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Choosing a Label Printer
Barcode printers can play a very important role in managing your business information. As a business owner wanting to keep track of your company's assets, barcodes offer an easy and convenient method that provide information about your products and material goods. The best way to manage and regulate this type of information is to create labels that include the appropriate specifications that correspond to your specific activities. At Logiscenter we want to help you to choose the barcode printer that best suits your needs.
1. Form Factor
Desktop Label Printers
Desktop printers are designed to be compact to fit perfectly on your desk, counter or POS terminal. Desktop printers work best with labels over 1.5 "x 0.5".
Industrial Label Printers
Designed to work 24 hours a day, industrial label printers offer rugged construction that supports the toughest industrial environments.
They are compact printers, with battery, designed to be carried in a vehicle, in the hand or in the belt. Frequently used with small width labels, include a wifi connection to connect with a mobile terminal.
RFID Label Printers
RFID tags can be printed with this type of printer. With this technology you can find any product located within the supply chain.
Colour Label Printers
Colour barcode printers produce brilliant coloured labels for your products, cases and packaging.
2. Label Printing Technologies
Thermal transfer printing
Thermal transfer printing utilizes a thermal ribbon, and involves heating the thermal print head elements of a thermal transfer ribbon to melt and transfer the ink compounds to a label, thus creating a printed image. Thermal transfer printers are the most effective in producing resistant and long lasting labels.
Direct Thermal Printing
Do not use a ribbon. With direct thermal printing, print head elements come into direct contact with heat sensitive labels. The heat from these elements causes a color change in the label which produces the printed image. Because direct thermal printing paper is sensitive to heat and sunlight, it is recommended to store these labels indoors. Direct thermal labels have a shelf life of about one year.
3. Print Resolution (DPI)
This is sufficient for 90% of the barcode printer applications for printing labels for material goods, inventory labels, shipping and receiving. Applications that require higher resolution, or a higher dpi, would be used for printing logos, small labels for trade and 2D labels. If you need a printer with higher resolution, there are plenty of options from 300 dpi, 400 dpi to 600 dpi.
4. Printing Options
Label Peel (off)
For challenging applications, each code is printed, peeled off and ready to apply. Some printer models will collect the excess liner (paper backing).
For applications that require that the labels are cut from a continuous roll either in batches, simple labels or labels with different sizes and shapes.
With options for internal or external winding for full label rolls while the printer continues to print. Some internal double rewinders also include the peel function.
Stores a greater amount of label formats, multiple labeling tasks, detailed graphics with memory expansions.
Used with large rolls of labels. It is usually mounted behind the printer and labels are fed through the cavity in the back of the printer.