GL-200VP Unboxing and TZ Tapes

Mon, Jan 12, 2015

The Brother GL-200VP is the perfect hand-held label printer for your garden or nursery. It is also perfect for use around the home or office.

The GL-200VP (Value Pack) includes everything you need to get started and keep you organised.

  • Included is a hard carry case. This houses the printer, has a section to store the optional batteries (not included) when the printer is not in use, a section to hold a few of your favourite TZe tapes and lastly a section to store the mains power adaptor.
  • The value pack includes an AD24ESUK mains power adaptor so you don’t need to use batteries with the printer.
  • 12mm black on white starter 4 meter tape. Full 8 meter replacement can be found here.
  • User manual.
  • And of course the printer.

Using the printer couldn’t be easier. Load the tape, insert the batteries or power adaptor, type in your data and press print! Your label will be printed in a matter of seconds then all you need to do is press the cutter button to remove the label from the machine.

New Website Launched!

Thu, Jan 8, 2015

We specialise in label printers for all environments and horticulture is no exception. We’ve developed a website packed with all our printers and consumables especially for use in any horticultural environment.

How To Load a SATO Price Labelling Gun

Mon, Jan 5, 2015

We’ve launched a range of the the most popular SATO price guns and consumables to match.

To insert the labels

  1. Holding the price gun upright by the handle pull the black roll holder up and towards you to open it.
  2. Turn the printer upside down and with one hand pull both the black tabs on either side towards you to release the underside.
  3. Fully open both the top and bottom parts of the printer. You should be able to see through the center of it.
  4. Make sure the labels are rolling off the bottom of the roll from the side closest to you.
  5. It can help to put a slight fold down the length of about 10cm of the start to keep it straight.
  6. Insert the labels from the top of the printer through and out of the bottom.
  7. Pull through some more labels so you have around 10cm poking out the bottom as you close the underside fully.
  8. Place the roll into the roll holder, remove some of the slack by rolling the labels back onto the roll as you close the roll holder.
  9. Remove all the labels off the backing paper from the labels sticking out the bottom (this will prevent jamming).
  10. Feed the blank backing paper directly up into the slot that sits about 60mm back from where the printed labels exit.
  11. Pushing the backing paper in, without it folding, squeeze the handle print a label. You will need to squeeze the handle a few times to remove the slack from the backing paper.
  12. The first printed label to come out will be overprinted too much and will look messy. The labels that follow will be correct.

To remove the labels

  1. Open the bottom part of the gun and tear the backing paper.
  2. Open the roll holder and remove the roll.
  3. Close both parts of the gun making sure no labels or backing paper are still inside.
  4. Remove any labels from the backing paper still attached to the printer.
  5. Squeeze the handle repeatedly until all the backing paper has been ejected from the gun.

To change the data printed

  1. Pull the knob right or left so the arrows align on the character you wish to change.
  2. Twist the knob to the desired character.
  3. Return the knob all the way to the left when finished.

New Help & Support for Using Your LabelStation with BarTender

Tue, Nov 18, 2014

We’ve been working hard to always provide the best technical support for our printers and its software. As BarTender is now the mainstream software bundled with LabelStation printers it seemed fitting to produce our own helpful video tips, tricks and advice. We try to keep every CD shipped with each printer as up-to-date as possible but we’re always updating our support content which can be found online.
Click here to see all support for our current LabelStation Printers.
Click here to see our new selection of support videos for BarTender.
If you have purchased a LabelStation from us and require further support we’re only an email or phone call away. Please see our support pages for more contact information.

LabelStation BarTender Video Tutorial of the Month

Fri, Nov 14, 2014

This month”s most popular video tutorial for BarTender users shows how to optimise the quality of your label printing. Learning to use versatile labelling software can be frustrating, with opportunities missed, but in less than a minute our video shows you how to get your text and images crisp and dark. Just sit back and watch.

Click here to play the interactive video

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

  1. Click the “Print” icon
  2. Click the “Document Properties” button
  3. Click the “Options” tab
  4. Untick the “Use Current Printer Settings” checkbox
  5. A good, general purpose print speed is 76.2 mm/sec
  6. If the print is grainy or faint then increase the Darkness (print temperature)
  7. If the print is faint/blotchy or has ripples then decrease the Darkness
  8. Print quality is a balance between Darkness and Speed
  9. Click “OK”
  10. If you do not wish to print immediately then click “Close”

Click here for more interactive LabelStation BarTender videos.

