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Christmas greetings from Martel!

By Sharon Clark , 20 December 2017

We can't quite believe that we are writing another Christmas article for the website! 2017 has been a very busy and successful year for Martel!

As always, we choose a charity to support over the festive period, and this year we decided to stay local and support Consett Community Trust. The trust runs a food bank, which helps benefit our local community. Thanks to the generosity of Team Martel we managed to collect two full boxes of food and toiletries, which we often take for granted!

We also celebrated Christmas Jumper Day on Friday the 15th of December .... well we couldn't break tradition could we?

We have some really exciting events coming up in 2018, so stay tuned to our website and social media accounts for more information coming soon!

Martel will close on Friday the 22nd of December and we will reopen on Tuesday the 2nd of January 2018! If you would like to contact us over this period please e-mail and one of the team will pick it up on our return!

On behalf of everyone at Martel Instruments, we would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas, and a Prosperous New Year!

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North East Awards Success!

By Sharon Clark , 24 October 2017

On Thursday the 19th of October, our Managing Director Keith Walker attended the Made in the North East Awards at Redworth Hall in County Durham.

Martel were nominated in the Manufacturing Innovation Award for our work on VIDA 4.0, and were up against 4 other North East companies.

We are pleased to announce that we won the award, and are through to the finals in Liverpool in June 2018!

Managing Director Keith Walker had this to say:

"I am very pleased that the efforts of everyone at Martel, and of the partners who collaborated with us, have been recognised by this prestigious award!"

VIDA 4.0 provides our OEM customers with the opportunity to extend the life of existing products, and to accelerate bringing new products to market quicker, at lower risk and cost. For more information, visit the VIDA 4.0 website here.

For more information on the North East Awards, you can click here.


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AACC 2017 Roundup!

By Sharon Clark , 24 August 2017

On the 21st of March 2017 we announced that we would be exhibiting at AACC in San Diego, CA.

The exhibition ran from July 31st to August 3rd and is the Better Health through Laboratory Medicine expo.

We had an extremely successful show, and it gave us the opportunity to not only meet up with some of our customers, but also see our products working alongside their equipment!

For the first time in Martel history, we have done a video round up of the exhibition. To take a look at our journey, click the YouTube icon and it will take you to the video.


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Printer manufacturer creates the next generation of smart IOT data hub

By Sharon Clark , 22 March 2017

Martel Instruments, based in the UK, have launched a brand new smart IoT (Internet of Things) enabled compact printer in the US and across Europe that will significantly enhance healthcare, automotive, analytical, monitoring and measurement equipment products.

The company that was founded in 1982, is a global supplier to OEM device manufacturers. For the last twenty years Martel have manufactured and supplied compact printers that embed and connect to other products giving them a printing capability.

However in March this year the business launched VIDA 4.0, a solution that gives so much more to the devices that it supports, than just printing.

 Keith Walker, Martel’s MD tells us;

“This is an extremely exciting time for us and manufacturers across the globe. We have pushed our boundaries to bring a brand new innovative and smart product to the market. We have created a new device that not only gives the power of print to an existing device but it will also provide additional features, without the need for the OEM to change their product and incur additional development costs.”

He goes on to explain;

“VIDA 4.0 has been developed after spotting an opportunity to turn existing products into data and internet friendly solutions, resulting in a more powerful and attractive proposition for the end user.

VIDA 4.0 simply connects to the device that it supports either by USB or wirelessly and can instantly take the data from it, store it, print it and send it to secure cloud based services, meaning the data can be accessed and analysed remotely, bringing a whole new dimension to the primary product’s capabilities.”

Products such as healthcare devices, security systems, environmental monitors, measuring equipment and testing equipment will be benefit from the added features that VIDA 4.0 will give them.

Keith concludes:

“The value that this IOT data hub adds to the products that it supports is extremely high.

We wanted to bring to market a product that will solve the pain that our buyers have in terms of product development. We are in a world of digital, data and cloud based solutions, but there is still a need for print. VIDA 4.0 gives our customers and their end users a smart printing solution that provides so much more."

For more information, visit us at or contact us today!

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Summary of Embedded World

By Sharon Clark , 20 March 2017

Everyone here at Martel can't quite believe that our exhibiting is over ..... for now!

From Tuesday the 14th of March to Thursday the 16th we have been in Nuremberg, Germany not only exhibiting at Embedded World, but also launching VIDA 4.0 to the European market.

Some of the Martel team headed out on Sunday so they were ready to get the booth set up on Monday, ready for the start of the show!

