Zebra S4M




Zebra S4M printer




Zebra printer S4M barcode, thermal, on demand, metal housing


 Printer production stop date:  July 31, 2013

 Date of cessation of support and service:  October 31, 2016


The easiest way to incorporate reliable printing Whether you are new to the world of bar codes or updating from a desktop printer, the Zebra S4M thermal printer offers an affordable solution for a large number of labeling needs.

With a design that has taken into account the final price, this printer offers ease of use, durability through a metal casing and a roll media capacity of 203 mm (8 in.), Which translates into A smaller number of roll changes. Easy to use The front control panel of the Zebra S4M printer includes an agile navigation menu. The design of lateral load, of proven efficiency, eliminates the need to thread the labels and tapes, which makes the loading faster and easier. Easy to integrate

In order to facilitate its integration with systems, the Zebra S4M printer offers various forms of connection, from serial, parallel and USB interfaces to internal Ethernet 10/100 or 802.11b wireless. In addition, it works perfectly with your other printers, whether Zebra® or another brand, as it is compatible with various programming languages ??(ZPL®, EPL ™ and APL).


The Zebra S4M printer offers the necessary features for many applications, including:

• Certification labeling: meets the latest requirements of the sector and customers
• Manufacturing: offers an accurate end-to-end identification to monitor the materials of a factory or supply chain
• Distribution: labeling of bar codes for packaging, shipping and inventory management
• Patient safety in the healthcare sector: labeling of unit doses in hospital pharmacies, labeling of laboratory samples, printing of bracelets and labeling of admissions / records
• Mail and parcel service: mail labels, postage and deposit printing

LINK S4m Printheads

The specifications are provided as a reference and are based on testing printers that use Zebra brand labels and tapes. The results may vary in the actual configuration of the application or when other supplies not recommended by Zebra are used. Zebra always recommends qualifying any application with exhaustive tests.

Standard features Zebra S4M

  • Print resolution of 203 dpi (8 dots / mm)
  • Thin film printhead with E3 control Element Energy EnergizerTM
  • Direct thermal printing of bar codes, text and graphics.
  • Programming language ZPL or ZPL II, selectable through software or front panel
  • 32-bit high-speed processor
  • DRM memory of 8MB
  • 4MB flash memory (2 MB available user)
  • Parallel ports, USB 1.1 and RS-232
  • Transmissive and reflective detection technology.
  • Stylish personality / rugged metal design: –
    Metallic media cover with enlarged transparent window: easy-to-see supplies –
    Die-cast print mechanism with open-head lock that resists general wear and eases material loading.
  • Standard LCD control panel: backlit, 2 lines, 14 characters with full menu to change configuration options

Optional features Zebra S4M

  • Thermal transfer ribbon management system
    Note: DT (Direct Thermal) printers can be upgraded to be a thermal transfer printer by adding ribbon axes.
    The update is available as factory repair only through the standard RMA process. Contact the zebra repair location for more information.
  • Printhead 300 dpi (12 points / mm) (ZPL only)
  • A front mount, passive shell option, without spindle pickup
  • Factory installed flash memory option of 64 MB
  • Additional scalable and soft bitmap fonts available
  • ZebraNet wireless print server option: provides an internally integrated wireless option Internal and external 10/100 ZebraNet print server option: supports
    10Base-T, 100Base-TX and 10/100 Fast Ethernet switching networks and allows the use of ZebraLinkTM web view and alert features.
  • ZebraNet PrintServer II external option: Provides cost-effective Ethernet connectivity to 10Base-T networks and
    allows the use of ZebraLink’s web alert and view functions.
  • Keyboard display unit (KDU) option: enter variable data and retrieve stored forms for stand-alone applications (requires a
    null modem adapter with DB9 serial cable).
  • Real-time clock (RTC): date / time for independent applications
  • APL-I Firmware: Allows a Zebra 203 dpi printer (8 dots / mm) to analyze and print the IPL code for an Intermec 3400D or 88XX printer. (With the APL-I firmware installed, the ZPL programming language is not recognized and ZPL-specific functions are not available).
  • The APL-D firmware allows the Zebra 203 dpi printer (8 dots / mm) to analyze and print the DPL code for Datamax
    Prodigy Plus, Prodigy or Allegro printers . (With the APL-D firmware installed, the ZPL programming language is not recognized and ZPL-specific functions are not available).
  • Full-width guillotine knife cutter with capture tray. Installed at the factory only with part number S4M00-xxxx-2xxxx
Field kit Zebra S4M Part number
10/100 internal Ethernet kit 20063M
External Ethernet Kit 10/100 47490
Wireless b / g P1032272
ZebraNet II External 46692
Print head conversion kit from 203 dpi to 300 dpi 20112
Conversion kit for print heads from 300 dpi to 203 dpi 20111
Parallel port kit 20037M
Peel Option Kit 20046
Real-time clock kit 20009M

