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How to Get Your Zebra Printer to Work with Light Colored Ribbons

Posted October 8, 2012

Thermal label printers may only be able to print with a single color ribbon roll but this doesn’t mean you’re stuck with black only.  A variety of colored ribbons are available for almost every printer model in wax, wax/resin, or resin rolls.  However, when you start using lighter colors of ribbon (red, yellow, pink), the printer will sometimes have difficulty sensing that a ribbon is installed properly. Most printers just need a little calibration to get up and running.

Zebra printers are some of the most commonly used label printers today and the ZM400, ZM600, and S4M are a few of the more popular models.  Follow these steps from the front control panel on the printer to configure it to handle any color of ribbon with ease

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Faster, Easier, Better – The Datacard SD360 and SD260 Card Printers

Posted October 5, 2012

Datacard has been a leader in ID card printers due for their high quality printers that are easy to use.  Their current SD360 and SD260 printers are a great for small to medium-sized applications for dual-sided or single-sided printing.

The SD360 and SD260 card printer’s new technology, faster print speeds and user-friendly interface are designed to help any application streamline their day-to-day operations and create safer, more secure environments. Exclusive features include Datacard TruePick anti-jam card handling for reliable operation as well as TrueMatch color matching. When used with Datacard Certified Supplies, TrueMatch color matching produces vibrant images and logos, as well as crisp, bleed-free bar codes and text. Users can also upgrade the printers with smart card and magnetic stripe encoding modules for more complex operations such as meal purchases and attendance tracking.

For more information on the SD series printers, contact us at BarcodesInc.


Datamax-O’Neil Introduces the NETira Software Suite of Printer Tools

Posted October 5, 2012

Unlock the power of your printers with the NETira suite of software tools designed to expand and enhance the performance of your Datamax-O’Neil printers. NETira offers users the ability to set-up your printer, design custom labels or manage an entire network of printers with the touch of a few buttons. NETira reduces setup time and provides the tools to effectively utilize all of your printer’s capabilities.

Thoroughly tested and certified by Datamax-O’Neil technicians, NETira provides users with easy-to-use software that presents a consistent look and feel for navigation. Whether it’s a single printer or part of a networked environment, NETira applications reduce setup time and provide users with the tools to effectively utilize all of their printers’ capabilities. The NETira suite includes:

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The New Datalogic Touch TD1100 Linear Imager

Posted October 4, 2012

Datalogic has announced the availability of the new Touch TD1100 linear imager contact reader. The Touch TD1100 reader is a linear imager alternative to low-cost laser scanners. It has been developed to enhance the very successful (but dated) Touch 65/90 Pro and Lite models. The Pro and Lite readers have been very successful in the last 10 years and are among the major revenue generators of all time for Datalogic’s handheld product range.

The Touch TD1100 readers feature a stylish new design combined with enhanced performance and durability to provide the new Touch readers with all the requisites needed in
order to compete with a higher-range class of competitive products.

The Touch TD1100 series of linear imaging contact readers represents Datalogic’s solution for customers who require a cost-effective solution for close-contact bar code reading without sacrificing quality or performance. Designed for low throughput applications within multiple markets, the Touch TD1100 readers provide the guarantee of contact reading with an excellent reading capability on virtually all linear bar codes, including damaged or poorly printed codes. Small, lightweight and low on energy consumption, the Touch TD1100 readers continue to provide robustness with a 1.5 m / 5.0 ft drop resistance, which is typical of higher range products.

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UPTrade to a New Fargo Printer

Posted October 4, 2012

Now through December 31, 2012, customers can trade in all old Fargo card printers as well as any dye-sublimation or reverse image card printer from other manufacturers.

Turn in your old printer and and purchase a new Fargo printer. The UPTrade rebate is available on all DTC4000, DTC4500 and HDP5000 ID Card Printers. Rebate amounts are determined based on purchase of Single Side ID Card Printer, Dual Side ID Card Printer, and Lamination ID Card Printers. The value of the rebates listed below:

Trade-In units must be returned to HID Eden Prairie or a regional office no later than January 14, 2013.

