Monthly Archives: February 2017

  1. Barcoding: A Brief History, How They Work, Their Types & Uses

    History of the Barcode

    The barcode was invented, almost by accident, by Norman Joseph Woodland in 1948. Bernard Silver, a fellow Drexel Institute graduate student with Woodland, overheard a conversation between a supermarket executive and an engineer on whether product information could be captured automatically at a checkout. Silver was interested and mentioned the problem to Woodland. While on a beach in Florida, Woodland drew dots and dashes in the sand, similar to the shapes of Morse code. After pulling the dots and dashes downwards with his fingers, he came up with a concept of the first ever linear barcode. In October 1949, they applied for a patent

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  2. Dymo XTL Tutorial: Terminal Block Label

    1. Choose "Terminal Block" from the home screen
    2. Choose from portrait or landscape
    3. Choose number blocks and block height/width
    4. Enter the information for each terminal and print
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  3. How To: Brother HSe Heat Shrink Tubing Calculator

    Brother's heat shrink tubing has been around for over a year now, but has caused a little confusion about the sizes that are available, and for what size cable they'll fit. Here I shall briefly go over the sizes and how to work out which one you will need for what size cable. This guide isn't limited to just Brother's heat shrink tubing; it can be used to help decide on the correct size for Dymo, Brady, and LabelStation tubing too. If you're confused on cable sizing or are using the US measurements, it might be worth having a look at our cable sizing chart.

    What you see is what you get

    Let's have a look at the HSe-221. It has a shrink ratio of 2:1 which means it will half in size. It's rated at a size of 8.8mm, but what does that actually mean?

    When flat, the tubing is

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  4. Label Rolls to Ribbon Calculator

    If you're lucky enough to be using direct thermal labels, you won't need this, but if you're using more robust thermal transfer labels, you might find this page useful. It can be struggle to work out how many rolls of ribbons you're going to need for a batch of label rolls. Even we struggle to work it out, and we end up doubting ourselves with the answer we get.

    Struggle no more

    I've made a useful calculator to help you find out how many rolls of ribbon you're going to need for your rolls of labels/tags. As you can see from the form below, you can enter the details to get an answer quickly and easily. Follow these steps:

    1. If you're using a continuous roll, check the "Continuous roll" checkbox.
    2. Enter the size of the labels (or the length of the continuous roll).
    3. Adjust the size of the gaps between the labels (if applicable).
    4. Enter the number of labels per roll, and the number of rolls (if applicable).
    5. Most of our
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