Print and Label Technology, Portable printers, Barcode Printing

Print and label technology is a broad field that encompasses a wide range of technologies used to create and print labels. Portable printers are small, lightweight printers that are designed to be easily transported and used on the go. IT Reseller news covering Barcode Printing and Labelling technology, portable/mobile printing, thermal transfer/direct thermal transfer printing, bar code labels & labelling technology, RFID Smart label printing/encoding, bar code standards, barcode scanning, Auto ID, RFDC, smart card, magnetic stripe, 2-D symbology, biometrics and matrix code.

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IDTechEx explores 3D electronics and additive electronics in the automotive industry

1 IDTechEx explores 3D electronics and additive electronics in the automotive industry

With 3D electronics, bulky PCBs can be replaced, resulting in sleek and integrated designs. The automotive industry is one of the largest sectors benefiting from this technology, as electronics can be printed in a thin layer onto surfaces or integrated within components, which can be particularly useful for human-machine interfaces (HMIs).

IDTechEx explores printed electronics in electrified and autonomous mobility

2 IDTechEx explores printed electronics in electrified and autonomous mobility

By Dr Jack Howley, Technology Analyst at IDTechEx.

Electrification, autonomy and vehicle ownership saturation are causing a technological revolution in the automotive sector.

Sharp broadens its A4 device portfolio designed for the modern workplace

3 Sharp broadens its A4 device portfolio designed for the modern workplace

Sharp, provider of business technology products and services, is launching three new A4 colour devices to add to its growing range of products designed for the evolving workplace. 

Lexmark’s 9-Series printers and MFPs – Versatile, simple to use and built to last

4 Lexmark’s 9-Series printers and MFPs – Versatile, simple to use and built to last

Lexmark has introduced the 9-Series printers and MFPs, built with versatility, sustainability and ease of use in mind. They are also reliable, durable, affordable and Secure by Design.

Brother International Europe and Cool Earth celebrate their 15 year partnership

5 Brother International Europe and Cool Earth celebrate their 15 year partnership

This Earth Day, Brother International Europe is celebrating 15 years since first joining forces with the rainforest conservation charity, becoming their longest-serving commercial partner.

Hobbyist astime or industrial evolution? IDTechEx explores the maturing 3D printing industry

6 Hobbyist astime or industrial evolution? IDTechEx explores the maturing 3D printing industry

After years of hype, the 3D printing industry has moved onto a more critical examination of the value-add that effective additive manufacturing adoption brings to businesses and supply chains.

In a recent episode on 3D printing, the technology innovation podcast ‘Tomorrow’s Tech by IDTechEx’ explored the history and benefits of this versatile technology....

Zebra Interview

7 Zebra Interview

Zebra is renowned for its innovative hardware and is a global leader in many sectors.

However, what often goes unnoticed is what makes Zebra's devices truly innovative – and that is the software they have access to.With its device software solutions known as 'Zebra DNA,' Zebra stands at the forefront of the market.

Domino Printing Sciences: Driving the global migration to 2D barcodes with GS1

8 Domino Printing Sciences: Driving the global migration to 2D barcodes with GS1

Domino Printing Sciences (Domino) is supporting the industry’s transition to 2D barcodes as an innovation sponsor of the GS1 Global Forum 2024.The largest annual GS1 event, which takes place from 19th–22nd February in Brussels and virtually, brings together GS1 member organisations from across the globe...

A true statement piece – Ekbacken Studios introduces the first design furniture made of groundbreaking Sulapac material

9 A true statement piece – Ekbacken Studios introduces the first design furniture made of groundbreaking Sulapac material

Ekbacken Studios’ entire signature Collection no.1 is now available in biobased and eco-safe Sulapac material. By incorporating Sulapac materials into their products, Ekbacken is taking a bold stance against environmental degradation while maintaining a commitment to producing high-end design pieces.

Smart solutions in the hands of manufacturers: The ‘remote’ route to zero machine downtime

10 Smart solutions in the hands of manufacturers: The ‘remote’ route to zero machine downtime

Unplanned downtime is placing a greater burden on manufacturers than ever before. Research from Siemens highlights that the cost of unplanned downtime is – in every sector – at least 50% more per hour than it was two years ago.

Printing and Labelling

Print and label technology is a broad field that encompasses a wide range of technologies used to create and print labels. The most common printing technologies used for labels are:

  • Inkjet printing: Inkjet printers use a print head to spray ink onto a label. This is a versatile technology that can be used to print a variety of colors and images on a variety of label materials.
  • Thermal transfer printing: Thermal transfer printers use heat to transfer ink from a ribbon to a label. This is a more durable printing technology than inkjet printing, and it is often used for labels that need to withstand harsh environments.
  • Flexography: Flexography is a printing technology that uses a flexible printing plate to transfer ink to a label. This is a high-speed printing technology that is often used for large-volume label printing.

In addition to the printing technology, there are a number of other factors that can affect the quality of a label, such as the type of label material, the adhesive used, and the finishing process.

Latest trends in print and label technology:

  • The increasing use of digital printing: Digital printing is becoming increasingly popular for label printing, as it offers a number of advantages over traditional printing methods, such as shorter lead times, lower costs, and the ability to print variable data.
  • The development of new label materials: New label materials are being developed that offer a variety of benefits, such as improved durability, moisture resistance, and recyclability.
  • The use of RFID tags: RFID tags are increasingly being used on labels to provide a variety of benefits, such as tracking and tracing products, preventing counterfeiting, and enabling automatic checkout.

Portable printers

There are two main types of portable printers: inkjet printers and thermal printers. Inkjet printers use a printhead to spray ink onto paper, while thermal printers use heat to create an image on special thermal paper.

Inkjet printers are generally more versatile than thermal printers, as they can print a wider range of documents and photos. However, thermal printers are typically more portable and affordable than inkjet printers.

Benefits of a portable printer:

  • Portability: Portable printers are small and lightweight, making them easy to transport and use on the go.
  • Convenience: Portable printers can be used to print documents and photos in a variety of locations, without having to be connected to a computer.
  • Affordability: Portable printers are typically more affordable than traditional printers.

Types of printer labels:

  • Direct thermal labels use heat to activate a chemical reaction in the label, which produces the image. These labels are typically less expensive than thermal transfer labels, but they are not as durable and do not last as long.
  • Thermal transfer labels use heat to transfer ink from a ribbon to the label. This process produces more vibrant and durable labels than direct thermal labels. Thermal transfer labels are also more versatile and can be used in a wider range of applications.

There are also a number of other types of printer labels, including:

  • Inkjet labels are printed with ink, just like regular paper. These labels are not as durable as thermal transfer labels, but they can be used for a variety of applications, including mailing labels, shipping labels, and product labels.
  • Laser labels are printed with a laser printer. These labels are very durable and can be used for a variety of applications, including industrial labels, medical labels, and food labels.
  • Self-adhesive labels have a sticky backing that allows them to be attached to a variety of surfaces. These labels are very convenient and are often used for shipping labels, product labels, and event tickets.

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