PDA

View Full Version : printing adhesive labels


kkm
08-25-2009, 04:33 AM
Which label machine(s) would you recommend to print labels such as the labels I've linked to below? Ideally I could print all of these using the same machine, paper with adhesive backing for UPS labels(to print UPS prepaid labels using my UPS account number, from the UPS web site) and nylon or something similar with adhesive backing for tennis racquets and other things. Thanks in advance!

http://www.racquetdoctor.net/images/label.jpg

http://www.stringmeup.net/label8.jpg

http://www.tennis1.ca/Images/Label350x129.gif

http://webpages.charter.net/jtlien/upsexamp.gif

drakulie
08-25-2009, 05:52 AM
Great thread. I've been toying with this idea as well to customize my labels. Look forward to reading input from other posters.

dallastxtennis
08-25-2009, 06:08 AM
Which label machine(s) would you recommend to print labels such as the labels I've linked to below? Ideally I could print all of these using the same machine, paper with adhesive backing for UPS labels(to print UPS prepaid labels using my UPS account number, from the UPS web site) and nylon or something similar with adhesive backing for tennis racquets and other things. Thanks in advance!

http://www.racquetdoctor.net/images/label.jpg

http://www.stringmeup.net/label8.jpg

http://www.tennis1.ca/Images/Label350x129.gif

http://webpages.charter.net/jtlien/upsexamp.gif

You could try these.

bradyid.com
panduit.com

They could be a little expensive.

Nuke
08-25-2009, 06:09 AM
Most any printer hooked up to your PC, and an appropriate pack of Avery labels for the size you need. If you use Microsoft Word, Avery has templates for all their stock labels at:
http://www.avery.com/avery/en_us/Templates-%26-Software/Templates/Labels/_/Ns=Rank&Rpp=15

dallastxtennis
08-25-2009, 06:11 AM
Which label machine(s) would you recommend to print labels such as the labels I've linked to below? Ideally I could print all of these using the same machine, paper with adhesive backing for UPS labels(to print UPS prepaid labels using my UPS account number, from the UPS web site) and nylon or something similar with adhesive backing for tennis racquets and other things. Thanks in advance!

http://www.racquetdoctor.net/images/label.jpg

http://www.stringmeup.net/label8.jpg

http://www.tennis1.ca/Images/Label350x129.gif

http://webpages.charter.net/jtlien/upsexamp.gif

or you could try Avery.com, I know you can print this labe with you Microsft Word format.

kkm
08-25-2009, 06:21 AM
Let's keep this going!

kkm
08-25-2009, 07:22 AM
Thanks for the Avery suggestion, but I'd prefer somewhat to use a dedicated label printer. Other than BradyID and Panduit, there are Zebra, Dymo, Brother and probably others. I am looking for a thermal printer(which doesn't need ink) which can print 4x6 UPS labels on adhesive-backed paper from UPS's web site and also narrow labels for tennis racquets on adhesive-backed nylon or anything tougher than paper.

Toad
08-25-2009, 10:08 AM
Most any printer hooked up to your PC, and an appropriate pack of Avery labels for the size you need.

+1

I use Avery 8167 Labels (1/2" x 1 3/4")

kkm
08-27-2009, 02:31 AM
I found these, Avery 6577 Durable ID labels, 5/8" x 3", and though Avery's web site did not specify what the material is(I had thought that all Avery labels were different types of paper), on Amazon I found that they are polyester - which is good, and they are made for use with laser printers(I assume that inkjets won't properly print on this since it probably doesn't absorb ink), so we know that they can withstand the heat of laser printers.

http://www.amazon.com/Avery-6577-Permanent-Durable-Printers/dp/B0000AQNKD

5/8", approx. 16mm, is narrow enough for even the thinnest-beamed racquets made today.

This looks like a winner for my needs - thanks, and let's keep this updated as we find good solutions for label printing!

kkm
08-27-2009, 12:54 PM
Avery doesn't have a template for 6577, though you could do it with their online design thing, but I was able to make my own grid/template quickly enough using OpenOffice.

Lakers4Life
08-27-2009, 01:01 PM
The Racquet Doctor label looks like it was done on a label printer, though I don't know how they got the the logo on it.

You may also want to use MS FrontPage. I use it to design my business cards.

uk_skippy
08-27-2009, 01:17 PM
I use a Brother 2420pc label printer. It uses laminated labels and come in bright colours. I also use a Brother 55 hand-held one for when i'm at tournaments.

