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Offline Halcyon

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Re: Best way to quickly label component bags?
« Reply #25 on: September 29, 2016, 08:20:24 am »
I've even figured out how to print partial sheets and then print the rest later so there's no wastage if I only need 10 labels.
Be very careful doing this with laser printers. The heat from the fuser and the shape of the paper path can cause corners of labels to lift. You get one of those stuck around your fuser or imaging drum, you're up for some fairly expensive repairs. All reputable label sheets will have a warning stating not to re-use partially used sheets. This is entirely the reason why I use dedicated label printers which supply and print labels from a roll. I'd rather pay slightly more per label than risk rendering my printer useless or wasting partially printed sheets.
 

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Re: Best way to quickly label component bags?
« Reply #26 on: September 29, 2016, 09:51:19 am »
Problem with the thermal label printers ala P touch for large batches of the same label is the handling of the tape. You print out a bunch of labels, then the tape curls up when you remove the backing and it is a gawd awful mess. You either fiddle with removing the backing on each individual piece. Or you deal with this curling mess... You eventually learn to cut each label partway so you can peel the backing off in one piece, ripping each label off as you go and sticking in on the edge of your bench. Then you got a big row of labels, ready. And then eventually you learn to just stop using this expensive and cumbersome device for anything so temporary/disposable.

I got addicted for awhile.... but it is just more trouble than it's worth.

Honestly, laser printer for large batches of the same label. Can't be beat for price or convenience, once you get the template setup.

Most of my labels are hand written on white paper tape, now that my P touch kick is over. It doesn't stick so good to the bag, so I cover it with packing tape. Basically, what Rick Law suggested.

« Last Edit: September 29, 2016, 10:00:14 am by KL27x »
 

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Re: Best way to quickly label component bags?
« Reply #27 on: September 29, 2016, 09:54:54 am »
I've even figured out how to print partial sheets and then print the rest later so there's no wastage if I only need 10 labels.
Be very careful doing this with laser printers. The heat from the fuser and the shape of the paper path can cause corners of labels to lift. You get one of those stuck around your fuser or imaging drum, you're up for some fairly expensive repairs. All reputable label sheets will have a warning stating not to re-use partially used sheets. This is entirely the reason why I use dedicated label printers which supply and print labels from a roll. I'd rather pay slightly more per label than risk rendering my printer useless or wasting partially printed sheets.

Yeah, I should have stated the reason I use the LJ2200 is a straight paper path and temperature selectable user, so I just use the low temp setting and use the straight path.
 

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Re: Best way to quickly label component bags?
« Reply #28 on: September 29, 2016, 11:29:41 pm »
We have a Brother QL 550 at work for printing small thermal labels.

https://www.amazon.com/Brother-P-Touch-QL-550-Quick-Printer/dp/B0002M6M6M/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1475191596&sr=8-4&keywords=brother+ql-550

Not cheap, but it does a good job.

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Re: Best way to quickly label component bags?
« Reply #29 on: September 30, 2016, 01:18:30 am »
We have a Brother QL 550 at work for printing small thermal labels.

That's the model which is the same as the one I mentioned, but with the automatic cutter.

Yes, they do a great job.
 

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Re: Best way to quickly label component bags?
« Reply #30 on: September 30, 2016, 03:03:01 am »
We have a Brother QL 550 at work for printing small thermal labels.

That's the model which is the same as the one I mentioned, but with the automatic cutter.

Yes, they do a great job.

Off-topic:  I am using this to "label" my cabinet of tools/devices.  I print out the picture of the item, paste it on index card.  Ring up the cards, then stick the cards to a magnet outside drawer/cabinet.  Save me quite a bit of time, and the best part is this enables a new person (non-me) to know where is where easier.  Color shall be even better.  So far the best candidate I found for color is Canon Selphy Printer, but the print cost is too high for me now.

 


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