How to fit a ribbon in a Labelstation

Tue, Jul 28, 2015

How to fit a ribbon in a Labelstation

If you’ve bought or are thinking of buying a Labelstation printer and would like to know how easy it is to fit the print ribbon then here a couple videos that will explain it clearly so you’ll be an expert in minutes!

What is a print ribbon?

If you’re wondering what a print ribbon is, the only way to easily describe it is it’s the ink for the printer. The majority of our ribbons for our Labelstations are 300 metres.

How long will a ribbon last?

This is a tricky one to get a definitive answer but it can be worked out with very simple math.

( A + B ) x C = D

A: Height of labels (non-leading edge)
B: Size of gap between each label
C: Quantity of labels
D: Length of whole roll

Example:
Lets say we have a roll of 1,500 labels that are 100mm x 50mm. They are wide edge leading with 3mm gaps between each label.
As the wide edge leads off first we’re interested in the height of 50mm. Add on the 3mm gap and you have 53mm. Now times this by the 1,500 labels we have and we get 79,500mm which is 79.5 metres. This means we will get just over three and a half rolls of labels per 300m ribbon. Easy!

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Missing print, vertical lines & cleaning your label printer

Thu, Jul 23, 2015

Missing print, vertical lines & cleaning your label printer

Have you ever printed from your label printer and noticed a straight vertical line of missing print? It might be only about <1mm wide going through your text, an image or even a barcode which can prevent it from being read correctly. This can mean one of two things:

  • Your print head is dirty
  • Your print head needs replacing

Hopefully it’s the first of the two. If it is then here are some solutions that can help clean that muck off.

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LabelStation BarTender Video Tutorial of the Month

Tue, Jul 14, 2015

This month’s most popular video tutorial for BarTender users shows how to add and modify BarTender’s built-in shapes and objects.

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 “Drawing Objects” drop-list.
  2. Click the shape you require.
  3. Click the object into the label and drag it to the size you need.
  4. Use copy and paste to duplicate an object.
  5. Items can be rotated using the blue tag
  6. Special items such as arrows have yellow tags to adjust the size of the arrow-head, and shaft width.
  7. To select multiple items at once, drag a boundary box around them or hold the “Ctrl” as you click on each item. Remember to let go of “Ctrl” after you’ve selected your items.
  8. Holding “Ctrl” will also maintain the aspect ratio when resizing an object.
  9. Double-click and object to see its properties.
  10. In the properties window you can adjust size, position, line styles & fill. Some of these options can also be found in to the toolbar.

Click here for more interactive LabelStation BarTender videos.

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LabelStation BarTender Video Tutorial of the Month

Sun, Jun 14, 2015

This month’s most popular video tutorial for BarTender users shows how to change the post-print action.

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 “Print” icon.
  2. Click “Document Properties”.
  3. Click on the “Stock” tab.
  4. Under “Media Handling” change the post print action from “Use Current Printer Settings” to one of the following:
    • “None” – The stops the printer at the end of the last label printed. The last label might still be partially inside the printer and unable to be removed.
    • Tear Off” – The gap between the labels stops on the metal bar at the printer exit. The backing paper can then be torn using the bar to remove it with it’s backing paper to preserve the adhesive until it’s required.
    • “Peel Off” – Only to be used if you have the peel off module installed. More information on this module can be found here.
    • “Cut” – Only to be used if you have the cutter module installed. Under “Occurrence” you can change it to cut each label or at the end of a batch.
    • “Partial Cut” – Not generally used.
  5. Click “OK” to save the chosen settings.
  6. Click “Print” to print with the chosen settings, “Close” to close with the chosen settings or “Cancel” if you wish to discard the changed settings.

Click here for more interactive LabelStation BarTender videos.

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Labelstation Helper Download

Thu, Jun 4, 2015

Our popular installation CD that ships with all our brand new professional Labelstation systems is now available as a download*! Perfect if you’ve misplaced the original disc or want the latest version to keep you up-to-date. Click the link below to download the installer. Run the installation and follow the on-screen instructions. You’ll be on your way to continued professional labelling in no time.

Download the New Labelstation Helper 2015

Labelstation Helper includes the following:

  • “How-to” videos on how to set up the printer
  • Tutorial videos for the current label design software
  • Advanced horticultural label templates
  • Built-in remote support application (no need to download it if ever you call us)
  • User manuals for all the current Labelstation models
  • User manual for the stand-alone keyboard
  • Printer programming manual
  • Diagnostics and network utilities
  • and more…
  • *Minimum system requirements: Windows XP or later; Screen resolution of at least 1024×768; Minimum 512MB of memory (RAM).

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