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LabelStation Helper – April 2017 Update

It’s been 3 years since I built the first version of the LabelStation Helper. I’ve evolved it quite a lot over that time to finally become a powerful archive of help and information that it is today.

If you already have a previous version installed, open it to trigger the update. You might need to close it and open it again as the auto-update can have a delayed trigger (which has since been fixed). Another version of the LabelStation Helper has a button on the first screen that reads “Check for Helper Update”, click it (you might need to click this button twice, but this has been fixed in the latest update). If you have a very early version that doesn’t include the auto-updater, it’s recommended to delete the folder that it installed to (usually “C:\LabelStation” unless you selected otherwise, or click uninstall from the programs menu if you’re using the 2015 version) and run the downloader below.

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Screenshot below shows the main screen after choosing which model printer you’re using.

This window is to help you find labels, tags, ribbon and spare parts for your LabelStation.
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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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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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