(L-R, Matthew, Chris, Sharon & Keith)

When we arrived our booth started off looking like this ....

But in no time at all we had it all unpacked, and show ready.

Our first time exhibiting at Embedded World, we had an extremely successful show, and had a lot of interesting conversations, with potential new customers and distributors. We also had the chance to catch up with some of our current partners, including Admatec, Optologic and GeBE Elektroniks.

Our first day exhibiting, we were given a blast from our past, when a customer stopped by our booth with a Martel antique calculator, from a show giveaway many years ago.

Embedded World, was trending in Nuremberg, for the duration of the show, alongside keywords such as, 'cloud', 'technology' and 'IOT' which fit in perfectly for our launch of VIDA 4.0.

VIDA 4.0 is our latest product, which provides the power to connect, capture, communicate and print. You can find information on the features of VIDA, the applications it can be used in, and more by visiting the VIDA website here.

The show went over in a blink of an eye, and all too soon it was time to pack up and for the booth to head back to Martel Instruments HQ, however it won't be here for long, stay tuned for news coming soon on our next exhibiting adventure!

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HIMSS17 Roundup!

By Sharon Clark , 24 February 2017

We can't quite believe that HIMSS17 is over, but what a whirlwind we have had!

Our HIMSS17 adventure technically started back in 2015, when we visited the show in Chicago, this is when we decided that we wanted to exhibit there! Around about this time last year, we started the planning process, booking out booth, and working non-stop to make sure that our products were HIMSS ready!

Our travel adventure began on Thursday the 16th of February when we flew from Newcastle to Dublin, then on to Orlando, Florida!

On Friday the 17th of February it was a trip to the Convention Center to register for our exhibitor badges!

On Saturday the 18th of February it was a busy day, as it was booth set up day! It was all worth it though, because it started off like this

And turned into this all things VIDA 4.0!

It is by far our favourite booth we have had at an exhibition show!

Sunday was a rest day, but it didn't stop us checking out the fact the show was trending on Twitter, a day before it officially began!

Then it was onto Monday the 20th of February, our first official day of exhibiting at HIMSS!

On Tuesday we had a great time exploring HIMSS17 and seeing how other companies use their data effectively. We also were joined by our American partners Current Components at the booth, whilst discussing our upcoming training day with them at Current HQ in Maryland next week!

On day 3 and our last day exhibiting at HIMSS17, our managing director Keith Walker dropped by our booth!

And before we all knew it, it was Thursday and it was time to begin dismantling everything and packing the booth all up again ready for our next stop!


Our booth is currently being shipped over to Embedded World in Nuremberg, Germany when we will be exhibiting from Tuesday the 14th to Thursday the 16th of March, and you can visit us in Hall 3 / 3-461! 

Meanwhile the team in America are currently on their way to visit our partners Schuster Electronics on Monday for VIDA 4.0 training, and on Tuesday its Current Components turn!


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New PCB run, for our new product VIDA 4.0

By Sharon Clark , 11 January 2017

It's been all go here at Martel in January, as we get ready to launch our brand new product VIDA 4.0!

Today, Chris and Allen from our design team have been busy updating our flexys machine, with the software needed to run our first set of PCBs for VIDA 4.0.


Stay tuned to our social media accounts for more up to date news on VIDA 4.0 and look out for our official press release coming soon!

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'Tis the Season of Giving

By Sharon Clark , 21 December 2016

Here at Martel we have been very busy in the run up to Christmas, donating to some amazing causes.


We teamed up with our local Adecco branch, and throughout the month of December we have been collecting selection boxes, for their appeal. On the 15th of December Amy came and collected an amazing 72 selection boxes! They will be passed out to children in St Cuthbert's Hospice and Treetops Children's Ward in the University of North Durham Hospital the week commencing the 19th of December. Stay tuned to our social media channels, for an update on this story!


On Friday the 16th of December, the team got their festive jumpers on to raise money for Save the Children's Christmas Jumper Day Appeal! We managed to raise an amazing £102 for Save the Children. The money will be used to give essentials such as healthcare, education, protection & food to millions of children around the world.

Here is a picture of the team in their festive wear



Also some dates for your diary...

Martel will be closing on Friday the 23rd of December for the Christmas shut down and we will reopen on Tuesday the 3rd of January 2017.

If you wish to contact us over this period, please fill in a form here, or e-mail us at and we will get back to you as soon as possible.


On behalf of all of the staff at Martel Instruments, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a very Prosperous New Year!

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What we have coming up in 2017!

