Barcode systems can be useful in any type of business. The use of barcodes improves the speed and accuracy of inventory control. Once each item is tagged with a barcode, inventory count becomes easier as the employees only need to scan each barcode using handheld inventory barcode scanners.
Barcodes are also effective for faster checkout, as the cashier only needs to scan the barcode, and then the product information and price automatically appears on the screen. Other uses of barcodes include document and asset tracking, and monitoring of field employees. Barcodes are not limited to these functions though. The uses of barcodes are seemingly endless; therefore, investing in a good barcode label printer is essential for a potentially successful business.
There are four types of printers that are capable of printing barcodes. They are the dot matrix, laser, ink-jet and thermal printers. In a way, each printer is unique in their mechanism, advantages, and limitations.
Among them, the most efficient barcode label maker is the thermal printer. It is the only type of barcode label maker that can print single, individual labels rather than by batch or by sheet. A benefit, therefore of the thermal label maker is that it doesn’t produce unnecessary extra labels, thus, preventing a waste of printing materials.
Direct thermal printers work by using heat to produce a reaction on the special thermal paper and, thus, creating the image on the paper. The printer sends a current of electricity to the heating resistor on the thermal head. The thermal head then generates a specific pattern and the heat produced activates the layer of the paper which contains dyes that act as ink. Basically, the printer “burns” the barcode on the paper.
Other thermal barcode label maker benefits include high-quality, durability, stability, and cost-efficiency since the only printing supply the printer needs is the special thermo-sensitive paper to be used. Another benefit is that thermal barcode label makers support a variety of label materials, and they can easily accept and encode data without slowing print speed.
The most important benefit of the thermal label maker, however, is that they can be synchronized with point of sale software. Once it is connected to a point of sale program, the printer can print other information of the products such as model number, price, and product names or short descriptions.
The initial budget needed to buy thermal barcode printers may be slightly higher than those of the other printers, but the benefits easily make up for it. Thermal barcode printers are good investments that are vital in the success of a business.