyl alcohol-based
• CaviCide® (or Isopropyl and Ethyl alcohol-based
• Lysol® Healthcare (or hydrogen peroxide-based
• Wescodyne® (or phosphoric acid-based equivalent)
• 409® Glass and Surface Cleaner (or dimethyl benzyl
ammonium chloride or other ammonium-based
equivalent) Certified for Healthcare Applications
As with all of Zebra’s healthcare solutions, GK420
Healthcare printers are certified and recommended
by all of the leading Electronic Health Records (EHR)
providers. And, these printers are certified to print
International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT) 128
blood bag labels.
Zebra GK420 Healthcare Printer
Recommended Print Technology
Laboratory and Surgery
Center Labeling
Thermal Transfer – Labels on specimens may be subjected to harsh cleaning
products, sterilization or temperature extremes. Thermal transfer printing typically
provides more durable printed output.
Blood and Milk Bank
Thermal Transfer – Donated blood and breast milk samples may be subjected to
cleaning agents and temperature extremes. Thermal transfer printing offers a moredurable and longer-lasting printed output.
Medical Records
Direct Thermal – Use direct thermal if patient privacy is a concern or the labels
will be used for a shorter period of time. Since Direct Thermal printers don't use a
ribbon, there is no secondary record of the printed information that would require
careful disposal. For longer lasting labels, thermal transfer may be required.
Prescription Labeling
Direct Thermal – With no secondary record of printed information, Direct Thermal
printing offers added security in safeguarding patient privacy.
Asset Tracking Labeling
Thermal Transfer – Assets may be subject to harsh cleaning products and
identification may be required for several years. Labels printed with Thermal
Transfer technology are more durable.
Zebra GK420 Healthcare Printer
ZebraCare™ Services
Genuine Zebra™ Supplies
Increase printer uptime and
reduce lost productivity and
unbudgeted repair costs by
selecting a ZebraCare
service agreement. A
cost-effective means of
planning and budgeting for
your annual maintenance
expenditures, your
agreement ensures that
trained Zebra technicians
will bring your printer back
to factory specifications.
Zebra offers a variety of
plans to fit your budget and
business needs.
Ensure consistent print quality and
reduce downtime with Genuine Zebra
supplies. Zebra manufactures each
supplies product, including healthcarespecific media, with the exact same
materials every time so you always get
crisp, readable and scannable output
without needing to adjust the printer
darkness setting between rolls.
Zebra’s IQ Color labels were developed
to meet CLSI’s approved standard for
specimen collection and give clinicians
the ability to highlight the priority status
and container type in red as indicated at
the left side of the label. Zebra also
offers standard paper labels and
moisture-resistant polypropylene labels
for use with samples that need to be
placed in ice upon collection.
Printer Name
Operating Characteristics
GK420d Healthcare (direct thermal)
GK420t Healthcare (thermal transfer)
Fonts and Character Sets
• Operating temperature: 40° F/4.4° C to 105° F/41° C
• Storage temperature: -40° F/-40° C to 140° F/60° C
• Operating humidity: 10% to 90% non-condensing
• Storage humidity: 5% to 95% non-condensing
• 16 resident expandable ZPL II bitmap fonts
• One resident scaleable ZPL font
• Five resident expandable EPL2 fonts
• Native open type font support
• Unicode™ compliant for multi-language, ondemand thermal printing
Graphic Features
Standard Features
• Print methods: thermal transfer or direct thermal
• Programming language: EPL and ZPL are
• Construction: dual-wall frame
• Tool-less printhead and platen replacement
• OpenACCESS™ for easy media loading
• Quick and easy ribbon loading
• Auto-calibration of media
• Triple connectivity: USB, Parallel, Serial
• ENERGY STAR® qualified
Printer Specifications
203 dpi/8 dots per mm
Standard: 4 MB Flash; 8 MB SDRAM
Print Width
4.09”/104 mm
Maximum Print Length
39.0”/990 mm
Maximum Print Speed
5”/127 mm per second
Media Sensors
Standard: Fixed reflective and transmissive sensors
Media Characteristics
Label and Liner Length
• Maximum non-continuous: 39”/990 mm
• Minimum label length: .38"/9.7 mm
Maximum Label and Liner Width
0.75”/19 mm to 4.25”/108 mm
Maximum Media Roll Size
5”/127 mm O.D.
