Brady BBP31 & BBP33

Tue, Aug 25, 2015

As with every Brady printer, the quality of the product never ceases to impress me. Being in the position I am, I’m fortunate enough to play around with many printers. The Brady BBP31 label printer is by far the easiest to use considering how advanced it is.
Everything inside is colour coded with guides so it’s almost impossible to accidentally put something in the wrong place or the wrong way round. Ribbons and labels will only go one way round. Everything that is yellow moves.
If something hasn’t been moved when it was meant to have been, it’ll tell you on the screen. If you’ve inserted the wrong ribbon for the media, it’ll tell you.
It has a wiper arm for continuous media which it recommends lowering. This is so it can remove any dust from the media before it’s printed to. Continuous media can be subject to static which causes the attraction of dust. Printing onto dust can cause a loss in quality one way or another. The printer will also warn you if the arm is not down when it should be and vice versa.

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Brother Tape Creator Pro Overview

Fri, Aug 21, 2015

Breaking from the norm of labelling using tape and die-cut media, Brother have produced this unusual machine. It prints single colour ribbon onto single tape but this isn’t your normal 3-36mm TZe tape, it’s packaging tape. The idea is you can print on demand custom packaging tape to be used on parcels or products for either added security, personalization and more. For example you want to add extra security verification you can produce a tape that says something like “SECURELY SEALED ON – REJECT IF DAMAGED” (also see how to add an automatic date field to P-Touch Editor) and use the tape to seal a parcel closed before it’s dispatched. You could also add some customization by printing “Happy Birthday, Sarah” and wrapping it around the base of a bouquet of flowers. The only limit is your imagination!

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BMP 21-PLUS vs. P-Touch E300

Tue, Aug 18, 2015

Brady’s BMP 21-PLUS and Brother’s PT-E300 are very similar printers both targeted at the same users for the same environment. How do they compare with functionality, quality and the labels they produce? Below is a table of features to compare.

Brother Brady
Maximum continuous width 18mm 19mm
Minimum continuous width 3.5mm 6mm
Average tape length of all compatible media 4.4m 4.5m
Keyboard type QWERTY ABCDEF
Post print option None / Cut None / Cut & grab
Power source Included Li-Ion rechargeable battery*, included mains adaptor* or 6x AA Included Li-Ion rechargeable battery*, included mains adaptor* or 6x AA
Types of cable marking Heat shrink, wire wraps, flags Heat shrink, wire wraps, flags, self-laminating
Colour Orange with black High-vis yellow with black
Heavy duty Looks and feels less heavy duty than it probably is Rubber moulded bumpers and drop-tested
Hard carry case Included* Included*
Print speed 20mm/sec 10mm/sec
Print resolution 180dpi 203dpi
Housing weight 740g 750g
Font size min/max 6/42pt 6/40pt
Fonts 7 1
Barcodes 9 types including CODE39 & CODE128 2 types CODE39 & CODE128

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LabelStation BarTender Video Tutorial of the Month

Fri, Aug 14, 2015

This month’s most popular video tutorial for BarTender users shows how to add single symbols into you label design.

Click here to play the video

If after viewing this video you need to refresh your memory, here is run down of the steps:

  1. Click the “A” icon to open the drop-list.
  2. Select “Symbol Font Characters”.
  3. Click the “Font” drop-list and choose a gallery.
  4. Scroll through the selection of symbols from that font, select one and click “Insert”.
  5. Click the symbol into the label then resize and reposition it.

Click here for more interactive LabelStation BarTender videos.

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QL-700, QL-710 & QL-720 Label Printer Demo Video

Fri, Aug 7, 2015

QL-700, QL-710 & QL-720 Label Printer Demo Video

The Brother QL-700 series of label printers has made the printing of name badges, address labels, CD/DVD labels, barcodes and more a lot faster than ever before!It can produce an average of 93 labels per minute and setting the printer up couldn’t be easier.
The label rolls drop into the printer and it knows automatically what size you’ve inserted. The printer is Plug & Play and includes a Lite version of the software on the machine so you don’t need to install anything. If however you do need more advanced features of the software you can install the full version of the P-Touch editor from the supplied CD or download from Brother’s website.
The built-in cutter can cut your die-cut labels at the end of a batch or at each label or if you’re using a continuous roll you can cut labels to any length you require.

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