Zebra MC3300 Android Computer Scanner

Zebra MC3300 Android Scanner

Short, mid or long range scanning, the Zebra MC3300 does it all. The extended range SE4850 captures barcodes in hand and on your uppermost warehouse racks as close as 3 in./7.62 cm up to 70 ft./21.4 m away. With an industry-leading field of view, even very wide barcodes can be captured at close range so no matter what conditions the barcodes are in, the MC3300 captures it all, scratched, dirty, poorly printed or under shrinkwrap.

Zebra TC20 Android Touch Screen Scanner


The Zebra TC20 scanner handles it all, drop it, spill water on it, dusty backroom, in the rain, extreme heat or below freezing temperatures. Smartphone cameras aren’t built for barcode scanning, that’s why the Zebra TC20 scanner delivers the same scanning technology that most of the world’s retailers rely on every day. You get instant and effortless point-and-shoot capture of any electronic or printed barcode in any condition.

Zebra TC51 Android Touch Screen Scanner


You need a device that will last for years, built for all-day every day enterprise use, with all the features you need to enable your workers to achieve peak productivity and keep your data secure. Now you can have it all with the ZebraTC51 Touch Computer. No more compromising device design for enterprise functionality or functionality. Built for the new business world, you get an industrial design that looks and feels like the most popular pocketable consumer-style smartphones to meet worker expectations, along with the durability, enterprise-class features, power, security and manageability your business requires. With many unique Zebra-only features, you get a touch computer that is truly in a class of its own.

Zebra TC70 Android Touch Screen Scanner


With the Zebra TC70 Computer Scanner you can leverage the power of Android, while choosing the configuration that best fits your technology and business needs. Every Zebra TC70 Android ships with Mobility Extensions (Mx), a series of features that make Android a more robust enterprise-class operating system. Mx minimizes IT support time and maximizes worker productivity and device uptime by providing better control of your mobile devices, application access and Wi-Fi performance and security. Standard configuration Zebra TC70 Android devices come with Google Mobile Services (GMS) which provides integrated Google applications such as Gmail and Google Maps.

Microsoft Windows Embedded OS – End Of Life Notice

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Beginning in 2018 through 2020, Microsoft will phase out their support for various Windows Embedded Operating Systems. And since most rugged devices are currently running these systems today, it’s time to start planning the move to alternative Operating Systems and hardware.

Here are the scheduled dates announced by Microsoft for “End of Life”:

· April 10, 2018 – Windows Embedded CE 6.0 will be End of Life

· July 9, 2019 – Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld will be End of Life

· January 14, 2020 – Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 will be End of Life

If you are running Windows Embedded systems then it’s now time to start planning the move to other platforms as you begin to replace your older hardware. Depending on the number of handheld devices deployed in your organisation, you’ll want to get your upgrade strategy in place sooner rather than later to ensure there is a smooth and steady roll-out.  The final EOL deadline in 2020 isn’t that far away, and the closest is less than six months away so business’ will need to get their upgrade strategies in place fairly soon.

Which OS to Choose?

MS Windows will continue to offer it’s CE7 operating system providing a reasonably simple migration path for some however it is quite limited in its capability and your software development tools may need updating to work with it but just as importantly the number of Enterprise class handheld devices  currently available to choose from is rather limited also.

Should you make the switch to Android? 

As you begin to plan your upgrade strategy, a leading Operating System to consider is Android which is now a commonly used on millions of smartphones, and therefore makes the user experience that much easier with users already familiar with how it works. And thanks to the major Auto ID hardware manufacturers, there is now a big push to put current versions of Android onto rugged type devices designed for outdoors and warehouses. Android is also easier to develop with, which makes it a very common platform for lots of mobile software applications.

Let us help with your software migration.

Whether you opt for Windows or Android, with years of experience in mobile enterprise app and software development means our clients are confident in our ability to deliver a wide range of projects, from logistics, warehousing, retail, merchandising to field service and much more.

Get in touch with Barcodes For Business Ltd on 01494 810101 to get first hand help selecting the best hardware and software solutions to fully meet your business requirements

For customers wanting to consider Android OS for their next mobility project please refer to our dedicated Zebra for Android webpage

Zebra’s New Range of Label Printers


Printing. Tagging. Tracking. Locating.


Zebra’s extensive portfolio of product and solutions gives you smarter ways to track and manage your assets. Now with their latest models of barcode and RFID printer solutions, you can produce labels, receipts, documents or cards on-demand.

Today, customers around the world and across multiple industries use their wide range of printers to identify, track & know more about their stock, assets and personnel that flow through their operations and provide data to enable organisations make better decisions.



Industrial Range

The new ZT Industrial printers are ideal for a wide variety of high- to mid-volume industrial applications in manufacturing, transportation and logistics, government, retail and healthcare.

Desktop Range

Zebra’s new ZD range of desktop label printers are compact, very simple to operate, extremely reliable and are also some of the lowest cost label printing products currently available.

Zebra Card Printer

ID Card Printers

Card printers print secure ID badges, gift cards, financial cards and standard personnel badges and more. Personnel tracking is made easy with single-sided or double-sided plastic card printing.

Zebra Kiosk Printer

Kiosk Printers

Zebra kiosk systems enable on demand printing locations for personnel or customers. Self-service kiosks are ideal for increasing customer satisfaction with coupon, ticket & receipt printing.


RFID Printers

A global leader in UHF RFID print and encode technologies, Zebra delivers innovative printing & encoding solutions support wide ranging applications across a variety of markets.


Mobile Printers

Zebra mobile printers provide portable printing for all your barcode needs. Price labelling, warehouse management and retail are just a small sample of the applications they cover.

For more details of any of the Zebra printer ranges shown above please contact us or visit the relevant web pages on our website.

The new TC20 from Zebra

Get Big Business Technology for Your Small Business at a really Low Price!


For many years, Zebra has created innovative mobile devices that power the world’s largest businesses, driving efficiency, sales and profitability. Now, with the TC20, you can use that same innovation in your business. The TC20 mobile computer puts all the features you need to save time and money, increase sales and boost profitability just about anywhere.


