Barcode labels are used in nearly every business today—large or small. While most businesses have an employee whose sole job it is to create labels, the larger your company grows, the more expensive it can be to dedicate a full-time employee just to printing out these labels. Luckily, there are many affordable and easy-to-use barcode label printers on the market today that can be used by even the smallest businesses with just one or two employees.
1) What are barcodes?
Barcodes are easily recognized graphical symbols that can be read by most optical scanners. They typically contain information about the item or service to which they are attached such as price and weight. A barcode label also called a UPC or Universal Product Code is often used on retail products in place of a manual price sticker. There are many uses for barcodes, both commercial and personal, in places like schools, hospitals, and manufacturing facilities.
2) Where can barcodes be applied?
Barcodes are usually applied to items that need to be more easily identified by scanners. Items such as library books, CD cases, medicine containers, military equipment, and grocery stores frequently use barcodes because they give a more accurate and time-efficient way of scanning than manually trying to read letters or words. Since barcodes can be very small in size and still store a lot of information, they are often used for personalized items like an ID cards.
3) What type of barcodes are there?
Barcodes are a way to represent text, numbers, and other data with patterns of parallel lines that are read by an optical scanner. Barcodes were originally just black and white, but color barcodes (or 2-D barcodes) have come on the scene lately as a new and improved format that can hold more information per square inch than their predecessors.
4) What is meant by label printer?
Label printers print bar codes, QR codes, and labels onto a variety of materials such as paper, polyester, and plastic. Depending on the printer’s format, you can also print text with ease. There are many label printer brands to choose from, but today we’re going to be looking at the five best that work best for small businesses and home offices.
5) Advantages and disadvantages of thermal transfer printers
While many businesses might think that an inkjet printer is enough to print barcodes, you’ll need a thermal transfer printer if you’re looking for the best in quality. The benefits of thermal printers are that they are capable of printing very quickly, up to 4 inches per second, and on almost any surface. They work with all types of labels: vinyl, paper, or a variety of synthetic materials.