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DPI Explained

This article will explain the jargon DPI and resolution when we talk about a thermal label printer.  When you’re looking at the specifications for a printer or when someone mentions DPI, you’ll understand what it means.  You’ll also learn what resolution suits your situation best.

Dots Per Inch and Printer Resolution

DPI stands for Dots Per Inch which means how many dots of printing you get per of inch.  It is also known as Resolution.  A high DPI printer will also be a high resolution printer.  In other words a 300dpi printer has a higher resolution than a 200dpi printer.

This gives you an idea of the difference between 203, 300 and 600 dpi printers:

DPI Examples

A higher DPI means a clearer and crisper print. When it comes to thermal label printers 203 dpi is standard but there are higher DPI printers.

How to Decide What Print Resolution You Need.

Deciding the print resolution you need is something you need to do before choosing a printer.  You need to consider:

  • Clarity and readability – the higher the resolution or DPI the sharper the image printed.
  • Print speed – the higher the dpi, the slower the print speed
  • Size of text – the smaller the print of the text or symbols used, the higher the DPI needed to ensure legibility.
  • Cost – higher resolution printers cost more and replacing the printhead costs more.

How Are You Using Your Labels?

As a rule of thumb:

  • If the person looking at your labels is thinking of buying the item (i.e. you want to present your products in the best light), choose 300dpi. 
  • If the label is a packaging label used by the warehouse or used in an industrial setting then choose 203dpi. 
  • If you are printing a small label and you need text smaller than 10 point then go for 300 dpi and
  • If you are printing small label (typically less than 10mm wide or tall) and you need a 1D or 2D barcode (QR Code or Datamatrix code) on it, consider a 300dpi or 600 dpi printer.
Zebra ZT610 600dpi High Resolution printer
Zebra ZT610 600dpi High Resolution printer

600 dpi printers are not widely used but can be essential in electronics or sometimes jewellery and pharmaceutical industries.

Try Before you Buy

We are able to test print 203 and 300 dpi labels for you.  Let us send you a sample print out and see for yourself. 

We don’t have a 600dpi printer in house, but if you are considering a 600dpi printer it’s highly recommended that you test the print first.  600 dpi is available on a limited range of printers and the cost is high.  Contact us with what you need and we will arrange for a printout for testing.

We’re Here to Help

We have more than 25 years experience with barcode label printing and are here to help you.  Click on the chat button in the bottom corner, contact us through our Contact Us page or call us now on 01359 271 111 for Expert advice.

Published 16 April 2019

 

Simon Nicholson – Technical Sales

Simon is the newest member of the team here at Expert Labels, having started in 2018 after graduating from university. Since his arrival, he has quickly learnt the ropes and will often be the first point of contact for any enquiry. He already has a detailed knowledge of labels and label printers, and is extremely efficient when it comes to responding to customers and enquiries.

In his spare time, Simon enjoys spending time out and about with friends and family. He is also very active, playing football in the winter months and cricket in the summer for local teams in Suffolk.

BarTender Basic

BarTender is a very powerful tool to use within your business.  Whether you’re a small to medium business or a large corporation, BarTender has different editions to suit your needs: BarTender Basic, BarTender Professional, BarTender Automation and BarTender Enterprise Automation.

Today I would like to concentrate on BarTender Basic.  Here’s a list of key features the Basic edition includes:

  • Design your labels and tags in any custom size, shape and colour
  • Include flexible fonts, graphics, barcodes and images
  • Print over a hundred different 1D and 2D barcode designs
  • Include serial numbers and simple sequencing labels, tags and cards.
  • Set up data entry forms that pop up at print time and prompt the user to enter information such as product codes or dates
  • Optimise print speed to any printer or marking device
  • You buy one licence for each PC you install BarTender on.

You will see that BarTender Basic has lots to offer.  You might even be thinking too much for what you’re needs are!  Don’t be put off by the long list of features, BarTender Basic can be used for printing a basic barcode label as and when you need to.  

But what happens when your company grows? You might find that you need to include different serial numbers or use data entry forms.  BarTender Basic is perfect for this. It’s the lowest cost edition of the software and worth every penny in our opinion. As your company grows, you need your label software to grow with you.  Buying new software as you expand is not only a waste of money but of time and effort too. Get it right from the start and allow BarTender to boost your business and assist with the smooth running of day to day operations.

