Essentially, a label maker is like a tiny laminating machine and printer combined. Sure, it can only print letters and the ribbon is very small at best, but that is the whole point. These wonders are tiny compared to other office machines, but they can do a lot for your organization and productivity.
LABEL MAKER MECHANICS
Label makers can actually differ greatly between models. They use a wide range of materials—since they can accommodate a wide range of uses—ranging from paper to synthetic polymers. Some even use impact, thermal, or laser applications. Direct thermal 123ink.ca label makers, for example, use heat sensitive paper; thermal transfer label makers use heat to transfer the ink from the ribbon to the label material. The latter is more permanent, of course.
THERMAL TRANSFER LABEL MAKER RIBBON
There are three grades of label maker ribbon:
- Wax—most popular; better smudge resistance; suitable for both matte and semi-gloss paper
- Wax/Resin—some smudge resistance; suitable for semi-gloss paper and, occasionally, synthetic labels
- Resin—scratch and chemical resistant, this is best suited for coated synthetic labels
USES FOR LABEL MAKERS
As the name dictates, these handheld devices print labels; that is all they do. But it is not what they do that makes them so helpful, it is how you can use them. Here are many different ways you can use a label maker:
- To create labels for file folder tabs
- To assign cubbies or mail slots
- To add a phone extension to an important number
- To identify pieces of computer hardware
- To make name tags
- To leave brief instructions on appliances in the breakroom
TYPES OF LABEL MAKERS
Also known as label printers, these machines come in different home, corporate, and industrial-oriented models:
- Desktop label makers—quiet and inexpensive, these are designed for light-to-medium duty use with a standard roll of stock measuring up to 4” in width
- Commercial label makers—similar to desktop label printers, these can hold larger stock rolls of up to 8” in width, as they are designed for medium-volume printing
- Industrial label makers—larger than the others, of course, these are designed for heavy-duty and continuous operation in distribution centers, factories, and warehouses.
- Industrial portable label makers—offers similar services as industrial label printers and often come with a hard case; applications for construction sites, electrical installations, and production floors (particularly where there are no computers)