Barcode printers are ideal tools for printing labels. There are many reasons for this. They can be used not only for barcode labels, but also for fair entry user cards, movie tickets and many other purposes. However, so-called barcode printers have the following basic features:
- Different types of labels can be printed.
- They can do thermal printing
- Labeling costs are low
- They can print fastIndustrial types are available.
- In this way, they can be easily used in industrial areas such as production and warehouses.
The features listed above are the main features. Compared to an Inkjet or Laser printer, the cost of label printing is extremely low. In addition, Inkjet or Laser printers can only print labels designed in the form of pages or labels made by feeding one by one. These labels must be manufactured in accordance with Inkjet and Laser technology. The most common type of label you can find in the market is A4 size labels that are arranged on a page. The disadvantage of these labels is that when you have to print a single label, you have to print on a single label on the page and you have to select the label to be printed each time. These are simple handling difficulties.
What is actually more important is the cost of labeling and the production of durable labels. With barcode printers, you can have PE, cardboard, your company’s Logo printed labels produced. These labels can be designed in the sizes you want and in accordance with your product. For example, the label adhesive and label to be used for foods stored in cold storage should be selected accordingly. Or, if you want your product to be resistant to rain, snow, heat, and to leave no trace when removed from the product, you should print on the appropriate label with a barcode printer, with the appropriate printing method.
Barcode printers are also capable of fast printing. With their own central processing unit and their own unique languages, they can print even graphic designs and labels very quickly. In operating systems such as Microsoft Windows, printing is graphics-based. This negatively affects the printing speed. However, it is possible to print barcodes by sending a few bytes to barcode printers. See Label and Print Type for barcode printing methods.
Issues to Consider When Choosing a Barcode Printer?
When choosing a barcode printer, you first need to determine your labeling purpose. This is an important point in choosing the printing method. If you want to produce durable (long-lasting) labels, you should have a barcode printer capable of Thermal Transfer printing. If the label is for short-term use, then a barcode printer capable of Thermal printing may also be sufficient. The following questions should be answered when deciding on a printer:
- Is the label durable or will it be printed for short-term use?
- How many labels will be printed per day/month or at a time?
- Will it be used in an office environment or in an industrial environment?
- What is the maximum label width in cm or mm?
- What kind of label do you want to print (self-adhesive, cardboard, washing instructions, etc.)?
Barcode printers are generally divided into two as desktop and industrial. Almost all industrial printers support Thermal/Thermal Transfer printing. However, when buying a desktop printer, it is useful to ask what type of printing it can do. If you are going to use labels larger than 10 cm in width, ask how many cm. maximum width the printer can print. And finally, the printing speed should be able to meet your needs in an instant. Otherwise, a slow barcode printer can slow down your operation.
Not every barcode printer can print the desired type of label. For example, in cardboard label printing, cardboard thickness may not be accepted by some barcode printers. Or if you are going to print a washing instruction label, not every barcode printer can print a label suitable for textiles.
Apart from these, units such as cutters and peelers can also be attached to the barcode printer as auxiliary accessories. With the cutter unit, labels can be cut automatically after each label printing or at the end of printing to ensure that the labels are separated from each other. The peeler unit automatically separates the adhesive label from the paper and automatically removes the label without the need for the user to peel the label.