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Important: LabelStation Helper – September 2017 Update

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

If you already have a previous version installed, open it to trigger the auto-update. You might need to close it and open it again or click the “check of update” button (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), then run the downloader below.

We feel the Labelstation Helper has got to a point where it can no longer be improved upon; therefore we have decided to release an update to remove the online updating feature. We recommend updating to the latest version to ensure your software doesn’t try to update in the future as the online files are scheduled for removal in the next year. If you have any questions regarding this update, please call us.

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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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New A4 labels for Inkjet and Laser Printers

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Introducing our newest addition to our A4 label range.

Sometimes, it can be more cost effective to print through your laser/inkjet printer instead of a label printer. For example: if you’re printing very small batches of labels or not printing labels very frequently, A4 labels might be the better option.

Our selection of A4 labels come in a popular variety of materials and colours.

Materials, colours and adhesives

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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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