Regards

Paul

kkm
08-27-2009, 05:49 PM
The Racquet Doctor label looks like it was done on a label printer, though I don't know how they got the the logo on it.

You may also want to use MS FrontPage. I use it to design my business cards.

The racquet doctor label may have been printed using a pc-connected label printer rather than a standalone printer or a dual mode label printer connected to a pc. The pc connected label printers I believe have (proprietary) software.
For business cards I use Adobe InDesign to do the layouts which I send to a company which produces engraved business cards for me, but in the case of the Avery 6577 labels I feel that I am happy with the output of OpenOffice Writer and my laser printer.

kkm
08-27-2009, 05:50 PM
I use a Brother 2420pc label printer. It uses laminated labels and come in bright colours. I also use a Brother 55 hand-held one for when i'm at tournaments.

Regards

Paul

Thank you for sharing this, Paul.

Kot_Bigemot
09-03-2009, 02:55 PM
Which label machine(s) would you recommend to print labels such as the labels I've linked to below? Ideally I could print all of these using the same machine, paper with adhesive backing for UPS labels(to print UPS prepaid labels using my UPS account number, from the UPS web site) and nylon or something similar with adhesive backing for tennis racquets and other things. Thanks in advance!

http://www.stringmeup.net/label8.jpg




I like this label. Been thinking about something like that for a long time. I wonder how much printer would cost.

kkm
09-04-2009, 05:23 AM
I like this label. Been thinking about something like that for a long time. I wonder how much printer would cost.

Here are the couple I was considering before deciding to use Avery 6577 labels(laser/inkjet compatible) instead:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16828774003

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16828113301

I may yet buy one of these label printers for UPS/USPS use, while using the Avery 6577 labels & my laser printer for racquets. I've got two labels, one with my contact information, and one for the string information(one line for main string type and tension, one line for cross string type and tension, one line indicating the date the racquet was strung and that it was strung on an electronic constant pull machine.

SpinDog
09-04-2009, 06:32 AM
When I used to get my racquet restrung at the club they used to put stickers on. I didn't care for it very much because the ones that they used were very hard to take off and I didn't like them scraping my frame to get them off the next time it was restrung. I string my own now and the people that I string for also don't appreciate stickers on their frames. I've been thinking about just including a business card with their string data printed on the back instead. I keep a data base anyway so the information on the card would be mostly for their benefit.

kkm
09-04-2009, 08:26 AM
When I used to get my racquet restrung at the club they used to put stickers on. I didn't care for it very much because the ones that they used were very hard to take off and I didn't like them scraping my frame to get them off the next time it was restrung. I string my own now and the people that I string for also don't appreciate stickers on their frames. I've been thinking about just including a business card with their string data printed on the back instead. I keep a data base anyway so the information on the card would be mostly for their benefit.


That's the reason I looked for labels made of something other than paper, which pills/rips when peeled. The Avery 6577 are polyester.

Kot_Bigemot
09-07-2009, 03:37 AM
That's the reason I looked for labels made of something other than paper, which pills/rips when peeled. The Avery 6577 are polyester.
I think i just found inexpensive and great solution. Looks really good. And does not break your wallet. I am ordering one of those to try.
http://www.buy.com/prod/brother-pt-1230pc-pc-connectable-label-maker/q/loc/101/210500354.html?adid=17070

rj.laroza
09-07-2009, 08:01 AM
man that looks promising, and @ only 15 bucks i think i might order one too

Kot_Bigemot
09-07-2009, 08:03 AM
man that looks promising, and @ only 15 bucks i think i might order one too
One thing about it - you have to get tape that is 1/2". And it cost i think $10 for 26' cartridge.

rj.laroza
09-09-2009, 09:46 PM
i just got it in the mail. it works fine. the only downside of it is that it doesnt come with the ac adapter. u have to either buy one or put 6 AAA batts in it.

one of the major pros is that it can work on any computer driver/program free. just plug and play. it also has alot of different types of tapes it can take. it can do gold text on black tape.. black on yellow... and even white on clear for dark rackets. if u want to change color, just change the cartridge inside. you can add your own logo on it and design is fairly simple.

cons is that it does not come with a ac adapter. another con is that the tape it comes with is only a demo tape. it comes half filled just like as if you were to buy a printer.


as far as 10 dollars for 26 feet of tape.. its not too bad.

each label is going to be around 4 inches at the max. that 78 rackets worth of tape @ .12 cents per racket.

i guess it adds up, but it sure does make sure ur client never forgets you.