TC20 Touch Screen


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The Right Looks. The Right Business Features. The Right Price.

Running a small business is hard work. Finding the tool to help you run it better is easy. The TC20 mobile computer, available in an all-touch or keyboard form factor, has the right looks, the right business features and the right price. The TC20 is built to survive where work gets done, with a snap-on PowerPack to keep business running, integrated barcode scanning, push-to-talk and a Zebra OneCare service plan designed for the TC20. Get the small business tool that gives you more. More time. More money. More sales. More productivity. The TC20 – the small business tool done right.


Built for Work: Drop it on the floor. Spill water on it. Use it in a dusty backroom, out in the rain, extreme heat or below freezing temperatures. The TC20 can handle it all.
All-Day Power – Always:Running low on power? No problem. No need to find a charger – just snap on the unique PowerPack and keep on working. 
A Real Scanner for Real-Time Savings: Smartphone cameras aren’t built for barcode scanning – that’s why the TC20 delivers the same scanning technology that most of the world’s retailers rely on every day.
Affordable Value: The TC20 is the lowest cost Enterprise Mobile Device with a professional barcode scanner on the market today.
    Power Pack
  Trigger Handle
   RFID Module
 Single Cradle
  5 Slot Cradle
   Hand Strap
  • Dimensions:
TC20 EDA: 5.27 in. L x 2.82 in. W x .63 in. D134 mm L x 73.1 mm W x 16 mm D
TC20 WITH KEYBOARD: 6.45 in. L x 2.82 in W x .63 in. D164 mm L x 73.1 mm W x 16 mm D
  • Weight:
    TC20 EDA = 6.88 oz./195 g
    TC20 WITH KEYBOARD = 7.58 oz./215 g
  • Operating System: Android Nougat 7.x
  • CPU: QCOM MSM8937® 64-bit 8-Core, ARM® Cortex A53 1.4GHz, 512KB L2 cache, power-optimisation
  • Tumble Spec: 300 tumbles, 1.6 ft./0.5 m
  • Drop Spec: Multiple 4 ft./1.2 m drop to tile over concrete per MIL-STD at room temperature

Individual prices will appear here shortly.

Product availability: From 15/11/17

2 Years of Coverage

Get two years of coverage for functional failures of internal components, with additional optional coverage offered for display and battery replacement.

24/7 Access

You’ll get anytime access to the Zebra Online Support Portal, with essential how-to videos and TC20 documentation.

Easy Repairs

Zebra’s online RMA portal makes it easy to ship your device for repairs with free ground shipping and five-day turnaround time in the repair depot.*

For more details please refer to the: ZebraTC20-onecare-sv-fact-sheet

The Zebra TC20 will be available to view from 20th November. To arrange a demonstration or sales call please contact us now.

Enterprise Android Solutions from Zebra


The workforce mobility revolution is here to stay. And its beating heart is AndroidTM.

The Android OS is now the most popular mobile operating system in both the consumer and enterprise sectors across the globe (in Europe’s top markets Android accounts for 76.5% of smartphones sold).

The ease of use of Android – not to mention people’s familiarity with it – mean it’s a logical choice when it comes to selecting a mobile operating system for your business. That said, there have been concerns that Android has some vulnerabilities that could expose enterprises to security issues. But no more. Zebra have enhanced the measures taken to strengthen Android to create a secure architecture that ensures Zebra’s devices are fully enterprise-ready. This gives you peace of mind – allowing you to give your teams the consumer-style, intuitive devices they want to take advantage of all Android’s productivity benefits – without worrying about security. With Zebra for Android you can:

Boost productivity – our devices demonstrably enhance your team’s productivity. Take the TC8000 touch mobile computer. It offers a new scanning workflow that complemented by Android’s ease of use helps warehouse workers gain an extra hour every day.

Choose the best device for your tasks – Zebra offers the ­biggest range of Android devices that are built for the job in hand. From life on the road, to life on the shop floor to life in the warehouse and from small, lightweight, pocketable handhelds to rugged devices built for harsh environments and heavy usage we’ve everything you need whether you work in manufacturing, warehousing, transport & logistics, retail or healthcare.

Benefit from maximum flexibility and customisation ­– Zebra Mobility DNA is a comprehensive suite of ready-to-go applications, utilities and tools that can be customised to meet your business needs. Together they can help you transform Android into a series of must-haves for workforce mobility that make it easier to roll out and manage your devices, protect the integrity of your apps, devices and data, improve communication between your teams and help your people do more in less time


Android is a mobility phenomenon.

Strictly speaking in fact, it’s THE mobility phenomenon. Android is familiar to billions of people across the globe.

Its devices, interface, apps, logo. Even the names of it sweet-toothed upgrades. Now widely used in Chromebooks, TVs, wearables, and even cars, as well as mobile devices.

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Astonishingly Android can now be found on four in every five consumer handhelds. Indeed, having gained and retained the lion’s share of the global smartphone market, Android is now officially the world’s most popular, dominant mobile operating system (OS).

And all in just eight short years. Extraordinary in its speed and scope, this rise has come about for all kinds of reasons.


  1. Because Zebra has the largest range of enterprise optimised Android devices in the business, purpose built to improve the productivity and mobility of your business.
  2. Exclusive to Zebra, built-in
    Mx Technology means Android security is uniquely hardened for use in even the most demanding enterprise environments.
  3. Zebra Mobility DNA: the industry’s most comprehensive suite of workforce mobility must-haves to enable full customisation to meet the needs of your business.
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We can provide a wide range of Mobile Device Apps for Android – Please contact us for more details or go to our Apps webpage for more details.

Specialist Barcode Scanning Solutions

Direct Parts Marking (DPM) and Electrostatic (ESD) barcode scanners for industrial applications.

