Search Blog Content

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Choosing the Right Bar Code Printer



Choosing the right barcode printer is much harder than most people think. Label and barcode printers are devised to improve business processes and to print a label or tag that is part of a product identification system. This could be a file, an asset, a library book, a warehouse shelf face, a blood or DNA sample or even a patient in hospital. Label and bar code printers can be Industrial or Tabletop, Desktop and Portable.
While choosing bar code printers, a business needs to consider its current as well as future label requirements. There can be companies that need a printer with modest output features for now, but their requirements may increase in the future. It is here that superior quality and efficiency of a printer matters. There are bar code label printers that reliably operate well for long duty cycles. The barcode printer can print at low resolution of 200 or higher resolution at 300 and 600 DPI. It is important to understand DPI-Dots Per Inch, when choosing a printer. Apart from a wide range of printing resolution options, a good printing technology also ensures high degree of accuracy on multiple media.
Barcode printers can be thermal transfer based or direct thermal based. In TT-thermal transfer printing, the heat from the print-head is applied to the ribbon. The material on the ribbon is then transferred to the label media. This technique is easier on print-head, as the back of the ribbon is very smooth and protects print-head from friction of the media. As TT printing uses a ribbon, it also opens up other options for types of ribbon and label media. Thermal transfer printing is high resolution and flexible, and allows printing on a wide variety of surfaces.
In DT-direct thermal printing, the print-head comes in contact with the label media directly. There is a coating on the label media that turns black as heat is applied to it. Due to this, no ribbon is required. DT printers are good for shipping labels, and temporary printing needs.
While planning for label needs, businesses need to consider the label volume capacity of printers. Light duty printers produce 1,000-5,000 labels per day, medium duty can produce 2,000-7,000 labels per day and heavy-duty printers can produce between 5,000 and 10,000 labels per day.
In terms of functionality, other key components in good printers include:
* User selectable printer languages ZPL, DPL
* Stand alone printer applications, eliminating the need for PCs if desired
* Mutiple Interfaces Ethernet/USB/and other options
* Multi lingual capability
An ideal bar code printer also has competitive pricing, extended warranties, sizeable and varied media inventory, and ease of maintenance.
A1 Barcode Systems
Website: Zebra: Zebra Printers
Article Source:

Article Source:

1 comment:

  1. for sharing excellent informations on Zebra RW420 . Enjoyed reading post on your blog.!