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Apr 22, 2013

How To Print Thermal Barcodes for Manual Box Labeling

You have spent considerable time and effort to design your label for your manual barcode labeling printer. But, have you given any consideration as to how that label comes out of the printer?

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Barcode Label applied to corrugated box

There has always been a debate among people in the industry as to which is better. Here are some things to think about to help you make an informed decision.

The print head works by heating up hundreds of tiny heaters along its edge: typically 200 – 300 per inch.

When these tiny heaters are turned on and in contact with the label stock it creates a reaction on the label causing that portion of the label to turn colors.

manual box labeling

Problems can occur when one or more of these little heaters burn out. This will cause a white stripe through the printed portion of the label.

By looking at these examples, one can quickly see that printing the ladder style is the best way to ensure scannable barcodes.

Here is where the debate starts!

The people on the “Picket” side of the fence will argue that they get a higher quality barcode because the edges of the bars are crisper due to the time needed (on a “Ladder” style) for the print head to heat up and cool down between each line of the code.

On the “Picket Fence” style, each line is only turned on and off once. This is usually not a problem until you get into the machines that must print and apply labels at high speeds.

This constant On and Off can also effect the lifespan of the printhead.

Mobile Manual Box Labeler with Roll-out Printer, Touchscreen HMI Interface and Scale

Mobile Manual Box Labeler with Roll-out Printer, Touchscreen HMI Interface and Scale

If you do decide to print the picket fence style, will your equipment allow you to print a dark line across the top of the barcode? This would allow your operator to more easily see if a segment is burned out before it creates a lot of costly rework.

If you are going to be manually applying your labels at slower speeds, printing the barcode using the “Ladder” style is the best option! If your labels are going to be applied by a machine at a higher speed, you need to consider printing the barcode in the “Picket Fence” style.

Taking these tips into account when designing your barcode labeling application can save you considerable amounts of frustration and cost!

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Apr 8, 2013

Automatic Barcode Weight Labeling With A Variety of Products

If your production process requires a high amount of labeling, barcode labeling, and weight measurement and you do it by hand, you probably already know that this can slow your process way down!

Streamlining is key in any sort of production, so it is essential to upgrade these time-wasting processes.

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Barcode Label applied to corrugated box

This can be even worse in a plant that runs a large variety of products. All of the various shapes, sizes and sets of label data can muddy the operation, making it complicated for employees to follow.

For these chaotic environments, Automatic Weight Barcode Labeling is the perfect solution.

Operator scanning offal box barcodes

Operator scanning offal box barcodes

Automatic weight barcode labeling saves you a great deal of money because it is capable of eliminating thousands of labor hours per year.

Packages and products cross a conveyor scale that senses it with photo eyes, weighs it, and sends that data ahead to an automatic applicator printer labeler down the line. The automatic printer applicator labeler applies a label onto the product that can contain the weight and other assorted info. This can be done with very little operator input and maintenance.

When you are dealing with product variety, these automatic weight labeling systems can also be set up to use pre-identification labels. These pre-ID labels can be scanned before crossing the system and can tell the labeler what type of product is coming.

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The labeler can be programmed to output certain labels to match different products, and it can assign different prices per weight. The pre-ID labels are also capable of specifying ranges that the product should fall in when there are weight requirements to be met.

Our automatic weight labeling systems are certified legal-for-trade because that allows products to be sold based on the labeled weight. This cuts out unnecessary steps and allows producers to get products out on the market faster.

This should give you a sense of how versatile our labeling systems are, and their uses don’t stop there. If you require any sort of labeling, we are willing to work closely with you to find a specific labeling solution, so contact us today!