Click here for your free BarTender trial or call us on 01359 271 111.

Label Printing Services

Label Printing Services

Are you looking for printed labels in small or large quantities, with text or data printed to your specific requirements. Perhaps for mailshot address labels, barcode labels, batch labels, product serial numbers, offer codes, etc. Sometimes having someone else to do your label printing makes good business sense. Save buying printers and software and stocks of labels, and have us print your short run label jobs.

Many sizes of labels are available in various materials to suit all applications. We can provide standard paper labels with permanent or removable adhesive, waterproof and tearproof materials for outdoor use or for more demanding environments and many others.

More than just Barcode Label Printing

We work with our customers to provide a wide range of different printed label requirements such as

  • Barcodes
  • Product names and descriptions
  • Part numbers
  • Lot numbers
  • Batch numbers
  • Serial numbers
  • Mail shot addresses
  • Asset ID descriptions and barcodes
  • Complex sequential numbers
  • Variable information from databases
  • and many others

If you know what you need, get a quote by clicking here.

If you have some questions or would like further information – talk to one of our experts – call 01359 271 111 or email us now at info@expertlabels.co.uk
Alternatively have a look at our our guide on the following pages  http://expertlabels.co.uk/services/barcode-label-printing/

Biodegradable Labels

We are all trying to become more environmentally aware and Expert Labels can help. We are currently supplying more biodegradable labels than ever before. The market for these has really taken off!

Important though they are to our environment, biodegradable labels are still more expensive than paper or standard plastic labels.  Let me give you a rough idea of cost – for any quantity up to 1,000 labels:

Matte biodegradable paper £200
Gloss biodegradable paper £225-£250
Gloss biodegradable plastic £250 – £275
Clear biodegradable plastic £300

For more than 1,000 labels, the cost per thousand labels goes down.  If you think this meets your budget, request a sample or a more detailed quote and we can help.

Get Quote

Our biodegradable labels work as well as traditional labels, with the added benefit of them being completely biodegradable!

We can supply the following: –

  • Biodegradable semi gloss paper labels (FSC certified by the Forest Stewardship Council) are suitable for a wide range of  promotional and industrial label uses and we can offer these plain or full colour printed. This material is printable by most printing methods including thermal transfer.
  • Biodegradable (FSC certified) matt white thermal transfer printable labels are ideal for situations where label presentation is less important (i.e. warehouse labels, outer case labels and labels for  in-house identification). This material is printable by most printing methods including thermal transfer.
  • Biodegradable and compostable white high gloss film labels are available, with a print receptive top coating.  These labels are great for food items including fruit and vegetables, drink bottles and healthcare products and can be printed in full colour to a high standard. All the labels are compliant with the European Food Regulations for direct contact with dry, non fatty food items.  The adhesive used is acrylic based and biodegradable.  The labels are water and tear resistant. 
  • Biodegradable and compostable clear gloss film labels are available, with a print receptive top coating.  These labels are also especially good for food items and healthcare products and can be printed in full colour for a high quality presentation.  All the labels are compliant with the European Food Regulations for direct contact with dry, non fatty food items.  The adhesive used is, again, acrylic based and biodegradable it sticks well initially and maintains it’s adhesion. Water and tear resistant.
  • Biodegradable loop lock labels and tags – made to degrade in contact with light and oxygen but tough and durable – tear resistant.  Can be made to your exact specifications.  These tags are designed to degrade within 18 months.

For more information on any of our products or to place your order please click the chat button in the bottom right or contact a member of our team today.

Useful Resources

Read our news article about Recycling labels

Take a look at our Sustainable labels

Updated: 2 Dec 2019

Making your product beautiful with Swing Tags

Swing tags, or swing tickets, come in all shapes, sizes, thickness, colours and materials. Choosing the right ticket for your product can feel overwhelming, but that’s where we can help! Read on to find out more about swing tickets and how we can help you.

Swing tags can really set the tone for the product you’re selling.  From rustic and charming to elegant and luxurious, your swing tag can be made to suit your product and strengthen your product awareness in the marketplace.