Media Thickness
0.003”/0.08 mm to 0.0075”/0.19 mm
Media Types
Roll-fed or fan-fed, die-cut or continuous direct
thermal labels with or without black line, tag stock,
continuous receipt paper, wristbands
Ribbon Characteristics
• Outside diameter: 1.36”/35 mm
• Standard length: 244’/74 m
• Ratio: 1:1 media to roll to ribbon
• Width: 1.33”/33.8 mm to 4.3”/109.2 mm
• Core inner diameter: 0.5”/12.7 mm
Corporate Headquarters
+1 800 423 0442
• Auto-detectable (PFC Compliant) 100-240VAV,
• ENERGY STAR qualified
• IEC 60601-1 Certified
Agency Approvals
• Emissions: FCC Part 15, Subpart B, VCCI, C-Tick
• Emissions and Susceptibility: (CE): EN55022
Class-B, EN61000-3-2, EN61000-3-0 and
EN55024, CCC
• Safety: CB Scheme IEC IEC 60950:1991 +A1
+A2 +A3 +A3 +A4, TUV NRTL, IRAM NOM,
Physical Characteristics
Direct Thermal
6.75"/171 mm
6.0"/152 mm
8.25"/210 mm
3 lbs/1.4 kg
Thermal Transfer
7.6"/193 mm
7.5"/191 mm
10.0"/254 mm
4.6 lbs/2.1 kg
ZebraLink™ Solutions
• ZebraDesigner™ Pro
• ZebraDesigner
• ZebraNet™ Bridge Enterprise
• ZebraNet Utilities v7.0
• Zebra Universal Driver
• ZebraDesigner Driver
• ZBI-Developer™
• POS Driver
Networking and Connectivity
• Supports user-defined fonts and graphics—
including custom logos
• ZPL II drawing commands—for boxes and lines
Barcode Symbologies
• Barcode Ratios: 2:1 (non-rotated) and 3:1
• Linear Barcodes: Codabar, Code 11 (ZPL), Code
128, Code 39, Code 93, Code 93, EAN-13, EAN-8,
EAN-14 (ZPL), German Post Code (EPL), Industrial
2-of-5 (ZPL), Interleaved 2-of-5, Japanese Postnet
(EPL), ISBT-128 (ZPL), Logmars (ZPL), MSI,
Plessey, Postnet, GS1 DataBar (RSS-14), Standard
2-of-5 (ZPL), UCC/EAN-128 (EPL), UPC and EAN
2 or 5 digit extensions (ZPL), UPC-A, UPC-A and
UPC-E with EAN 2 or 5 digit extensions, UPC-E,
and GS1 Databar (formerly RSS)
• 2-Dimensional: Codablock (ZPL), Code 49 (ZPL),
Data Matrix, MaxiCode, QR Code, PDF417,
MicroPDF417, Aztec (For EPL and ZPL except
where noted)
Options and Accessories
• ZebraNet® 10/100 Print Server—Internal Ethernet
for network communication and printing
• Font Packs—Asian and other international font
• ZKDU™ and KDU Plus™ keyboard display units
for stand-alone printing solutions
• Interface cables and adapters
Ethernet—10/100 internal (optional) offered in
combination with USB and Serial interface (replaces
Parallel port)
• EPL2™
• EPL Line Mode (direct thermal only)
• Web View
• Alert
• ZBI™
Communication and Interface Capabilities
• RS-232 auto-sensing Serial interface, DB-9
• USB V1.1, bi-directional
• Centronics® parallel
• Ethernet—10/100 internal (optional, replaces
Serial and Parallel ports)
Asia-Pacific Headquarters
+65 6858 0722
EMEA Headquarters
+44 (0)1628 556000
Latin America Headquarters
+1 847 955 2283
Other Locations / USA: California, Georgia, Illinois, Rhode Island, Texas, Wisconsin Europe: France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Turkey,
United Kingdom Asia Pacific: Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam
Latin America: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Florida (LA Headquarters in USA), Mexico Africa/Middle East: Dubai, South Africa
*Specifications subject to change without notice.
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