By Sharon Clark , 13 September 2016

2017 is shaping up to be a very busy year already for everyone here at Martel! We have been working hard behind the scenes to bring you new products, which we will be unveiling in due course.

We also have some very exciting news that we will be exhibiting at not only one, but 2 exhibitions in early 2017.

In February we will make the trip across to Florida, and showcase our range of products at HIMSS17. You can visit us here in boot 7661.

In March we will be heading over to Nuremberg in Germany, and exhibiting at Embedded World. You can find us in Hall 3 / 3-461.

We are looking forward to seeing you all at one, or both of the exhibitions listed above.

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Celebrations at Martel!

By Sharon Clark , 13 January 2016

Lets go back to November 1990.

The first known web page is written, Home Alone is released into cinemas and unchained melody by the Righteous Brothers was topping the UK charts!

Meanwhile at Martel Instruments, we had a different HQ! We were actually over the road at Unit 7, & we were welcoming our newest employee Heather Slowther!

Heather began as a product assembler, and over the years has progressed to become our senior supervisor, and oversees the day to day operations in production.

In November 2015, Heather celebrated a land mark 25 years at Martel, and over the years has seen us grow into a very prosperous business.

Heather is pictured here with our FD Colin Proudfoot, receiving her 25 year service award.

On behalf of everyone at Martel, we would like to thank Heather for her hard work throughout the years, and here is to many, many more.

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New for 2016!

By Sharon Clark , 06 January 2016

Introducing our DIN5800 series!

The DIN5800 is our new DIN RAIL mount printer and is compatible with DIN RAIL TOP HAT 35mm and TS35.

It can be supplied as 5V or 10-35V to suit all applications, complete with RS232 and USB.

For more information and to download a data sheet click here.

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Remember, remember the product of the month for November

By Sharon Clark , 06 November 2015

Our product of the month this month is our compact plus kiosk printer.

The compact plus is an easy loading, kiosk printer and can be integrated with your product with ease. It comes with an anti-jam paper unit, and a presenter which protects against vandalism.

But don't take our word for it, you can see for yourself with our video below, or you can see it here.

For more information, and to download a fact sheet you can visit our kiosk page here.


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October's product of the month

By Sharon Clark , 12 October 2015

Our product of the month for October is the LLP1810.

The LLP1810 is from our linerless label printer range which is certified by MAXStick!

For more information on the LLP1810 you can visit here

You can also buy the LLP1810 on our online store, as well as MAXStick paper rolls! To visit our store just click here.

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Our store is now online!

By Sharon Clark , 16 September 2015

We are very excited to inform you all that our online store is now open for business!

We have been working hard making sure everything is just right for the official launch!

You can visit our store and find your printer and accessories here.

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September's product of the month!

By Sharon Clark , 02 September 2015

Our product of the month for September is our chart recorder printer range. This compact panel printer range allows the user to print multiple values on charts.

Known as the MPP3C00 and the MPP4C00 it comes in both 3" and 4" printing capabilities.

For more information and the benefits of the chart recorder printer, please click here.

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August's product of the month!

By Sharon Clark , 10 August 2015

Our product of the month is the MCP7880.

The MCP7880 is a Bluetooth enabled ultra-compact and light weight mobile printer.

It also has RS232 serial interface via a 6 way RJ12 socket.

As with all of our printers the MCP7880 is available in any number quantity.

For more information click here.

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July's product of the month!

By Sharon Clark , 08 July 2015

Our product of the month for July is the Nautilus printer.

The Nautilus is a high speed thermal panel printer with an auto cutter combined.

It integrates behind any panel easily using RS232 and USB connections.

For more information on our Nautilus printer please click here.

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White papers have arrived at Martel!

By Sharon Clark , 04 June 2015

We are very excited to launch our new white paper and case studies page on the Martel website!

In our first paper, we look at Bluetooth Low Energy and it's suitability for thermal papers.

You can find the article here.

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Product of the week!

By Sharon Clark , 27 April 2015

Our Product of the week this week is our MCP7830 mobile printer!

The MCP7830 works with Infra-red and can also come with RS232 connections.

For more infomation you can download the data sheet here or you can contact us for a free sale or return sample here.

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Pittcon 2015

By Sharon Clark , 05 March 2015

Here at Martel HQ we have been making preparations for exhibiting at Pittcon 2015 which will be held in New Orleans.

Again we will be exhibiting alongside our partners Current Components for the 4th year running.

We are very excited to be featuring our new statistical printer. You can download the fact sheet below.

Don't forget to visit us at Booth 2009! We look forward to seeing you all there!

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