Using a Keyboard with a LabelStation

Mon, Nov 3, 2014

Setting up a label template to be saved on a LabelStation label printer with an input keyboard (KDU) can be done very easily using the bundled BarTender.
Click on the screen captures below to enlarge them.

On the computer

  1. Create your label.
  2. Any text or barcode fields that you will later want to input data to from the keyboard should be named to make it easier to find in the keyboard and next setup steps.
  3. Go to File > Export Printer Code Template.
  4. Print system must be set to TSC KP-100/200, output must be set to To Port (USB***). Click More Options…
  5. Select the Copies from the Print Dialog Data Sources. Check the box marked Enable prompting on external keyboard (KDU).
  6. Select the object from the Template Object Data Sources that you wish to have as a manual input via the keyboard. Check the box marked Enable prompting on external keyboard (KDU). Under Template Field change the Source to Prompt Text. Do this for all the text fields you wish to be edited.
  7. Click OK then when you’re ready click Export.

On the keyboard

  1. To start press FORM. You may need to reboot the printer after sending the template to it. To do this press EXIT.
  2. Use the arrow keys to navigate to the template you wish to print (if you have transferred more than one) then press ENTER.
  3. You will be prompted for each variable input field on the template. Type in the required data and press ENTER for each field.
  4. The last option before it prints is copies which is the amount of duplicate labels you require. Once you have entered your desired quantity press ENTER.
  5. Your label(s) will print and will start again from the first prompt on your selected template. To select another template press EXIT to reboot the printer then you can start again.

Removing all templates from the printer

Also use this to remove old templates before updating with new ones.
See all steps in the image below.

  1. Open up the DiagTool from the CD that came with the printer.
  2. Go to the File Manager tab at the top of the window.
  3. Press Get to see the file list.
  4. To clear the file list press Format. This will remove all files from the printer’s memory storage.
  5. When prompted press OK.
  6. You are now ready to export new templates to the printer.

Leitz Icon Label Printer Overview & Compare

Fri, Oct 3, 2014

I’ve had a hands on with a Leitz Icon label printer and I’m going to have a quick run down of it’s features and how it compares with it’s competition on the current market while also giving my personal unbiased opinion.

It claims to print up to 200 labels per minute which is very fast but I have yet to test this which I will explain why later.
You have two print qualities. Fast at 300x300dpi or better quality (slightly slower) of 300x600dpi.
It has a built-in fully automatic fast electric cutter. It’s about as fast as a Brother QL-700!
Prints paper and plastic labels up to 88mm wide.
Has USB and WiFi for connectivity.
Works on Windows, MAC and iOS.
Has an optional battery pack attachment to make it fully portable. Unfortunately I didn’t get to try this option.

First things first, how the print looks. It looks like a flatter version of the Brother TD-2020N (picture on the right). It has two long grippy feet on it’s underside plus one in the front handle.
This little unit will take up 22cm x 13cm of deskspace which is around the same as both a Brother QL-710W and a Dymo LW450 Turbo.
On the front (from right to left) there’s a bright blue power lamp, a bright green WiFi lamp a feed button and a cut button. The cut button will always feed a label through first before cutting which doesn’t make sense in my opinion but it will cut at the end of each label whether you like it or not. That’s right! You can’t set it not to cut!
Under these buttons and lamps is the 95mm wide slot where the labels exit.
On the top theres a thumb-sized eject button which when pressed opens the lid to remove / insert the label cartridge.
There’s no power button so it’s always on. After leaving it alone for 90 minutes it doesn’t look like it goes into a standby mode either which might put off those of an energy conserving nature. There is also an unusual warmth coming from the front of the printer. Seems a little wasteful of energy if you ask me. On the back is a USB-B socket, the 24VDC power socket (switch off at the wall to prevent sparks (yes this happened to me)), a WPS button (see “Wireless” below for details) a couple little notches and a 9 pin linear socket. Both of the last items on the list I would guess are for the battery pack that I didn’t get to try.

Ironically, for a printer aimed at the business trade, the only way to connect the WiFi is using the insecure WPS option. Great if you’re a home user and don’t have much of a care in the world for security. Not great if you’re in an office or industrial environment where this convenience is removed by the risk of security vulnerabilities.