Kot_Bigemot
09-10-2009, 03:22 AM
i just got it in the mail. it works fine. the only downside of it is that it doesnt come with the ac adapter. u have to either buy one or put 6 AAA batts in it.

one of the major pros is that it can work on any computer driver/program free. just plug and play. it also has alot of different types of tapes it can take. it can do gold text on black tape.. black on yellow... and even white on clear for dark rackets. if u want to change color, just change the cartridge inside. you can add your own logo on it and design is fairly simple.

cons is that it does not come with a ac adapter. another con is that the tape it comes with is only a demo tape. it comes half filled just like as if you were to buy a printer.


as far as 10 dollars for 26 feet of tape.. its not too bad.

each label is going to be around 4 inches at the max. that 78 rackets worth of tape @ .12 cents per racket.

i guess it adds up, but it sure does make sure ur client never forgets you.
Thanks for review. I do not have mine yet. Waiting.
Yes, sounds like this is THE printer for my needs. I have no problems using batteries - i just keep whole bunch of rechargeable batteries around all the time anyway.
But how do you go about font sizes and all that? Can you give me a bit more details please? Say how do you start and what do you use to print the text in? Ward or Word pad? Also, how do you figure font size and multiple lines and how do you add graphics? Sorry for all he questions, just want to get heads up.
Yes, i ordered 4 different cartridges as well. Can not wait for it to arrive.
Thanks again for a great review.

rj.laroza
09-10-2009, 02:44 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6kidaQWQ0I

its still being processed. but hopefully will be done by the time you guys view it

Kot_Bigemot
09-10-2009, 03:46 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6kidaQWQ0I

its still being processed. but hopefully will be done by the time you guys view it
WOW!
Great video man. Thank you very much. I really appreciate you doing it. Better to see once than to hear 100 times :).
Now that i saw how it works, i can not wait to get mine. I think it is the solution to my problems.
Thanks again for the video man.

lilxjohnyy
09-10-2009, 08:05 PM
i am getting the one that can print up to one inch. There was a sale at costco a couple days ago where you get 35 dollars off the original 70. If you buy a cartilage, you get another five. Just waiting for the printer to arrive as the cartilage already did.

kkm
09-10-2009, 08:31 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6kidaQWQ0I

its still being processed. but hopefully will be done by the time you guys view it


Really cool for you to take the time/make the effort to do this, thanks!

rj.laroza
09-10-2009, 09:33 PM
no problem at all guys.

kkm
09-11-2009, 01:51 PM
Here's the output of my laser printer using Avery 6577 labels(compatible with 6571 template). I don't have Word, though(I use OpenOffice), so I just used Avery's freeware DesignPro.
I have another label listing my contact details.
I may yet get a dedicated label printer, but I am pretty happy with the polyester 6577 labels for stringing purposes and Avery's 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" labels (which actually output 4"x6" labels) for shipping.

http://img32.imageshack.us/img32/6930/006gr.jpg

Kot_Bigemot
09-11-2009, 02:03 PM
Here's the output of my laser printer using Avery 6577 labels(compatible with 6571 template). I don't have Word, though(I use OpenOffice), so I just used Avery's freeware DesignPro.
I have another label listing my contact details.
I may yet get a dedicated label printer, but I am pretty happy with the polyester 6577 labels for stringing purposes and Avery's 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" labels (which actually output 4"x6" labels) for shipping.

http://img32.imageshack.us/img32/6930/006gr.jpg
I still like the ideal of $15 printer better. It looks like it is less trouble. Just turn it on, input text and hit print.

kkm
09-11-2009, 03:00 PM
I still like the ideal of $15 printer better. It looks like it is less trouble. Just turn it on, input text and hit print.

The main thing for me is that I'd like more than three lines, which is the limit for many of the cheaper dedicated label printers. Some of the pricier ones could do the job, but I don't know...I think I'll wait some time and evaluate the pros and cons patiently rather than rushing to buy a pricey thing I can perhaps make do without.

Il Mostro
09-11-2009, 03:04 PM
...one of the major pros is that it can work on any computer driver/program free.

This is actually a big deal. There are numerous compatibility issues with various OS's using some label printers (including Brother -- notably the 1500). It is nice that this one is "self contained" and does not leave anything on your computer.

I use the 2710 and the Dymo Duo for printing labels straight from Stringjob.com (absolutely great and with many more capabilities for use at my business) but even though they cost several times as much as the 1230 they will not produce a racquet label that is any better. Very slick piece of kit!