Swing tag
Swing Tags can make your product stand out

The first thing you will need to think about is what style of swing tag (or swing ticket) will match your products.  If you’re a vintage clothing shop, a brown craft card with jute string will give a rugged and down to earth vibe.  A high end gift shop might want a more finished and classic tag such as a thick, crisp white card, custom shaped with a nickel eyelet and a beautiful ribbon.  Both of these could be printed both sides with a colour or even a foil effect.  The possibilities are endless!  Once you have decided on the material and print colours, you can choose from many stringing options such as elastic, ribbon and string.

Fancy adding a final touch? Eyelets are a truly eye catching detail to add to your swing tag.  Choose from nickel or brass to make your ticket really stand out.

 

Need your swing tag to be tough and functional? No problem.  Waterproof PVC or our superbly robust Tyvek are brilliant options.  Again, both of these materials can be printed both sides and strung to suit your needs.  Many of our customers choose to use a brass or nickel eyelet to strengthen the drill hole and a strong cord or elastic stringing.

Swing tag

We can also provide health and safety tickets for you.  This can be anything from warning messages to maintenance tags.  We can provide these tags on bright coloured card, PVC or Tyvek and with washered drill holes to minimise the chance of tearing.  We also hold all of the standard health and safety symbols and graphics you may need.

Call us today on 01359 271 111 to discuss how we can help you with your swing tag requirements or email us at info@expertlabels.co.uk.

 

QuickStock – Stock Labels

Expert Labels supply synthetic (plastic) stock labels with a delivery time of typically 3-4 days.  The labels, which are available in plain gloss white and plain satin silver, are waterproof, chemical and solvent proof.  They are durable and made from tear proof PET material with a high performance permanent adhesive and are made for printing with standard thermal printers.

These labels are really well suited for use outdoors and can even withstand  temperatures up to 145 degrees C.

How to order

  1. Find the size you want on the tables below.
  2. Decide how many rolls you want (the price drops if you order more rolls),
  3. Note the label reference you want and how many labels you want.
  4. Email your requirements, phone no and address details to: sales@expertlabels.co.uk.

We will take care of the rest.

* Please note prices do not include delivery and VAT.

Gloss White PET for use with Mid Range / Industrial label Printers

Size  mm Ref Labels Per Roll Rolls Price Per Roll Rolls Price Per Roll Rolls Price Per Roll
25 x 13 23750 11000 3 £55.29 6 £41.89 12 £34.96
34 x 19 23751 7500 2 £80.01 4 £59.43 8 £49.77
38 x 19 23752 7500 4 £57.75 8 £47.04 16 £42.58
38 x 25 23753 6000 4 £59.56 8 £48.05 16 £42.76
51 x 13 23754 10750 2 £82.03 4 £60.65 8 £50.88
51 x 25 23755 6000 2 £79.08 4 £60.06 8 £49.81
51 x 32 23756 5000 2 £81.27 4 £60.34 8 £50.47
72 x 32 23757 5000 3 £80.08 6 £65.03 12 £57.33
76 x 51 23758 3125 2 £92.75 4 £71.13 8 £60.55
102 x 25 23759 6000 2 £118.27 4 £95.26 8 £84.59
101 x 51 23760 3125 2 £117.91 4 £94.89 8 £83.57
102 x 152 23761 1100 2 £117.63 4 £95.38 8 £84.71

 

Gloss White PET for use with Desktop label Printers

Size mm Ref Labels Per Roll Rolls Price Per Roll Rolls Price Per Roll Rolls Price Per Roll
25 x 13 23780 4750 3 £39.83 6 £25.61 12 £18.96
34 x 19 23781 3250 2 £56.74 4 £37.90 8 £27.44
38 x 19 23782 3250 4 £37.49 8 £26.80 16 £21.07
38 x 25 23783 2500 4 £37.38 8 £26.71 16 £20.97
51 x 13 23784 4750 2 £59.46 4 £38.11 8 £28.07
51 x 25 23785 2500 2 £56.63 4 £37.00 8 £26.74
51 x 32 23786 2000 2 £56.56 4 £36.93 8 £26.26
72 x 32 23787 2000 3 £49.67 6 £34.89 12 £27.47
76 x 51 23788 1400 2 £76.73 4 £54.50 8 £43.61
102 x 25 23789 2500 2 £74.41 4 £53.06 8 £41.55
101 x 51 23790 1250 2 £72.65 4 £51.30 8 £40.18
102 x 152 23791 500 2 £78.20 4 £55.17 8 £44.28


