Spring has sprung at Martel!

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Where does the time go? We returned to work in January, and our 1st quarter was so extremely busy, that before we knew it, it’s the end of April, and Summer is fast approaching! At this time of year, our thoughts turn to which exhibitions to attend, visiting our distributors, and (last but certainly by no means least), our holidays!

Matthew and Keith have just returned from visiting our Swiss distributor, Optologic. We have been extremely lucky to have Optologic as a partner for over 15 years now, and enjoy working with them. They offer our full printer range, and customization also, so if you are located in Switzerland, then give them a call, they’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Supplying high quality printers globally is what we do best, and here is our map & stats for everywhere we dispatched too in March. We shipped to some new locations, and as you can see from the stats, our products travelled a good percentage of the globe.

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March 2016 stats

 

We are sure you may have already seen on our social media accounts that we are exhibiting at HIMSS17 in Orlando, Florida in February 2017! This is our first time exhibiting at HIMSS, and we have wanted to do so for a while. Stay tuned to our website, for updates as we prepare for this amazing show!

Martel are also looking at other exhibitions that may be appropriate for us to exhibit or attend, especially in 2017 when we will be launching some very exciting products. Initial launch will take place in Q3/Q4 2016, and we’d love to hear any exhibition recommendations you may have for us.

That’s all for this month, but why not sign up to our e-bulletin here and be the first to hear about our new product launches and other news.

Best wishes!

Everyone at Martel.

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Meet Abigail, our new gap year student!

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Hi There!

My name is Abigail, I’m a 3rd year student at Northumbria University, currently on a placement year with Martel.

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I’m studying towards a MEng degree in Electrical and Electronic engineering which is a 5 year sandwich course, including a placement year. I was given the opportunity to work with Martel for the year and I am now half way through my placement with Martel.

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I have learnt and gained a lot from working here, from professional competencies to technical skills. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time so far at Martel, one of my greatest accomplishments from my placement has been integrating the Raspberry Pi with one of Martel’s printers.

The Raspberry Pi printer has been my main focus here at Martel. I have developed the project to enable capabilities such as Wi-Fi printing, air print, Bluetooth connectivity, network printing and remote connectivity through the Raspberry Pi to one of Martel’s printers.

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The Raspberry Pi is a miniature single board computer with low power draw that can be controlled and used remotely. It enables the use of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and network printing with Martel printers.

Usually I am busy programming the Raspberry Pi, solving any issues with it and researching methods of communicating to the printer and different ways to print. I have also work on the DIN RAIL product, helped make a demonstration pack, produced guides, created reports, been involved in creating an Ethernet to serial interface or a Martel printer and spent time in the production department.

Stay tuned to Martel’s blog for future updates about my year in industry here!

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Remember, remember our product of the month for November

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You may remember earlier this year, we became the UK & USA partner of GeBE Elektroniks thermal kiosk printers.

Since we launched our range in August 2015, the compact plus thermal kiosk printer has fast become our most popular kiosk printer. This is why it has been awarded our product of the month for November.

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The compact plus comes with numerous benefits, some being:-

  • Easy Loading
  • Vandalism protection
  • Wide operating temperatures
  • Cost effective integration
  • Durable stainless steel for all around protection
  • Plus many more

To download a data sheet you can click here.

If you’d like to see for yourself how the compact plus operates, you can view the video on our YouTube page by clicking this link.

The compact plus is not the only kiosk printer we have available we also have the :-

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If you would like any more information on any of the kiosk printers featured here, or any of our other product lines you can contact us on      +44 (0)1207 290266 of you can visit our website here.

 

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Thermal printer store launch!

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We decided earlier this year, that we’d like to launch Martel into the E-commerce world! After a bit of research, we got the gears in motion getting the store designed and our products onto the store.

Our online store – the thermal printer store, was officially launched on Thursday the 10th of September! Our first official order came in on Monday the 14th of September, and the commercial department were thrilled that all of our hard work has paid off. Since then, in the past 2 weeks we have been promoting on our social media platforms, and these are turning into sales at the store.

We have some really exciting offers and promotions coming up in the next few months, so please stay tuned to all of our social media accounts, which you can find at the bottom of our blog.

To continue our celebrations of the launch we want to offer you 5% off ALL paper rolls in the store, including our linerless label rolls. This offer will run until the 31st of October and all you have to do is enter the code HALLOWEEN at checkout. Also, if you are in the UK you can receive FREE next day delivery* on ALL orders over £35.00

*Please see our terms and conditions here

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We are all really excited here at Martel, to see our store grow and also learn more about the E-Commerce world.

You can visit the thermal printer store here.

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Experiencing issues with “Clean” thermal print outs?….

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… Did you know that hand sanitizer is one of the worst chemicals that can come into contact with a thermal print out? It’s something that I was personally unaware of until I attended the Pittcon expo in New Orleans, back in March.

At the expo, I was having a conversation with some people who worked in a lab, and they were explaining the issue where they use hand sanitizer in their day to day routine, but if it connects with a thermal print out, the print becomes illegible.

Whilst Martel are experts at manufacturing thermal printers, we do not manufacture peripheral items such as paper rolls. We thought we’d talk to our friends at Max International and Merley Paper, and a solution was created.

Meet Tim and Sally:

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We can now safely say that regardless of the environment of your device, whether it be in a lab, or working in a garage with oil, or any other harsh chemicals, the new thermal paper will withstand, and the print will be completely unaffected.

Martel will be back at Pittcon in 2016, and whilst we look forward to meeting with you there, if you’d like to talk to us in the meantime about a chemical you are using around thermal paper, or have a printing requirement in a harsh environment, then please contact us, all the links are below.

Until next time…..

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Springing forward with new products

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Spring has arrived at Martel HQ, the longer days, warmer (we hope) weather and the fact that each of the commercial team have a nice vacation to look forward to is definitely putting the spring in everyone’s step. Matt is visiting the US, and going to Glastonbury, Sharon is holidaying in Florida and Joanne has opted for a relaxing break in a cabin buried deep in the forest. Where are your 2015 holidays taking you this year? Are you going for adventure or chill out? A stay-cation or somewhere far flung? Where ever you go, we wish you a fantastic time, and hope to hear about it.

Speaking of globe-trotting, once again, in the month of April, Martel have supplied printers the world over. Check out the map below:

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Coming very soon, we will have a video which will highlight some new products to enhance our thermal printers. We know the print out from your device is very important, and working in certain environments can be difficult to maintain the quality of that print out, well fear not, we have a solution. Stay tuned, and sign up to our e-bulletin here and we will reveal all……..

Later this month Matt will be visiting Autopromotec in Italy. This expo is for accessories and products in the automotive industry. We look forward to seeing some of our existing customers there. The automotive industry and the locations of the products for this market can be a very harsh environment (oil, chemicals etc.), you may want to stay tuned for the video, as I guarantee this will be of interest to you.

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On that note, it’s back to lights, camera, action and we look forward to sharing our new thermal printer enhancements with you very soon.

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Red, Red Martel!

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On Friday at Martel we were wearing red all in the aid of BBC’s Red nose day AKA Comic Relief!


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Even our printers got involved!

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Our sales team who are currently in the middle of our #MadMarch around the United States managed to get into the Red Nose day spirit too! Here is a red nose making an appearance at Pittcon, next to our brand new statistical printer!

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We managed to raise a very impressive £66 With all money going to help disadvantaged people across the UK and in Africa.


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