Industry News

  1. Brother’s New FLe Label Tape

    Brother have released a new type of label tape for their P-Touch series. This new tape will only work with a select few printers, but it says on the top of the printer if it will accept these new cartridges.

    Let’s first have a look at the entire range before talking about these new tapes:

    • TZe-***
      These are the normal tapes that come in a huge selection of sizes and colours. They are laminated and are a good all-rounder.
    • TZe-B***Same as above, but specifically fluorescent colours.
    • TZe-FA*
      Non-laminated, iron-on label in 1 size and 1 colour.
    • TZe-FX***
      These tapes are laminated and extra flexible for curved surfaces and wrapping around cables and pipes. They only come in 2 choices of colours, but many sizes.
    • TZe-S***
      These are laminated, but with a stronger adhesive. These tapes o
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  2. Advert: Bespoke Labels

    If you would like more information or to request a personalised quote for custom labels, stickers or decals please click here or fill out the form below.

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  3. 2016 Electrician Printers: Brother vs. Dymo

    In case you haven't seen any previous blog posts, the industrial Brother printer models start with "PT-E" and the industrial Dymo models start with "XTL". Here's a comparison of the 2016 models that will be on the market for the next few years. Use the checkboxes below to filter out different models of printers to help you compare fewer models.

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  4. Brother Battle: New E550W vs Old 7600

    As you can probably tell from the cheesy picture I put together, this is a showdown between the old Brother P-Touch 7600 and its replacement, the PT-E550W. Below is a table of all the important details to compare between the two models. Below the table is an explanation of the differences.

    FeaturesPT-7600 (Discontinued)PT-E550W (Current)
    TZe Tape Sizes 6, 9, 12, 18 & 24mm 3.5, 6, 9, 12, 18 & 24mm
    HSe Tubing Sizes None 5.8, 8.8, 11.7, 17.7 & 23.6mm
    Print Resolution 180 DPI 180 DPI
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  5. PT-E550W Carry Case - Not Just a Fashion Statement

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  6. Types of Plant and Produce Labelling

    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

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  7. Brother P-Touch 1230 & 2430 Replacements

    1230eukThe 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.

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  8. Brady's 100 Years

    Brady was founded in 1914 manufacturing painted signs, promotional calendars and point of sale displays. The company made it through The Great Depression by manufacturing hundreds of millions of push cards. Early Years — Brady's first products were promotional calendars, painted signs and point of purchase displays. The company made it through The Great Depression by manufacturing and marketing hundreds of millions of push cards. These small paperboard cards with rows of perforated circles concealing numbers, fit into Brady's already established business of printing, die cutting and laminating.

    1940s — During World War II, Brady discovered the wire marker card, numbered cloth strips on an adhesive card. Electricians and assembly

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  9. Sandown Elex Show 2015

    The Sandown Elex Show is always the premier event of the year. Its location takes in a huge catchment area and this was evident on both days with the Sandown Park car parks hitting capacity by late morning both days. Arriving at the main entrance the queues were moving fast and there was definitely a lively atmosphere about the place, something which most trade shows sadly lack these days. Elex seems to have captured the imagination of the UK's electricians with all the shows around the UK being well attended but Sandown is the big one!

    This year saw Dymo launching their new XTL range

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  10. Apple Mac OSX Label Printer Compatibility


    Microsoft Windows is installed everywhere from office computers to tills, in schools to on cash point machines, warehouses and even military simulation systems. But what about Apple's Mac OSX operating system?

    Apple is most popular for their iPods, iPhones and tablets, but their Mac computers still aren't the popular choice when it comes to personal and professional computers.

    I have a Windows desktop computer I built for most of my work and gaming, but I chose a Macbook Pro over a every Windows laptop usually comes with sponsored <i>bloatware</i> such as trial versions of Mcafee, Norton and Office to name a few. It can actually do pretty much everything my Windows computer can, but I digress.

    Mac OS are preferred over Windows PCs by graphic designers and such like,  but there are  very few applications where the Mac OS is prefered over Windows. Th

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