Lakers4Life
09-11-2009, 03:48 PM
^^^WOW, an Il Mostro stamp of approval!

One thing about it - you have to get tape that is 1/2". And it cost i think $10 for 26' cartridge.

I just checked it's sold out. :(

Kot_Bigemot
09-11-2009, 05:06 PM
I just checked it's sold out. :(
That does not surprise me. When i saw it first, i thought there was a mistake with price. I mean, for $15 how can you go wrong?
I got the printer and the tape at the same time. Then i posted the link here.
Glad it worked out.

Lakers4Life
09-11-2009, 05:19 PM
Great deal! you got, I hope they get them in stock again for $15. Some of the other links show it sells for $45+.

rj.laroza
09-12-2009, 06:18 AM
u can do more than 3 lines on the ptouch. i think u can do unlimited to the size of the font.

kkm
09-12-2009, 06:42 AM
If I get a dedicated label printer this is what I'll most likely be going for:

Dymo LabelWriter 4XL:
http://global.dymo.com/enUS/Products/LabelWriter_4XL.html (this can be bought for $240-$250)

labels for stringing:
http://global.dymo.com/enUS/LabelSKUByAttribute/30327-Standard_LabelWriter_Labels.html

labels for shipping:
http://global.dymo.com/enUS/Labels/1744907.html (these are available for just over half Dymo's price from many other sources)

Kot_Bigemot
09-12-2009, 09:36 AM
If I get a dedicated label printer this is what I'll most likely be going for:

Dymo LabelWriter 4XL:
http://global.dymo.com/enUS/Products/LabelWriter_4XL.html (this can be bought for $240-$250)

labels for stringing:
http://global.dymo.com/enUS/LabelSKUByAttribute/30327-Standard_LabelWriter_Labels.html

labels for shipping:
http://global.dymo.com/enUS/Labels/1744907.html (these are available for just over half Dymo's price from many other sources)
Unless you need to print those large labels, i do not see why spend all that money.
I have that UPS printer. Now, come to think of it, it came free from my UPS rep. If you have account with UPS, ask your rep. They may throw it in at no cost. But it may depend on how big of a customer you are. I ship about 20-30 packages on daily bases from my other business so, they give me a lot for free.

kkm
09-12-2009, 02:52 PM
Unless you need to print those large labels, i do not see why spend all that money.
I have that UPS printer. Now, come to think of it, it came free from my UPS rep. If you have account with UPS, ask your rep. They may throw it in at no cost. But it may depend on how big of a customer you are. I ship about 20-30 packages on daily bases from my other business so, they give me a lot for free.


I do need to be able to do 4x6. UPS & FedEx both require certain monthly volumes for 3 years to comp the printer, which isn't for me because I close for August and have a somewhat seasonal main business. Though it isn't unusual for me to give them five figures annually...

Mathew Jones
11-03-2009, 03:44 AM
Hi There,

I recently bought a 4" wide SA4TM Toshiba thermal printer from a UK label company (http://www.iidsolutions.net/www.iidsolutions.net/info.php?p=4&cat=185143) and it prints my barcodes perfectly and it was only a few hundred pounds. I've never had a problem with it at all. I'd recommend a Toshiba printer to anyone - its fantastic.

And the Ribbons & printheads are really cheap for it too.

Try the link above for the company I bought it from - they were really nice.

Hope this helps.

Mathew.

Kot_Bigemot
11-03-2009, 04:00 AM
Hi There,

I recently bought a 4" wide SA4TM Toshiba thermal printer from a UK label company (http://www.iidsolutions.net/www.iidsolutions.net/info.php?p=4&cat=185143) and it prints my barcodes perfectly and it was only a few hundred pounds. I've never had a problem with it at all. I'd recommend a Toshiba printer to anyone - its fantastic.

And the Ribbons & printheads are really cheap for it too.

Try the link above for the company I bought it from - they were really nice.

Hope this helps.

