Printronix T8000 Thermal Printer

The T8000 is the premier high-end thermal printer. With unmatched industrial performance, easy to use, and 100% verifiable output, the T8000 exceeds the requirements of the most demanding mission critical manufacturing and distribution operations.



Printronix T8000 Thermal Bar Code Printer Features

  • Harsh Environments - The T8000 is built to last with the ability to withstand dirt, grime, humidity, and extreme temperatures. The T8000 provides reliable printing, without the need to use a heated enclosure.
  • PostScript/PDF - the industry’s first industrial thermal printer with PostScript/PDF capabilities.
  • User-friendly - Larger color screen and Self-help Wizard
  • Print Quality - pairing the T8000 with Printronix’s Online Data Validator (ODV™) yields 100% scannable barcodes 100% of the time.
  • Enterprise Performance - Utilizing a high-power ARM 9 processor, the T8000 thermal printer can print up to 14 IPS at 203 dpi – 40% more quality output. In addition, this printer series holds 512MB RAM and 128MB Flash memory with up to 1GHz clock speed to process complex labels and large print jobs.





T8000 Product Brochure (English)

T8000 Brochure (English A4)

T8000 Brochure (French)

T8000 Brochure (Spanish)

T8000 Brochure (German)

T8000 Brochure (Portuguese)

T8000 Brochure (Russian)

T8000 Brochure (Italian)


T8000 Options and Accessories

WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n

Rewind with Peel & Present 4”/6”/8”

Parallel Port Card

Heavy Duty Cutter 4”/6”/8”



Premium Asian Font Cards


Premium Andale Font Cards


QCMC (SD Quick Change Memory Card)

Online Data Validator (ODV)


T8000 FAQs


How is the T8000 Series positioned within the Printronix Auto ID thermal printer portfolio?

The T8000 Series is the premier high-end industrial thermal printer for the most demanding mission critical manufacturing and distribution operations.


Is the T8000 Series replacing an existing Printronix Auto ID printer?

Yes. It replaces existing T5000r-ES Series.


What are the major differences between the T8000 vs. T5000r Series?

The T8000 Series offers 40% faster print speed, a new modern industrial design, full color 3.4” display panel, Quick Change Memory Card (QCMC) option, and industry first PostScript/PDF support.


Is there a performance improvement with the new T8000 Series? Definitely.

The T8000 printers offer 6x faster processing speed, 8x more standard memory, and 40% faster print speed.


What are the different width size models available with the T8000 Series?

The models are featured in 4, 6 and 8 inch widths, matching the current widths from the T5000r-ES Series.


My applications require both Direct and Transfer printing method. Can the T8000 support both Direct and Transfer printing?

Yes, the printer comes configured to print for both Direct and Transfer printing.


What sets the T8000 apart from other thermal barcode printers in the market?

The T8000 Series offers unmatched industrial performance, ease of use, and 100% verifiable output. Rugged design and the industry leading ability to print PostScript/PDF, and sub-zero temperatures features without heating enclosures make the T8000 printer the smart choice for all industrial thermal printing.


What are the primary target user environments for the T8000 Series?

The T8000 Series is powerful, reliable, and proven to withstand the harshest environments in any industrial or commercial settings. It is the perfect solution for any manufacturing, transportation & logistics, and retail distribution centers.


What is the average and maximum recommended print volume from the T8000 Series? How many labels per day?

The T8000 is designed to stand 24/7 operations, if properly maintained. Based on customer feedback, the average label print volume ranges from 5,000 – 10,000 labels per day.


I am currently using a printer from one of your competitors. Can the T8000 Series replace my printer and plug-and-play without additional effort and cost?

The T8000 supports emulations for most major competitor printers; Zebra, Datamax, Sato, Toshiba Tec, Intermec, and more.


What is the benefit of having PostScript/PDF printer command language?

The major benefit of having PostScript/PDF printer command language is the ability to replace unreliable and high maintenance cost laser printers used to print labels.


What are the standard and optional communication interface ports for the T8000 Series?

Standard Interfaces are: RS-232 (9 pin), USB and Ethernet. Optional Interfaces are: Parallel IEEE1284, GPIO and Wireless 802.11 a/b/g/n.


How do I configure and change the printer configuration using the color control panel?

The T8000 ICON based control panel will guide you through the changes of configuration and settings of the printer. With the user-friendly step-by-step setup wizard, you can manage the printer settings easily. If you need more information, please refer to the Administrator’s Manual.


How do I load labels and ribbons into the printer?

T8000 printers are one of the easiest printers to load media and ribbon into. Both are side-loaded.