MS842DPM Scanner

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DPM technology (Direct Part Marking)
Direct Part Marking is a process that allows users to mark a barcode directly on an item instead of printing the barcode on a label, such as plastic and metal. There are three main technologies available for DPM: laser etched marking, dot peening and ink jet printing, with the intent to create a permanent identifier for the item. The permanent nature of the marking, assures that the item can be identified throughout its full life-cycle during the supply chain, even while being exposed to harsh environmental conditions. When it comes to identifying DPM parts throughout the manufacturing process, tracking your valuable assets though their lifecycle or quality control – the Unitech MS842DPM really gets the job done! The MS842DPM is the ideal solution for the Manufacturing, automotive, aeronautical, medical care, electronic equipment and healthcare markets, where assets are critical.
Great reading capabilities and durability
The MS842DPM is designed to specifically address scan-intensive and DPM applications. The high-performance imager is capable of scanning very fine marks (as 3 mils code 39 and 4 mils for PDF147 codes). The MS842DPM is built to last with unrivaled performance and quality. Featuring an IP42 environmental sealing against moisture and dust and a high 1.8m drop specification, this scanner is constructed to handle harsh environments. The long-life trigger is designed to withstand over 10 million scans and offers continuous productivity over a long period of time.
Lightweight design
It’s ergonomically designed, and features a comfort grip and is light-weight (only 170 grams), making the MS842DPM easy to operate over longer periods. In addition, using the trigger mode, presentation mode and DPM modes (for optimised decoding performance), the MS348DPM scanner can be used in many practical ways to suit your scanning needs.
  • High performance engine & decoder (1280 x960 sensor and reads 1D, 2D and direct part marking (DPM) barcodes.
  • Direct Part Marking (DPM) – reads laser-etched, dot peen and laser-inked marking.
  • Durable and rugged design: 1.8m drop spec and IP42 housing protection.
  • Ergonomic and lightweight (170g) design for operator comfort.
  • Trigger and presentation mode for hands-free or handheld operation
  • Easy to use. High visibility illumination (2x white LED’s).
  • Supports reading various sized objects (60° skew/pitch angles)



MS840ESD Safe Scanner

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ESD Protection
The MS84x ESD (Electrostatic discharger) laser or imager barcode scanner is a high performance device designed to satisfy the stringent requirements of cleanrooms and static-safe manufacturing environments. Constructed with conductive materials the MS84x ESD eliminates the build up of dangerous static charge on the device, and drains the charge onto another object with which it comes in contact. It is designed to help streamline your workflow in electronic manufacturing environments.

Ergonomic, Durable Design
The rugged MS84x ESD not only offers superior extended range performance and versatility for scan-intensive industrial applications, but also it can withstand multiple 1.8-meter drops to concrete. As one of the strongest scanners in its class, the MS84x ESD has an IP42 rating, safeguarding it from moisture and dust, and is capable of operating in diverse applications including retail, industrial and commercial services.

Easy to Use
The MS84x ESD supports USB or wireless connectivity. With auto-adapting capabilities, MS84x ESD is easy to install and operate with a simple connection to the host device being all that’s required. Moreover, the user-friendly cable replacement feature minimizes any downtime and reduces the total cost of ownership.

MS84x ESD is available in 1D laser or 2D imager (wired or wireless)

• ESD Coated Housing
• High-performance laser engineered decoder
• Supports 1D or 2D barcodes; including GS1 Data barcode
• Ergonomic design for maximum user comfort
• Multiple scanning modes
• Louder beeper for noisy environment operation
• 1.8-Meter / 6-Foot drop test
• Low price point – 1D Scanner USB option



Zebra’s all new ZT600 Series and ZT510 Industrial Printers

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Zebra’s next generation of printers have 3 things in common: They’re extremely tough; Reassuringly rugged; And can outwit even the harshest of conditions for 24/7 operation.

It’s the next step in printing innovation – robust technology that keeps pace with today’s changing business demands.

The line-up includes:

ZT610 & ZT620: With total operational visibility and control across the supply chain, the ZT600 Series printer delivers unrivalled quality and speed across high volume, mission critical applications, evolving the legacy of the industry leader Xi4 Series. RFID ready and including a new user-friendly design, it easily integrates thanks to Link-OS.

The ZT600 series also offers Operational & Asset Visibility Services (OVS) for advanced diagnostics and troubleshooting, while all Zebra customers can access Zebra Certified Supplies, its own line of outstanding, high-quality thermal printing supplies.


ZT510: A direct replacement for the 105SL, the ZT510 delivers exceptional value, providing the core features needed in a high performance printer, including Link-OS for anywhere-anytime management and maintenance.

All Zebra Link-OS printers come with the option to run the Printer Profile Manager Enterprise™ (PPME) application. This gives total control over printer features, enabling remote management wherever they’re located.






For printing that’s as smart and connected as the world we live in, find out more by contacting us.

2018 EU Falsified Medicines Directive

Is your business prepared for the 2018 EU Falsified Medicines Directive?

To combat the global threat of counterfeit medicines, authorities around the world are tightening up the supply chain with new regulations designed to try and stamp out these illicit goods. The solution involves using 2D barcode labels and intelligent software to keep track of all items moving through the pharmaceutical industry.


In simple terms it means that every pack of medicine or pharmaceutical product will require a unique identifier applied at the point of manufacture which can be tracked through the whole supply chain. The unique identifier will need to contain the product code, batch number and expiry date as well as its serial number to uniquely identify the pack. This data will also need to be contained in a 2D barcode which can be scanned and tracked throughout the supply chain.

So if you are a pharmaceutical manufacturer, distributor or pharmacy there will be a requirement to record, capture and share this information.

What are the implications for my business?

  • Label designs need to be updated to comply with the new regulations therefore any manufacturers of pharmaceutical will need to ensure that their labelling software is capable of printing 2D barcodes onto labels. We have several low cost design & print packages available on our Label Software pages.
  • The 2D codes can only be scanned by a 2D Imager scanner therefore distributors, resellers and vendors need to ensure their barcode scanning equipment is up to date. We have numerous compatible hand held mobile devices and plug in style barcode scanners available from our hardware pages.

If you need any help or advice on this matter then please feel free to contact our experienced sales team who will help choose the right upgrade solutions for you.

