October 2015 – Labelzone Blog

Monthly Archive: October 2015

Labels for Zebra Printers

Here at Advanced Labelling we’re always coming up with ways to save you money. Our bulk boxes of genuine Zebra labels are possibly the cheapest around and with a lot of the most common sizes available for next day delivery.

The quality of the Zebra consumables is outstanding but sometimes they won’t have a size you require or maybe you don’t need the large quantity bulk boxes they come in. We can supply the most common of sizes as individual rolls off-the-shelf for your convenience, and we can produce almost any size, shape, colour or material you require. Our own brand labels are of the highest quality and we will only produce bespoke labels to meet your exact specification.

Pros and cons of Zebra branded labels

Pros Cons
Made and sold in bulk passing the savings onto you Not available as individual rolls
Full Zebra technical support for the printer and software Some items are warehoused out of the country and lead times can be up to 1 week
Huge trade discounts across our entire range Very large orders can’t be discounted further
High quality materials Min order value on bespoke Zebra labels

Pros and cons of our labels

Pros Cons
Large selection of the highest quality materials used No Zebra technical support on non standard sizes
Competitive price of medium to large bespoke quantities Price of small (1-3 rolls) bespoke quantities
Made entirely to your specification including size, material, adhesive and sensing options 7-14 day lead time
Full colour pre-printing available.
Common sizes and materials available in single roll quantity for next day delivery.
Over 25 years’ experience producing high quality labels for many other brands

Zebex Z-6010 Omnidirectional Laser Barcode Scanner Review

Here is a first for the Labelzone blog: a barcode scanner review!

Here I’m reviewing the Z-6010 hands-free 1D laser barcode scanner. This is a table-top scanner that connects via USB to your computer. This scanner will scan the following types of barcodes:

  • IATA Code
  • Industrial 2 of 5
  • ITF 2 of 5
  • JAN-8 & JAN-13
  • JAP
  • MSI
  • Standard 2 of 5
  • UPC-A & UPC-E
  • China Postal Code
  • Codabar
  • Code 11
  • Code 32
  • Code 39
  • Code 93
  • Code 128 & EAN 128
  • EAN-8 & EAN-13
  • GS1 DataBar
  • GS1 DataBar Limited
  • GS1 DataBar Expanded

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Phantom Plug Puller – Halloween Special

It’s just over a week until halloween! There’s going to be plenty of parties as it’s on a Saturday night and I know I’m going to one. Whether you’re hosting a halloween party or kitting out the front of your house to look as spooky as possible, don’t forget to label your cables!

Allow me to set the scene: you’ve got all your friends and family round, the sound system is blaring your favourite music, the disco lights have set a great atmosphere and one friend remembers that one song you all love, and it’s on their phone. You let them plug their phone into the sound system to play it but the battery is low so its charger needs to be plugged in.

It looks harmless enough but you know you’ve got a few too many plugs under the table. Going on a guess you pull one. It’s the extension lead for music and the lights! The room plunges into darkness and the music stops, you’ve dropped the cable and you’re now fumbling around in the dark, trying to find the correct one to plug back in. No luck. Someone switches on the main light and the mood is killed. If only you had a label on the plug or cable so you didn’t unplug the wrong one.

Marking cables around your home or office isn’t a daft idea at all. In fact it can be very profession and save time or mishaps in the future. Multiple switches in one room? Label them so visitors know what (or not) to switch on/off. Extension leads with multiple plugs? Same again, label them so you don’t unplug a running computer/server or in the above case, important music system.

Using a label printer you can label up all your plugs, cables and extension leads so you know what’s safe to unplug without stopping the music!

Here’s my list for the top label printers for labelling cables, plugs, fuse boards and more:

Casio KL-HD1 Overview

Having never used a Casio printer I wasn’t sure what to expect. I have never heard any feedback about their printers so usually no news is good news. I wasn’t disappointed with the machine but there are a few things I both liked and disliked about the printer.

It’s an unusual but neutral looking unit; very square, white and grey with a few blue buttons. Once you’ve inserted the 6x AA batteries it immediately becomes a nicer heavier weight than its otherwise light, empty feeling. The batteries are located right in the hand grip which is comfortable to hold. Before I switch it on and go through using the handheld printer I’ll list the key features first.



  • 1 line 12 character display
  • ABC keyboard
  • Tape sizes 6 / 9 / 12 / 18 mm
  • 10 mm per second print speed
  • 200 DPI print resolution
  • 8 fonts
  • 9 print styles, effects and formats
  • Manual cutter
  • 667 characters
  • 182 special characters / symbols
  • 245 Illustrations
  • 3 line printing
  • 80 character input
  • 60 pre-installed logos with text and icons
  • 65 frames

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Dymo LabelWriter Software Review

“What is the Dymo software like? How easy is it to produce a label? What can and can’t it do?”
These are the types of questions you’re probably asking when thinking of buying your first Dymo printer. Hopefully this post will be able to answer your needs.


dymo-add-printer-crashFirstly this is a review of the software on a Windows computer. The software on Mac may differ slightly but I have yet to try it. Installation was quite quick and painless. Connecting a printer directly through USB installed with no problem at all. I’m using a LabelWriter 450 Duo so I get to try printing on both die cut address labels and continuous D1 tape. In the software itself you can add a networked printer. The networked printer would be a normal one through a Dymo Print Server. Unusually just launching this install wizard it ends up crashing itself straight away and then it closes with no further messages.
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