Most Common Errors When Selecting A Portable Label Maker

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We have seen many companies choose a variety of portable label makers. Many people get it right, but some get it wrong. The consequences of failure are increased cost and increased time required to replace the maker more frequently.

Here are the three most common mistakes:

1. Do not select a maker suitable for label volume / print speed.

Portable label makers come in three main sizes/sizes, each designed for a different daily volume of labels:

• Portable makers designed for mobile use in workshops or public places can process up to 1000 labels per day. Labels are usually printed one at a time; Speed ​​is not an important factor.

• Desktop makers are designed to print 500 to 1000 labels per day in the office. All use flathead print heads, so they run slower.

• Industrial makers can process 2000 labels a day and are much more resistant to dust, dirt and vibration. In an industrial maker, there is a choice between a flat head or a near-edge print head, which provides higher print speeds.

Using the wrong maker for the number of labels you print each day can dramatically shorten engine life.

We’ve seen companies believe they can save money on an industrial maker by printing 1,500 labels a day from their desktop computers. However, this is a bogus economy, as the engine of a redesigned desktop maker will likely die long before its normal lifespan.

For volumes above 1000 it is better to buy an industrial maker or two desktop makers.

For those who get it right, we’ve seen makers last for more than 10 years, with just one print head replaced as needed and a motor that continues to run hard.

An incorrect speed equation can significantly affect processes associated with label production, expanding the print window and all subsequent processes.

2. Buy a maker that is not suitable for the working environment.

The environment in which the maker is operated affects its performance and lifespan. Desktop makers are designed for the office environment – clean, air conditioned, low noise and vibration.

Industrial makers, on the other hand, can handle dust, dirt and vibration from machines or vehicles. They have more durable hulls and perform just as well as anyone in the factory, warehouse, temporary construction office, ship or truck.

Put your desktop maker in these conditions and again, it’s a false economy that will result in reduced lifespan as it is not built to withstand these conditions.

3. The correct print head is not guaranteed.

The only piece of equipment that needs to be changed regularly in a portable label maker is the print head.

Print head utilization is directly related to the number of labels printed, measured in inches. The warranty offered is a good indication of the quality and expected life of your print head. A good desktop maker is guaranteed to have 1 million linear inches, and a good industrial maker is guaranteed to have 300 million linear inches.

For volumes above 1000 it is better to buy an industrial maker or two desktop makers.

For those who get it right, we’ve seen makers last for more than 10 years, with just one print head replaced as needed and a motor that continues to run hard.