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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…

Brother P-Touch Editor: High Speed – Standard – High Resolution

If you’ve used the Brother P-Touch Editor for Windows or Mac, you may have noticed one, two or all three of the following print modes:

  • Standard
  • High Speed
  • High Resolution

Depending on the printer and the labels you’re printing onto, you might be given a choice from the default “Standard” option. But what benefits do these other options give over the default setting?

High Speed

Without stating the obvious too much, this setting will print the labels as quickly as possible depending on the labels and printer. For example: the PT-P900W with a HGe tape will be able to print a lot faster than usual.Continue Reading…

Brother TZe Longevity Outdoors

Back in July 2016 I printed some samples and stuck them out the back of our building where they would be subject to the midday sun, wind, and rain. Being a laminated plastic material you would expect them to last, and I know they do last, but for the sake of an experiment I decided to go ahead with a few different sizes and colours. I’m sure our neighbours are a little perplexed by the array of colours stuck to our building, but it’s all in the name of science.

18th July 2016

It was late afternoon while the sun doesn’t hit this side of the building. I used isopropyl alcohol to clean the majority of the crud from the plastic surface prior to sticking the labels down. The only thing to note here is that the high grade (HGe) tape is the only one with the extra strong adhesive. Not likely to have an effect on this test is the flexible (TZe-FX) tape which is usually best for curved surfaces such as wrapping round cables and pipes.

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NEW: BradyJet J5000 Full Colour Label Printer Overview

Looking for a full colour, 8″ wide label printer? Look no further than the BradyJet J5000. Featuring a full CMYK, 4800 DPI print resolution and a 16 million colour output.

This printer also features the new Brady Workstation software to design and print your labels quickly and easily with a selection of downloadable apps.

Connectivity from your computer to the printer can be done through a choice of USB, Ethernet or Wi-Fi.


Features

  • Full 16 million colour CMYK inkjet print.
  • Huge 4800 DPI print resolution.
  • USB, Ethernet, Wi-Fi connectivity.
  • Min media width: 51mm – Max media width: 210mm.
  • High 6 inches per second print speed.
  • Automatic guillotine cutter.
  • Brady Workstation design and print software included.

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Barcoding: A Brief History, How They Work, Their Types & Uses

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History of the Barcode

The barcode was invented, almost by accident, by Norman Joseph Woodland in 1948.
Bernard Silver, a fellow Drexel Institute graduate student with Woodland, overheard a conversation between a supermarket executive and an engineer on whether product information could be captured automatically at a checkout. Silver was interested and mentioned the problem to Woodland.
While on a beach in Florida, Woodland drew dots and dashes in the sand, similar to the shapes of Morse code. After pulling the dots and dashes downwards with his fingers, he came up with a concept of the first ever linear barcode.
In October 1949, they applied for a patent which was received in October 1952 covering both linear and bulls-eye designs.
Long story short: Woodland got employed by IBM, sold the patent to Philco, who then sold it to RCA before the patent expired in 1969.
In 1971 IBM started work on developing what is now UPC (Universal Product Code), beating their competition, RCA.

The first item scanned in public was a packet of chewing gum in an Ohio supermarket in 1974.

Woodland died from Alzheimer’s on the 9th of December 2012, at the age of 91.


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