Results: What Label Printer and Labels Do You Recommend?

Results: What Label Printer and Labels Do You Recommend?

In our last newsletter, we asked a question: “What label printer and labels do you use for your slab inventory?”

We received some very thoughtful replies. There wasn’t a consensus, but I’ll start with a recommendation from our friend Scott Edwards at DataBridge Integrations – Scott’s been dealing with barcoding and labels for decades, so his words should carry extra weight – if you’re wondering what to use, trusting Scott is probably a good place to start. He typically recommends:

… the Zebra GK420T thermal transfer label printer with Z-Ultimate 3000 poly labels with high-tack adhesive. They are weather proof and stick quite well to the rough narrow edge as they do to the smooth surface of the slabs. Additionally they come off nicely without leaving an adhesive residue.

Again, I suggest reaching out to Scott if you want a deeper conversation on these matters. Some of his customers chimed in as well with the same recommendation.

In no particular order, here are some other interesting replies:

Custom perforated poly tags (some kind of plastic water resistant) ordered in rolls of 2500 … and the Zebra GK420T thermal transfer label printer with performance thermal transfer resin for water and temperature resistance (-20 to +35 Celsius). I seem to remember we spent almost 1 month researching and trialing out different media types with different adhesives to find something that would stick to the rough edge of a granite slab but decided on using silicone with the poly tags rather than sticky labels. Fun times …

We use a “Rhino 5200” label maker because our slabs are outside in frigid weather. We use silicone to adhere them to the stone. They’re very expensive, but we’ll change products this spring when we open our indoor sales office.

We have 2 different label printers: WASP WPL 305 & Zebra GK420T. They both work very well. Our labels are 3″ x 1″ – perfect to place on the side of slabs.

7.5pt plastic card tag on 8 1/2 x 11 sheets perforated to 22 per sheet printed on a laser printer and affixed with silicone.

Dymo LabelWriter 450. Labels 30256. This label has enough room for the supplier name, slab color and size, the job number and name, the purchase order number, slab batch number, serial number, and our location.

Dymo 450 Turbo or 450 Duo. Label: LW 30256 . Size: 2 5/16″ x 4″

We use a Brother PT2430 printer for our labels Our remnants sit outside so the labels need to be laminated.

P-Touch (by Brother) labeler with Sales Order # and Client Name

We use a brother label maker but it is cumbersome … I am interested in hearing what others are using that works better.

I hope you found this information useful … if so, we’ll ask another question next month.


UPDATE 7/28/2016: In response to a comment on this page, Flav Rusu from Natural Stone City was kind enough to get more information about his solution (the first mentioned, above):

I just heard back from my supplier on the tag stock that I am using with the Zebra GK420T thermal transfer printer. The supplier is:

Data Communications Management
Account Rep: Matt MacDonald
1-866-709-7688
http://www.datacm.com

The tags were custom tags 4″ wide by 3/4″ tall with horizontal and vertical perforations and black marks on the back.

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Since it was a custom order, if someone else wants these tags they will have to call in and say they want the same tags that Natural Stone City ordered.

I’ve attached photos of what the tags look like after printing. We have a vertical perforation to tear the bottom of the tag off if the slab is sold to a customer.

IMG_5071 IMG_5068

We print them directly from JobTracker using a custom template (also attached, here).

Just an FYI, the difference between a label and a tag is that a label has adhesive on the back whereas a tag is simply the stock material without glue on the back. In our case we are using silicone as an adhesive.

Thanks for generously sharing this, Flav!

6 thoughts on “Results: What Label Printer and Labels Do You Recommend?

  1. Sarita

    Hi there,
    So we can’t seem to get our Zebra GK420T thermal transfer label printer to print from Moroware right now. We had used it in the past, maybe a year or so ago, but now we are not able to print? We’ve done all the printer setup/downloads/and tests, and it seems to be working great outside of moroware. But now, when we try to print from Moroware, it just comes out blank. (even though we just put in new ink).

    Has anyone had this problem and did you get it fixed?

    Thanks!
    Sarita

    1. Patrick Foley Post author

      Hi Sarita,

      I spoke with Kayley about this last week. If you have more questions, please let me know at support@moraware.com.

      If you’re getting to the point where you can see the generated label printed on the screen – but it’s still not reaching the paper – then it’s a hardware issue that’s beyond our expertise. If the printer manufacturer doesn’t help you, I recommend contacting Data Bridge (see our Partner page for their info),.

  2. Stephanie Johnson

    Re: this comment
    “Custom perforated poly tags (some kind of plastic water resistant) ordered in rolls of 2500 … and the Zebra GK420T thermal transfer label printer with performance thermal transfer resin for water and temperature resistance (-20 to +35 Celsius). I seem to remember we spent almost 1 month researching and trialing out different media types with different adhesives to find something that would stick to the rough edge of a granite slab but decided on using silicone with the poly tags rather than sticky labels. Fun times …”
    Is there any way to contact that person and find out what tags/labels they use? It sounds like what they’re using might be just what I’m looking for. Thanks

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