Label printers or writers like the DYMO label writer 400 and laser label printers are used by corporate offices, companies and professionals engaged in the printing of labels designed to accompany envelopes, packages, files, barcodes and even postage stamps. The device usually prints on adhesive labelling materials and are likewise equipped with sophisticated mechanisms that can handle rolled stock or tear sheet feed type of media.
Office devices of this type, including laser label printers, come in different forms, types, sizes and likewise serve various applications.
Types of Label Printers
Label printers are provided with distinct functions that users need to unravel in order to effectively match the appropriate task. So buyers don’t just decide on the output factor; whether it’s a monochrome or a color unit that would best fit their requirements.
Some label printers are designed to operate manually, a type that finds reliable use in retail stores and medium sized businesses. On the other hand, a handheld labeler that can be carried along as the user makes the rounds finds great use in a construction or an industrial setting. The not so portable desktop labelling machine meanwhile can handle high volume labeling jobs and is therefore suited to large-scale operations. Most units include a PC connectivity feature that allows direct access to a number of label printing options.
Print Method and Application
Based on print method, label printers are further classified as direct thermal, thermal transfer and in more sophisticated applications, laser label printers.
Direct Thermal. The direct thermal label printer prints on lightweight, heat-sensitive paper that is also susceptible to chemicals. While it is the most economical label printing option, direct thermal labels easily yield to fading when exposed to heat and light. That’s why it is best used for the print out of temporary labels and receipts such as those issued by automated teller machines and cash registers.
Thermal Transfer. Thermal transfer label printers operate with the same print head used in direct thermal printing. However, ink and ribbon is integrated into the print process. The DYMO label writer 400 thermal transfer label printer for example, employs heat to melt ink on the ribbon, which consequentlytransfers the ink to the labeling media. This label printing technology produces longer lasting and more permanent prints.
Devices like the DYMO label writer 400 finds utility in the management of supply chains. Thermal transfer labels are typically used to mark the packaging of shipped items and medical laboratory specimens, and also to affix pricing on retailed goods.
Laser Label Printer. In terms of print longevity rating, thermal transfer label printers are second best to laser label printers. Toner powder particles that fuse with the label material under extreme heat and pressure produces labels that last permanently even under extreme conditions. Use laser printed labels to tag company fixed assets, fixtures and furniture.
Wherever a label printer sits, it is a sure-fire way to keep the business organized, efficient and productive.
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