November 2015 – Labelzone Blog

Monthly Archive: November 2015

Sandown Elex Show 2015

The Sandown Elex Show is always the premier event of the year. Its location takes in a huge catchment area and this was evident on both days with the Sandown Park car parks hitting capacity by late morning both days.

Arriving at the main entrance the queues were moving fast and there was definitely a lively atmosphere about the place, something which most trade shows sadly lack these days. Elex seems to have captured the imagination of the UK’s electricians with all the shows around the UK being well attended but Sandown is the big one!
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2015 Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals

It’s that time of the year again where retailers drop their prices to staggeringly low figures and us Brits spend “£1.07 billion” in just 24 hours!*

So far promotional leaks have shown laptops under £100 and game console bundles under £200!

Last year one retailer claimed to have sold 1 popular smoothie maker every 30 seconds and a TV every minute while another retailer claimed they sold 1 games console every second.

Some websites had a different item on a flash sale every 10 minutes while other websites had huge selections on sale all at once.

Some websites would slow to a crawl while others would fall over and stop responding completely.

Meanwhile in the high streets there are half-mile queues, fist-fights, shouting, squabbling and crying children. But is it all worth it?

One supermarket this year is not participating in thie year’s Black Friday as there was too much chaos in their stores last year which left three men arrested and one woman injured by a falling television.

Here at Labelzone our prices are low all year round. That being said, this Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend, look out for the following items as their prices are not to be missed:

  • Dymo RhinoPRO 6000 Label Printer Kit & Software
  • Dymo RhinoPRO 5200 Label Printer Kit
  • Casio KL-HD1 Label Printer
  • Brother PT-1000 Handheld Label Printer
  • 50mm x 25mm (500 roll) PASSED PAT Test Labels
  • S0718100 – 12mm Black on White Flexible Nylon Rhino Tape
  • Dymo D1 Tape Bundle Value Pack

Deals have been done!

* Research provided by Experian and e-retail industry association IMRG.

Apple Mac OSX Label Printer Compatibility

Microsoft Windows; you’ll find it installed everywhere from offices computers to tills, in schools to on cashpoint machines, warehouses and even military simulation systems. But what about Apple’s Mac OSX operating system?

Apple is most popular for their iPods (R.I.P.), iPhones and tablets (personally I think iPad is a stupid name). But their Mac computers still aren’t the popular choice when it comes to personal and professional computers. I have a Windows desktop computer I built for most of my work and gaming, but I chose a Macbook Pro over a Windows laptop as every manufacture has sponsored bloatware such as trial versions of Mcafee, Norton and Office to name a few. When I buy a computer I want my choice of software on it, not the manufactures’. I also chose it for its fantastic high PPI display, great battery life, clever trackpad, backlit keys, and amazing design from an all aluminium body. It can actually do pretty much everything my Windows computer can, but I digress. I know of very few applications where the Mac OS is prefered over Windows other than development of apps for other Apple products, thus we come to the subject at hand.
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Heat Shrink & Brother HSe Video

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Marking cables using heat shrink tubing is probably the most effective, reliable and professional looking solution there is. The video above is an example using a Brother P-Touch E550W and a heat gun. Producing these types of labels really is as fast as it looks in the video.

Other printers that can print heat shrink tubing includes the most Labelstations, Dymo XTL & Rhino Pro, most Brady and the Brother E300 & E550W.

Coloured heat shrink can help identify groups of cables while printing on the tubing can identify individual cables.

Using heat shrink instead of cable flag labels improves identification as it is less cluttered improves and airflow for enclosed areas such as server racks.

Using the heat shrink tubing instead of cable wraps improves identification from as wraps can accumulate mucky adhesive. Cables wraps, much like flag labels, require more effort to apply than heat shrink tubing.

The only down side to heat shrink tubing is that it can only be applied to cables that do not already have a bulky plug on the end. As you can see from the video it is best for this type of cable marking to be applied to cables that haven’t yet been terminated.

LabelStation BarTender Video Tutorial of the Month

This month’s most popular video tutorial for BarTender users shows how to adjust and explaining the differences in print methods.

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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. Go to the “Stock” tab.
  4. Under “Media Settings” see “Method”.
  5. “Use Current Printer Setting” – This is usually the default. This will continue to use the setting that are built-into the printer’s memory from the last setting change or factory defaults.
  6. “Direct Thermal” – This method is for printing onto media that doesn’t require a ribbon.
  7. “Thermal Transfer” – This method is for a variety of media that uses a suitable ribbon.
  8. Once you’ve selected the correct type click “OK”.
  9. Unless you wish to print, click “Close” to keep the changes made or “Cancel” to discard them.

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