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Missing Print, Vertical Lines & Cleaning Your Label Printer

missingprintHave you ever printed from your label printer and noticed a straight vertical line of missing print? It might be only about <1mm wide going through your text, an image or even a barcode which can prevent it from being read correctly. This can mean one of two things:

  • Your printhead is dirty
  • Your print head needs replacing

Hopefully it’s the first of the two. If it is then here are some solutions that can help clean that muck off.
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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…

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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