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Piggyback Rides and Piggyback Labels

“Want me to give you a piggy back ride?” That is a fairly common question when it comes to children. But would you ever think that labels ride piggyback? Well they do, and it is almost as common as a child getting a piggyback ride. Piggyback labels ride on the back of other labels and […]

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Printing Ribbon – Choosing the Right One for Your Lab

So, you’ve graduated to the big leagues ―to the pinnacle of label printing―into the world of thermal transfer printing? Your laboratory labeling challenges have exceeded the capabilities of the lowly laser printer and even the constrictions of direct thermal printing, eh? You need really durable labels—these other technologies will simply not do the job. While […]

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The UPC

The Universal Product Code (UPC) is a barcode symbology that is widely used in the United States and Canada for tracking trade items (fancy term for products) in stores. Practically every item purchased from a grocery store, department store or mass merchandiser has a UPC barcode on either a label or a tag. This helps […]

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Laminated Labels – the True Super-Heroes of the Labeling World?

When to use Laminated Labels Labels are often challenged to perform with super-human strength and durability.  We want them to be “permanent” and yet cleanly “removable.” We want them to hold up to constant abuse from moisture, temperature extremes, chemicals, solvents, abrasion, salt spray, acids, and so forth. We want them to basically fend off […]

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How to Recognize Code 39

No matter what you call it – Code 39, Code 3 of 9, USS Code 39, USD-3, Alpha39 or Type 39, this barcode has remained one of the most popular codes in use today – except for the UPC code used on all retail merchandise. Code 39 was the first alphanumeric code to be developed […]

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Much Ado About Ink – Ribbons

So, you’ve graduated to the big leagues, to the pinnacle of label printing in the form of thermal transfer printing? Your challenges have exceeded the capabilities of the lowly laser printer and even the constrictions of direct thermal printing, eh? While you totally get the strengths and specifications of a thermal transfer printer, you may […]

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