Satin Silver PET suitable for Mid Range / Industrial label Printers

Size  mm Ref Labels Per Roll Rolls Price Per Roll Rolls Price Per Roll Rolls Price Per Roll
25 x 13 23766 11000 3 £52.51 6 £37.27 12 £32.49
34 x 19 23767 7500 2 £76.02 4 £55.75 8 £46.10
38 x 19 23768 7500 4 £53.87 8 £43.27 16 £38.01
38 x 25 23769 6000 4 £55.52 8 £44.27 16 £38.98
51 x 13 23770 10750 2 £77.97 4 £56.90 8 £47.11
51 x 25 23771 6000 2 £75.85 4 £56.20 8 £46.12
51 x 32 23772 5000 2 £77.14 4 £56.49 8 £46.69
72 x 32 23773 5000 3 £74.62 6 £59.85 12 £52.29
76 x 51 23774 3125 2 £109.86 4 £87.28 8 £76.22
102 x 25 23775 6000 2 £110.29 4 £87.70 8 £77.20
101 x 51 23776 3125 2 £109.86 4 £87.28 8 £76.22
102 x 152 23777 1100 2 £109.59 4 £87.72 8 £77.21


Satin Silver PET suitable for Desktop label printers

Size  mm Ref Labels Per Roll Rolls Price Per Roll Rolls Price Per Roll Rolls Price Per Roll
25 x 13 23802 4750 3 £38.44 6 £24.40 12 £17.75
34 x 19 23803 3250 2 £54.82 4 £36.08 8 £25.80
38 x 19 23804 3250 4 £35.59 8 £25.12 16 £19.47
38 x 25 23805 2500 4 £35.49 8 £24.99 16 £19.36
51 x 13 23806 4750 2 £57.39 4 £36.32 8 £26.33
51 x 25 23807 2500 2 £25.10 4 £20.06 8 £18.06
51 x 32 23808 2000 2 £54.68 4 £35.20 8 £24.67
72 x 32 23809 2000 3 £47.12 6 £32.68 12 £25.37
76 x 51 23810 1400 2 £72.77 4 £50.90 8 £40.19
102 x 25 23811 2500 2 £70.63 4 £49.63 8 £38.36
101 x 51 23812 1250 2 £69.02 4 £48.03 8 £37.10
102 x 152 23813 500 2 £61.47 4 £44.93 8 £37.14

Just a reminder

To order:

  1. Find the size you want on the tables above.
  2. Decide how many rolls you want (the price drops if you order more rolls),
  3. Note the label reference you want and how many labels you want.
  4. Email your requirements, phone no and address details to: sales@expertlabels.co.uk.

We will take care of the rest.

If you have any questions,  please contact a member of our team who will be more than happy to help.

Desktop Barcode Label Printers

Desktop barcode label printers are smaller printers suited to printing fewer labels.  Being made with plastic cases, these printers tend to be best suited to office, laboratory and hospitality situations not factory or warehouse settings.

 

Zebra

GK420t
  • Print speed: up to 127 mm (5 “) per second
  • Print method: direct thermal/thermal transfer
  • Quick and easy ribbon loading system
  • Durable plastic construction

 

GK420d Zebra GK420d barcode printer
  • Print speed: up to 127 mm (5 “) per second
  • 203 dpi print resolution
  • Print method: direct thermal
  • Smallest footprint in 4-inch thermal printer
  • Durable reinforced plastic construction

 

GX420t
  • Print speed: up to 152 mm (6″) per second
  • 203 dpi print resolution
  • Print method: direct thermal/thermal transfer
  • LCD user interface
  • Variety of connection options

 

GX430t Zebra GX430t
  • Print speed: 102mm (4″) per second
  • 300 dpi print resolution
  • Print method: direct thermal/thermal transfer
  • Bluetooth as standard
  • Offers clear printing of 2d barcodes, fine text and complex graphics ideal for high-density data on small labels.

