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Reduce Human Error with Effective Label Design

By Dave Klement | July 2019

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…

Why ERP Systems Are Not Good at Making Labels

By Dave Klement | April 2019

  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 | February 2019

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…

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

By Dave Klement | October 2018

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:…

Avoid the Emergency Upgrade Trap!

By Dave Klement | October 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…

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

By Dave Klement | December 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 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…