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How to Choose a Barcode Printer

When implementing a barcode system for the first time or updating your equipment you may need to purchase a barcode printer.  This may be an easy task if you are purchasing your barcode printer along with your other barcode equipment.  However, if you are purchasing it separately you will need to make sure that it fits in with the other barcode products you have.

When purchasing a barcode printer you need to make sure that it is capable of printing the right symbology.  The symbology is the type of barcode labels you need to print.  You may require a printer that can print UPC labels or you may want a printer than can print Code 39. 

Certain barcode scanners may require your barcode printer to be able to print at a higher quality.  This may require you to find a printer with a higher resolution output and higher print quality.  Be sure to check with your barcode scanner’s manual or manufacturer to find out what is required of your barcode labels.

Another consideration is the environment that the barcode printer is going to be used in and what the barcode printer is going to have to endure.  If it is in a place that it will likely be tousled around a bit, than you may need a barcode printer that is designed to take a bit of abuse.  Otherwise you can pretty much choose any design that suits your needs and tastes.

The cost of your barcode printer is going to be a factor as well. However, you can’t do much about the cost besides shopping around. The truth remains that you get what you pay for. If you want a higher quality product you are probably going to pay for it.  However, there are instances where certain manufacturers will charge outrageously which is why you need to shop around.