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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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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…

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…