SATO Printers Certified for Integration with SAP® Auto-ID Infrastructure

3/10/2009

Singapore, March 10, 2009 - SATO, a pioneer in the Automatic Identification and Data Collection (AIDC) industry and a leader in barcode printing, labelling, and EPC/RFID solutions announced announced that its “SATO XML-enabled 3.0” printing capability has achieved SAP certification integration with the SAP® Auto-ID Infrastructure Release 5.1. SATO offers the certified XML printing function on its CL series printers.

The SATO printers come with an easy-to-manage interface to print RFID and barcode labels from the SAP Auto-ID Infrastructure. Using the SAP Auto-ID Infrastructure-certified interface, users can print RFID smart labels directly from their SAP applications without any middleware or additional programming. The printers’ capability to encode data in RFID tags and print labels without the need of middleware amount to significant time and cost savings for users.

The SAP Auto-ID Infrastructure aims to integrate RFID technology with supply chain processes. SATO’s SAP-certified label printing solutions will offer customers a cost-effective, rapid integration of RFID label printing into SAP solution-based environments. The solutions are scalable as they grow with users' information-processing needs, eliminating the need for costly middleware.

“With this certification SATO continues to provide robust printing solutions that seamlessly integrate within the SAP NetWeaver-based environment. This will provide SAP users with more options to enable their RFID-based supply chain management (SCM) and supply chain execution (SCE) processes across the enterprise for both closed-loop systems, as well as to meet RFID compliance requirements. SATO has a range of RFID-ready printers that offer users an option to upgrade to RFID technology in anticipation of future requirements ,” said Kaz Matsuyama, Managing Director of SATO International.

The interface software for SATO XML-enabled 3.0 has been certified for integration with SAP Auto-ID Infrastructure 5.1 via the SAP Auto-ID Infrastructure-Device Controller Interface (AII-DC-RFID) 1.0 integration scenario.

SAP AII is an extension of SAP NetWeaver that uses XML to interface with peripheral devices such as printers.

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About SATO
SATO is a pioneer in the Automatic Identification and Data Collection (AIDC) industry and the inventor of the world’s first electronic thermal transfer barcode printer. It revolutionised the barcoding industry by introducing the Data Collection System (DCS) & Labelling concept – a total barcode and labelling solution providing high quality barcode printers, scanners/hand-held terminals, label design software and consumables. SATO is one of the first in the industry to introduce a complete, multi-protocol EPC-compliant, UHF RFID solution.

SATO is publicly listed on the first section of Tokyo Stock Exchange in Japan. It has worldwide offices in the United States, Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, United Kingdom, Poland, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and China. For the fiscal year ended March 31, 2008, it reported revenues of US$767 million.

About SATO International
SATO’s international global headquarters, SATO International Pte. Ltd is located in Singapore. Previously an international division, it was incorporated as a holding company in Singapore in 2001 to oversee the sales, marketing and customer services activities of all its Group Member Companies. More information about SATO International can be found at www.satoworldwide.com

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Contact:
Chee Shin Yee (Ms)
Communications Manager,
Corporate Planning
SATO International PTE. LTD.
438A, Alexandra Road #05-01/04
Alexandra Technopark
Singapore 119967
Tel: (65) 6271-2122
Fax: (65) 6271-2151
Email: communications@sato-int.com

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