 

ZD410 Zebra ZD410d Barcode Printer
  • Print speed: 152 mm (6″) per second
  • 203 dpi print resolution
  • Print method: direct thermal
  • Super fast printer. Ultra compact
  • Easy to use, operate and troubleshoot

 

GC420d
  • Print speed: 102 mm (4”) per second
  • 203 dpi print resolution
  • Print method: direct thermal
  • The GC420 integrates easily with other Zebra printers
  • Compact and space saving. It will meet a wide variety of printing requirements. This is Zebras most affordable desktop printer

 

ZD500
  • Print speed: 152mm (6”) per second (203 dpi)
  • Print speed: 102mm (4”) per second (300 dpi)
  • 203 dpi (300 dpi optional) print resolution
  • Print method: Thermal transfer printer / Direct thermal printer
  • Multi-position transmissive + full width reflective sensor
  • High quality print and quadruple connectivity options

 

For more information on any of the printers please contact a member of our team who will be more than happy to help.

 

Double Sided Adhesive Labels and Stickers

The fantastic relationship we build with our clients usually start with a question from them; Can you help me with this?

‘This’ has meant a variety of different problems over the years, from fixing a printer error to creating a bespoke label.  Our technical team here at Expert Labels love to flex their muscles and get stuck in and to find a solution.  Some can be resolved with a phone call, others a visit.

Some time ago we were asked if we can provide a solution to an unusual label problem…

The client had unique label application equipment that needed to work with a specialised label; double sided adhesive labels.  They used these labels to attach promotional gifts for their customers.  The label was stuck to the product and the top of the label was left exposed, ready for the next stage of adding the promotional gift.  The problem the client found was that this double sided adhesive label was not readily available.  Enter Expert Labels!  Our technical team worked hard to find a suitable backing (web) material that was compatible with the existing application equipment.  Our fabulous production team were able to create a label with adhesive on both sides that worked with the client’s existing application equipment and processes.  We also provided the client with these twin sided adhesive stickers on large rolls, 11,000 labels per roll!

Double Sided Adhesive Labels

These labels are a fantastic tool to use to attach lightweight promotional gifts and giveaways on your products or marketing material.  Call us on 01359 271 111 or email info@expertlabels.co.uk.

If you are experiencing a label issue and need help, come to us!  Our staff constantly pool  their knowledge and experience together to make a friendly, efficient and helpful service for you, our customers.

 

Simon Nicholson – Trainee Business Manager

Simon joined the company in September 2018 after graduating from the University of Kent with a Sports Management degree.

Here are 11 things you probably don’t know about Simon:

  1. Simon can tell you the difference between a 1D and 2D barcode.  Whether it’s a QR Code or a GTIN13, he can explain the difference.
  2. He is a very skilled Futsal player.  Never heard of Futsal? – I’m not surprised.  It’s a South American version of 5-a-side football.
  3. Simon can design and print labels using BarTender software.  He’s currently learning how to use the Librarian feature and in the very near future will be quite an expert.
  4. Simon is an accomplished cricketer – undertaking international cricket tours.
  5. Simon is one of those rare people who actually gets a healthy amount of sleep.
  6. Simon has printed tens of thousands of labels since he started working for us.  He has first hand experience of designing labels, choosing the best thermal ribbons and using label rewinders.
  7. Simon can advise you on how to print your peel and reveal labels.
  8. He knows all the right questions to ask you about your thermal printer project.  If you’re not sure what label printer would be best for you, call him and let him talk you through all the options available.
  9. Grew up in Newmarket, Suffolk and as with everyone in Newmarket – has connections with the horse racing industry.
  10. Like Ed Sheeran, Simon is an avid Tractor Boy (Ipswich Town FC supporter) who tries to get down to Portman Road to watch games whenever he can.
  11. Simon is a keen traveller who enjoys city breaks and exploring new places.

Simon is a very welcome new member of our team.  If you’d like to talk to him about your label printing project – feel free to contact us and ask for Simon.