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FAQ: Do I Need Label Applicators or a Label Dispenser? (VIDEO)

Question: What is the difference between label applicators and label dispensers? Which one should I buy?   Answer:  A label applicator is a tool that applies labels for you.  Ideal for repetitive labeling of boxes or bags.   Automatic label dispensers are small stationary machines that dispense labels one at a time, so you can […]

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Getting Good Print Results with Direct Thermal

PROBLEM: Barcodes printed on Direct Thermal label material are not supposed to look at bright and vivid as those printed with ribbons on Thermal Transfer media. If they do, then more than likely you are applying too much heat to give them the super dark look you like. Unfortunately, by cranking up the heat, the […]

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How Do Barcode Scanners Really Work?

You have probably seen scanners at work “reading” barcodes. We know that some form of intelligent understanding takes place as a flashing red light passes over a barcode. But what is really going on? The purpose of a barcode scanner is to scan or read a barcode symbol and then provide an electrical output to […]

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Proper Care of Your Printhead

With appropriate care and routine maintenance, the life of your printhead (for direct thermal or thermal transfer printers) can be greatly extended. It’s important to think of printheads as replaceable consumables, just like labels and printing ribbons. However, a printhead is actually the most important part of your printer. It is also the most delicate […]

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Label Ribbon – CSI vs. CSO: What Does That Mean?

When you place an order for printing ribbons, we will ask you what printer model you are using and whether the ribbon is coated side in (CSI) or coated side out (CSO). This refers to how the printing ribbon comes off the roll and feeds through a printer. Printers like Zebra and TSC use the […]

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TSC vs. Zebra: A Rivalry in Excellence

When you hear the word Zebra, it’s logical to bring up an image of a black and white striped horse-like creature. But in the barcode and labeling industry, when one refers to Zebra, they are talking about Zebra Technologies, an industry leader in label printing equipment. Zebra Technologies has been in the barcode and labeling […]

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Label Printing: Troubleshooting Tips & Tricks

Print quality is one of most common complaints we encounter in the label business. Many times, only minor adjustments are needed and so we will begin a series of articles aimed at providing you some printing guidance. Problem: Thermal Labels have poor print quality and the image is too light, faded or missing print

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TSC Printers: A Budget-Friendly Way to Barcode

In homage to one of company’s slogans―”We Make Barcoding Easy”―we are excited to introduce EXTREMELY AFFORDABLE additions to our label printer family. And when we say “affordable” we are talking prices that will knock your socks off! But don’t let the low prices scare you… we are talking about durable, reliable models made by TSC […]

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Handheld Scanner – The Battle of the Scanners

So you don’t know which scanner you need for your barcode? Well, that is quite a dilemma. But EIM is here to make things a bit easier for you. All you need to know is right here: If you are looking for a handheld scanner, then there are two dominating technological types to choose from. […]

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Handwriting Labels Cramps

So you’ve got a situation on your hands. You’ve been handwriting labels for years, but now you notice productivity isn’t where it should be. You’re paying employees for more labor hours, but see even less output since there are so many mistakes. Handwriting Labels–Worth It? Statistics show that 1 out of every 300 handwritten characters […]

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