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
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
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:
- If you're using a continuous roll, check the "Continuous roll" checkbox.
- Enter the size of the labels (or the length of the continuous roll).
- Adjust the size of the gaps between the labels (if applicable).
- Enter the number of labels per roll, and the number of rolls (if applicable).
- Most of our
It's a question that's only been asked maybe once or twice, but it's a good question. Can a clear tape stuck on top of a direct thermal label protect it from UV, rain and other outdoor elements? In theory I would have said yes it would protect it from rain, dirt and abrasion but not from the hot ultraviolet and infrared exposure of the sun. Of course this meant some testing was to be done.
On the 2ndof May I printed a label on a Brother QL-560 I happen to have on my desk (any brand direct thermal label will most likely have the same effect). I also have a roll of clear polyester that in my drawer which was perfect for this test. I stuck the DT label on a smooth corner of our building that gets the morning and midday sun, then the clear polyester over the bottom half of the label. What happened over three weeks was rather interesting.
The whole label seemed to get slightly darker from the original white.
I was looking through the selection of TZe tapes available and thought to myself, "I wonder what the fluorescent tapes look like under an ultra violet light", so I searched the web. Much to my disappointment I couldn't find a single image of what any of the TZe tapes looked like under a UV light. A few days later the UV torch we ordered turned up in the post. Below I have setup five tapes with their respective part numbers printed on them. The first one is the flexible version of the ever-so-popular 12mm black on white. I was curious to see what the white tape looks like under UV as some whites react to the light, but most do not. The second tape is the matte lime green which I thought looked like it might react well. The third label is the matte pink that once again, I thought this might glow beautifully. Label number four is the first of the two fluorescent tapes; orange. And lastly we have the fluorescent yellow.
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.
Struggling to find the TZe tape you need? Help is at hand with this useful TZe tape table. Choose the size, choose the colour, get the code! Search the code on Labelzone for the most competitive price on genuine Brother tapes.
Laminated 3.5mm 6mm 9mm 12mm 18mm 24mm 36mm TZe-MQG35
Buying cables or labels on their own can be an easy task, but getting the right label for your cable may require a little more thought. This day in age we're constantly battling between the metric and imperial system of metres and miles, litres and gallons. So to make things in the world of cable labelling easier, here is a USA to European cable size chart:
USA Standard Cable Size Equivalent Cross-Section Nearest Available Cable Size 20 AWG 0.519 mm2 0.5 mm2 - 0.75 mm2 18 AWG 0.823 mm2 1 mm2 16 AWG
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