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Tech Tip Tuesday: How to Pick the Right Ribbon for A Barcode Printer

Posted March 27, 2018

It is important to choose the right ribbon to print on your label. Choosing the wrong type of ribbon can result in a poorly printed barcode label, the ink can smear or fade.

There are three types of ribbons: wax, wax/resin, and resin. Please ensure you have a thermal transfer capable printer, we recommend the Airtrack DP-1. It is most reliable, compact, and affordable printer in its class.

Determine the proper ribbon size, choose a ribbon that is equal or less than your printer’s maximum print width where is it enough to cover the surface of your label.

Below is an easy chart for you to choose the right type of ribbon for your application.

Most ribbons are black, but there are color ribbons available to print your labels in color for categorization. If you are interested in a quote for ribbons or colored ribbons, please contact our dedicated account managers.

 


Top 5 Benefits of Zebra’s ZD420

Posted March 19, 2018

Why Should You Buy The ZD420 Series?

  1. Simple
    Installation, setup, and management is easy as 1,2,3.
    Drop the ribbon in place, plug it in, customize your printer configuration, and remote access to all the settings on the printers with Zebra’s printer profile manager.
  2. Same Format
    Whether you are upgrading to Zebra or a different printer, the ZD420 can use the exact label formats you use to print with no modifications needed.
  3. Efficiency
    The design of the printer is so simple anyone can use it. No need to spend time for training during work time, color coding and instruction labels makes ribbon changes fool proof. The result is less downtime, less technical support, and increased worker productivity.
  4. Saves Money
    With the new 300m ribbon for the ZD420 means four times fewer ribbon changes. This high capacity ribbon means you will be paying less per inch, reducing the cost of your supplies and cost for ribbon changing downtime.
  5. Built for Your Preference 
    Buy the ZD420 printer with the features you need today, and just like legos, you can add features on site anytime to meet changing needs. Whether you need a cutter, peeler, movable media sensor to Ethernet Connectivity, there’s an accessory for you.

Applications:
Retail- Prices markdowns, shelf, asset, and return labels
Healthcare- Prescriptions, lab labels, patient ID wristbands
Manufacturing- Shipping, receiving, asset, inventory labels, and packing slips

 


Zebra’s ZD420 and ZD620 Replaces the GK420t, GX420t, and ZD500t

Posted January 29, 2018

ZD420-ZD620-300x136ZD420 and ZD620 are Direct Thermal printers that advances the legacy of its predecessors, replacing the GK420t, GX420t, and the ZD500t.

The ZD420, replaces the GK series, offers a fast high-quality print job, an intuitive interface, modern wired and wireless connectivity options, media handling options, and a field-installable connectivity. It’s a 4-inch printer that is easy to use, easy to deploy, and easy to manage. Has a new ribbon cartridge and comes with more status icons that maximize uptime by making the printer easier to use.

The ZD620, replaces the GX series and ZD500 series, comes with the most standard features of any Zebra Desktop Printers and is designed to meet a wide variety of application requirements. The standard three button user interface with five LED status icons improves the usual single button/single light interface common in desktop printers. Also available is the optional 10-button user interface and color LCD screen. The display will change color when the printer is paused or an error occurs, allowing the users to instantly identify and resolve any issue before productivity is impacted.

ZD420 Features and Benefits:

  • Ease of use through five status icons to provide enhanced user feedback.
  • Field installable connectivity and media handling options for total flexibility in future deployments.
  • The ZD420 runs Link-OS and is supported by a suite of applications, utilities and developer tools to simplify printer setup, management and monitoring.
  • Support for an extended range of media capabilities through moveable media sensors.
  • High resolution options (300 dpi) for printing small labels and 2D barcodes.

ZD620 Features and Benefits:

  • Easy configuration and management with an optional 10-button interface with a color LCD.
  • Comprehensive connection options to connect to wired and wireless networks, or directly to a PC. Every ZD620 comes with Ethernet, Serial, USB 2.0 and USB Host, as well as Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE).
  • Print DNA, powered by Link-OS is Zebra’s robust printer operating system, and is supported by a suite of applications, utilities and developer tools to simplify printer setup, management and monitoring.
  • High resolution option (300 dpi) for printing small labels and 2D barcodes.
  • Support for an extended range of media capabilities through moveable media sensors.

For any questions or a quote on any of your printing needs contact us at Barcodes, Inc.


Zebra’s ZD620: State of the Art Desktop Printer

Posted October 13, 2017

zd620-1The ZD620 delivers in print quality, productivity, application flexibility, and management simplicity. This is Zebra’s next generation of thermal transfer desktop printers. The ZD620 replaces the GX Series and the ZD500 printers rising above other conventional desktop printers with premium print quality and state of the art of features. With field-installable connectivity and media handling options allow you to purchase what you need today, while giving you the flexibility to add new features on site to meet tomorrow’s needs.

Zebra’s ZD620 allows you monitor and manage your printer from the cloud giving you unsurpassed management simplicity. The desktop printer delivers best-in-class print speeds 8 inches per second at 203 dpi output and 6 inches per second at a 300 dpi output. The ZD620 can lower your costs with a high capacity ribbon by having an intelligent dual-ribbon handling that allows the printer to accept either 74m (244 ft.) or high capacity 300m (984 ft) ribbons. The 300m ribbon can reduce ribbon changes by 75% for fewer workflow interruptions.

