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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.


Honeywell Introduces the MP Series Industrial Label Printers

Posted October 18, 2017

mp-seriesHoneywell’s MP Series Industrial Label Printers are a set of rugged and easy-to-use industrial printers. The MP Series can do as much as the large industrial printers but only need a fraction of the space. With an all-metal casing that makes them ideal for harsh industrial environments, these Honeywell printers are quiet and small enough to operate in low noise environments, including offices or hospitals. The MP Series comes in two models, the MP Nova and the MP Compact.

The MP Nova printers occupy less than half the space of traditional industrial label printers allowing users to retain valuable work space. The MP Nova printers can be used in almost any orientation, including the ability to be mounted upside down. With Large, easy-to-manage levers, single-handed media removal, and open covers make the MP Nova the next generation in ergonomic printer engineering that saves money, time, and space.

The MP Compact has a small footprint and takes up little room in smaller crowded areas with ability to be mounted on walls, manufacturing lines, and mobile trolleys. An option for the MP Compact comes with 802.11 a/b/g/n wireless LAN making it easy to connect to networks and to use mobile printing operations such as a forklift.

MP Nova Features and Benefits:

  • Increased operational uptime with easy media loading.
  • Large media capacity allows for maximum productivity.
  • Available in 102 mm (4 in) and 152 mm (6 in) sizes as well as Direct Thermal (DT) and Thermal Transfer (TT) models.
  • The printers support IPL, DPL, Labelpoint and PL-Z languages, allowing them to easily replace competitive printers.

MP Compact Features and Benefits:

  • Label retrieval time is reduced when the MP Compact printers are mounted on a forklift.
  • Large media capacity allows for maximum productivity.
  • The printers are easily mounted on mobile assets such as manufacturing lines, mobile trolleys or forklifts.
  • The printers support DPL, Labelpoint and PL-Z languages, allowing them to easily replace competitive printers.
  • The printers offer a wireless connection option in addition to standard Ethernet.

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


Zebra Printing Supplies

Posted September 13, 2017

lbelsWhen it comes to consumables there are no shortage of options, but each and everyone has their benefits when it comes to maintaining your printer. Printing supplies can impact everything from the printhead lifespan to the printer’s operational efficiency. So when it comes to selecting labels, ribbons, or wristbands it is an important decision. Zebra Technologies can help, being one of the largest thermal label convertors in North America, with the expertise in converting thermal media. With four U.S. converting locations Zebra offers manufacturing redundancies resulting in quick delivery and minimal interruptions. Zebra will only use inks, varnishes, tools and equipment that meet the requirements of thermal materials.

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What Are the Advantages of Thermal Transfer Printing?

Posted June 13, 2017

Choosing the right printing method for labels can always be confusing at first. With options for direct thermal and thermal transfer it really comes down to how long you want the label to last and in what kind of environment. Thermal transfer provides more options for longevity and durability but not without a cost.

Thermal Transfer – Advantages

  • Image durability. It’s the label type needed for harsh environments.
  • Superb resolution of bar codes, text and graphics.
  • Longer printhead life compared to direct thermal printers.
  • Can be color depending on color of label – black, blue, red, green, white.

Thermal Transfer – Disadvantages

  • Dual media needed – labels and ribbons. More to purchase and store.
  • Ribbons can be tricky to load.
  • Must match ribbon to facestock.
  • Single pass ribbon can be wasteful if little is printed on long labels.

Honeywell’s Duratherm Series: A Label for Every Application

Posted March 31, 2017

As a leading manufacturer of label printers and media, Honeywell provides a wide range of label materials to meet any need. When it comes to direct thermal printing the Duratherm series provides cost-effective printing with various levels of durability, from uncoated paper to top-coated synthetic labels.

Without the need for ribbon changeover, Duratherm products are easy to use and demand less operator intervention. Duratherm labels have been designed for use with both visible and infrared scanners in indoor applications with high humidity, high surface abrasion, at demanding fast print speeds.

In addition to being a high quality label, when you exclusively use Honeywell media with Honeywell printers, their Free Printhead Replacement Program offers significant cost savings.

