Retail Print & Labelling

label printer is a computer printer that prints on self-adhesive label material and/or card-stock (tags). A label printer with built-in keyboard and display for stand-alone use (not connected to a separate computer) is often called a label maker.Label printers are different from ordinary printers because they need to have special feed mechanisms to handle rolled stock, or tear sheet (fanfold) stock. Label printers have a wide variety of applications, including retail supply chain management, retail price marking, packaging labels, blood and laboratory specimen marking, and fixed assets management.

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Citizen introduces a serious contender to the tough mobile printer market

Citizen introduces a serious contender to the tough mobile printer market

Citizen Systems Europe has launched a new four inch label, receipt and ticket printer. The CMP-40L is a hand-held, hard-wearing and easy to operate printer that is perfect for fast and reliable printing on the move.

Tyco Retail Solutions introduces Source Tagging as a Service

Tyco Retail Solutions introduces Source Tagging as a Service

Tyco Retail Solutions has announced the debut of its Source Tagging-as-a-Service (STaaS), a data-driven merchandise protection program to maximise the value of retail source tagging initiatives.

Bixolon launches the SPP-R310, the compact and ergonomic three-inch mobile printer

Bixolon launches the SPP-R310, the compact and ergonomic three-inch mobile printer

Bixolon Co, Ltd., the global mobile printer manufacturer, has announced the launch of the SPP-R310, the highly compact, ergonomic three-inch receipt, ticket and label printer with Bluetooth, WiFi, USB and Serial connectivity options.

Brother UK launches its first enterprise-level mono laser series

Brother UK launches its first enterprise-level mono laser series

Information, communications technology services provider Brother UK has launched its first enterprise-level mono laser series tailored for large organisations which require rapid, high volume printing.

Primera’s full range of label production solutions at the 20th Natural & Organic Products Europe

Primera’s full range of label production solutions at the 20th Natural & Organic Products Europe

More and more manufacturers get the customer involved in the product and packaging design. The beverage bottle with your own name on the label, the shampoo with the self-made photo on it or the cereal mixed according to the own recipe: If you want, you can give many products a personal touch.

Bixolon releases SPP-R200III Bluetooth and WiFi printer with NFC auto pairing technology

Bixolon releases SPP-R200III Bluetooth and WiFi printer with NFC auto pairing technology

Bixolon Co, Ltd. Global POS printer manufacturer, has announced the launch of the SPP-R200III 2-inch, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Printer with NFC for POS, Payments and Auto-ID markets.

Star Micronics enhances Web based Functionality of Bluetooth mobile printers: SM-S230i and SM-L200

Star Micronics enhances Web based Functionality of Bluetooth mobile printers: SM-S230i and SM-L200

Star Micronics has enhanced the functionality of its latest Bluetooth mobile printers SM-S230i and SM-L200.

Star Micronics launches new Wireless addition to its TSP100 futurePRNT Series – TSP143III WLAN

Star Micronics launches new Wireless addition to its TSP100 futurePRNT Series – TSP143III WLAN

Star Micronics has announced the launch of the TSP143III WLAN, the latest addition to its renowned TSP100 futurePRNT Series, to provide simple yet effective wireless communication for retail and hospitality.

Star Micronics extends support for Families of Sick Children at Ronald McDonald House in Munich, Germany

Star Micronics extends support for Families of Sick Children at Ronald McDonald House in Munich, Germany

International POS printer manufacturer Star Micronics continues to provide support for families of sick children at Ronald McDonald House in Munich, Germany.

New Brother high-print volume laser models solve the workgroup needs of today’s businesses

New Brother high-print volume laser models solve the workgroup needs of today’s businesses

Building on its commitment to providing workflow solutions for mid- and large-sized businesses, Brother International Corporation is introducing its most powerful, reliable, and durable series of monochrome laser printers and All-in-Ones.

Global enterprises are looking for ways to reduce costs and improve efficiency and accuracy in their supply chains. To remain competitive, distribution centres, manufacturers, and logistics providers must change the way they label and track goods. Success depends on maximizing efficiency throughout all supply chain operations—front to back. Exploiting mobile labelling technology is fundamental to achieving optimal efficiency.

