Monthly Archives: August 2015
Even when using one of our Labelstations to print on our loop locks, they can always seem a little tricky to set up first time. Here I will go through the details of setting up a loop lock template and how to adjust margins and sensor settings. Our loop locks always feed off with the holes (or the "locks") first. This doesn't make it any easier or harder to setup but it is worth noting this should you wish to print on both sides. Looking at the diagrams below you will see that the actual tag length (A) differs from what the printer thinks is the tag length (B). This is because of the "locking" design (C & D).
The "notch" (C) for the lock is also the gap for sensing where the tag starts and finishes. The remainder of the locking design (D) will be set as an unprintable area or "margin" which will in turn leave the printing area (E) for your label design. Ensure that your gap sensor in your printer is in alignment with any of the notches (C).
If you're using a Labelstation
Anyone born before 1995 will know the valued relationship of a pencil or biro pen and an audio cassette. You'd grab your favourite mixtape of songs recorded off the radio and just before you put it into play you notice the tape is slipping out over your fingers and thumb. You grab a pencil, put it in one of the spools and spin to get it back to normal. Times have moved on and the world of iPods and Spotify has taken over. The pencil is now back to nothing more than a writing implement, or is it?
Labelling of today
You've got your P-Touch printer and a selection of your favourite tapes. But switching between all these
As with every Brady printer, the quality of the product never ceases to impress me. Being in the position I am, I'm fortunate enough to play around with many printers. The Brady BBP31 label printer is by far the easiest to use considering how advanced it is. Everything inside is colour coded with guides so it's almost impossible to accidentally put something in the wrong place or the wrong way round. Ribbons and labels will only go one way round. Everything that is yellow moves. If something hasn't been moved when it was meant to have been, it'll tell you on the screen. If you've inserted the wrong ribbon for the media, it'll tell you. It has a wiper arm for continuous media which it recommends lowering. This is so it can remove any dust from the media before
Breaking from the norm of labelling using tape and die-cut media, Brother have produced this unusual machine. It prints single colour ribbon onto single tape but this isn't your normal 3-36mm TZe tape, it's packaging tape. The idea is you can print on demand custom packaging tape to be used on parcels or products for either added security, personalization and more. For example you want to add extra security verification you can produce a tape that says something like "SECURELY SEALED 8/6/2018 - REJECT IF DAMAGED" and use the tape to seal a parcel closed before it's dispatched. You could also add some customization by printing
Brady's BMP 21-PLUS and Brother's PT-E300 are very similar printers both targeted at the same users for the same environment. How do they compare with functionality, quality and the labels they produce? Below is a table of features to compare.
Features Brother Brady Maximum continuous width 18mm 19mm Minimum continuous width 3.5mm 6mm Average tape length of all compatible media 4.4m 4.5m Keyboard type QWERTY ABCDEF Post print option None / Cut None / Cut & grab
The Brother QL-700 series of label printers has made the printing of name badges, address labels, CD/DVD labels, barcodes and more a lot faster than ever before!It can produce an average of 93 labels per minute and setting the printer up couldn't be easier. The label rolls drop into the printer and it knows automatically what size you've inserted. The printer is Plug & Play and includes a Lite version of the software on the machine so you don't need to install anything. If however you do need more advanced features of the software you can install the full version of the P-Touch editor from the supplied CD or download from Brother's website. The built-in cutter can cut your die-cut labels at the end of a batch or at each label or if you're using a continuous roll you can cut labels to any length you require.
There are three models