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Create a Smart Printer – Store Label Designs in Your Printer for Fast Label Printing without Software or a PC

By Dave Klement | July 30, 2018

Summary The traditional approach to supply chain labeling involves a PC, labeling software, and a printer. However, most people do not realize that, in certain circumstances, you can take the labeling software and PC out of the equation, printing straight from the printer. Basically you make the printer act as a Smart Printer. This is…

Prevent Misapplied Labels

By Dave Klement | December 5, 2017

Summary An often overlooked problem is the possibility of applying the wrong labels to the wrong product.  The agility many manufacturers have achieved with just-in-time (JIT) manufacturing can come at a price with label application errors.  Often we think of label errors in terms of the wrong data getting on a label.  However, short runs…

Which of the Two Methods of Thermal Printing Technology Is Best for You?

By Dave Klement | November 29, 2017

Summary Thermal printing technology has stood the test of time. Since 1972, its use has become widespread and it’s typically the technology of choice when printing labels.  There are two methods for thermal label printing and most printers support both methods: Direct Thermal Thermal Transfer When deciding which method is best, your decision should be…

Creating a Testing Plan for Label System Upgrades

By Dave Klement | October 31, 2017

Summary ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ – Bert Lance Unfortunately, this phrase does not apply to software.  With constant changes in security, software features, regulatory requirements, and the world itself, the system will break if not updated.  When it breaks, it can cause significant downtime and thus money.  Perhaps a more accurate phrase…

3 Approaches to Printing from ERP Systems

By Dave Klement | October 27, 2017

Summary Enterprise Resource Planning software companies (such as SAP, Oracle, Microsoft Dynamics, Epicor, IQMS etc.) provide their clients with great tools to manage and grow their organizations.  Centralizing data and then providing information, in real time, across the enterprise enables the company to act faster and smarter.  It is natural, then, to extend this data…

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What is Your Ideal Label Reprint Type? ‘True Reprint’ or ‘Re-request’ Label?

By Dave Klement | November 21, 2018

Summary Several cases exist that call for label reprints. The concept sounds simple (i.e. print a label previously printed again). Not all reprints require the same type of label however. Many label-printing software brands offer a “reprint” feature. But, they do not all behave the same. By knowing your ideal reprint type, you can determine…

Pharmaceutical Company Controls Label Reprints by Adding ‘Date Printed’

By Dave Klement | November 5, 2018

  Summary Accurate labeling and tracking of products prevents of theft, counterfeiting, and the accidental release of uncontrolled products. Companies in regulated industries require strict label controls to ensure accurate labeling. These controls include precise tracking of labels created, used, and destroyed. The ability to create an exact duplicate label can frustrate efforts to control. However,…

Pharmaceutical Manufacturer Uses SENTINEL with CODESOFT to Print Work Orders From Their ERP System

By Dave Klement | October 11, 2018

Summary In general, industrial label printing software (such as CODESOFT by TEKLYNX) is used to drive print jobs to label printers. However, this same software can be formatted so the ‘labels’ are actual full standard document pages (e.g. Letter, Legal, etc.) and the print jobs can be sent to laser printers. This allows the user…

Multinational Company Uses Label Design Templates for GHS Compliance

By Dave Klement | October 9, 2018

  Summary Managing label printing via label design templates provides tremendous advantages over trying to create one label file per product. However, this can be tricky with GHS compliance since different products require the display of different images (called pictograms) in different location. This is further complicated by the fact that some products require a…

Avoid the Emergency Upgrade Trap!

By Dave Klement | October 4, 2018

  Summary Unfortunately, we sometimes get a desperate call from a label software user. Something catastrophic occurred to their labeling system. Perhaps a license server is down or a PC has died. The client cannot print labels and they need to get things running ASAP! We are glad to assist so when we get that…

Create a Smart Printer – Store Label Designs in Your Printer for Fast Label Printing without Software or a PC

By Dave Klement | July 30, 2018

Summary The traditional approach to supply chain labeling involves a PC, labeling software, and a printer. However, most people do not realize that, in certain circumstances, you can take the labeling software and PC out of the equation, printing straight from the printer. Basically you make the printer act as a Smart Printer. This is…

Design Your Label Using Fonts Instead of Images Files

By Dave Klement | May 9, 2018

Summary Did you know that many images commonly used on labels are also available as fonts? The most typical way of putting images into your label design is to save your image as a jpeg or png file so that it can be linked or embedded in your label design. However, many icons and images…