2012 – Labelzone Blog

Yearly Archive: 2012

Discover Brady BMP 51

The Brady BMP51 thermal printer, and its sister model the BMP53, represents a serious step forward in the evolution of portable label printing. Introduced early in 2012, these two muscular printers are essentially the same except that the BMP53 has no keyboard for stand-alone use. While printers using smart cartridge technology take the pain out of setting up labels from scratch they tend to be restricted in versatility and size maxima, but this model produces labels up to a reasonable 38mm wide (maximum print width 36mm). At 300 dpi resolution the BMP51/53 is as good as any on the market for print quality and label longevity and boasts a robust construction suitable for most industrial and laboratory environments, its demand volume niche being about 250 labels per day. Weighing less than 1.5Kg and churning out monochrome labels at just over 25mm per second it offers its owner the freedom to roam using either a Li-ion battery or 4 x AA cells, otherwise providing freedom from fiddly batteries by way of a mains adaptor. Another optional extra, the M50 magnet, gives the printer a deceptively useful ability to be parked vertically on any nearby steel surface. Users of Brady BMP printers will be familiar with label retention, a mechanism which prevents finished labels from fluttering to the floor when cut. A couple of small criticisms would be that the top-cover feels a bit flimsy and doesn’t always snap down reliably, and the manual cutter feels rather clunky and needs a long push to operate it.
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Need Garden Plant Labels? – Brother GL-100

The Brother GL100 garden plant labels hand-held printer is designed primarily for horticulturists and gardeners but is also useful as a general purpose home and office labeller.

The GL100 can print on three widths of label: 6mm, 9mm and 12mm from Brother’s TZ range of tape cartridges. These cartridges automatically identify themselves to the printer when inserted and produce labels that are resistant to sun and rain, and can withstand temperatures from -80°C to +150°C. Humidity, abrasion, oil and most chemicals are also withstood. Apart from the regular black print on white label the range includes options such as fluorescent and transparent finish (standard laminated range) and matt finish, extra strong adhesive, and flexi ID in the specialist non-laminated range. Standard tapes have a length of eight metres.
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Prints Charming

Some time ago, before I got my foot through the door at Labelzone (I’d been trying for years) I was in a local garden centre and found myself pondering plants and how they are sold. In particular, most species being a bit floppy and awkwardly shaped, I considered how they are labelled and if there’s a better way. Wandering (lonely as a cloud) among shrubs in tubs and lots of pots, it was with a glance at some plants that I formed the opinion that the humble loop-lock tag was, after all, the best solution. Alas, from this insight sprang further nagging questions. What types of plant tag are available, or even possible, and what kind of printer and software best suits them? Luckily, though I have little to do with plants and plant tags myself, on my first day in harness at Labelzone I learned the answers to all these questions and many more that I hadn’t asked. Sitting bewildered at my desk with the world of plant tags and labels advancing towards me, I discovered the following:
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Dymo LabelManager 260P Review

This product is discontinued. For our full range of current printers please click here.

The Dymo LabelManager 260P is lightweight, fits snugly in your hand at 120 x 173 x 62mm, and is inviting to use. If you are a ‘qwerty’ keyboard orientated user then the alphabetically laid out keys of printers like this can initially slow down your typing, but how little this matters when there is so much compensation in the printer’s overall ease of use.

The 260P uses the D1 range of cassettes which comprises Standard, Flexible Nylon and Permanent Polyester material, and can print up to two lines of text on 9mm and 12mm labels (single line only on 6mm and 9mm labels) in fixed font steps of 8pt, 12pt, 18pt, 24pt, 28pt and 32pt. The printer auto-detects the insertion of a cassette even when it is switched off, and prompts you (when next switched on) to indicate which of the three label sizes (6, 9 & 12mm) has been inserted. Obviously the narrower the label then the smaller is the maximum font size you can use, such that 6mm label accommodates only 8pt font, and 9mm label accommodates 8pt, 12pt and 18pt. Nevertheless, Dymo LabelManager labels find use in a wealth of situations.
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Where do you stick a PAT label?

If you don’t know what PAT means, or have never come across the acronym, then you might be ignorant of something which has quietly saved your life. PAT stands for ‘Portable Appliance Testing’ and it pertains to every electrical appliance that is powered through a mains plug. Typically such appliances are your table-lamp, computer and electric kettle etc, but not an electric oven which is wired directly to a junction box. If you live in furnished accommodation then your landlord has for safety reasons a legal obligation to PAT test all your portable electrical appliances at appropriate intervals, in compliance with the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations Act of 1994. Likewise, if you are an employee then your boss has a similar obligation to PAT test all qualifying equipment used in your workplace, in compliance with PUWER (Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998). Failure to comply with the requirement can invalidate an insurance claim and even lead to prosecution by the HSE (Health & Safety Executive). Each appliance should be tested by a ‘competent person’ using specialised equipment and afterwards marked with a durable sticker stating whether or not the test was passed.
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