Software  solutions  ZebraLink

  • 48766-001 Enable Kit ZBI 2.0 for 1
  • 48767-001 ZBI 2.0 rating kit for 5
  • 48768-001 ZBI 2.0 rating kit for 25
  • 13831-001 ZebraDesigner Pro
  • 13832-001 ZebraDesigner for mySAP Business Suite
  • 13833-001 ZebraDesigner for XML
  • 48733-120 ZebraNet Bridge Enterprise for 1-50 printers
  • 48734-120 ZebraNet Bridge Enterprise for 1-100 printers
  • 48735-120 ZebraNet Bridge Enterprise for more than 100 printers

Network options
ZebraNet Wireless PrintServer (internal) (ZPL only)
ZebraNet 10/100 PrintServer (internal or external)
ZebraNet PrintServer II (external)
ZPL II  – Universal language for Zebra printers. It simplifies the format of labels and allows the compatibility of formats with existing systems
that run Zebra printers.
Web view  : connect and control Zebra barcode printers through the web interface of printers through a common web browser.
Alert  : Printers equipped with ZebraNet print servers provide alerts through any wireless, wired or wireless device to minimize downtime.
EPL2 – Eltron Programming Language is an optional firmware version that provides compatibility with previous versions of many desktop printers, as well as with the Zebra 2746e thermal transfer printer.
APL  : Zebra’s alternative programming language allows integration in mixed printer environments without the need to reprogram formats.

Zebra S4M printing specifications

  • Resolution of 203 dpi (8 points / mm)
    – Point size (width x length): 0.0049 “x 0.0049” (0.125 mm x 0.125 mm)
  • Resolution of 300 dpi (12 points / mm)
    – Point size (width x length): 0.0033 “x 0.0039” (0.084 mm x 0.099 mm)
  • The first location of the point is measured from the internal support edge of the medium: 0.10 “+ -. 04 “(2.5mm, not to exceed -.5mm + 1.0mm)
  • Maximum printing width: 4.09 “(104 mm)
  • Maximum continuous media printing length:
203 dpi 300 dpi
157 “
73 “
  • Media registration tolerance:
    Vertical = <+ -0.039 “(+ -1.0mm) on non-continuous media
    Horizontal = <+ – 0.039″ (+ -1.0mm) within a media roll
  • Programmable print speeds:
    – 203 dpi models = 2.0 “(51 mm) to 6” (152 mm) per second in 1 “increments
    – 300 dpi models = 2.0″ (51 mm) to 6 “(152 mm) per second in increments of 1 “

Zebra S4M media specifications

  • Maximum length of the label is not continuous: 39 “(991 mm)
  • Media type: continuous, die-cut, labels, black mark
  • Media band width (label and liner): 0.75 “(19.4 mm) to 4.50” (114 mm)
  • Minimum length of the label:
    – Cutting mode: 0.7 “(17.8 mm) – Peeling mode: 0.5” (12.7 mm)
  • Thickness of the medium (label and lining): 0.003 “(0.076mm) to 0.010” (0.25mm)
  • Maximum roll media size:
    8.0 “(203 mm) OD on a ID core of 3” (76mm)
    6.0 “(152mm) OD on a ID core of 1” (25mm)
  • Maximum size of the fan-fold package:
    8.0 “L (203 mm) x 4.5” W (114 mm) x 6.2 “H (157 mm)
  • Standards for gap and notch detection: – Gap between labels: 2 – 4 mm, preferably 3 mm
    – Detection notch: 0.25 “W (6 mm) x 0.12” L (3 mm)
    – Detection hole: 0.125 “(3 mm) in diameter
    * Note: Notch and hole position centered from 0.15 “to 2.25” from the inner edge of the middle
  • Location of the fixed transmissive sensor: 7/16 “from the inner edge of the medium
  • Standards of detection of black marks:
    – Length of the black mark (parallel to the inner edge of the medium): 0.098 “- 0.453” (2.5 mm – 11.5 mm)
    – Width of the black mark (perpendicular to the inner edge of the medium):> 0.37 “(> 9.5 mm)
    – Location of the black mark: within 0.040″ (1 mm) of the inner edge of the medium
    – Density of the black mark:> 1.0 Units of optical density (ODU)
    – Maximum density of the medium: 0.5 ODU

Tape specifications (thermal transfer option only)

  • Tape width: 1.57 “(40 mm) to 4.33” (110 mm)
  • Standard lengths: 984 ‘(300m) or 1476’ (450m)
  • Maximum tape roll size: 3.2 “(81.3mm) OD on a 1.0” (25.4mm) ID core
  • Tape rolled with ink on the side

Standard printer sources (ZPL firmware only)
Sources A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H and GS are expandable up to 10 times, height and width independently. However, sources E and H
(OCR-A and OCR-B) are not considered “in-spec” when they are expanded. The scalable soft font 0 (CG Triumvirate Bold Condensed) can be
expanded point by point, regardless of height and width, while keeping edges smooth. The maximum size of characters depends
on the available memory. The IBM Code Page 850 international character sets are available in the A, B, C, D, E, F, G and 0 sources through
software control.