The software
I have a feeling the software right now is still in some form of production as it’s proves to be slightly buggy. Upon choosing an address label type it crashed! I therefore cannot test the international address label (70120001)
No escape from Times New Roman. For some unfortunate reason Times New Roman is the default font in any field you create but this can be changed in the options menu (which by the way is very sparse).

Mobile App
Again with the WiFi. No chance to connect it and no Apple devices to use. The app is only available on an Apple device which is rather unfair seeing as Android is taking the market by storm so I therefore have nothing to say about it. From what I’ve read from other reviews the app is “clunky”.

What about the competition.
Should Brady worry? No.
Should Brother worry? Maybe.
Should Dymo worry? Maybe.
Is there a market for yet another desktop address label printer? Not really. When you look at our most popular brands (Brother, Dymo, Zebra, Seiko) there really is no room for improvement over these already great machines.

My overall rating
The printer itself has a very good built quality with the exception of the two buttons at the front that feel like they’re going to snap off at any moment, and the spring-loaded lid which will pop open easily. Is very appealing to look at despite it looking like a copy of a particular Brother Printer, and it’s performance is great. The portability function of Wifi and battery makes it great as an all-rounder.
The labels seem to be okay but the cartridges seem a little fiddly. Not sure why they insist on the user having to fiddle with a little flap which to my mind only adds to the cost of each cartridge. You also have to fiddle with a another flap inside the printer when inserting or removing a cartridge.
The software whilst trying to be user friendly is lacking in that special something. The fact that it knows what label you’ve inserted in the printer is a great feature, something that Brother and Brady are proud of, but it doesn’t automatically set it to that label size for you which is rather backwards. Like the Dymo software you still have to click the label type on the left, choose the size then decide on which template to use. Like I mentioned with my experience above I couldn’t choose any of the address labels without the software crashing.
I didn’t get a chance to try the mobile app as they’ve been a little bias and only made it for the one platform which we don’t use. Plus their poor choice to use a vulnerable WiFi connection made it impossible to test the wireless feature in our offices.
The build quality of the machine is really good and quality of the labels are great which gets a high score from me. The features and problems with the software was the backbreaker and sliced the overall score in half. Overall I give the Leitz Icon a 4.5 out of 10.

How To Add a Date Field With Offset

Mon, Sep 29, 2014

Adding a date field to a label template is easy in any labelling software. Adding a date field with an offset couldn’t be easier in the Brother P-Touch Editor labelling software.

1. Open the “Date and Time” dialog from the panel on the right.
2. Choose “Date” or “Time”.
3. Click the “Add/Subtract” checkbox.
4. Select the “Unit” (hours/days etc.).
5. Changed the “Time Period”.
6. Click “OK”.

Software comparisons Supports a date field Supports a date field with offset
BarTender Yes Yes
Brother P-Touch Editor Yes Yes
Dymo Label v8 Yes No
LabelDirect Yes Yes
ZebraDesigner 2 Yes Yes

P-Touch E100VP Unboxing Review

Thu, Sep 18, 2014

See below for an unboxing and brief overview video of the Brother P-Touch E100VP label printer kit.
Click here to see our selection of TZe tapes compatible up to 12mm.

2 line printing
Preset label formats for cable and wire marking
Cable Wrap Mode
Cable Flag Mode
Face Plate Mode
168 symbols
15 font sizes
9 type styles

Value pack includes:
1x 12mm Black on yellow strong adhesive tape
AC adaptor
Carry case

P-Touch E300VP Unboxing Review

Thu, Sep 18, 2014

See below for an unboxing and brief overview video of the Brother P-Touch E300VP label printer kit.
Click here for our range of TZe tapes compatible up to 18mm.
Click here to view the range of HSe tapes compatible up to 17.7mm.

7 fonts & 7 print styles
Barcode function
50 memory areas
Sequential numbering/alpha
Smart Label Keys for General, Faceplate, Cable Wrap, Heat Shrink Tube, Self-laminated, Cable Flag, Patch Panel & Punch Down Block
5 Print Lines

Value pack includes:
1x 18mm Black on yellow strong adhesive tape
Rechargeable Li-Ion battery
AC adaptor
Wrist strap
Carry case

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