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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

Water Dissolvable Labels

Being introduced to labels that can dissolve in water is something that I really liked the sound of. I don’t mean to point fingers, but whenever I buy mugs or glasses from IKEA, I get very annoyed having to pick the barcode labels off the bottom; it’s next to impossible to remove them (but I know a secret which I’ll explain below). These dissolvable labels however, stay stuck until wet. Let’s check out how easy it is for these labels to fade away.

I’m going to do the worst thing imaginable: I’m going to apply 2 labels to the inside of a glass; a standard label and water dissolvable label. I’ll leave them 24 hours for the adhesive to get to full strength, then I’ll rinse the glass with water to see how much effort is required to remove them. I’ll do this test twice with both warm water and cold water to see if there’s any benefit to either temperature.


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LabelStation Helper – April 2017 Update

It’s been 3 years since I built the first version of the LabelStation Helper. I’ve evolved it quite a lot over that time to finally become a powerful archive of help and information that it is today.

If you already have a previous version installed, open it to trigger the update. You might need to close it and open it again as the auto-update can have a delayed trigger (which has since been fixed). Another version of the LabelStation Helper has a button on the first screen that reads “Check for Helper Update”, click it (you might need to click this button twice, but this has been fixed in the latest update). If you have a very early version that doesn’t include the auto-updater, it’s recommended to delete the folder that it installed to (usually “C:\LabelStation” unless you selected otherwise, or click uninstall from the programs menu if you’re using the 2015 version) and run the downloader below.

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Screenshot below shows the main screen after choosing which model printer you’re using.

This window is to help you find labels, tags, ribbon and spare parts for your LabelStation.
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Tyre Labelling Solution: LabelStation & Fastyre Labels

What is Fastyre?

Fastyre is the name given to a label material that is suitable for applying to unusual surfaces such as rubber tyres.
Tyre shops, like any other shop, need to label up their stock with barcodes, prices, makes, models, sizes, and even the EU fuel efficiency, noise and wet grip rating.

Test: Paper, vinyl and Fastyre on a tyre

Check out the video below. Here you can see me applying 3 different label types to a tyre. I leave the labels in place for a few hours for the adhesive to to get a good grip. I then come back a while later to attempt to remove the labels and see how they hold up.

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What have we learnt?

We’ve learnt that Fastyre is the strongest which was to be expected. Let’s go into some more detail of this 24 hours test:Continue Reading…