February 2015 – Labelzone Blog

Monthly Archive: February 2015

LabelStation BarTender Video Tutorial of the Month

This month’s most popular video tutorial for BarTender users shows how to add arced text to your label template.

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 and select “Arc”.
  2. Choose your preferred font.
  3. Double-click the text box properties to open it’s properties.
  4. In the navigation bar click “Sample text” (the default text) to change it.
  5. Click “Close”.
  6. The text angle changes when the box is moved. To stop this adjust the angle required, where this may be on the screen, then lock it.
  7. To lock the angle, open the text box properties.
  8. Select “Text Format”.
  9. Change the reference point to “Use Position Tab”.
  10. Choose a more suitable font size, set to bold, italics and/or underline if required.

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Difference between Direct Thermal and Thermal Transfer

Looking for a label printer? How to decide between Direct Thermal label printing and Thermal Transfer label printing, People are often confused about the differences between direct thermal label printers and thermal transfer label printers, and which type better suits their needs.

Direct thermal or Thermal Transfer?

Our short video below shows exactly what happens with direct thermal printing and thermal transfer printing:

Direct thermal printer

When thinking of direct thermal think of a till receipt you would get at a supermarket. Direct thermal printing is an excellent choice for many barcode labelling applications, this requires no ribbon and therefore is a more cost effective option when printing labels. Though your labels will only be limited to black print, unless special, pre-printed direct thermal paper is utilized, and the printing is not as crisp as that of thermal transfer ribbon printing. Over time the labels will darken/fade, particularly when the surface gets scratched, or is subjected to heat and sunlight. However, a true direct thermal label printer utilizes a printhead that is made of thicker glass, for increased print head durability. Direct thermal printing is popular in the foods industry, since most items are stored away from heat and sunlight, and the label shelf life is less than 1 year. The primary benefit is an overall lower cost and easier media changeovers since ribbon is not required.

Pros Cons
No waiting for ink to dry or cool. Print can be affected by temperatures.
Low running cost. Print can be affected by humidity.
Fast reliable printing. Print can be affected by liquids and chemicals.
Print can fade or label can discolour over time.
Print can be affected by abrasion/friction.

Thermal transfer printer

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