Mathew.
And i bought mine for few dollars (not hundreds). Works great and does everything i need it to do. And most important, i have saved few hundred dollars.
http://www.buy.com/prod/brother-pt-1230pc-pc-connectable-label-maker/q/loc/101/210500354.html?adid=17070

And here is the link to see how it works.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6kidaQWQ0I

Lakers4Life
11-03-2009, 09:40 AM
I saw the PT-2430 for $20 more at Office Max. It includes the AC adaptor and can print 1" wide labels.

rj.laroza
11-03-2009, 02:00 PM
20 BUCKS>!?!? ill be sure to check that out and by a second one.

for any on the go stringers, that pick up rackets, its very handy to have this thing on the road. when i pick up rackets from clients i bring my netbook and this label printer. i print labels on site, then hang them up in my garage. no extra notes needed.

star 5 15
11-03-2009, 04:09 PM
Just picked up the printer RJ has. Anyone know a good way to generate a logo cheap? Also if uk skippy sees this. Do you put plastic wraps with your logo after you string clients racquets? Like the P1 bags or RPNY etc.

Lakers4Life
11-03-2009, 05:22 PM
20 BUCKS>!?!? ill be sure to check that out and by a second one.

for any on the go stringers, that pick up rackets, its very handy to have this thing on the road. when i pick up rackets from clients i bring my netbook and this label printer. i print labels on site, then hang them up in my garage. no extra notes needed.

20 bucks MORE for the PT-2430. The PT-1230 sells for $39.95 and the PT-2430 goes for $59.95. The latter has the AC adaptor and can print up to 1" wide labels. I missed out on the $15 deal on Buy.com, but label printing is not on my high on my wish list.

Kot_Bigemot
11-23-2009, 03:42 AM
Guys,
If anyone is interested, this printer is on sale again for $16.99
http://www.buy.com/prod/brother-pt-1230pc-pc-connectable-label-maker/q/loc/101/210500354.html?adid=17070
I remember some people were looking for it so, here you go. And it ships free.

leafscat
11-25-2009, 04:03 PM
Guys,
If anyone is interested, this printer is on sale again for $16.99
http://www.buy.com/prod/brother-pt-1230pc-pc-connectable-label-maker/q/loc/101/210500354.html?adid=17070
I remember some people were looking for it so, here you go. And it ships free.

Thanks, for the tip. I ordered one and received the next day. Turns out the Buy.com warehouse it ships out of is in my town. It even comes with a tape cartridge. What a deal and the few tests I have run look great.

My wife laments that I have a box full of old power supplies. Turns out I had one that works perfectly. Finally, my hoarding pays off!

Kot_Bigemot
11-25-2009, 07:05 PM
Thanks, for the tip. I ordered one and received the next day. Turns out the Buy.com warehouse it ships out of is in my town. It even comes with a tape cartridge. What a deal and the few tests I have run look great.

My wife laments that I have a box full of old power supplies. Turns out I had one that works perfectly. Finally, my hoarding pays off!
My pleasure, glad i could help.
Power supplies huh? Right up my alley :mrgreen: I am EE after all.
Enjoy the printer.

Bob Walsh
11-26-2009, 03:49 AM
Wow! Thanks for your great deal, I need more information regarding this as I wanted to order it.

Lakers4Life
11-30-2009, 02:42 AM
I happen to pick up the PT-2430 for $39.99 during the Black Friday Sale at Office Max. It uses labels that are compatible with my older PT-1700.

levy1
11-30-2009, 04:42 AM
man that looks promising, and @ only 15 bucks i think i might order one too


Where do you see one for $15?

Lakers4Life
11-30-2009, 02:17 PM
Where do you see one for $15?

If you are referring to the PT-1230 it goes on sale at Buy.com for $15, every once in a while. I did happen to see it at Staples or Office Depot for $19.99 during Black Friday. I probably would have bought the PT-1230, but I need to print other thing than Racket labels, so I opted for the PT-2430 instead.

If these things run anything like my PT-1700 the batteries will last a long time. I've had the same batteries in my PT-1700 for over a year and it's still printing. They do have an auto-shut off if you forget to turn them off.

COPEY
02-22-2010, 01:36 AM
I know I'm resurrecting an old thread, but I recently (Jan 15th) picked up the Brother PT-1230PC Thermal Label Printer, and I must say it's a pretty slick little device. Some of the more critical reviews point out that it wastes tape (which it does), and that you're relegated to using batteries unless you spring for an AC adapter. For my needs the batteries are fine, and even though I bought 2 tape cartridges, I'm still using the the one that came with the machine.

One of the things I always hated about the labels used by most retail stores is the adhesive left behind after peeling off an old label. These labels peel off clean, and more importantly they stay on once you apply them.

It's not on sale right now (the cheapest price right now is $25), but maybe they'll run that $15/$16 deal again in the future. If so, it's definitely worth considering, especially if you're stringing for others.