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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.


  • 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

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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Coloured Labels for Zebra, Dymo & LabelStation

We have a new selection of labels that are worth talking about. Introducing our selection of coloured labels that will work with Dymo LabelWriter, Zebra GC/GK/GX, and all LabelStation printers.

These labels are supplied on a 25mm core and have a maximum outside diameter of 80mm. They also have a selection of black marks on the underside of the backing paper for various printers to sense the start and finish of the labels. The Zebra and LabelStation range will use the gaps between the labels for sensing.

All labels are a high quality, gloss-coated paper that is lined with a permanent adhesive.

You won’t need to purchase any ribbon or ink thanks to their direct thermal technology.

If there’s a size or colour we’re not displaying, give us a call and we can get it made especially for you.

Dymo Durable LabelWriter Labels Overview and Test

Paper labels have always been good for general, office, and courier use. The only down side is that paper is easy to damage. Dymo has been the odd one out in terms of material selection for their LabelWriter labels… until now.

Why choose a different material?


  • Industrial adhesive provides a permanent fixture to more challenging surfaces like metal, textured PVC, glass and wood.
  • Protective coating resists damage from abrasion, oils and cleaning products.
  • High-grade material means the label can withstand temperatures from -18°C to +50°C.
  • Moisture-resistant design withstands damp conditions and rain up to 85% humidity.

The new Dymo Durable labels are more resistance to cleaning, chemicals, rain, temperatures and challenging surfaces. It’s almost like you’re upgrading your printer by only upgrading your labels.

Use your labels for outdoors, on floors, on pallets and tools, on frozen items*, on laboratory equipment, on the exterior of vehicles, etc.


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