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: