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Zebra Printhead Program: Free Printheads for the Life of Your Printers

Posted February 21, 2018

Join the Zebra Printhead Protection Printhead Program to eliminate replacement costs in your operation!
If you agree to use genuine Zebra supplies exclusively with Zebra printers, all your failed printheads will be replaced at no charge!

Benefits of this Program:

  • Eliminate downtime to increase productivity
  • No unpredictable printhead replacement costs
  • Convenience of a one-source supplier for all your media needs
  • Lower cost of operation and ownership

High- Quality Zebra Supplies Provide Consistency and Reliable Performance.

With more than 1,000 combinations of high quality and reliable labels, tags, wristbands, receipts, and ribbons, Zebra can meet the durability requirements of most printers. The Printhead Protection Program will reward you for using genuine Zebra labels with free printhead replacements.

How to Enroll? Enrollment is Easy!

Contact our dedicated account managers and we will show you how to get started!

*Excludes mobile, card, and kiosk printers.


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.

Clean Start Ribbons for Easy Printhead Maintenance

Posted July 17, 2015

A printer’s printhead may be the most critical component to ensuring crisp, consistent and readable barcodes. Many times the reason prints are not sharp is due to a dirty printhead. BarcodesInc has partnered with IIMAK to provide ribbon with Clean Start. Ribbon including Clean Start allows the user to clean their printhead every time ribbon is changed.  Cleaning the printhead on a regular cadence increases the longevity of the printhead.

Clean Start provides hassle free printhead cleaning with 3 simple steps and only takes 6 seconds.

  • Load the Clean Start Clean Start is built right into most BCI thermal transfer ribbons.
  • Lock the printhead
  • Pull Clean Start
  • Your printer’s printhead has just been cleaned.

When using Clean Start, unnecessary interruptions caused by printhead failures, can be avoided. This results in less money and time being spent replacing printheads.  Contact your knowledgeable BarcodesInc Account Manager for a FREE SAMPLE, of ribbon with Clean Start.


Buy a New Datamax-O’Neil H-Class Printer and Get a Free Printhead!

Posted August 22, 2014

Datamax-O'Neil H-4212 PrinterAct now and register to receive a promo code for a free printhead!

That’s right, as a valued Datamax-O’Neil customer, we’re offering you the H-Class that provides high performance, unmatched reliability and easy integration that out- distances any competitive label printer…all at an affordable price along with the free printhead.  You must buy your H-Class printer and redeem this promotion prior to September 30, 2014.

Feel free to contact one of our BarcodesInc printer specialists to find right Datamax-O’Neil printer  and request a promo code to redeem your free printhead.


Get a Free Printhead with a New CL4NX Purchase in July

Posted July 9, 2014

During the month of July, Sato is celebrating the success of their newly launched industrial thermal printer by giving away one free CL4NX printhead with the purchase of every new CL4NX.

After ordering and receiving your new printer, follow this link with the serial and model number and complete the form to receive your free printhead.

For any assistance finding the right CL4NX for your specific needs, contact us at BarcodesInc.


Sato’s New CL4NX Printer to Replace Legacy Models

Posted June 20, 2014

As a result of its superior and extraordinary feature set and the overwhelming acceptance by our customers of the new CL4NX, effective immediately, Sato will no longer manufacture the printer models listed below. There are limited numbers of units available from each series and orders will be fulfilled on a first come, first served basis:

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Changing the Printhead and Platen Roller on Your E-Class Printer

Posted June 19, 2013

Unfortunately, no barcode printer lasts forever but with the right care and maintenance you can get the most out of your investment.

Two of the most common elements of a printer that will wear down and need to be replaced are the printhead and the platen roller.  The printhead is the main component of the printer that does the actual printing. It is composed of a series of small ceramic dots that heat up in the pattern of what you want to print.  With constant use, printheads do go bad and you can tell by faded printing or, when dots burn out, sections that will not print at all. The platen roller is the main mechanism that pulls the label through the printer as it is being printed. Being a moving part it gets constant use and will eventually wear down providing less pressure on the printhead resulting in printing issues and errors.

Luckily, when these parts go bad it does not mean we need to get a new printer. With all Datamax-O’Neil printers, including their popular E-Class Mark III series, it only takes a few minutes to remove and replace printhead and platen roller to bring a new lease of life to your printer.  This video is a great step-by-step illustration of how easy it really is.


Datamax-O’Neil Extends the microFlash/PrintPAD Series Printhead Warranty to Two Years

Posted December 6, 2012

Datamax-O’Neil, which is the only thermal portable receipt printer manufacturer to stand behind its claims of ruggedness and durability by offering a full 2-year warranty on its microFlash and PrintPAD series printers, is now extending the 2-year warranty to the printheads as well. This warranty is four times longer than competing printers. The table below provides the warranty comparisons:

Datamax-O’Neil will extend the original printhead warranty on new microFlash and PrintPAD printers from 1 year to 2 years effective December 1st, 2012 through December 31st, 2013.