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Monthly Archive: March 2016

Asset Tagging Alternative: Medicine

Counterfeit drugs and fake medical equipment are on the rise. Patient healthcare is a growing risk and is costing European countries an estimated £1bn a year.

Fake drugs may have the correct ingredients but they could be the wrong dosage, or be missing active ingredients, or contain impurities, or even contain toxic chemicals. They could be wrongly fed into the supply chain thus ending up behind the counter of a pharmacy or they are sold directly over the internet to the end user at discounted prices. Medication isn’t the only fraud; it was only a couple years ago there was the PIP breast implant scare. Breast implants are meant to be made of medical silicone, not industrial.

Where does labelling come into this?

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Interview with John Poole from Image Computer Systems

I decided the take the opportunity to ask the founder and director of Image Computer Systems, John Poole, a few questions about the company and the software they publish.

I’m aware you make more than one type of software. What are they all called and could you summarize their different applications?

EnLabel is a general purpose labelling software which will operate with any printer that has a Windows driver. This includes colour, laser, plotter, inkjet etc. Feedback from users of a wide range of labelling software complement it on its intuitive user interface and minimal mouse clicks to design and print.
LabelDirect is easier to use and understand for Zebra, Datamax, SATO, Toshiba and TSC labelling printers as the printer setting are part of the design interface. Printing is in the printers native language so throughput cannot be any faster because we send less data. For examples barcodes are generated by the printer rather than sending graphics so they are in spec and faster.

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2016 Electrician Printers: Brother vs. Dymo

In case you haven’t seen any previous blog posts, the industrial Brother printer models start with “PT-E” and the industrial Dymo models start with “XTL”. Here’s a comparison of the 2016 models that will be on the market for the next few years. Use the checkboxes below to filter out different models of printers to help you compare fewer models.
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LabelStation BarTender Video Tutorial of the Month

This month’s most popular video tutorial for BarTender users shows how to setup the external keyboard with your LabelStation using a custom template.

Click here to play the video

  1. First ensure all your elements are assigned an object name by double clicking on them to open the properties and changing the “Object Name”
  2. Click “File” and “Export Printer Code Template”
  3. Select “KP-200 (FLASH)” from the “Print System” list
  4. The “Output” port should be defaulted to the last known working one. If you have successfully managed to print through a certain port to this printer, make sure it is selected
  5. Click the “More Options” button
  6. To enable the user to print multiple copies of a label, select “Copies” under “Print Dialog Data Sources” and tick the “Enable prompting on external keyboard (KDU)” checkbox
  7. You can change the “Prompt” text to something suitable
  8. Under “Template Object Data Sources” click the little “+” next to the object you wish to be a variable item and click “Data Source 1”
  9. Tick the “Enable prompting on external keyboard (KDU)” checkbox and change the “Prompt” text to something suitable
  10. Do this for all object fields you want to enable for user input from the keyboard and click “OK”
  11. Now click the “Export” button when you’re ready to transfer the data
  12. A prompt should now appear saying the transfer was a success
  13. Click here for more information and tips using the keyboard

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