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Choosing the Right Barcode Labels for Your Business

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Are you trying to improve the efficiency and functionality of your business using thermal barcode labels?

Do you have quarterly inventory to complete, or new products to get on the shelves for customers?

Choosing the right type of barcode for your business depends on what you’re labeling, how long you need it to be readable, how the label will be applied, and the environment where it will be used.

Here’s some key factors to help you narrow down your choices:

  1. Direct thermal v. thermal transfer labels: Direct thermal printing is designed for applications that have a shorter lifespan, such as office labels or shipping labels. Direct thermal printing doesn’t use ink or toner, but prints the image directly on the label. If you need long-lasting, more durable images, you should use thermal transfer printing.
  2. Lifespan: If you only need short-term labels that won’t be exposed to chemicals, moisture, or abrasion, a direct thermal paper label will meet your needs.
  3. Surface: For unusual surfaces, such as one that’s curved, different types of labels and adhesives such as acrylic may be needed. Make sure you do your research on the best type of material for your product.
  4. Extreme temperatures: The temperature when you’re applying your label is application temperature, and service temperature is the range when you’re using it. For example, standard labels are typically used with application temperatures of at least 25 degrees Fahrenheit, and service temperatures of -65 degrees to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.

Types of Barcode Printers

  • Desktop
  • Industrial
  • Mobile
  • Ticket

Printing Accessories and Add-Ons

  • Cutter – essential for non-perforated labels
  • Peeler – Best for uses that print one label at a time, not for large runs
  • Re-winder – winds printed labels back up onto a roll
  • RFID – includes chip for tracking
  • In-Line Verifier – maintains print quality for compliance needs

Why are Thermal Barcode Labels Right for You?

Barcode scanning can increase the accuracy of data collection, and save you money as a result of less time having to manually enter the data. Your inventory process can be dramatically improved when your employees spend less time fixing data entry errors!

We provide barcode equipment and supplies by Zebra, Honeywell, Motorola, Dymo, and more! Need help determining what type of printer or scanner would best fit your business needs?  Send us an email or call today!

We have been working with Michigan Computer Supplies for three years and purchase OEM and compatible cartridges and maintenance kits for about twenty printers. We not only have three lumber yards but also supply our off site sales staff with ink for their personal printers. Our main HP printer uses about 40 toner cartridges per year. We prefer to use MCS's compatible or refurbished cartridges for cost savings. For example, out of those 40 cartridges we may have had issues with 2 of them and MCS replaces them right away without any questions! A lot of other companies ask a lot of questions and try to troubleshoot to avoid having to replace the cartridge or come on site. They are amazing! In addition, when we have been in a pinch they have come right out that day which is pretty rare. They are a very friendly company and always have us covered!

Doug Beaumont, Chelsea Lumber Company


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