Eventually, we all know that the dreaded day is coming…the day we will need to upgrade our labeling software. However, with a new version being released every year or two, it is a challenge to pick the best time to make the upgrade. Choosing to upgrade at every new release uses up valuable resources and…

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How to get your vendor to help you become a system expert.  We all know how it goes. You call in to tech support, go through an automated phone tree, and press buttons for five minutes so the system, hopefully, directs you to the right department. When you finally get a live person, they ask…

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Before 2020 ends, you should consider three things. Are you: #1 – Leveraging New Innovations? Internet Enabled Printers – Heard about these? True plug ‘n play. One-time setup (we can help). Once configured for your cloud-based application, you can plug them in anywhere on the planet (with Internet access) and start printing. Can this help…

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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, reprinting…

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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 different…

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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…

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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…

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