You have a business to run, people to manage and deadlines to meet. The last thing you want is to manage a thermal printer. That’s why it’s important to buy one designed for convenience, inside and out.
In this guide - Seven Things to Consider When Buying an Industrial Barcode Printer, you’ll learn:
What questions do you absolutely need to ask before selecting an industrial printer.
Seven traits not to overlook when evaluating your options.
Why buy an industrial barcode printer?
Do you depend on barcode labels, tags or wristbands? Do they need to last, despite their exposure to sunlight, moisture or other harsh conditions?
If the answer is yes to both questions, then industrial thermal printers are for you. Unlike inkjet or dot matrix printers, thermal printers use a heated printhead to produce an image. This process creates images with high print quality that can withstand greater abuse. They are also known for their low-maintenance durability and their high flexibility in adapting to different media and business applications.
Where do I intend to use the printer?
If you plan on placing the printer in your manufacturing plant or warehouse, then you will need a rugged one. Only industrial printers can take the extreme temperatures and tough environments of factories and warehouses.
What purpose will it serve?
It’s important to take into account the types of labels and volume you will need to print.
The smaller the label, the more precise the printer must be to output crisp, legible barcodes. The higher the volume, the greater the need for an industrial printer. That’s because they are engineered for high printing cycles and continuous performance.
7 Print Attributes Not to Overlook
Time is the one resource you can never regain. But you can save it with printers designed to simplify setup.
Easy to Use
Ease-of-use can translate into less frustration and downtime. Look for printers that utilise colour-coded touchpoints and include diagrams inside. These can direct a novice through the process of loading the media or ribbon. Keep in mind components such as printhead pressure toggles and media sensors; they should be designed to simplify operation.
Effortless Device Management
A printer you can monitor over the internet is one you can remotely upgrade — a true time-saver. Remote access also gives you immediate insight into the status of your printer’s performance, ensuring greater uptime. Don’t forget about the cloud. Check if your printer offers an encrypted, cloud connection. This ensures your printer can directly and securely connect to apps running in the cloud, for greater convenience.
Reliability and Support
The difference between a reliable printer and one prone to repairs is structure. Make sure yours is built to withstand dirt, dust, heat, cold and moisture. Equally important are service and support. If you encounter technical issues, you don’t want to deal with them alone. Given the sheer volume, these printers will output, expect to replace certain parts, such as the printheads and platen rollers. Ideally, you want printers that either don’t require tools to replace these parts or make the process of replacing common parts straightforward.
Technology constantly evolves — so will your printing needs. Today, barcode labels are common. Tomorrow, RFID might be necessary. Invest in a printer made to adapt. It should allow you to add on new capabilities without any fuss. If it includes slots, even better. That will allow you to add new communication ports. It’s wise to also opt for a printer with media handling options (for example, a label peeler or cutter) that can be installed in the field.
The rising number of connected devices brings a rising number of entry points into your infrastructure. That applies to printers too, making security an imperative. Safeguard your system with printers that offer deep layers of security, from encryption to preventative tools and proactive measures.
Your final task is choosing a brand. Our company come with an established reputation of being a provider of high-quality printers. The reliability of a well-known brand may end up costing you less in the long run.
Whether you’re making deliveries, manufacturing and distributing goods, or serving customers, we are dedicated to helping you operate at your peak. Remove the hassle of printing. With our help, each step is frustration-free.
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With a Roan Active plan in place, you’ll streamline repair and support processes and mitigate unexpected costs. We will ensure you stay on track to reach new levels of productivity and efficiency for your business.