Deadline: July 2018

For more detailed and comprehensive information about this directive please refer to the relevant European Commission webpage:

New from Unitech : Industrial Scanning Solutions


Unitech have developed an excellent reputation over the years for producing reliable & innovative hardware solutions that meet a wide variety of customer needs and now their new range of industrial barcode scanning products for 2017 certainly re-endorse this fact.

The following 3 hardware devices are all supplied in kit form so that you have everything you need to capture data all in one convenient package:

HT510 All in one Solution

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The brand new HT510 device is a rugged and versatile handheld computer that’s ideally suited for retail, depot environments, logistics and warehouse applications as well as production monitoring and asset tracking.

Available in 1D laser or 2D imager versions, the HT510 performs with versatility and functionality, while maintaining industrial ruggedness. It provides end users with a complete working solution out of the box, and all at a great low price.

HT510 Features:

• All-in-one box; HT510 comes with USB-cradle (cradle includes spare battery charging slot ) and power supply.

• Available with 1D laser or 2D imager

• Convenient one piece battery design with integrated cover

• Microsoft Windows CE 6.0 and industrial grade 1.0GHz processor

• Large 32 Keys (numbers/alphabetic), directional buttons, multiple scan buttons and programmable keys.

• Rechargeable and swappable 4500mAh battery.

• 3.5” large resistive touch screen

• IP64 rated and 1.5m drop specification.

Data Sheet:  Unitech HT510

Single slot USB cradle
Power adapter
Micro USB (for data)
3.8V@4500 mAH Lithium-ION battery pack (with integrated cover)
4-Slot battery charging unit

MS926 Bluetooth Scanner

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The Unitech MS926 scanner provides end users with a simple low cost solution for numerous applications such as price checking in stores. The MS926 has a 2D laser scanner, a 1″ OLED display for displaying clear information on it’s screen and is also Bluetooth enabled to allow any scanned data to be transmitted back to a host application in ‘live’ mode.

The MS926 connects easily to virtually any laptop, tablet or smart phone (Windows, Android or Apple iOS by HID and SPP connection) and features a flash memory storage capacity of 2MB, making data loss extremely unlikely, even when it is out of range of a wireless signal.

• High-performance 2D engine to read all standard 1D, 2D and PDF417 barcodes.
• User-friendly design with a pocket-sized enclosure.
• Design for reading barcodes displayed on mobile device/smartphone/ screens
• Bright and easy-to-read 1-inch OLED display
• Compatible with Windows, Android, and iOS mobile devices by HID and SPP connection.
• Smart Data Mapping Technology: Date / Time stamp for tracking scanning schedule.
• Lookup table function and data view/edit/delete function for data mapping.
• Supports NFC-BT pairing function for today’s smart devices.

• Low price point


Data sheet: Unitech MS926

  • 1 Slot cradle/charger
  • 5 slot cradle/charger
  • Wrist Strap


  • Price checking
  • Inventory checking
  • Field Service
  • Meter Reading

EA600 Android Solution

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The Unitech EA600 (Android) is a rugged 5” mobile enterprise computer combining strong features with powerful data collection. The EA600 provides convenient connectivity, reading capabilities and enhances the service level for a variety of vertical applications within the retail, transport, logistics and field service sectors.

Competitive all-in-one package.

The EA600 (2D/3G/Dual-band WiFi) comes standard with cradle (cradle includes a battery charging slot) and power supply!.

EA600 Features:

• All-in-one box; EA600 comes with USB cradle and power supply.
• All-in-one function: 2D Imager, HF/NFC and 8MP Camera.
• Industrial grade: 1.2GHz Quad-Core processor with Android 5.1 OS
• Suitable for any mobile worker: 3G, Dual-Band 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFI, GPS and Bluetooth 4.0 HS slow energy.
• Enhanced security by preventing 3rd party data collection (without GMS).;
• Rechargeable and swappable 4000mAh battery.
• 5” HD display. Ultra sensitive capacitive touch screen (compatible with gloves and supports wet resistance).
• Rugged: Gorilla Glass 3, IP65 rated and 1.5m drop specification.
• Dual Scanning Buttons (left and right side) and programmable key.
• Low price point

Data Sheet:  Unitech EA600

  • 1-slot USB cradle with spare battery charging compartment – 5000-600001G

UHF Tag Readers

Deploying RFID solutions is now more cost effective than ever using the very latest range of low cost UHF readers that have been developed to satisfy industrial RFID requirements for many types of applications including:

  • Warehouse Management (Inventory, Shipping/Receiving)
  • Manufacturing (Stock Takes, Job Tracking)
  • Healthcare (Tracking and tracing of medicines and blood/specimens)
  • Retail In-Store (Real-time inventory, RFID Check-out and Security)

Unitech RP901 Pocket Bluetooth UHF Reader


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 A portable, highly capable, UHF RFID reader, the RP901 delivers the ability to read major RFID tags including EPC Class 1 Gen 2 and ISO18000-6C) standards. It not only supports single and multiple reader modes, but also it is integrated with compact and high performance antenna design, allowing mobile worker to get superior read speed UHF signal conversion. The device is capable of over 6000 scans on a single battery charge and users are able to read RFID tags up to 1M. Measuring only 109mm long, 51 mm wide and 28 mm thick at weight of less than 105g, RP901 is small in size and it offers an user-friendly solution for streamlining productivity at customer-facing operations such as point of sale in retail stores, asset tracking in inventory management, as well as multiple applications in healthcare and medical business.

