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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,…

Prevent Invalid Dates in Your Labels. Reducing Errors Series – Article #2

By Dave Klement | August 30, 2017

Summary Ever see an expiration date of November 31st on a label?  How about February 30th? April 31st? June 31st? Invalid dates can enter your label by either human entry or an erroneous mathematical calculation caused by a simple formula.  Although both types of error are possible, steps can be taken to reduce or eliminate…

Avoid Typos in Your Labeling with Input Masks! Reducing Errors Series – Article #1

By Dave Klement | August 30, 2017

Summary One of the most common errors in label creation is mistyping (i.e. a ‘typo’).  Doing this with critical label information at print time can cause BIG problems. Most brands of labeling software can help prevent user typos by using a process call masking. This article explains how input masking works and provides some examples…

Automatically Print and Apply Two Different Labels on the Same Box Instead of Just One

By Dave Klement | August 25, 2017

Summary The leading brands of print applicators have a module that will allow you to take the same base unit and apply two labels instead of one to the same case or pallet. This article explains how it works and what hardware and software changes are required. How It Works Steps to printing two labels:…

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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…

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…

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…