ZD620 Features and Benefits:

  • Print Width: 4.09 in./104 mm for 203 dpi, 4.27 in./108 mm for 300 dpi
  • Maximum Print Speed: 8 in./203 mm per second (203 dpi), 6 in./152 mm per second (300 dpi)
  • Communication Methods: USB v2.0 (Standard), Bluetooth Low Energy (Standard), RS-232 Serial (Standard), 10/100 Ethernet (Standard), Wireless: 802.11ac with Bluetooth 4.1 (Factory installed option).
  • Print Resolution:  203 dpi/8 dots per mm, Optional 300 dpi/12 dots per mm.
  • Media Sensors: Full width, moveable reflective/black mark sensor; Multi-position transmissive/gap sensor.

 

For any questions or a quote on any of your printing needs contact us at Barcodes, Inc.


A Honeywell Desktop Printer, the PC42d

Posted September 18, 2017

pc42dA printer that features solid double-layer housing, easy paper-loading design, and media auto-centering function. That printer is the compact and elegant PC42d. The PC42d is a powerful and reliable printer that is best suited for low-to-mid intensity thermal printing applications such as electronic express, logistic waybills, healthcare laboratory labels, wristbands, and distribution center routing labels just to name a few.

The Honeywell desktop printer gives your operation the flexibility of industry standard connectivity with up to four built-in interface options: standard USB device, USB host, Serial, or Ethernet. With the variety of interface options, the PC42d can easily integrate into virtually any application environment.

Printing quality will be an area you need not worry about as the PC42d comes with a high-quality printhead, advanced thermal management algorithms, and broad thermal media compatibility all to give you excellent printing results. The PC42d comes with 128 MB Flash and 64 MB SDRAM which is several times larger than its competitors and supports up to a 32 GB USB expansion. The desktop printer also provides strong data pre-processing and caching capabilities. The ARM926 core and the 400 MHz high-speed processor, the PC42d can process high-volume tasks efficiently.

For any questions or a quote on any of your printing needs contact us at Barcodes, Inc.


SATO’s WS4 Desktop Printer Now Available

Posted June 6, 2017

SATO WS4 PrinterIntroducing the newest in the series of SATO’s desktop printers, the SATO WS4 is available in both direct thermal and thermal transfer. Universally designed with USB, RS232 and Ethernet, these industry interfaces are standard to the WS4 model. It also features optional Bluetooth or 802.11 WLAN communication interfaces further expanding its versatility.

Flexible and efficient, all WS4s are configured with on-board competitive emulations, plus an auto-detect feature that recognizes the data stream commands used. A three-color LED lamp system helps operators easily know their printer status at a glance.

With features not typically found at this price point, the WS4 base model has:

  • Auto Sense Emulations
  • Long 984.2 ft. Ribbon
  • Standard Ethernet, RS232 and USB A/B
  • Optional Bluetooth or 802.11 WLAN Interfaces
  • Easy Load Media
  • Space Saving Footprint

The WS4 are currently available to ship immediately。


Desktop Printing with Printronix’s T600 and T400

Posted May 12, 2017

Printronix’s latest line of label printers bring affordable and reliable printing to a variety of desktop applications. Easy to use, load media, and a versatile feature set make the T600 and T400 the perfect solution for any business.


Bixolon’s SLP-TX220 Compact Desktop Label Printers

Posted March 29, 2017

Bixolon’s latest label printer addition, the SLP-TX220 2″ thermal transfer desktop printer with optional Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, is perfect for a range of applications from wrist banding, order labelling to barcode printing.

The SLP-TX220 is the world’s first 2″ thermal transfer desktop printer with built-in Bluetooth with MFi iAP2 certification. Teamed with a smart Bluetooth Auto Switch allowing easy switching from iOS settings to standard Bluetooth mode.

Printing at speeds up to 6ips and high resolution 203 dpi print quality. The SLP-TX220 provides fast data processing speeds for various types of labels. Designed with Autocutter and Peeler options, the SLP-TX220 features a space saving 74mm ribbon and easy paper loading, alongside an adjustable paper guide.

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Printronix Expands Portfolio with Affordable T400 Desktop Series

Posted March 3, 2017

Printronix has announced the release of their new affordable T400 Compact Desktop Printer series. Engineered for a wide variety of industries and applications that require a reliable and cost effective printer, the T400 comes with robust features and a level of performance usually associated with more expensive printers.

Clocking in with speeds of 6 inches per second, 64MB of RAM, and 128 MB of Flash Memory, this desktop printer is a workhorse with unrivaled levels of productivity. The T400 combines its compact frame with a durable double clamshell construction allowing it to easily handle the most challenging of desktop environments.

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Time-Saving Ribbon Loading with Zebra’s ZD420

Posted February 20, 2017

Making the printing experience better and easier is something that every label printer manufacturer aims for but Zebra has raised the bar with the ZD420 series. Unlike standard printers that uses a ribbon roll you have to thread through your printer, the ZD420 uses a ribbon cartridge.

As you can see from the video, changing ribbon takes seconds. A simple enough task but the time savings means less time waiting on a printer and a much simpler process for everyone who uses it.


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