Monthly Archives: January 2016
Self-tie – loop lock tags
The self-tie loop lock is a traditional method of tagging plants, shrubs and trees. As its name implies, the self-tie loop lock can be looped round the stem or branch of a plant and then the notched end locks into the "key-hole" shape at one end of the tag.
Product descriptions, prices and barcodes
White Vinyl Waterproof Labels are ideal for external or internal labelling where a good degree of weather resistance is required. These types of labels usually have a self-adhesive backing, making them ideal for printing product prices, barcodes and descriptions. Used in conjunction with high quality ribbons that are ideally suited to these labels, they will be waterproof and fade resistant, making the print last a long time in even the most extreme weather conditions. The variety of sizes on offer means that you can be sure to find
Using labels keeps you looking professional and organised. Labelling documents, drawers, doors, products, envelopes and parcels are all part of the day-to-day. But can labels be used to give a retro and original theme? It seem the idea for using the old school Dymo embossing tapes on items such as cards and invitations has been tossed around for a little while already. It gives a look and feel of a more hand-crafted, personalised item. The embossers themselves are still available but are becoming more and more rare which is rather vintage in itself.
Don't feel limited to using only embossing tape. There are plenty of tapes to use such as Brother's black on silver metallic, the gold on black, and the fluorescent range of tapes. With a few of the Brother printers being computer-connected,
Loop lock tags are not just for small trees and plants. We've discovered a selection of customers using them for all sorts of applications. Here are some of the applications that might be of some inspiration to you.
Last month we received a few enquiries for the loop lock tags from turkey rearers. As Christmas is the only time of the year where it's acceptable for a family to devour an entire turkey the size of a small child; and turkeys need to be reserved for the big day. Customer were enquiring before purchasing to check if the loop lock will close around a turkey leg. The closed loop gives a ~55mm circumference (~18mm diameter) which should be suitable for a turkey, chicken or maybe even a duck leg; however they might be too loose for smaller poultry.
The P-Touch 1230 was always a great printer for printing on 3.5mm to 12mm TZe tapes directly from your computer using the P-Touch Editor software. With its versatility of using either batteries or a mains power adaptor it's great for use both in the office and on the move. The software allows you to create labels and use your computer's massive selection of fonts that you wouldn't be able to accomplish with a hand-held unit. The P-Touch 2430 is the big brother to the 1230, which has 18mm and 24mm tape compatibility. Both the 1230 and 2430 have since been discontinued but the 1230 isn't being replaced. The 2430 however has been replaced with something miles better. There are now two options.
In case you missed it, here is a step by step guide from the video:
- Go to "Insert" and "Barcode" or drag a barcode from the toolbar on the right
- Enter the "Data" to appear in your barcode
- Under the "Protocol"tab you can change the barcode type
- Under the "Setup" tab you can change further settings such as the "Check Digit" and human readable ("Show Characters")
- Drag the barcode to move it
- Drag the top or bottom edge to change the height
- Drag the left or right edge to change the size in steps that match the different barcode ratios
- Double click on the barcode to access more properties such as position and rotation
Caution: metaphors ahead.
BarTender vs LabelDirect
To compare these two brands of software is like comparing the M14 sports car made by the small British car manufacturer, Noble, to a BMW M5. They both the do same job but in a slightly different way. Both cars will get you from A-B but one will be more comfortable, have more gadgets, have more of a presence on the road and perform slightly better, while the other is cheaper and British. The software side-by-side has very much the same sort of aura about it. One is full of many advanced features, is easier to use, has a nicer user interface, while the other is more of an entry level product. Now allow me to elaborate on what I'm trying to say here.