Even something as small as a thermal label printer failing at an essential time can put your business into a state of distress. So, when something as important as a thermal printhead failure occurs, you need to be prepared.
Unfortunately, thermal printheads will eventually fail. There are ways to prevent it from happening at a critical time however, by extending the life of the thermal printhead. Just like with anything that fails, there are causes for its failure. For instance, brake pads on a car after a while due to friction are worn down causing them to fail and need to be replaced.
For thermal printheads, there are 4 major causes of failure:
Abrasion – wearing down caused by the rubbing and friction of the thermal printhead
Electrostatic Discharge – the static build-up that is created released without careful counter measures
Heat settings – printer settings controlling the heat of the thermal printhead
Residue build-up – dust and other particles that accumulate up on the thermal printhead, and if not cleaned, can cause damage to the thermal printhead
With abrasion there is not much you can do to prevent it. Due to the design of the thermal label printer, the friction and the wear and tear will always be present, unless of course you find way to rewrite the laws of friction. However, there are a couple quick tips. The key to the reduction of wear and tear is to make the least amount of contact with the other machine parts as possible. So, if possible, use media that covers the whole contact surface of the thermal printhead. Also, look at the type of printing you are doing (direct thermal, thermal transfer, etc.). Different types of printing are easier on the printer, then others.
Electrostatic build-up is a tough one. Everybody knows that static electricity plus electronics is a wonder way to make very expensive paper weights, so how is this helped. Since we can’t really prevent the build-up, we can only control how it’s discharged. Therefore, when you do have to come in contact with the thermal printhead, make sure you have gloves on and that you are well-grounded to prevent damage to the thermal printhead. The one good thing about this cause is that it really only comes into play when you have to touch the thermal printhead, and does not have consistent over time damage like the other factors do.
Heat settings is one of the simplest of causes to deal with, but is also one of the most unavoidable. Heat settings effects on the thermal label printer are simply the higher the heat, the more damage to the printer. However, the same goes for the quality of the printing, with the higher the heat settings, the higher the quality of printing. So the key is to find the right balance, where the heat is as low as it can be set, while maintaining the quality that you need the printer to perform at.
Last but not least, residue build-up this is probably one of the biggest causes for the failure of thermal printheads, because people forget to clean their thermal printheads. Residue build-up can happen in a variety of ways from adhesive oozing from label printing, incorrectly installed thermal printheads (upside-down), to just plain use of the printer. Fortunately it is easy to fix. All you have to do is clean your printer regularly, after about every roll of media should be fine. If not cleaned, it could damage the thermal printhead, or at the very least increase the abrasion of the thermal printhead.
With these tips you can hopefully avoid those unfortunately timed failures. But there are no guarantees. The fact that nobody knows when a thermal printhead will eventually fail prevents that. However, if we make it fail less often, the odds are it won’t fail at a critical time.
There is one guaranteed way to prevent being out a thermal label printer at a critical time. That is to
have a spare printhead
. Just like in movies when the original plan goes wrong, they think of a Plan B (if they don’t have one already). This way if the thermal printhead does fail at a critical time, there is a
to pop in until a new one can be acquired. So, use these tips to extend the life of your thermal printhead, and when it does inevitably fail, be prepared to handle it. As always, you can call MIDCOM at (800) 643-2664 or chat us up on
Initially used for the core purpose of labeling train cars as well as in grocery checkouts, barcode technology has made tremendous progress in the last few years.
Today, the ubiquitous barcode has been integrated into our collective and mainstream lives. As a matter of fact, almost every product that we purchase in a ‘mom and pop’ store, department or even a mass merchandising outlet carries its own unique UPC barcode. This is precisely why it is now clear that this particular technology works, and works well indeed. And it is almost axiomatic to assume that it will continue to do so far out into the future as well.
Currently, even personal documents such as driving and arms licenses and passports all over the world have their own unique bar code system. Apart from that, some of the most significant applications for barcode technology can be found in the manufacturing sector. Let us take a look at how the world of high technology manufacturing is changing due to the ever-increasing use of bar codes.
