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OKI Develops "FP21X" Passbook Printer for the Chinese Financial Market

Full-scale sales to begin of first model with page-marking function available in China


TOKYO, September 1, 2011 -- OKI today announced the development of the FP21X, a new passbook printer for financial institutions in China. The model will be exhibited at the China International Exhibition on Financial Banking Technology & Equipment 2011 (CIFTEE) to be held in Beijing from September 1. The new passbook printer meets growing demand for automated terminals at Chinese financial institutions. It also offers a page mark reading function, the first available in China. The product will be available from December 2011.

"The trend to automate reception tasks at financial institutions in China in recent years is expected to drive growing demand for automated terminals," says Shinya Kamagami, Executive Officer and General Manager of Systems Hardware Division at OKI. "Previously, we achieved significant success with the FP21A, a conventional passbook printer. In response to growing demand for automated terminals, we developed the FP21X, a new passbook printer that offers page mark reading functions and is capable of handling high-resistance magnetic stripes. This passbook printer is the first in the Chinese market to offer page mark reading."

FP21X realizes highly responsive operations for automated terminals with the following functions:

  • The standard configuration incorporates both low- and high-resistance magnetic heads.
  • The device features an exclusive module for page mark reading that reads barcodes on the surface of the passbook and prevents incorrect printing on incorrect pages. (Vertical bars and horizontal bars with timing that can be read.)

The FP21X also reduces the processing time and offers improved reliability over conventional models. The newly developed print head incorporates printing technologies previously applied only for high-end and high-speed models and a print head pin drive optimized for high-speed print throughput.

OKI manufactures electronic parts such as printing head, sensors and motors, as well as major parts such as power units and page mark reading units. For this reason, the overall quality of the device, from components to final product, can be centralized, resulting in a high-quality product. Also, fewer maintenance parts improve maintainability while maintaining high quality.

In addition to its history in the Japanese market, OKI features a track record in Asian markets, including China and Korea. OKI plans to enhance its product lineup of passbook printers suitably integrated into automated terminals and make its full-scale entry into the Chinese market with the launch of the FP21X.

Sales Plan

December 2011 (planned)
Target sales
10,000 units within five years

Main specifications

Specifications FP21X
Printing technology 24-pin dot matrix
Printing intervals (*) 10cpi,12cpi,13cpi,15cpi,16.6cpi,17.1cpi,20cpi
Linefeed intervals 1/5, 1/6, 1/8, n/120, n/216, n/240
Print speed Draft 330cps
N.L.Q 165cps
L.Q 110cps
Character type National standard: GB13000, GB18030-2000, Big5
Ribbon Durability Up to 10 million characters
Type Cassette
Media Pass-book Length 165 - 220mm
Width 110 - 241.3mm
Thickness 1.8mm
Slip Length 70 - 297mm
Width 65 - 245mm
Thickness 0.1 - 0.28mm
Media setting method Free (incorporates media adjustment/alignment functions)
Copies 32kg paper (pressure-sensitive): maximum of 5 (including original)
32kg paper (carbon at the back): maximum of 4 (including original)
Power 220V+15%-10%
Dimensions 400 (W) x 289 (D) x 204 (H)mm
Weight 10.0kg (with all options installed)
Magnetic stripe read/write Support (optional): hico
Page mark sensor Support (optional): with ribbon concentration detection
  • *restricted by emulation.

About OKI Electric Industry (OKI)

Founded in 1881, OKI Electric Industry is Japan's leading telecommunications manufacturer. Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, OKI provides top-quality products, technologies, and solutions to customers through its info-telecom systems and printer operations. Its various business divisions function synergistically to bring to market exciting new products and technologies that meet a wide range of customer needs in various sectors. Visit OKI's global website at http://www.oki.com/.

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