Simple to Use

With a single-button design, the RP901 allows the reading and transmission of RFID tag data to mobile devices. This device is extremely simple to use and it is small enough to carry around all day. Powered by rechargeable Lithium battery, it allows users to charge the built-in battery by utilizing a stand micro USB port. On top of that, built in Multi-color status LEDs, it shows the feedback on communication status, battery level and RFID collection status. Beyond its versatility, the RP901 offers batch mode and it allows users to store EPC codes with the memory of 2MB ensuring no data is lost while it is out of range of the wireless signal, also upload the data to the back-end system with a simple setting, allowing users to complete their tasks without interruption



  • User-friendly operation with a pocket-sized enclosure
  • Support multi-protocol ISO 18000-6C, EPC Class 1 Gen2
  • Available in multiple frequency bands (EU 868 MHz, US 915 MHz)
  • BT wireless easily pairs with iOS, Android and Windows Mobile devices
  • Enterprise durability: 1.2m drop protection and IP42 sealing for ingress protection
  • High capacity rechargeable Lithium battery
  • Capable of over 6000 scans on a single battery charge 


  • Frequency    915 MHz (US)/ 868 MHz (EU)
  • Standard      EPC Gen2/ ISO 18000-6C
  • Read Range  Up to 100CM (3.3ft.)
  • Housing       PC + ABS
  • Weight   103.5g (w/ battery)
  • Battery Life 6000 scans
  • Radio     Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Class2)
  • Charge Time  4 hours (fully charged)
  • Radio Coverage  10M/33ft. (line of sight)
  • Operating Temp -10 to 50°C (14°F to 122°F)
Datalogic DLR-BT001 UHF

DLR-BT001 Pocket Bluetooth UHF Reader


The RFID pocket reader with Bluetooth® wireless technology has UHF RFID technology allowing information to be read and written on devices, name tags or transponders placed on objects for their identification. Read/write operations can occur without a line-of-sight, at longer distances and faster speeds compared to other passive technologies. This creates a less expensive, more efficient and automated process.

The HID version supports native keyboard emulation allowing the reader to interact directly with legacy applications, office automation software or any other generic solutions requiring manual input.


  • EPC Global Class 1 Gen 2 and ISO 18000-6C compliant
  • USB and Bluetooth wireless communications
  • Battery powered
  • LCD display
  • iPhone/iPad compatibility



  • UHF add-on to Bluetooth wireless communication devices
  • Access Control
  • Inventory Management
  • Service and Maintenance


The RFID pocket reader can operate in Batch Mode, allowing the reader to store EPC bar codes into the internal memory when the reader is out of radio range. When paired with a smartphone or tablet, this RFID pocket reader is a cost effective alternative to more expensive handheld devices.

Datalogic DLR-DK001 UHF

DLR-DK001 Desktop UHF Reader


The DLR-DK001 RFID UHF desktop reader is a multi-regional UHF RFID reader with an integrated antenna for short to medium range applications.  The reader is powered and controlled directly by a USB cable and reads EPC Global Class1 Gen2 UHF RFID tags.

Its low profile (1.5 cm / 0.6 in) and compact size (approximately an A4 page) make the DLR-DK001 reader the perfect choice for various applications such as Point of Sale, Document Tracking, Tag Programming Stations and Access Control. The module can also be used as a building block for smart shelves and smart displays.


  • EPC Class 1 Gen 2 and ISO18000-6C compliant
  • Multi-Regional Support
  • USB power and communication
  • Integrated circular polarized antenna
  • Low profile



  • Point-of-Sales
  • Documents tracking
  • Access control
  • Tag programming stations
  • Inventory management


The DLR-DK001 reader is compliant with both European and U.S. regulatory environments, allowing global enterprises to specify the device regardless of the location of the installation.

The all new Zebra ZD Series Label Printers

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The new ZD series printers from Zebra are quite simply the easiest thermal transfer printers to load & change media. The simplicity of the ZD420’s ribbon cartridge takes the time and trouble out of replacing printer ribbons. Regardless of experience level, end users can replace ribbons or labels and get back to work in seconds — with significantly fewer support calls to IT.

With prices starting from just £225.00 + VAT it’s just another compelling reason why the new ZD series should be your first & only option when buying your next compact label printer.

Groundbreaking ease of use

The ZD420 thermal printers are loaded with features for easy use. They are the only thermal printers to offer a ribbon cartridge for fool-proof and split-second installation. The ZD420 also lets you know when the ribbon needs replacing. And, five intuitive status icons make it easy for your workers to see, at a glance, what is needed to keep your printer up, running and available.

Add new options easily while on site

If you need new communication or media handling options in the future, no problem. Add serial or ethernet connectivity, plus a peeler or a cutter, right on site — without taking the ZD420 thermal printers out of service. The result? Maximum functionality, uptime, value and return on investment.

Virtually Every Modern Connectivity Option

Support for all of today’s modern connectivity options makes the ZD420 an easy fit into your technology environment now, and in the future. The ZD420 thermal printers come standard with USB, auto-sensing serial or 10/100 Ethernet. The very latest wireless connectivity is optional: Wi-Fi certified 802.11ac WLAN and Bluetooth 4.1. And you can support wired and wireless users simultaneously.

ZD410 Technical Specifications

Print Width: 2.2″ / 56mm

Print Resolution: 203 dpi & 300 dpi

Print Speed: 6″/152 mm per second (203 dpi) & 4″/102 mm per second (300 dpi)

Communications: USB v2.0, Serial, Parallel, Bluetooth low energy, 10/100 Ethernet (optional), Wireless 802.11ac (optional)

ZD420 Technical Specifications

Print Width: 4.09″ / 110mm

Print Resolution: 203 dpi & 300 dpi

Print Speed: 6″/152 mm per second (203 dpi) & 4″/102 mm per second (300 dpi)

Communications: USB v2.0, Serial, Parallel, Bluetooth low energy, 10/100 Ethernet (optional), Wireless 802.11ac (optional)

Production Monitoring & Tracking: The Rugged Facts

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Heavy industry has traditionally been an area where technology has been forced to constantly improve in order to meet the needs of a demanding work place as it requires every element operating within it to be robust. Data capture systems are no different and thankfully several mobile computer and barcode scanner manufacturers have taken on the challenge to now provide customers with a wide range of hardware that can operate in virtually all work places.

Whether you operate an automated production facility or simply cut and process raw materials, the need to monitor and track production levels is a vital part of maintaining an efficient production plant. Data can be captured at any stage of the production process and this can be done either automatically on a line, or manually for products or sites that cannot be automated.