Barcode specifications and specifications (only ZPL, other firmware languages ​​may vary)

  • Dimension of the barcode module “X”:
    – Orientation of the fence (not rotated):
    203 dpi = 4.9 thousand to 49 thousand
    300 dpi = 3.3 thousand to 33 thousand
    – Orientation of the staircase (rotated):
    203 dpi = 4.9 thousand to 49 thousand
    300 ppp = 3.9 thousand to 39 thousand
  • Barcode relations: 2: 1, 7: 3, 5: 2 and 3: 1
  • Aztec
  • Codabar (supports relationships from 2: 1 to 3: 1
  • Code 11
  • Code 39 (supports ratios from 2: 1 to 3: 1
  • Code 49 (2-D)
  • Code 93
  • Code 128 (subsets A, B, C and UCC case codes C)
  • Data matrix
  • EAN-8, EAN-13, EAN extensions
  • Interleaved 2 out of 5 (supports ratios from 2: 1 to 3: 1, modulous10 control digit)
  • Planetary code
  • ISBT-128
  • Logmars
  • MaxiCode (2-D)
  • PDF417 (2-D)
  • Micro PDF (2-D)
  • Plessy
  • Postnet
  • QR code
  • M: YES
  • Standard 2 out of 5
  • Industrial 2 of 5
  • UPC-A, UPC-E, UPC extensions
  • RSS

Zebra Programming Language (ZPL / ZPL II)

  • Compatible with mainframe, mini and PC servers
  • Downloadable objects include graphics, scalable and bitmap fonts, tag templates, and formats.
  • Adjustable print cache
  • Data compression
  • Automatic memory allocation for the format during printing
  • Automatic field serialization
  • Investment format (white on black)
  • Mirror image printing
  • Field rotation of four positions (0, 90, 180 or 270 degrees)
  • Turn command
  • Quantities of programmable labels with printing, pause, cut control
  • Status messages to host on request

Eltron programming language (EPL2)

  • Compatible with mainframe, mini and PC servers
  • Field rotation of four positions (0, 90, 180 or 270 degrees)
  • Variable field support (00 to 99)
  • Counter support (up to 10)
  • Addition and subtraction of variable fields
  • Status report
  • Forms storage
  • Measured print odometer

Communications specifications

  • USB 1.1
  • High-speed serial interfaces
    – RS-232C, with DB9F connector
    – Configurable transmission speed (600 – 115,200 kB), parity and data bits. Stop bits in 1 or 2.
    – Software communication exchange protocols (XON / XOFF), hardware (DTR / DSR or RTS / CTS)
  • Bidirectional parallel interface
  • ZebraNet wireless print server: wireless print server compatible with 802.11b (ZPL only)
  • ZebraNet 10/100 Print Server – Ethernet Network Print Server (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX)
  • ZebraNet Print Server II – Ethernet Network Print Server (10BASE-T)

Electric specifications

  • Power supply with 90-265 VAC fuse, 48-62 Hz, 5 A automatically detectable
  • Approvals from the agency: IEC 60950, EN 55022 Class B, EN55024, EN 61000-3-2, EN 61000-3-3.
  • Product brands: cULus, CE marking, FCC-B, ICES-003, VCCI, C-Tick, NOM, IRAM, CCC, GOST-R, BSMI

Physical specifications

  • Height: 11.7 “(295 mm)
  • Width: 10.7 “(272mm)
  • Depth: 18.8 “(477mm)
  • Weight: 27.2 pounds (12.4 kg)
  • Shipping weight: 33.5 lbs (15.2 kg)

Environmental specifications

  • Operating environment:
    thermal transfer = 40 ° to 104 ° F (5 ° to 40 ° C)
    Direct thermal = 32 ° to 104 ° F (0 ° to 40 ° C)
    20% to 85% RH non-condensing
  • Storage / transport environment:
    -40 ° to 140 ° F (-40 ° to 60 ° C)
    5% to 85% relative humidity without condensation

Preventive maintenance
Zebra recommends cleaning the printer regularly using standard parts of the Zebra printer and cleaning supplies. See your
User’s Guide for more details.

  • Cleaning:
    the exterior is cleaned with a lint-free cloth and, if necessary, with a mild detergent solution or desk cleaner. The interior components (print head, platen roller, media sensor, release bar,
    tape and media paths) are cleaned with alcohol or blown air to remove any particles.
  • Lubrication:
    all mechanical parts are self-lubricating and do not require additional lubrication.
  • Print
    registration : Media registration and the minimum length of the label are affected by media type and width, ribbon type and print speed. Performance improves as these factors are optimized. Zebra always recommends qualifying any application with exhaustive tests.


  • For optimum print quality and performance with the printer, use genuine Zebra supplies.