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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…

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…

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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…

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…

Use Formulas to Prevent Faulty Labels from Printing. Reducing Errors Series – Article #4

By Dave Klement | October 30, 2017

Summary Is your label design smart enough to know that a user entered Use by Date needs to be at least 1 year or more after the Manufacture Date?Depending on what software application you use, you may be able to train it!  Some industrial labeling applications have the ability to use formulas built into the…

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…

Reduce Human Error with Effective Label Design

By Dave Klement | October 27, 2017

Summary “To err is human; to forgive, divine.” – Alexander Pope Most labeling software applications are packed with tools and features to prevent errors. This article covers some common ones and provides some links to Efficient Ideas articles. Methods to Reduce Human Error Several methods can be used to reduce the potential for human error: Input…

Clear Input Fields and Force Users to Enter New Data. Reducing Errors Series – Article #3

By Dave Klement | October 25, 2017

Summary We have all done it. In a hurry, we rush through our work and forget to double check, update the correct information, or notice that something is wrong or out of place. The consequences, of course, make us bitterly regret that brief second or two of time we save. When filling out data in…

Why ERP Systems Are Not Good at Making Labels

By Dave Klement | September 5, 2017

  Summary Enterprise Resource Planning software (i.e. ERP) are great tools for managing data. They can provide one software platform to simplify and consolidate the software and data throughout the organization. Using your ERP system print labels with some additional tools, however, takes this ‘one platform’ concept one step too far. Even the larger companies,…