For more information on the trade in program, contact us at BarcodesInc.


Datacard SD260 – Replacement Printer for the SP35 Plus

Posted October 3, 2012

Datacard SD260 ID Card Printer

When an ID Card Printer works successfully for so many years, it is easy to forget how long the printer has been in service. We get many requests from our customers who are looking to purchase another SP35 Plus to replace their existing printer. Unfortunately, the printer has been discontinued by Datacard and inventories have been depleted of the printer.

However, Datacard’s SD260 is a direct replacement printer, which offers superior quality and a variety of configurations that will satisfy every customer. The Datacard SD260 single-sided card printer is packed with industry-leading innovations that make desktop ID card printing simple and economical. The SD260 printer is ideal for small- to medium-sized businesses, schools, hospitals, fitness clubs and anyone who prints ID cards as part of their busy workday. With its competitive features and price, the SD260 is a great value.

To learn more about the Datacard SD260 ID Card Printer, contact us at BarcodesInc.


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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Fargo HDP5000 Card Printer at Work With Action Ambulance Services

Posted October 2, 2012

Fargo HDP5000 ID Card PrinterAction Ambulance services uses Fargo HDP5000 card printer/encoder with lamination for ID, Security and Marketing

The challenge 

Action Ambulance Services provides 24-hour emergency and non-emergency medical services to the people of Eastern Massachusetts from 13 different locations. The identification cards worn by emergency personnel face challenging conditions, not only from temperature extremes and inclement weather, but also from bodily fluids, including blood, of patients being treated.

Twelve years ago, the organization began using ID cards for employee identification, but its printer was not able to laminate the cards, nor was it fast enough to keep up with the growing business. Mike Woronka, now Chief Executive Officer of Action Ambulance Services, was responsible for bringing the first ID card printer to the organization. He realized it was time for an upgrade of both the hardware and the software.

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The New Cipherlab 1861 Handheld UHF RFID Reader

Posted October 2, 2012

CipherLab 1861 RFID ReaderCipherLab has announced their new 1861 handheld RFID reader. The 1861 handheld RFID reader is designed to provide flexibility in data collection considering RFID technology has become a complementary solution to barcode labeling. Unique from typical RFID readers, the CipherLab 1861 handheld RFID reader provides user extended RFID reading and writing capabilities via most Bluetooth mobile devices. In addition, it can further integrate barcode capture and RFID data collection into one robust device by simply snapping your CipherLab 9600 series, CP50 series, or other mobile computers onto its custom mount attached to the CipherLab 1861 handheld RFID reader. In this way, users could enjoy hassle-free one-hand operation via single unit with high work efficiency. Additionally, it gives user the capability to read UHF (Ultra High Frequency) RFID tags in a distance up to 1 m (3 ft.), and write data up to 0.5 m (1.6 ft.) away – this makes it much easier while scanning tags on products as pallets are moved through a dock door or scanning cases on a high shelf in a warehouse.

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Understanding the Value of Genuine Printer Supplies

Posted October 1, 2012

Before purchasing supplies, buyers would do well to remember the words of Warren Buffett, a man who knows a little about buying smartly: “price is what you pay. Value is what you get.” The point is simple: it’s not the initial purchase price that ultimately matters, but rather the value delivered by the purchase. This is particularly true when it comes to printer supplies.

Genuine printer supplies are designed by OEM engineers and qualified with the printer itself as part of the research and product development process. They are developed to precise specifications, so that they perform with the printer at a consistently high level, time and time again.

Only genuine supplies:

  • Are engineered in conjunction with the printer for superior quality, performance, and reliability.
  • Fully protect your hardware investment.
  • Keep warranties beyond reproach.
  • Benefit from an OEM’s years of operational experience in the market, and with specific applications.
  • Mitigate risk of downtime due to printer failure.

Genuine supplies typically bear the imprint or endorsement of the OEM clearly on the packaging. Consulting the OEM or a recognized OEM channel partner is a sure way of verifying whether the supply you have in hand is genuine.

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