Sandown Elex Show 2015

The Sandown Elex Show is always the premier event of the year. Its location takes in a huge catchment area and this was evident on both days with the Sandown Park car parks hitting capacity by late morning both days.

Arriving at the main entrance the queues were moving fast and there was definitely a lively atmosphere about the place, something which most trade shows sadly lack these days. Elex seems to have captured the imagination of the UK’s electricians with all the shows around the UK being well attended but Sandown is the big one!

This year saw Dymo launching their new XTL range, of industrial label printers. The XTL 500 offers a large label format up to 54mm in height which is a first for the Dymo brand and opens up many opportunities that have been limited in the past by printers using the narrower tapes. Despite being located in the Toolfair part of the show, the Dymo team were being kept busy demonstrating the new product range to an enthusiastic crowd. Money was changing hands and it was great to see customers walking away with the new XTL printers.

The Brother UK team with the P-Touch label printers were also showing their new style exhibition stand for the first time at Sandown Elex. The slick layout of the stand and the rolling video demo’s of the now infamous PT-E550WVP on the big screens were pulling in the customers, many of which are already users of P-Touch but were still keen to see the range. P-touch has become the de-facto labelling solution for the electrical industry and that’s now.

We spoke to Mike Kelly from Brother UK and he said “The ELEX show at Sandown Park continues to be an important event for Brother. It provides the perfect opportunity to interact with our customers. Previous feedback from this show has had a direct impact on product development and influenced our marketing campaigns. The show has a real buzz about it and sales taken off on the stand over the two days provided the icing on the cake.”

Elex kick off 3rd / 4th March 2016 with Elex Manchester.

Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals

It’s that time of the year again where retailers drop their prices to staggeringly low figures and us Brits spend “£1.07 billion” in just 24 hours!*

So far promotional leaks have shown laptops under £100 and game console bundles under £200!

Last year one retailer claimed to have sold 1 popular smoothie maker every 30 seconds and a TV every minute while another retailer claimed they sold 1 games console every second.

Some websites had a different item on a flash sale every 10 minutes while other websites had huge selections on sale all at once.

Some websites would slow to a crawl while others would fall over and stop responding completely.

Meanwhile in the high streets there are half-mile queues, fist-fights, shouting, squabbling and crying children. But is it all worth it?

One supermarket this year is not participating in thie year’s Black Friday as there was too much chaos in their stores last year which left three men arrested and one woman injured by a falling television.

Here at Advanced Labelling our prices are low all year round. That being said, this Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend, look out for the following items as their prices are not to be missed:

Happy shopping!

* Research provided by Experian and e-retail industry association IMRG.

Apple Mac OSX Label Printer Compatibility

Microsoft Windows; you’ll find it installed everywhere from offices computers to tills, in schools to on cashpoint machines, warehouses and even military simulation systems. But what about Apple’s Mac OSX operating system?

Apple is most popular for their iPods (R.I.P.), iPhones and tablets (personally I think iPad is a stupid name). But their Mac computers still aren’t the popular choice when it comes to personal and professional computers. I have a Windows desktop computer I built for most of my work and gaming, but I chose a Macbook Pro over a Windows laptop as every manufacture has sponsored bloatware such as trial versions of Mcafee, Norton and Office to name a few. When I buy a computer I want my choice of software on it, not the manufactures’. I also chose it for its fantastic high PPI display, great battery life, clever trackpad, backlit keys, and amazing design from an all aluminium body. It can actually does pretty much everything my Windows computer can, but I digress. I know of very few applications where the Mac OS is prefered over Windows other than development of apps for other Apple products, thus we come to the subject at hand.

Heat Shrink & Brother HSe Video

Marking cables using heat shrink tubing is probably the most effective, reliable and professional looking solution there is. The video above is an example using a Brother P-Touch E550W and a heat gun. Producing these types of labels really is as fast as it looks in the video.

Other printers that can print heat shrink tubing includes the most Labelstations, Dymo XTL & Rhino Pro, most Brady and the Brother E300 & E550W.

Coloured heat shrink can help identify groups of cables while printing on the tubing can identify individual cables.

Using heat shrink instead of cable flag labels improves identification as it is less cluttered improves and airflow for enclosed areas such as server racks.

Using the heat shrink tubing instead of cable wraps improves identification from as wraps can accumulate mucky adhesive. Cables wraps, much like flag labels, require more effort to apply than heat shrink tubing.

The only down side to heat shrink tubing is that it can only be applied to cables that do not already have a bulky plug on the end. As you can see from the video it is best for this type of cable marking to be applied to cables that haven’t yet been terminated.