Very few manufacturing sectors depend on bar codes as much as top end weapons making concerns. This is due to the vast security challenges involved in keeping such lethal technology from the wrong hands. Most individual components are bar coded and their information digitalized so that it would be difficult to steal or pilfer in any way.
Public health devices
Today, more and more people are using wearable devices to monitor their health. In fact, with a global surge in the geriatric population, it is all the more important for healthcare providers to be able to act swiftly and accurately since the increasing number of aging population and elderly hospital patients require swift and timely medical aid. This is why most monitoring devices today, are equipped with bar codes to prevent any transcription related mistakes when cataloging or utilizing patient data and health records. This is why many companies that provide such monitoring products deem it prudent to include easily readable bar codes as well.
Electronic equipment manufacturingReal-time inventory management solution is the key to success in the manufacturing concerns of today and tomorrow’s world. Such bar coding would enable these companies to quickly take stock of their inventories and order the parts that need replacement so as to ensure that the shelves of the showrooms are never empty.
Barcode scanners are an essential must if you are looking to optimize your business practices regarding inventory management. Barcode scanners can make inventory taking a much easier task. If you don’t need them all the time, then renting barcode scanners when you do can be a smart decision.
Some of the most common reasons to rent are:
Barcode scanners provide the following benefits:
· more accurate results
· improve speed of process
· cost savings
1) Provides Accurate Results:
· Counting by hand instead of scanners can provide errors and inaccuracies. Barcode scanners guarantee reliable results. It is crucial for fiscal responsibility to have an accurate account of your inventory and stock levels and know exactly what products are on hand, allowing you to make better decisions when ordering and allocation of available resources.
2) Provides Faster Process:
· Using barcode scanners cuts down on the amount of time required to do inventory compared to manually counting inventory.
3) Provides Cost Savings:
· When it takes less time and people to count inventory with barcode scanners , there is a savings in the amount of money spent on labor costs.
For more information on barcode scanner rental and to learn more about your options for all your thermal label printer , labeling and barcode scanning needs, call us at (800) 643-2664 and immediately talk to one of our friendly representatives; or chat us up on Facebook , Twitter , Google+ and LinkedIn !
Line matrix printers are the true and steady, reliable old friend. They tend to get overlooked and forgotten to the new and cooler laser printers on the market. However, they shouldn’t.
Below are 7 reasons why. The following are advantages that line matrix printers can provide you, especially for those of you that print high volume of multi-part forms and barcode labels.
Dot matrix printers are the true and steady, reliable old friend. They tend to get overlooked and forgotten to the new and cooler laser and thermal printers on the market. However, they shouldn’t. Below is a summary highlighting both the advantages and disadvantages dot matrix printers offer.
All these products have a wide array of
small parts and components that amalgamate together to create the new
products. High amounts of detail on each
of the components are required to begin at the point-of-assembly. This is needed in order to meet the demands
to protect brand image and provide higher levels of customer service in regards
to quality effective replacement service, as well as have a comprehensive
understanding of what is impacting product failure rates and service
Every part and component needs to be defined and identified in a database with its serial number and date of manufacture, during its entire product lifecycle -- so it can tracked and traced for access within the production and distribution systems, and then by field service techs and customers if repair or warranty, or product recall issues arise. It is impossible to provide effective customer service without it. Simply put … unhappy customers cause decreased demand, causing poor sales and a diminished brand image.
For the manufacturer, when components are traceable, data is readily available to pinpoint fall-out rates early in the cycle. Thus, making it easier to adjust production output levels and have the right inventory on hand to meet the timely demands for hot swaps and swap-outs to reflect in-service life, and warranty stock, and service and replacement, and non-serviceable parts.
Visibility utilizing mobile barcode scanners, printers and tablet computers and provides you a vantage point into every area of your transportation operation, allowing to proactively maintain your fleet, track drivers and shipments instantly, improve turnaround times and more.
Overview of Benefits Real-Time Data can provide :
Laser printers come in a wide variety of sizes and features. From monochrome (1-colour, black), colour and multi-function (MFD) all-in-one copy/scan/fax printers with high speed and high dpi print resolutions, and advanced NFC technology, wi-fi connectivity, there are a vast number of brands and models on the market to choose from, such as HP, Lexmark, Dell, Epson, Samsung and Brother, to name a few.
