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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 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…

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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Use the Printer Drivers to Create a Black Label with White Data

By Dave Klement | December 7, 2017

Summary When printing white on back labels (i.e. black label background with white lettering, images, and barcodes), there are three general approaches or methods available. Of the three, the most efficient is to create the label design as normal (black on white) and then use the printer driver to reverse all the images. This article…

Printing Black Labels (with White Lettering) Efficiently

By Dave Klement | December 7, 2017

Summary There are times when a black label with white lettering is required from a thermal printer. This situation, however, can create some confusion since most industrial grade labeling software is made for the traditional white label with black lettering. Users can find this situation even more complex when barcodes are involved. Therefore, careful consideration…

Clear Printer Memory to Prevent Misapplied Labels

By Dave Klement | December 5, 2017

Summary What you cannot see CAN hurt you! Just about every thermal printer has internal memory. It is very helpful in the printing process providing many benefits in the printing operation. With printer memory, the printer can store important data to speed up the printing process such as fonts, images, and even entire label formats…

Prevent Misapplied Labels

By Dave Klement | December 5, 2017

Summary 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…

Use Start and End Labels to Prevent Mixing of Label Jobs

By Dave Klement | December 5, 2017

Summary Most organizations use one or a small handful of label designs to print labels for hundreds and sometimes thousands of different products. The consistency in label design makes reading the labels easier and projects a professional image for the company. It also makes label maintenance and customer / government compliance easier. At the same…

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…

Use Industrial Labeling Software to Easily Create GS1 Compliant UPC Product Labels

By Dave Klement | November 9, 2017

Summary GS1, an international standards organization, maintains the requirements for barcode labeling of retail items. There are several commonly used formats for product identification depending on the item, country, and space available on label.  UPC and EAN are the two most common examples. The GS1 specification is very detailed and technical. It requires the manufacturer…