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Buying a Barcode Printer : 4 Questions Before You Buy

Posted October 12, 2012

Compared to a laser or inkjet printer, thermal based barcode label printers are a much more economical option to create high quality labels and tags. These printers can create single labels instead of on whole sheets that are not really suitable for on-demand printing . In the long run, thermal barcode printers require less maintenance, have less expensive media, and print faster while maintaining excellent print quality.

Finding the right printer for your needs, however, can be challenge with all the available models and options.

The next 4 questions will help make the decision process easier and get you closer to best printer for your needs.

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Fargo ID Card Hologram Layouts Explained!

Posted October 11, 2012

Holograms are a great feature to have on an ID card to help prevent fraud and improve the security of your card issuance.  Many times, to incorporate a hologram you would need a laminating printer like the DTC4500 and a special laminate that has embedded holograms.  If you don’t have a laminating printer though, there is still an option to create cards with holograms.

Fargo offers a variety of ID cards that have holograms already embedded in the card itself.  Their VeriMark and Holomark cards come with hologram options in 8 different possible positions on the card.  Using a non-laminating printer like the DTC1000, all you need to do is make sure you print design doesn’t cover  the location of the hologram.

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Properly Storing Your Blank ID Cards

Posted October 10, 2012

Having a professional looking identification card with crisp images and no blemishes is must-have in today’s corporate and university environments. Card Printers certainly play a part in the process, but taking care of your blank ID card stock should be a priority. Improperly handling cards before printing can create flaws in your card stock that will be reflected or even magnified in your printed cards. The following are a few tips to consider when handling cards:

  • Environment – Cards should be kept in the air-tight, water resistant containers when not in use. Most card stocks from Zebra, Fargo, Datacard, and Evolis come in 5 x 100 card packages. It is best to only open one container at a time. Cards also should be stored in a regulated temperature environment. Extreme heat or extreme cold can make cards brittle and more susceptible to snapping.
  • Handling: Oils and fingerprints from your hands can leave a residue on the card that will impact the overall print quality of the card. We recommend only touching the edge of the cards when loading and handling your ID cards. Anti-static gloves can also be worn which will reduce the residue left on cards.
  • Inputting: Always inspect the stock to make sure you have received the proper cards and no identifiable blemishes exist with in the cards.

For more information about ID cards and handling, contact us at BarcodesInc.


Key Attributes To Identify When Shopping For The Right Printer

Posted October 8, 2012

There are wide variety of manufacturers and printer options for your ID Card needs. BarcodesInc carries all the top models from Fargo, Datacard, Zebra and a host of others and can help direct you to the ID solution that best fits your needs. When looking for an ID Card Printer, answering the following questions can limit your number of choices

1)      Single vs. Dual Print Side:

2)      Volume

  • How many cards do you print per day? Larger volumes may warrant a more premium printer

3)      Print Technology

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Understanding Datacard Ribbon Types

Posted October 3, 2012

Making sure you have the right type of ribbon for your Datacard ID Card printer is crucial to getting the most out of it. That said, it is not always very clear what the types of ribbon are for especially when acronyms like YMCKT and YMCKT-KT are used. Having the right type of ribbon for your specific needs will help reduce media costs and increase your printing efficiency.

The first concern when choosing a ribbon is if you are doing monochromatic(single color) or full color printing. Monochromatic printing is easy since the only concern is making sure the ribbon cartridge is matched to your printer model and the color you want.

Most applications, however, need to print full color cards and this is where all the acronyms start coming into play. Most commonly, cards are printed in full color on the front and are either blank on the back or only printed in black. In both of these cases there are different ribbons that should be used to print accurately and efficiently.

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Top 5 Tips for Choosing Mobile Printers

Posted August 22, 2012

Mobile printers are deployed primarily to improve productivity. By giving users a tool to produce labels and receipts exactly when and where they’re needed, enterprises save the steps required to travel to a stationary or vehicle-mounted printer, pick up the print output, and bring it back to where it is needed. These steps build unnecessary labor cost into printing operations. Therefore, the value a mobile printer provides depends directly on how it supports productivity.

“Productivity enhancement” isn’t a line item on mobile printer spec sheets that organizations can use to easily compare different models. Instead, spec sheets list printer sizes and weights, print widths, media compatibility, wireless connectivity support, I/Os, power sources and other configuration options that add up to thousands of potential choices. Understanding how these features and options relate to mobile printer productivity and reliability is essential for choosing the best printer for your operations.

There are five fundamental tips for finding the mobile printer that provides the best fit:

  1. Respect the work environment.
  2. Understand user needs.
  3. Don’t deviate from enterprise security and integration standards.
  4. Match the mobile printer to its computer.
  5. Consider operating cost as part of total cost.

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Top 10 Barcode Scanner Apps for iPhone and Android Smartphones

Posted June 13, 2012

Apple and Android logosWith a free or inexpensive app you can turn the Android or iPhone smartphone in your pocket into a powerful data-collecting barcode scanner for basic inventory management, asset tracking, and ticketing needs.

Most apps you will find in iTunes and Google Play only focus on reading barcodes for checking product prices, but there are also many apps ideal for small business and enterprise users.

We reviewed hundreds of apps to bring you the 10 of the most useful barcode scanner apps.

Read our full review of barcode scanner apps.

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Buying a Barcode Scanner : 4 Questions Before You Buy

Posted May 24, 2012

Scanners may have become easier to use than ever but choosing one from the long list of models out there is a challenge.  Luckily, you don’t need to know all the technical ins and outs of scanner technology to find a good fit for your business.  With the following 4 questions you’ll be able to narrow down your options to the right one for you.

Question #1 : What type of barcode are you reading?

This is one of the most important questions since you can end up paying too much for a scanner or get one that doesn’t work at all.  There are essentially 2 types of barcodes:

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Scanning at the Point-of-Sale: Keys to Improving the Customer Experience

Posted April 20, 2012

Industry Need

What can customers get in your stores that they can’t get online?

Retailers who cannot easily answer this question risk losing business to e-commerce competitors – more than 3,100 U.S. retail stores closed in 2011 and more than 5,000 more are projected to close in 2012, according to published industry reports. Retailers who are answering the question successfully are focusing on creating an excellent customer experience. They are creating and enhancing customer loyalty programs, offering new services, seamlessly merging sales channels and providing exceptional customer service.

Creating a positive customer experience also requires satisfying the desire for immediacy. Successful retailers have products available for customers to touch, try and take home right away, without having to wait for shipment.

To create this experience, retailers need to keep their products on the shelves and their staff on the floor. It requires a workforce that is knowledgeable, flexible and highly responsive. Retailers should demand the same from their equipment.

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5 Tips To Maximize Your Printhead

Posted January 31, 2012

All thermal label printers have 3 basic consumables: labels, ribbon (if thermal transfer printer), and printheads. Even though it is part of the printer itself as opposed to a media item the printhead is still considered a consumable due to the fact that it does wear down over time and will need to be replaced. When you take into account the fact that replacing your printhead will cost you up to almost half of what you paid for your printer it is something we will want to get the most out of. Printheads don’t just stop working one day either so along the way you will see a drop in your print quality which can cause a host of problems beyond just the cost of a replacement. We’ll take a look at what your printhead is and how it works along with 5 things you can do to ensure a long use-cycle to avoid problems and extra costs to your print application.
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