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Turorial: Roland VersaWorks Variable Data, Setting Font, Size, Colour & Position Globally

The Roland DG VersaWorks software is perfect for printing single data labels, but it is powerful enough to handle variable data printing from a database source such as an Excel spreadsheet or CSV. Variable data means changing text and/or images in a label design based on what’s in each row of the database. This is particularly useful as it can save you valuable time as you only need to make one label design to produce a selection of different labels.

The example below is a PAT label printed with a serial number, name initials, test date, and company name.

1. Design the label

I’ve designed the PAT label I want and added rectangles where the variable data is to be placed.
These boxes must have no fill, but the line must be this thick:

  • Illustrator: 0.25 point
  • CorelDRAW: hairline

Each box must have their own unique spot colour with a swatch name beginning with VDP_ followed by the relevant name for the data. Mine are as follows:

  • VDP_AppID
  • VDP_By
  • VDP_TestDate
  • VDP_CompanyName

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LabelStation Industrial with Fitted Rewinder – Updated Video

Our LabelStation Industrial Label Printer has the option for a unique factory-fitted, built-in label roll rewinder.

Below are a couple examples of why you would need an internal rewinder on this printer.

Example 1: PAT Labels

Problem
You’re an electrician who does PAT testing. You currently write on each label by hand at the time of testing. With the growth of your business and more tests to do you’re starting to get lazy and messy with the details on each label to keep up with demand. Even writing them at home in the evenings isn’t solving a problem.
Solution
You buy a LabelStation Industrial 300 with a factory-fitted internal rewinder. You design the label on your computer which takes just a few minutes using the bundled software. You can print your company name, phone number, initials, date and even an automatic sequential APP ID number (with optional barcode). It takes just a few minutes to set up and then you just leave it to print. It automatically rewinds the printed labels onto an empty core. When it’s done printing you’re left with a roll of labels printed with all the required details. It leaves a professional impression that you want your customers to see and leaving contact details for repeat business.

Check this example below printing PAT cable flag labels.

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