 

Wireless bar code and radio frequency identification (RFID) label printing is widely recognised by major retailers globally as an essential technology for enhancing store operations. The ability to print real-time information in the aisle, on demand, saves time, effort, and money—creating competitive advantages.

 

Mobile printing gives users the flexibility to print materials on demand wherever they may be. Seamless mobility can drive new business processes that improve worker productivity, labelling accuracy, and responsiveness to customer needs.

 

RFID smart label

 

RFID Smart label printer/encoders use media that has an RFID inlay (chip and antenna combination) embedded within the label material. An RFID encoder inside the printer writes data to the tag by radio frequency transmission. The transmission is focused for the specific location of the tag within the label. Bar codes, text, and graphics are printed as usual. Printable RFID tags contain a low-power integrated  circuit (IC) attached to an antenna and are enclosed  with protective material (label media) as determined  by the application. On-board memory within the IC stores data. The IC then transmits/receives information through the antenna to an external reader, called an interrogator. High frequency (HF) tags use antennas made of a small coil of wires, while ultrahigh frequency (UHF) tags contain dipole antennas with a matching wire loop.

 

Bar code symbols may be produced in a variety of ways: by direct marking, as with laser etching or with ink jet printing; or, more commonly by imaging or printing the bar code symbol onto a separate label. Precision of bar code printing is critical to the overall success of a bar-coding solution.

 

On-site Printing

On-site printing generally takes place at or near the point of use. The data encoded is usually variable, entered by an operator through a keyboard or downloaded from the host computer. On-site printing most often involves purchasing label-design software as well as printer hardware. Bar code printers come with their own proprietary programming languages that support all the standard symbologies, and they are capable of printing simple data-static or serialized bar code labels on their own.

 

However, labels that require additional formatted text, graphics, or multiple fields will require a separate label-design software package. Currently, more than 100 packages exist that are designed for a wide range of platforms and have a wider range of features. Once the purview of programmers, label design can now be accomplished by non-programmers via easy-to-use WYSIWYG graphical interfaces.

 

The most common bar code print technologies for on-site use are:

 

Direct Thermal — Heating elements in the printhead are selectively heated to form an image made from overlapping dots on a heat-sensitive substrate.

 

Thermal Transfer — Thermal transfer printing is a digital printing process in which material is applied to paper (or some other material) by melting a coating of ribbon so that it stays glued to the material on which the print is applied. Thermal transfer technology uses much the same type of printhead as direct thermal, except that an intervening ribbon with resin-based or wax-based ink is heated and transfers the image from the ribbon to the substrate. It contrasts with direct thermal printing where no ribbon is present in the process.

 

Barcode printers with thermal-transfer and direct thermal technology produce accurate, high-quality images with excellent edge definition.

 

Dot Matrix Impact — A moving printhead, with one or more vertical rows of hammers, produces images by multiple passes over a ribbon. These passes create rows of overlapping dots on the substrate to form an image. Serial dot matrix printers produce images character by character; high-volume dot matrix line printers print an entire line in one pass.

 

Ink Jet — This technology uses a fixed printhead with a number of tiny orifices that project tiny droplets of ink onto a substrate to form an image made up of overlapping dots. Ink jet printers are used for in-line direct marking on products or containers.

 

Laser (Xerographic) — The image is formed on an electrostatically charged, photo-conductive drum using a controlled laser beam. The charged areas attract toner particles that are transferred and fused onto the substrate.

 

Off-site Printing

Generally speaking, commercial label printers may use flexographic, letterpress, offset lithographic, rotogravure, photocomposition, hot stamping, laser etching, or digital processes to produce a consistently higher-grade label than those labels produced by on-site printers.

If the content of the bar code symbol is known ahead of use, a commercial label supplier is generally the best choice. However, there are tradeoffs. Commercially supplied labels have to be ordered, stocked, and placed in inventory. A business with frequent product line changes and/or label changes will have to weigh its options carefully.