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Yearly Archive: 2017

BarTender Print Portal App for Android and iOS

Seagull Scientific have released an app for Android and Apple phones and tablets. I was going to have a play with this as soon as it was released, but I thought I’d let the dust settle just in case there were any bugs or unfinished features in the app (wishful thinking as there hasn’t been any updates in nearly a year). I’d say it would be a wise choice to wait for the next version (BarTender 2017?) as today you will stumble into a plethora of teething problems.


Setting up

Firstly, a lot of the setting up is done through the “Web Print Portal” web page on the host machine which can be accessed locally through http://localhost/BarTender/. Once you can access it from another machine (by allowing the IIS option in Windows Firewall), you can continue setting it up, change other settings, and print remotely from the host. This is perfect as you can have the software and printer connected to a dedicated computer or server and print labels from an unlimited amount of computers on the same network. If you setup your port forwarding just right on your router, you will be able to print from outside your internal network as well. I would advise a word of caution doing this though, as you could end up with anyone from all over the world being able to print or changing settings within the print portal. You can setup a username and password to prevent unauthorised tinkering.
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Brother’s New FLe Label Tape

Brother have released a new type of label tape for their P-Touch series. This new tape will only work with a select few printers, but it says on the top of the printer if it will accept these new cartridges.

Let’s first have a look at the entire range before talking about these new tapes:

  • TZe-***
    These are the normal tapes that come in a huge selection of sizes and colours. They are laminated and are a good all-rounder.
  • TZe-B***Same as above, but specifically fluorescent colours.
  • TZe-FA*
    Non-laminated, iron-on label in 1 size and 1 colour.
  • TZe-FX***
    These tapes are laminated and extra flexible for curved surfaces and wrapping around cables and pipes. They only come in 2 choices of colours, but many sizes.
  • TZe-S***
    These are laminated, but with a stronger adhesive. These tapes only come in 3 colour choices.
  • TZe-N***
    Some applications might require a non-laminated tape. That’s where these tapes come in. They come in a few different sizes, but only 1 colour.
  • TZe-SE*
    This tape is laminated with a tamper evident adhesive which leaves a pattern behind on both the label and applied surface if it is tampered with. This tape comes in only 1 colour and size.
  • HGe-***
    The high grade tapes are very much like the extra strong tapes as they feature the same adhesive. The label material and ribbon combination used with the right printer means that options can be chosen for much higher print speeds and much quality resolution of print.
  • HSe-***
    Heat shrink tubing is a printable tube that a cable is fed through. The tubing can then be heated up to shrink it to the cable so it doesn’t move around. This comes in a few different sizes and in 1 colour.

* = single number digit

What’s a FLe tape?

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Vintage Label Printers: Then and Now

History

Before electronic handheld label printing became as mainstream as it is today, label printing had to be done by embossing a plastic or metal tape. Typing was achieved by rotating a wheel to the correct character and squeezing the handle grip. Then a cutter would have to be manually operated which varied across different models. The tape was continuous, usually had a self-adhesive backing, and came in various colours of plastic and metal.


White Text

The technology behind producing these types of labels is super simple. With the exception of the metal tape, the coloured plastic tapes will change to white when embossed producing the white, bevelled characters that make up your label text. With the metal and white tapes, the bevelled characters are clear enough on their own without turning a different colour.


Retro

Some people still prefer to use this type of label producing system as it holds a pleasant nostalgic look and feel to it. The labels are actually harder wearing than some of the newer labels of today. For example, the Dymo D1 tapes can have their print scratched off fairly easily despite what they say.


Today

Today there is a more industrial use for this type of labelling. The Dymo M1011 metal tape embosser is used in various industries including oil rigs, power plants, farming, water treatment, etc. Materials available for this embosser include stainless steel for very hard wearing applications, aluminium for regular hard wearing applications, and self-adhesive aluminium for low hard wearing applications. The M1011 can also punch a small hole in the metal tape suitable for tagging with a wire tag or nail.

For more information on the Dymo M1011, or for advice on an alternative printer, please call our sale department on 01202 681311 or email sales@labelzone.co.uk