Your Guide to Industrial Barcode Label Printers

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Zebra Industrial printer

Your Guide to Industrial Barcode Label Printers

Industrial barcode label printers are generally tough, heavy duty printers suited to printing labels for a few hours every day. Being made with metal cases these printers are best suited to factory or warehouse settings, or anywhere lots of labels need to be printed. Read our guide to learn what to look out for when you’re buying barcode label printers.

Common uses for Industrial barcode label printers are:

  • address and shipping labels,
  • asset labels,
  • product labels,
  • compliance labels,
  • outer case labels,
  • pallet labels,
  • tickets and
  • cross docking.

Industrial label printers versus smaller desktop models.

Industrial label printers

Industrial label printers, as the name suggests, are larger and tougher than desktop printers.  These heavy duty thermal label printers are designed to print more labels each day, compared to desktop printers.

Addressing a similarity, industrial printers and desktop printers both share a 110mm print width, although there are many more industrial printer models with wider print widths.

Despite being larger and tougher, we have sold many industrial printers into office settings.  The key difference is the higher volume of labels they’re capable of printing.

Not only can they print more, industrial label printers can print labels faster.

They have a larger case which can cope with larger rolls of labels, tickets and ink – so you’re not changing media so frequently.

Sato Industrial thermal label printer
Lots of connection options

Another key difference is the flexibility you find with the larger industrial label printers.  With more space to play with, industrial printers come with more connection options as standard – so it’s easier to integrate into existing or future computer networks.  Additionally, they come with more optional extras such as cutters and rewind add-ons.

Finally, thermal transfer ribbon (ink) rolls are longer.  As with labels and tickets, you can print for longer without having to change ribbons.  Another benefit you’ll enjoy with industrial printers is a wider choice of coloured ribbons to choose from.

Expected duty cycle for Industrial Barcode Label Printers

All printers are able to print labels non-stop.  The question is how long will they print before they break down.

Whilst it’s difficult to give an exact number of labels they’re designed to cope with (because labels differ in size) industrial label printers are capable of printing non-stop for a few hours each day. That might be a few thousand labels each day.

Top of the range industrial label printers, such as Zebra’s Xi family are designed to work non-stop 24 hours a day.

We typically supply manufacturers or distribution centres who print product labels or shipping labels in batches of a few thousand labels at a time, each day.

Industrial Thermal Label Printers are Best Suited to:

  • heavy daily use
  • printing labels and tickets quickly
  • a choice of network connections in your organisation
  • situations where printers might not be well looked after
  • printing labels, receipts or tickets wider than 110mm
  • situations where labels, ticket and receipt rolls are changed infrequently

Printer Options and Accessories

Industrial printers can be fitted with a wider choice of cutters, RFID encoders and even rewind units.  To find out more call us or email from our contact page.

Expert Labels supply a wide range of different printer brands.  We supply the larger brands like Zebra, Toshiba TEC, Datamax O’neil and Intermec from stock.  Less well-known (but equally versatile and useful) such as TSC, Sato and Godex printers are also available with short delivery times.  Call us on 01359 271 111 to discuss your exact needs – or printing challenges and we’ll be happy to advise.

Expert Help and Advice

Expert Labels also support you with replacement parts, optional extras, accessories and software and service.  Ask us about service options on desktop printers.  When you buy a new printer you’re able to get three year service cover, which includes replacement printheads on certain printer brands.

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