Whether working at a distribution facility, on a factory floor or in an office; you’ve likely used or required a label printer at some point. Not only are they incredible useful in labelling and managing stock, but can play as important a role in managing internal documents and files to ensure none go astray.
In a follow-up to our guides on mobile and thermal printers, we’ll be delving into the technicalities of label printing. What’s more, we’ll be exploring what use cases a label printer has and what you need to consider when purchasing one for your organisation.
What is a Label Printer and How Do They Work?
Unlike usual household printers, however, label printers must be capable of printing on a variety of materials. These materials will often include plastic or thermosensitive paper. This is as these materials provide greater longevity and can handle the challenges that come with long-term storage and extensive travel.
In some circumstances, such as when printing an RFID tag, the label printer will require more extensive technological capabilities. This could, for example, include the ability to code the radio-frequency identification number whilst inputting it into a database.
Which Label Printer is Right for You?
With a huge variety of label printers available online, understanding which meets the demands of your organisation can be a challenge. The first step, therefore, is determining whether you will need a label printer of a personal, commercial or industrial standard. You may also require advanced options with support for RFID coding and printing.
If you require a personal label printer which simply requires you to input a barcode or text manually, then those available in some stationary stores will suffice. If you require one of a commercial or industrial standard, however, there are a plethora of other questions which must be answered.
Firstly, do you prefer thermal transfer or direct thermal printing? Whilst the details of these are outlined in our guide to thermal printers, it is widely considered that direct thermal printing is a costlier affair with the print head having to be changed more frequently. Direct thermal printing, however, can provide a more consistent and clear print quality.Another consideration that must be made is the connectivity offered by the printer. For example, does it support Ethernet and USB connectivity? You should also dedicate a healthy amount of time into understanding the programming languages supported by the printer and the level of technical support that you will receive moving forward.
Found the Label Printer for You?
Having considered the standard of printer you require, printing technology that’s necessary and additional connectivity you will require, you are now able to make an educated choice as to which label printer is right for you.
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