Whilst data is of course captured automatically on a production line, the manual data capture process can also be a very fast and efficient process. Naturally it’s much more accurate than using a paper based system and there’s also a huge time saving element to consider as the recorded data is sent directly to the place it needs to be without the need for replicating the data entry process once again via a PC keyboard.

Hardware: Clients can now choose from a wide range of rugged tablets, mobile computers or fixed position terminals to capture production data all of which are built to withstand multiple drops to concrete and can be operated outdoors in wet, cold conditions or indoors within extremely warm or sub zero temperatures. More recently, the advancement of the ultra low cost Microsoft Raspberry Pi 3 computer and it’s ever extending range of compatible industrial cases has now also made this a viable option for shop floor data capture at a budget price. The RPi3 are sufficiently low cost that a standard terminal with an industrial steel case costs less than £50.00 + VAT with accessories available for just a few extra pounds.

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 Typical rugged handheld device.
 Industrial tablet device (TT8).
RPi 3 with Aluminium Protective Case

Software: Software applications need to be designed around the work processes being conducted on a day to day basis and these can either be supplied to order or can be created and deployed internally using a simple self build solution that works on either a Windows Mobile/Ce or Android operating system. The RPi device is a customisable solution but a modest, fully functioning data capture solution can be created for this device for just a few hundred pounds subject to an agreed specification.

Identification: Choose from a range of identification methods such as direct part marking (DPM) barcodes: robust labels or tags; re-usable steel labels on Containers or Totes; or disposable labels for extreme production processes. RFID technology can also be used if required using either NFC tags or UHF labels.

If you feel your organisation would benefit from the introduction of a simple production tracking system then, regardless of the type of work environment, please get in touch with us and let us meet the challenge to show you just how it easily it can be achieved.

Stock and inventory control systems can transform your business

If your business is growing then you almost certainly need a good system for tracking your stock and inventory rather than simply counting things by hand. Investing in a stock and inventory control management system could potentially transform your business. Here are a few reasons why.

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Having a stock and inventory control management system in place can keep you up to date on stock levels at all times. It’s particularly handy if you’re shifting a lot of units, when it is much harder to count everything by hand. Having something in place to do the counting for you, lets you keep track of what’s in stock and what needs to be re-ordered before you run out, without having to do a lengthy check.



Human error is to be expected when people are in charge of counting stock manually. However, such mistakes can potentially be very costly to business. This problem is made worse when a lot of products are being sold or delivered, making it very difficult for staff members to complete an accurate stock take.

You can eliminate this issue by having a designated system do stock takes for you, ensuring you have up to date inventory reports all the time.


Underlying the last two points is that a stock and inventory control management system can considerably speed up the process of counting your stock. There’s no need to go through all your products and count each one you have in. There’s no need to recount when you sell a number of items.

Your stock and inventory control management system keeps you up to date with how much of each item you have in stock, which will save you loads of man hours that would otherwise have been spent doing a stock-take.

Barcodes for Business offers a stock and inventory manager for Windows Mobile/CE devices to help you make your inventory management faster, more accurate and more efficient. It’s a fully portable system that you can use in or outdoors and is compatible with most Windows or Android devices. If you’re thinking of investing in a stock and inventory management system, please contact our team.


Efficiency with package tracking

Tracking deliveries can be a costly and time resource heavy task for any business. The simple process of tracking where a package is even on site can be a headache if you need to get it somewhere on time. Tracking software brings all kinds of benefits to a business, here are just a few that will help transform the way you work.

Real time information

Delivery tracking software generates real time information including GPS tracking so you can at a glance how far your item has gone on its journey. Delivery software can get proof of delivery with a signature so you know the package has successfully reached its recipient. It will create a system of accountability, where did the package go missing? If you have a network router with port forwarding enabled, you can also save this data via GPRS and analyse for productivity. You can then begin to look at strengthening the weak links of your business for future deliveries.

Create a more efficient service

If you are a retailer, delivery tracking makes complete sense but what if you are not? All industries can benefit from a tracking service from pharmaceuticals straight through to agricultural. Barcode verification of deliveries will ensure that data collected is accurate and greatly reduces human error. Our delivery tracking systems can be used on mobile devices on Windows or Android, on a PC using Access or Microsoft databases so it will be intuitive to your team.

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Lower overall cost

How much does it cost you to track a missing package? Once you consider man-hours, resources spent and insurance, you are probably spending more time locating lost items than you think. The initial cost of tracking software may seem scary, but the reality is that it doesn’t have to be expensive. Whatever the cost involved you can expect to make a huge overall saving by switching from a manual system. Evidence of accountability in your systems may also bring down your business insurance premium.

Barcodes for Business offers delivery tracking systems that can be made to measure and can in some cases work with your existing mobile hardware to help keep costs down. They can even work in conjunction with existing mobile sales software to help further improve your customer service. If you need some help or advice on your delivery software, please get in touch with our team.

Automated Label Printing Systems

Easily automate and control label printing from existing systems and commonly used PC applications

An Automation system is the simplest & fastest way to ensure accurate and consistent label printing without any expensive custom development required.

Simply connect label printers to your existing software applications or use hardware devices such as barcode scanners, motion sensors or weigh scales.

Send data through one of the many available connectivity methods to the Automation Software and it will extract relevant label data, merge with a pre-designed label template, and send print jobs to your selected hardware.


Easily print bar code labels from your existing software applications

Business systems typically have little or no support for label printers. They require you to hard-code labels in a printer command language or use a font to represent a barcode. These approaches are complicated, limited in functionality and expensive to maintain, especially when printer models become obsolete. Automation software offers an easier way to:

  • Design label templates with a professional drag-and-drop graphical label designer.
  • Set up a simple configuration file within the Automation Builder software.
  • Use existing software applications, databases or spreadsheets to automatically trigger print commands either when a specific action is performed; an existing data table is edited; or when new records are added.
  • Run an Automated printing system requiring little or no maintenance that works with virtually any type of label printer.

