Industrial label printers used in industrial environments are designed for speed as well as large format printing. These tend to be stationary devices that are connected to computers and other devices to make it easier to print labels in bulk when required.
They have access to easy to use software. Being larger in size, industrial label printers can support different media types as well as being able to handle large print rolls. This means that you get increased flexibility. There are a number of common features for industrial label printers including:
- Higher print speeds.
- Longer cycles.
- More robust mechanisms.
- Steel or heavy plastic construction.
There are other features that purchasers should be aware of too and these will help you decide which industrial label printer will suit your specific business needs. Below are the 6 features you need to look at.
Cutter or Tear Bar
You will need to decide which of these your require and check if the industrial label printer you are considering has one or both of them. The tear bar is a straight or jagged edge that is installed during the manufacturing of the label printer but cutters are not always standard. If there is a tear bar can a cutter be added later? In some models full or perforation cutters can be added after your purchase.
This is another important feature and you need to make sure that the industrial label printer you choose is compatible with your business operating system. There are two options here. Microsoft Windows is the most common but you will find industrial label printers that are iOS compatible too.
Software is required and is used alongside the data input to create your labels. There are some common options for the software that comes with industrial label printers and before you make your purchase you need to check what is included. Some printers come with trial versions of the software that you have to download. Some have lite versions of the software that will give you the option to upgrade. Some industrial label printers come with a full, professional, or enterprise version of the software. Speak to us about the label software options available.
Minimum and Maximum Supply Size
The minimum size is determined by how close the media guides can be adjusted whereas the maximum size is dictated by how wide the printhead is. There are typical sizes for industrial label printers. The minimum width is 12mm (1/2 inches) and the maximum widths can be 100mm (4 inches), 152mm (6 inches) and 228mm (9 inches). Make sure you choose the option that will suit your label printing requirements.
The duty cycle of an industrial label printer is related to how many mm or inches in length or copies of a size that can be printing in a set time and how many times this can be done. The duty cycle is set by the manufacturer of the label printer and it is important to check on this to ensure that the model you choose will suit your business needs.
Additional Add Ons
Before deciding on the industrial label printer you are going to purchase it is worth looking at additional adds ons that can be purchased at a later date. These can include label rewinders, label applicators, and label peelers. You may or may not need them but knowing they are available and an option is important. Business needs change and it is important that your industrial label printer can change with them to ensure efficiency.
If you are looking for a label printer be sure to check out our range of products. If you need help choosing the best printer for your business, our team of experts are always on hand to answer any questions you might have. Get in touch today and let AIS Ltd help you.