Laser printers are mainly used in business office settings and home computing use. Examples of what can be printed are documents, letters, spreadsheets, presentations, stationary, labels, flyers and brochures. Monochrome laser printers only print black text. Color laser printers add color to the process by using four toners: black, magenta, cyan and yellow. Large format printers are those that can print sizes larger than 8 by 11. Large format laser printers may be monochrome or color, and are used to print posters, signs and billboards. Laser printers with high resolution (high dpi (dots per inch)) provide clear, sharp and crisp graphics.
Looking for speed? Look no further. TSC’s MX240P barcode label printer offers that and more. The TSC MX240P is the fastest industrial thermal transfer barcode printer on the market for high volume enterprise applications, including WIP, compliance labeling and asset management, to name a few.
Below is a summary of its top features and benefits, as well as a list of the applications well suited for the TSC MX240P :
· 536 MHz processor, with 512 MB Flash and 512 MB SDRAM memory
· provides print speed of up to 18ips
· yields cleanest, high quality barcodes with its thermal smart control print technology
· rugged design with heavy duty die-cast aluminum
· 4.3” color LCD with the new UI design including 6-button menus and touch panel operation
· provides precise media positioning and preprinted label identification
· ribbon capacity of 600 meters
· 3 Resolutions to choose from - 203dpi, 300dpi or 600dpi
· Plug-n- play capabilities with TSPL-EZ firmware
· USB host interface for stand-alone application
· auto TPH resolution switch detection
· energy efficient with its ENERGY STAR* qualification
Key Applications of the TSC MX240P :
· High Volume Printing
· Work In Process
· Compliance Labeling
· Asset Management
· Shipping and Receiving
· Inventory Management
· Electronics Labeling
· Jewelry Labeling
For those of you with HP DesignJet products in use and in the field, did you know about UPD? If not, keep reading as it can save you money and time in many areas.
This Universal Print Driver (UPD) includes 2 drivers (HP-GL/2 and PostScript) and is touted as eliminating many of the management hassles and high costs associated with multiple print drivers.
· supports a wide range of HP DesignJet printers (see list below)
· provides IT departments with greater control and effectiveness, and end-user productivity
· reduces printer-related costs (fleet management, integration, installation, updates, maintenance, helpdesk related, etc.)
· streamlines printer deployment and management
· Client operating systems supported: Microsoft Windows 8, Pro, Enterprise; 32 and 64 bit Microsoft Windows 7 Starter, Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate; 32 and 64 bit
· Server operating systems supported: Windows Server 2012R2, Windows Server 2012, Microsoft Windows Server 2008R2, Microsoft Windows Server 2008
· HP DesignJet T120 Printer
· HP DesignJet T520 Printer series
· HP DesignJet T790 Printer series
· HP DesignJet T795 Printer
· HP DesignJet T9230 Printer series
· HP DesignJet T1300 PostScript Printer
· HP DesignJet T1530 Printer series
· HP DesignJet T2300 Multifunction Printer
· HP DesignJet T2530 Multifunction Printer series
· HP DesignJet T3500 Production MFP
· HP DesignJet T7100 Printer
· HP DesignJet T7200 Production Printer
· HP DesignJet Z5400 PostScript Printer
· HP DesignJet Z6200 Photo Production Printer
· HP DesignJet Z6600 Production Printer
· HP DesignJet Z6800 Photo Production Printer
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Below are a collection of questions and answers to help provide you with information and direction to follow to get the most out of your printheads :
1. Why is preserving the printhead
2. What causes wear to the printhead
3. What protects the printhead
4. What causes abrasive damage to printheads
5. How can abrasive damage be recognized?
6. Do quality ribbons
require lower energy settings?
7. What is "Printhead Buildup"?
8. When does printhead
buildup become a problem?
9. How to prevent buildup from becoming a problem?
Be sure to keep these answers and tips handy for quick reference. For more information on printheads and to learn more about your options for all your printer, labeling and barcode printing and scanning needs, call us at (800) 643-2664 and immediately talk to one of our friendly representatives; or chat us up on Facebook , Twitter , Google+ and LinkedIn !
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