  • Duratherm Receipt – A direct thermal paper that provides excellent print quality. Well-suited for most general receipt applications, most notably for use in portable thermal printers.
  • Duratherm II Label – A general purpose direct thermal paper label that delivers high-quality, cost-effective printing.Duratherm II is recommended for most general use applications where exposure to chemicals and moisture is not anticipated.
  • Duratherm III Label – A top-coated direct thermal paper label that delivers high-quality printing and enhanced durability.Duratherm III is recommended for applications where high humidity, moisture contact and surface abrasion are concerns.
  • Duratherm NIR – A premium direct thermal paper label engineered to deliver high-contrast images and enhanced durability. Duratherm III NIR is targeted for use in applications with challenging barcode scanning requirements and is well-suited for high-speed sortation applications.
  • Duratherm II Tag – A general purpose paper tag providing high-quality, cost-effective printing.Duratherm II Tag is recommended for applications where labeling is not suitable. This product resists curling, even in high humidity environments.

High Quality Label Supplies From Zebra

Posted March 28, 2017

lbelsLabels are a crucial element in any application barcodes are used that can easily be overlooked.  Thermal printing isn’t rocket science but having the right high quality label for your specific needs can be the key to success and profitability.

Not all thermal labels are created equal. Zebra has been a label printing leader for decades now. Using their supplies means you have access to a large selection of quality, pre-tested, supplies manufactured by a thermal industry expert, reducing your risks.

Zebra has intimate knowledge of thermal printers and understands the importance of using quality materials and processes. With one of the largest selections of thoroughly tested label materials to choose from you cab rest assured with any Zebra label you may need. Continue reading »


Desktop Printing Made Easy with the Honeywell PC42t

Posted February 17, 2017

Based on more than 40 years of bar code printing innovations, the PC42t desktop printer sets new standards for user-friendliness and affordability. Easy to install and ready to print quickly, the streamlined PC42t is an economical choice for media up too 4.3” wide.

The Honeywell PC42t supports a wide range of media and features a quick-opening design for easy media replenishment. Designed to print up to 1000 label a day, the PC42t’s quiet, reliable operation and intuitive design make it the perfect fir for light-duty labeling applications in a variety of industries.


Zebra Labels for Any Application

Posted December 3, 2015

Label printing isn’t rocket science by any means but knowing what label to use for your specific application can be challenge at first. Zebra has been the leading manufacturer of printers and labels with a wide range of offerings to meet the needs of any environment from very short term temporary shipping labels to rugged, outdoor asset labeling.

Following these simple guidelines it’ll be easy to determine which type of label you need and the most suitable Zebra options.

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How to Choose the Right Thermal Ribbon for your Label Printer

Posted June 25, 2015

Thermal transfer printing provides for a longer lasting print as compared to direct thermal printing. The reason thermal transfer prints last longer is due to the use of a thermal transfer ribbon during the printing process.  A thermal transfer ribbon is required to obtain a long lasting print.  However, choosing the proper thermal transfer ribbon to fit your printer and application can be difficult.  Help choosing the correct thermal transfer ribbon has arrived!

Follow the simple steps below to identify the proper ribbon:

Step 1: Ensure you have a Thermal Transfer Printer

Ribbon is only used with Thermal Transfer printers.  A ribbon cannot be used with a Direct Thermal printers as they do not have the proper internal mechanical components to hold or thread the ribbon.
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How Do I Know What Barcode Label I Have?

Posted June 16, 2015

Barcode labelsIntermec Duratran II Label come in a variety of types and materials to meet the needs of a range of applications. From a temporary shipping label to a rugged asset tag that needs to endure the challenges of outdoor use, there are labels that can meet these needs.

Knowing what type of label you are using is almost impossible to tell from just looking at it but there are a few key tests you can conduct to figure out what type and material your label is. Following these steps you can be assured you order the same label your application needs.

1. Try to tear the label in half

If you can tear the label in half we know right away that it’s a paper stock as opposed to a synthetic material like polypropylene or polyester.  Synthetic materials may stretch and deform a bit but will not be tear-able by hand.
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