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Update: Leitz Icon Label Printer Re-Review

Leitz Icon Label Printer

Pros Cons
WiFi & USB I found the software still crashes on selecting address templates
Optional battery pack I found the mobile app to be slow and in some case unresponsive
Easy to load tapes No standby or power off which could mean a flat battery


Leitz have released a printer that dives right into the middle of the market. With die-cut, continuous, paper and plastic labels, this printer will help suit any requirement around the home, office or even a warehouse. Compatible with Android, iOS, Mac and Windows over USB or WiFi.
Please read the original review first. They were a little disappointed with the score I previously gave it. They have since updated the software, released the mobile app for Android and supplied me with the battery and some other tapes to try. Consider this review the real review.Continue Reading…

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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How To: Brother HSe Heat Shrink Tubing Calculator

Brother’s heat shrink tubing has been around for over a year now, but has caused a little confusion about the sizes that are available, and for what size cable they’ll fit.
Here I shall briefly go over the sizes and how to work out which one you will need for what size cable. This guide isn’t limited to just Brother’s heat shrink tubing; it can be used to help decide on the correct size for Dymo, Brady, and LabelStation tubing too.

If you’re confused on cable sizing or are using the US measurements, it might be worth having a look at our cable sizing chart.

What you see is what you get

Let’s have a look at the HSe-221. It has a shrink ratio of 2:1 which means it will half in size. It’s rated at a size of 8.8mm, but what does that actually mean?

When flat, the tubing is 8.8mm in width. To work out the diameter of the tube when round, you need to times it by two and that will give you the circumference. Then divide that number by pi.

Width of tubing while flat: 8.8mm
Circumference of tubing while round: 8.8 x 2 = 17.6mm
Diameter of tubing while round: 17.6 ÷ pi = 5.6mm
Diameter at a 2:1 shrink ratio after shrinking: 5.6 ÷ 2 = 2.8mm

So if you have a HSe-221 cassette, this tubing will be suitable for a cables with a cross-section of 2.8mm to 5.6mm.
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LabelStation BarTender Video Tutorial of the Month

This month’s most popular video tutorial for BarTender shows how to change the label sensing options with explanations for each one.

  1. Go to “File” and “Print” and click “Document Properties”
  2. Go to the “Stock” tab and under “Media Settings” change the “Type” to one of the following:
    • “Use Current Printer Setting”
      Continue using the setting that’s in the printer’s memory
    • “Labels With Gaps”
      Labels or tags with gaps between them that the printer can read
    • “Labels With Marks”
      Labels or tags with black marks or holes that the printer can read
    • “Continuous”
      No black marks or gaps on a continuous reel
  3. If you select gaps or marks you will need to set the gap or mark size
  4. Click “OK”
  5. Click “Close” to accept the new settings without printing or “Print” to accept the new settings and print

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