How do I calibrate the labels?

Calibration is described in the Control Panel Printer Setup Wizard. Also, under the Settings menu you select the Gap/Mark sensor that matches the type of media installed and then select the Auto Calibrate option. In addition, you can set the printer to do an Auto Calibrate at power up and/or when the pivoting deck is opened and then closed. In all cases the printer will advance a few labels and calibrate the sensors so that they will detect TOF.


How do I adjust for the best print quality?

A Print Quality Wizard under the Wizard Control Panel menu describes in detail how to obtain the best print quality.


Does Printronix Auto ID offer labels and ribbons for the T8000 Series?

Yes, the same labels and ribbons used on the T5000r ES Series printer are supported on the T8000.


Is a ribbon core required on the take-up spool?

Yes, and it is supplied with the printer.


Do I need a tool to replace the printhead?

No tools are required.


Can I swap the printhead from 203dpi to 300 dpi?

Yes. The printheads are user replaceable and will automatically detect and accept when a user has changed from a 203 to a 300 dpi or vice-versa.


Is the T8000 Series printhead backward compatible with T5000r ES?

No. New features, such as higher speed and a printhead that independently retains all the statistical printhead data, require a different printhead.


What is the Heavy Duty printhead?

The Heavy Duty printhead is optional. The printhead is coated with a stronger coating technology to better withstand the abrasion from harsh labels in direct printing applications. In addition, it will last longer when printing in dirty environments.


Why is the T8000 Series color display panel a Non-Touch screen?

Printronix has determined that a touch-screen panel would not be reliable enough for the harsh environments that many T8000 Series printers would be subjected to.


What is the blinking LED light on top of the control panel?

The light is a status indicator that allows a user to see from a distance whether the printer is Online ready to receive print data (solid light), Offline with no fault (no light) or at Fault (blinking light). Common faults include Paper Out or Ribbon Out.


What do the ICONs represent on the control panel?

Each of the specific icons on the control panel represents a setting, function, or feature of the printer.


How do I restore the printer back to factory defaults?

Use the front panel and select: Settings > Configs > Load Config > Factory.


What is the warranty on the T8000 printer?

The T8000 comes standard with a 1-Year Return to Depot warranty. Extended warranty and service packages are available.


I am having problem setting up the printer. Is there a 1-800-XXX-XXXX phone number for technical support?

For technical support, you may call 1-800-243-3338, or email us.


What is the advantage of the T8000 with WiFi?

The T8000 Series is known for its ability to print high volumes in some of the most challenging work environments. The WiFi option dramatically improves versatility by bringing the T8000 directly to the “point-of-need” by eliminating the limitations of hardwired connections.


What are the core features of the T8000 WiFi?

The T8000 WiFi supports dual band 802.11a/b/g/n with 2.4GHz and 5GHz bandwidth providing flexibility while operating in crowded RF environments.


Can I run both Ethernet and WiFi?

The WiFi printer can be configured for either Ethernet or WiFi operation, but not both simultaneously. If an Ethernet cable is plugged in and connected with a host system, the Ethernet interface is active. In all other cases, the WiFi is active.


How do I configure the T8000 WiFi option?

When the WiFi option is installed, it can be configured through the Ethernet interface or the front panel menus. The T8000 features a full color display to simplify the setup and use of the printer. The Setup Wizard guides the operator through the printer setup, including WiFi configuration.


Does the T8000 WiFi support the latest security protocols?

The T8000 offers a full security suite including WEP 40/128bit, WPA Personal (TKIP) and WPA2 Personal (AES/CCMP). The WiFi option also supports several Enterprise level authentication protocols, including EAP-PEAP, EAP-TTLS, PEAPv0/MS-CHAPv2, EAP-TLS) to ensure a secure enterprise environment.


Are Security Certificates supported?

Security Certificates are supported as part of the T8000 Enterprise security suite. The process for loading security certificates is described in the T8000 Administrator’s Manual.


How do I access the real-time clock?

The WiFi option card includes a real-time clock to support time-restricted certificates. In addition, it can also be used for printing time stamps on date coded labels.


If I have an existing T8000 can I add the WiFi option?

Any T8000 Series printer that has a serial number that is 7T8V21605000 or higher, can be upgraded to include the WiFi option. These printers were manufactured after the fifth week of 2016 and have upgraded components. The upgrade kit part number is 258637-901. Firmware Program Files version 1.21E or higher must be installed. Some of the older printers may also have serial numbers that include 7PTX8 within the number series. These units are dedicated Ethernet and cannot be upgraded to WiFi.



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