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QL-700, QL-710 & QL-720 Label Printer Demo Video

The Brother QL-700 series of label printers has made the printing of name badges, address labels, CD/DVD labels, barcodes and more a lot faster than ever before!It can produce an average of 93 labels per minute and setting the printer up couldn’t be easier.
The label rolls drop into the printer and it knows automatically what size you’ve inserted. The printer is Plug & Play and includes a Lite version of the software on the machine so you don’t need to install anything. If however you do need more advanced features of the software you can install the full version of the P-Touch editor from the supplied CD or download from Brother’s website.
The built-in cutter can cut your die-cut labels at the end of a batch or at each label or if you’re using a continuous roll you can cut labels to any length you require.
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Where do you stick a PAT label?

If you don’t know what PAT means, or have never come across the acronym, then you might be ignorant of something which has quietly saved your life. PAT stands for ‘Portable Appliance Testing’ and it pertains to every electrical appliance that is powered through a mains plug. Typically such appliances are your table-lamp, computer and electric kettle etc, but not an electric oven which is wired directly to a junction box. If you live in furnished accommodation then your landlord has for safety reasons a legal obligation to PAT test all your portable electrical appliances at appropriate intervals, in compliance with the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations Act of 1994. Likewise, if you are an employee then your boss has a similar obligation to PAT test all qualifying equipment used in your workplace, in compliance with PUWER (Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998). Failure to comply with the requirement can invalidate an insurance claim and even lead to prosecution by the HSE (Health & Safety Executive). Each appliance should be tested by a ‘competent person’ using specialised equipment and afterwards marked with a durable sticker stating whether or not the test was passed.
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In The Spotlight: Artist & Illustrator Zara Wood

Zara Wood, also known as Woody, is an artist and illustrator living in Brighton. Previously based in London and Melbourne, Zara originally studied Fine Art and began illustrating in 2001. Deemed as a prolific and versatile artist, Zara works in a variety of mediums and scales, from miniature drawings to large free-standing cardboard sculptures. Whether drawing with a digital pen or making intricate boxed dioramas there is a beautiful hand crafted honesty to her work.

Her Star Gaze collection became the most successful artist range Topshop has ever launched

Commissioned by editorial, publishing and fashion clients in Europe and Australia, Zara also designs her own range of limited edition design-led products stocked in gallery and museum shops including the V&A and the Barbican in London, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney.
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In The Spotlight: Writhlington School Orchid Project

A comprehensive school in the Mendips, south of Bath, has developed an international reputation for the students’ pioneering work with orchids. Successes this year have included a gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show, a school expedition to the Himalayas and a recent trip to South Africa. The Writhlington School Orchid Project has been using Labelzone’s Labelstation for its horticultural labelling activities for many years.

Thirteen year old Zoë Parfitt and twelve year old Zoe Barnes have been to Durban, over half term, to share the skills they have learnt at Writhlington School at a major international conservation conference.
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Kiteboarding & Brother P-Touch Labels?


At Labelzone HQ, we’re always on the lookout for imaginative and innovative ways in which people use their labels. It’s even more pleasing to see when someone’s ingenuity can potentially save the coastguard or RNLI time and money. Feeling lost? So was a lot of people’s water sports equipment, until someone had an idea, spawned from their passion for kiteboarding.

Firstly, what is kiteboarding?

Kiteboarding (or kitesurfing) is one of the fastest growing water sports in the world, exploding in popularity in the last decade with an estimated 210,000 kiteboarders worldwide (as of September 2006, according to SBC Kiteboard). With influences drawing from more traditional water sports such as windsurfing and wakeboarding, its openness for participation around the UK has seen an abundance of professional competitions and an official association.Continue Reading…