## Label Rolls to Ribbon Calculator

If you’re lucky enough to be using direct thermal labels, you won’t need this, but if you’re using more robust thermal transfer labels, you might find this page useful.

It can be struggle to work out how many rolls of ribbons you’re going to need for a batch of label rolls. Even we struggle to work it out, and we end up doubting ourselves with the answer we get.

# Struggle no more

I’ve made a useful calculator to help you find out how many rolls of ribbon you’re going to need for your rolls of labels/tags.

As you can see from the form below, you can enter the details to get an answer quickly and easily. Follow these steps:

1. If you’re using a continuous roll, check the “Continuous roll” checkbox.
2. Enter the size of the labels (or the length of the continuous roll).
3. Adjust the size of the gaps between the labels (if applicable).
4. Enter the number of labels per roll, and the number of rolls (if applicable).
5. Most of our ribbons are 300m long, but some Zebra, Brady and other ribbons can be longer or shorter, so change that where required.
6. You’ll get a number that is rounded up to ensure you have enough ribbon to print on all your labels.*

## Coloured Labels for Zebra, Dymo & LabelStation

We have a new selection of labels that are worth talking about. Introducing our selection of coloured labels that will work with Dymo LabelWriter, Zebra GC/GK/GX, and all LabelStation printers.

These labels are supplied on a 25mm core and have a maximum outside diameter of 80mm. They also have a selection of black marks on the underside of the backing paper for various printers to sense the start and finish of the labels. The Zebra and LabelStation range will use the gaps between the labels for sensing.

All labels are a high quality, gloss-coated paper that is lined with a permanent adhesive.

You won’t need to purchase any ribbon or ink thanks to their direct thermal technology.

If there’s a size or colour we’re not displaying, give us a call and we can get it made especially for you.

## P-Touch Desktop Label printer Comparison

All the following printers can connect to a computer via USB and have a maximum print width of 62mm. They all use the Brother P-Touch Editor software which is a free download from the Brother website.

The Brother QL-500 label printer is the most basic label printer and is currently the cheapest. It prints quickly and has a manual cutter. This means you have to slide a thumb-sized tab to the right to cut between labels. This isn’t required but it helpful to separate labels or cut the continuous rolls to the desired size.

The Brother QL-560 Label Printer is the same as the QL-500 but has an automatic electric cutter instead. Again this isn’t required and can be switched off in the P-Touch Editor software.

The Brother QL-650TD Label Printer has USB and serial (RS232) connection. It also has built-in memory to save label templates to the printer to be printed without a computer connected. It also has a built-in clock to print labels with the current date and/or time. The dates and times can have calculations for use as expiry labels such as a car park expiry time or a “use by date” on food.

The Brother QL-700 Label Printer is the cheapest in the newer range. It prints very quickly and has a built-in automatic cutter. It also has the P-Touch Editor Lite software built-in to its memory so no installation is required for using the printer but for more advanced options the software can be downloaded quickly and easily from the Brother website.

The Brother QL-710W Label printer is the same as the QL-700 but has wired Ethernet connection to print from multiple computers on a network and from a compatible smartphone with Brother’s “iPrint&Label” App.

The Brother QL-720NW Label Printer is again the same as the previous QL-710W but with the additional serial connection and Wi-Fi to connect wirelessly to a network for multiple computers to access at any time allowing it to be moved around and with one less cable to lose.

Please note that some printers have been discontinued and replaced with the following:

 Discontinued model Replacement model QL-500 No replacement QL-560 QL-570 QL-650TD No replacement

## Brother P-Touch Industrial Desktop Label Printers Comparison

The following printers can be connected to a computer via USB which will allow for extra fonts and font styles installed on the computer to be used. All printer-installed fonts are listed in the table below.

Print speeds: Fast = 10mm per second. Very Fast = 20mm per second. Super Fast = 80mm per second on HG tape and 20mm per second on TZ tape.

The Brother P-Touch 2730 label printer is at the low-end of the high-end scale. Its fast 7-line printing will give you 8 different fonts that you can preview on a large, backlit, 3-line display and will also produce 9 different barcodes types. It will print on TZ tapes up to 24mm with an automatic electric cutter. This comes supplied with a mains adaptor and a USB cable.

The Brother 3600 label printer is the same as the 2730 but will print on TZ tape up to 36mm (the model name is a coincidence though). It is one of four of the fastest P-Touch printers (known here as the “Very Fast” speed of 20mm per second). It has two extra fonts and a few more font styles. The display is not backlit on this unit.

The Brother 9600 label printer is again similar to the 2730 but is also similar to the 3600. It will print on TZ tapes between 6 and 36mm. Again it is in the fastest printing range and can print up to 16 lines of text. You have 10 fonts to choose from, 18 font styles and 9 barcode types. It features a QWERTY keyboard with hard keys (hard like a computer keyboard, not rubber like the other P-Touch printers) and the large 3-line display is backlit. The automatic cutter can also part-cut allowing a long string of labels to be printed without piling up in a big mess.

The Brother 9700 and 9800 label printer are the same but the 9800 has an RJ45 Ethernet connection for connection to multiple computers on a network (perfect for offices, factory or warehouse networks). These printers will print on both TZ tapes (in the “Very Fast” speed) and the HG tapes (in the “Super Fast” speed). The tapes can be between 3.5 and 36mm. It has an automatic cutter that will cut fully or part-cut. You can print up to 16 lines before it becomes unreadable. These can also be connected by serial (RS232).

Please note that some printers have been discontinued and replaced with the following:

 Discontinued model Replacement model P-Touch 2730 PT-D600 P-Touch 3600 No replacement P-Touch 9600 PT-D800W P-Touch 9700 PT-P900W P-Touch 9800 PT-P950NW

## Dymo Durable LabelWriter Labels Overview and Test

Paper labels have always been good for general, office, and courier use. The only down side is that paper is easy to damage. Dymo has been the odd one out in terms of material selection for their LabelWriter labels… until now.

# Why choose a different material?

Features:

• Industrial adhesive provides a permanent fixture to more challenging surfaces like metal, textured PVC, glass and wood.
• Protective coating resists damage from abrasion, oils and cleaning products.
• High-grade material means the label can withstand temperatures from -18°C to +50°C.
• Moisture-resistant design withstands damp conditions and rain up to 85% humidity.

The new Dymo Durable labels are more resistance to cleaning, chemicals, rain, temperatures and challenging surfaces. It’s almost like you’re upgrading your printer by only upgrading your labels.

Use your labels for outdoors, on floors, on pallets and tools, on frozen items*, on laboratory equipment, on the exterior of vehicles, etc.