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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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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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Intermec PM43c Now Shipping

Posted September 11, 2012

Intermec PM43c Barcode PrinterThe Intermec PM43c industrial mid-range printer, a compact version of the PM43, is available for orders and is now shipping.

The PM Series are shipping with multi-command language firmware that includes Fingerprint and Direct Protocol, IPL and competitive emulations for ZPLII and DPL. While customers can take advantage of the ease of use provided by multi-command language firmware, only Fingerprint and Direct Protocol offers the most features and best performance: fastest throughput, easiest configuration, wizards and tools, XML, and Smart Printing and INprint for printing without a host application. Fingerprint and Direct Protocol is recommended for all new applications and current custom applications where a change is possible.

The full-sized PM43 is a direct replacement for the PM4i, and the compact PM43c directly replaces the PF4i industrial printer

For more information or to order a new PM43c feel free to contact us at Barcodes Inc.


Zebra Announces The Discontinuance of the LP/TLP 2844, LP/TLP 2824, and TLP 3842

Posted September 4, 2012

Some of the most popular and widely used desktop label printers are finally coming to an end.  Zebra has announced the formal discontinuation of their famed  LP/TLP 2844, LP/TLP 2824, and TLP 3842 printers.

Zebra is a leader in the world of label printers and their compact desktop models are the perfect combination of performance and value.  While their most popular units may be on the way out, there is are new and improved printers ready to take their place.

These new models use the same labels/ribbons as their predecessors and are drop-in replacements in most applications. If you have any questions or need assistance migrating to these new printers, contact us at Barcodes Inc.


TEC Launches the New B-EX4T2 Low-Cost Industrial Printer

Posted August 27, 2012

Known for its extensive range of robust, high quality printers, TEC’s latest addition to their industrial printer line is no exception.

Featuring advanced processing power, the B-EX4T2 boasts fast output with print speeds of up to 12ips, combined with efficient throughput, making it an ideal choice for heavy duty industrial printing environments.

Low cost of ownership, ease of integration into existing competitor estates and high performance at top speeds are just some of the benefits of the new B-EX4T2 premium industrial barcode printer, available at a price often associated with less powerful printing solutions. Plus, with the lowest power consumption of any industrial printer on the market combined with a 600m ribbon offered as standard, the resulting reduction in electricity use, stoppages, media changes and storage requirements, all point to lower operating costs for users.

Available in 203/300 or 600dpi variants the B-EX4T2 is perfect for a diverse range of high volume industrial printing application. Using customer-friendly features that are easy to upgrade in the field, such as snap-in printheads, combined with double-ribbon motor control, which provides linear ribbon feed and correct tension, reducing wrinkles and waste, maintenance costs are also kept to a minimum.

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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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A Guide to Smart Printing

Posted August 16, 2012

Understanding the Capabilities, Use Cases and Advantages of Smart Printers

Businesses are continually looking for ways to work smarter. Printing operations provide an excellent – and often overlooked – opportunity. One growing trend among companies with bar code printing operations is to leverage the capabilities of “smart” printers, which are printers that integrate the power of a personal computer. Smart printers enable businesses to change the way their printing operations are structured, to streamline and improve processes in ways that reduce operating costs while improving reliability.

Smart printing takes advantage of the memory and processing power available in advanced printers to run printing operations independently, without a PC or network connection to another host computer. Smart printers can run software applications and can function as PLCs to control other devices, including scales, scanners and label applicators. By using the computing power that’s in the printer, organizations can reduce their IT hardware, networking and support requirements, lower the total cost of printing operations, and create work processes that improve productivity and reduce opportunities for errors.

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Zebra’s New 4″ Desktop Printer the GC420

Posted August 6, 2012

Zebra announces the release of the GC420 desktop printers. These compact printers allow organisations of all sizes to see more and do more by enabling track-and-trace capabilities for numerous applications, including:

Manufacturing – light industrial work-in-process, product and shipping labelling

Transportation & logistics – boarding tickets, bag tags, parking passes

Retail – price labelling shelf marking, receipt printing

Healthcare – laboratory specimen and blood bank labelling

Post  electronic stamping, address labelling

These new printers offer productivity enhancements essential for small to mid-size manufacturers, transportation and logistics businesses as well as retail, healthcare and post. The GC420 provides excellent value performance based on customer-proven mechanical design.

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Are Zebra Printers Used In Your Life?

Posted August 1, 2012

Zebra printers are some of the most popular and commonly used printers today.  You can find Zebra printers in retail, manufacturing, hospitality, government, healthcare,  and educational environments being used for a variety of  printing applications.  From wristbands to labels and even ID cards, no matter the environment, there is a Zebra printer to meet the needs of every application.


The Wasp WPL608 Industrial Label Printer

Posted July 25, 2012

Having the right printer to meet the demands of your business is critical to getting the most out of your investment.  For demanding print applications, a printer needs to be reliable and easy to use to keep you business running efficiently. The Wasp WPL608 features an industrial design at an affordable price, delivering reliability that your organization can depend on. Durable construction, exceptional print speed, and dual barcode printing technologies make this barcode printer a leader in industrial barcode printing.

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