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SATO Corporation, Japan, was established in 1940 to manufacture and sell packaging machinery. In 1962, SATO was a pioneer in introducing one of the first hand-held labelers and operations as an international supplier of labeling machinery. The US subsidiary was established in 1977 and eventually became SATO America, Inc. in 1987. During that period, SATO developed the world's first thermal transfer barcode printers and became the leader in applying the technology to the market.
Since SATO's 1979 introduction of the world's first thermal transfer barcode printer, Model 2311, SATO has continued to be in the forefront of thermal printing technologies. Our product line includes direct thermal and thermal transfer printers, OEM print engines, printer accessories, label design software, labels and thermal transfer ribbons. Today, SATO continues its tradition of designing and manufacturing high quality industrial printers that deliver reliable performance with each print job.