Print automatically from weight scales, PLCs and barcode scanners

Connect label printers to production hardware with NiceLabel Automation Software. Hardware devices can send data through RS232 or TCP/IP protocols, removing the need for manual data entry. Use a workflow event such as scanning a barcode or weighing a box to automatically initiate label printing.

Use Automation Software with:

  • Barcode scanners
  • RFID Readers
  • Weight scales
  • Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs)

Eliminate human error and increase customer satisfaction

When users enter incorrect data or select a wrong label template, your business is at risk of compliance fines, incorrect inventory data, wrongly shipped product and unhappy customers. Use Automation Software to print from existing applications and:

  • Remove the need for manual data-entry and standalone applications.
  • Use the data that already exists in your business applications without the need to export or merge files.
  • Eliminate any additional learning curves as users don’t interact with the printing software.


Data Sheet


Deploy rapidly without customizing existing applications

Initiate printing with a label data file drop, new database record, TCP/IP request, or RS232 transmission. NiceLabel Automation Software includes a powerful data extraction tool for easy mapping of your data so you don’t need to modify your existing application.

Automation Software includes:

  • File, database, TCP/IP and RS232 triggers.
  • A CSV wizard for quick and easy mapping of standard CSV text files.
  • An easy-to-use graphical mapper that lets you use any legacy data format.

For more information on NiceLabel Automation Software please contact us.

The benefits of event tracking software

Hosting a large-scale event can be tricky. You need to keep an eye on how many people come in and whether only those invited are in attendance, among other things.

Trying to do this manually is a tedious process; it’s easy to make mistakes and can delay the event if you’re keeping track of a lot of attendees. Using event tracking software ensures that these jobs are done efficiently and effectively.

Event tracking software comes in the form of mobile applications, which work by scanning attendees’ ID cards as they enter an event. It is quick and easy to customise according to your needs. The software automatically time and date stamps transactions; a useful tool if you are hosting a number of events close together. Once data is collected, it can be uploaded and sent via a LAN or WAN relatively quickly.

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Saves time

Obviously, using event tracking software is a serious time saver and an easy way to ensure all information regarding an event is accurate. With any good visitor registration and tracking system you should only need to touch a screen button or scan a barcode to record or access an attendee’s details on your database, eliminating any panic searching through spreadsheets or paper documents. Staff are able to spend less time on event tracking themselves allowing a more constructive use of their time elsewhere .

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Reduces risk

Event risk management is also an important consideration in using tracking software. Using the Check In/Check Out version means you can keep track of exactly who is at the event at any one time. Therefore, for example, if there is an emergency requiring an evacuation then you can perform either a detailed check or simple head count to ensure all delegates are out of the building. Investing in good tracking software could also bring down the overall cost of your insurance premiums too.

Future planning

After the event, the data you collect on attendees can be useful for planning future events. You can work out what type of person your event appeals to, which will help you decide on the kind of events to host in the future. From a marketing perspective, you can also use the software to gather contact details for attendees, with their permission, so that you can inform them about future events.With a 3G/4G connection you can save your attendee list across multiple mobile devices, ensuring your marketing team have a full up to date list at all times.

Thinking about the logistics of tracking attendees at your events? Our team has a wealth of knowledge and they would be happy to advise you. Get in touch now to speak with one of our experts.

How to choose the correct mobile computer for your healthcare business

Mobile computers are fantastic for speeding up processes in a healthcare business. However, with the range of options out there, you need to think carefully when selecting which devices to buy; so we have come up with some tips to help you.


Firstly, consider what functions your mobile computer needs to have. That could be data collection, administering medicine, or specimen collection, for example. Some devices have wireless connectivity so that you can quickly access information stored elsewhere, such as patient records. This can considerably speed up care and duties.

The Motorola MC55A0-HC can use applications via its wireless function. It could allow healthcare specialists to quickly access patient records, administer the right dosage of medication, monitor their vital signs and view their test results. Devices like the Honeywell Dolphin 7800hc and the Dolphin 9700 Enterprise Digital Assistant have computing and data collection capabilities that are appropriate for point-of-care applications.

Aside from using them at the point-of-care, consider other useful functions that mobile computers could have. For example, those in charge of ordering supplies can also benefit from these devices; the Honeywell Dolphin 9700 Enterprise Digital Assistant can support applications such as parcel delivery and the MC554A0-HC can also be used to place orders at labs and pharmacies.

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Think about how practical the device is in the workplace; if it comes into contact with a patient with a contagious condition, how easy is it to disinfect the device? Or how resilient is it to bumps and being dropped on the floor? This can easily happen in a busy practise. Devices such as the Motorola MC55A0-HC and the Honeywell Dolphin 7800hc are designed to handle such impacts and to be disinfected with harsh chemicals if required.


Before making any final purchase, find out if the hardware is compatible with the software your healthcare business uses. Otherwise you’ll either have to buy new software or return the devices.

If you want to find out more about mobile computer hardware available for healthcare, contact our team for an expert opinion on the devices that could benefit your business.

Printing Labels – The Hidden Costs


Many small and medium sized (& some large) companies maintain their business’s using Microsoft Excel to manage a lot of their financial and product information.

In terms of product information it is common for a business to use Excel as a form of product database.  However printing on-demand barcode labels for product identification, warehouse or shipping labels from within Excel is not possible without a label design and print software solution with a database link to the Excel file.

It is strange that so many businesses have chosen to use free of charge sample label design programs, or low cost programs without any support for printing from Excel.  This means that these businesses have had to create an individual label for each product, and open and print the label for each product when required.

The problem for Existing Products/Customers

Although the information already exists in the spreadsheets, the result is that when the label design needs to be changed or updated, EVERY label needs to be opened and amended.

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The problem for New Products/Customers

Although the information will be entered on the Excel worksheet, the result is that someone will need to find the time to create a new label for EVERY new product.

How many labels do you have and how much would it cost you to amend them?

It is not uncommon for a company to have hundreds, sometimes thousands of products and therefore labels that need to be amended from time to time (compliance changes, customer change requests etc), resulting in significant labour costs to amend the many individual product label files.

