Tech Tip Tuesday: Labels!

Posted March 13, 2018

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How do you know what type of labels you will need?

There are a few things you want to check before you purchase labels.

  1. What type of printer are you using? Direct or Thermal Transfer? (Direct Thermal- heat transfer and Thermal Transfer is will require ribbons to transfer ink onto labels)
    Or if you have not chosen your printer yet, figure out how long do you need your labels to last and choose between direct or thermal transfer.
  2. Look at the maximum print width that your printer will print, have a plan on what size you want your labels to be. (For example: 3×1 will be 3inches across and 1 inch tall) Normally, sizes for shipping labels will be 4×6 and shelf labels will be 2×1 or 3×1.
  3. Print Material– The main type of print material revolves around three and it’s mostly paper, polypropylene, or polyester.
    Paper- $, used mostly indoor and max lifetime is 5-7 months
    Polypropylene(paper and plastic texture)- $$, can be used indoor and outdoor and max life time is 2 years
    Polyester(plastic texture)- $$$, used indoor or outdoor, gloss on label, scratch/smear, and water resistant and max life time is 3 years
  4. Below are the sizes of the label cores that you have to confirm before purchase, just to make sure it will fit inside your printer. (Often times this is the step that most people overlook and realize that the roll won’t fit when it arrives. So keeping note now will prevent any mis-order in the future)
    Desktop Printers: (core in diameter)
    Inner Core: 1 inch              Outer Core: 5 inches
    Industrial Printers:
    Inner Core: 3 inches          Outer Core: 8 inches
    Mobile Printers:
    Varies

Take a look at some of the labels that we have available for desktop, industrial, and mobile printers. If you are still unsure about the type of labels you need, feel free to contact one of our dedicated account managers and they can help you find the type of labels you need.

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