Example: If you had 200 products (i.e 200 labels) and it took around 10 mins to amend,test & save each label, it would take over 32 hours. Even at an average cost of £12.50 per hour, the total cost to you would be £400.00, and that’s EVERY time you need to make a design change.

Yet the answer is very simple and very cost effective.

From just £195.00 you can use a label design program that offers a very easy to use label design solution that supports printing labels from Excel.  Instead of creating hundreds of product label files, you simply create 1 label template that uses variable data from the Excel file.

This means you only have 1 or 2, or at worst a few label templates to manage for all your products and all of your customers.

Ask yourself, can you really manage and amend hundreds of product labels for less than £195, or should you be using a simple solution that takes minutes to amend and can literally saves you £000’s?


Try it for Free

Click here to download your free 30 day trial software solution that will significantly improve your labelling application and save you £000’s in future label changes.

Four innovative uses for Barcodes

Barcodes have been in commercial use for over 30 years and during that time, people have always been attempting to find new and ingenious ways of putting them to good use. We have looked at some of the most innovative ways businesses have used barcodes to either reach more customers or to just entertain them.


QR codes have somewhat struggled to be adopted by retailers across Europe and in the US, but across Asia they are very popular and can be found everywhere. Tescos decided to encourage time-strapped Korean to shop with them through their virtual shop found in subways and metro stations. The Tesco shops were nothing more than grocery images with QR codes attached those customers could scan and have delivered to their home while on the commute. We are not sure if this business model could work anywhere else in the world but it a clever way to engage with shoppers using 2D barcodes.

Tesco Virtual Store

Consumer Apps

Barcode scanning apps are nothing new but how consumers are using them is something  entirely new . The money conscious shopper can scan a barcode to find the best online price for a product but now apps have been created for consumers to track their food intake, monthly budgets and even catalogue their CD collections. Barcodes use to be purely for business use, now consumers can use them to completely organise their lives.



Even games are making use of the common, unassuming barcode! Games such as Codemon get players to scan barcodes of house hold items to find creatures or spells they can battle with friends. In app purchases allow the player to upgrade their creatures and buy weapons for battle. Having tested out a few of these games, they are rather addictive and get you emptying your kitchen shelves in a bid to find more creatures to add to your collection.


Registration at large scale events can be a nightmare involving thousands of people, especially if you are depending on a traditional paper based system. Cross-referencing names with contact details and then finding the right name tag or information pack just adds to the stress of it all for events teams. This is why barcoded badges or wristbands are a fantastic innovation. A quick scan of a barcode allows for instant entry and exit of events while also keeping attendees contacts information on a digital record, for follow up contact.

If you have an innovative ideas to boost your business, contact our team to find out how barcoding and scanning technology could help you.


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GHS Labeling

What is GHS?

The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals or GHS is an internationally agreed-upon system, created by the United Nations.

GHS requires manufacturers, importers, downstream users and distributors of chemical substances and mixtures to adopt the standard by 1st June 2015.

GHS is set to unify communication of hazardous products and replace existing country specific regulations.


The GHS label template

The standardized elements included in the GHS label are

  1. Product identifier*
  2. Signal word*
  3. GHS pictograms*
  4. Hazard statements*
  5. Precautionary statements*
  6. Supplier information*
  7. Additional customer requirements

* Mandatory elements of the GHS labelling regulation

NiceLabel software includes a graphical label designer that allows business users to easily design GHS compliant label templates. The software also has an extensive GHS pictogram library, and access to 30,000 phrases, 150,000 substances in 47 languages already compiled to enable you to easily comply with all legislative requirements within one simple to use package. For more details go to our NiceLabel webpage.

GHS pictograms

Hazard pictograms are one of the key elements for the labelling of containers. Two sets of pictograms are included within the GHS:

  • One for the labeling of containers and for workplace hazard warnings.
  • Second one for use during the transport of dangerous goods.

Either one or the other is chosen, depending on the target audience, but the two are not used together.

The regulations specify different minimum label and minimum pictogram sizes depending on the capacity of the container.


Secondary container GHS labeling for the workplace

NiceLabel has developed a free and simple Cloud solution that allows anybody to print GHS compliant labels from their browser. This free solution is particularly suitable for smaller suppliers or laboratories that require the use of secondary containers such as bottles, flasks, cans or beakers, which is often the case at hospitals, universities and in many other businesses.

Epson TM-C3500 Full colour label printer

Dramatically reduce your GHS label costs and increase the efficiency of your label printing operation by using a label printing machine capable of producing full colour images and logos. The Epson TM-C3500 enables you to print out all types of tags, tickets & GHS compliant labels in house.

For more details please go to our Epson TM-C3500 webpage.

EU Food Allergen & Nutrition Labeling Regulation

Major Changes on Food Labeling Regulation

The European Food Information To Consumers Regulation that came into effect in 2011 is becoming mandatory by December 2016. It represents the first major revision of Europe’s food labeling rules in 30 years and requires food businesses to redesign the format and content of their food labels. The regulation required businesses to change labeling of allergen ingredients in 2014. In 2016 it is mandatory to provide nutrition facts information.

NiceLabel have studied the regulation thoroughly to prepare simplified guides about the key changes coming your way and they have updated their label printing solutions to help you become compliant with the regulation as quickly as possible.

Download our handy e-book guide, ready made solution or free copy of their label software below:


A Brief Guide To The EU Nutrition Labels

The FIC Regulation is bringing some major changes to the food labels in December 2016 and food businesses need to adapt their nutrition facts tables to comply with it.

The NiceLabel 2017 ebook provides you with a simplified guide where you will find:

  • What the regulation is and what it aims,
  • What the key changes are,
  • 4 steps you need to take to smoothly manage the transition,
  • And how you can turn this change into an opportunity for your business.

Did you know that an average shopper takes 13 seconds before making a decision regarding a product? How about the fact that an increasing number of people pay attention to the nutrition facts labels and are becoming better aware of their dietary habits and food choices by the day?  Put simply - Labels now play a very important role in helping to sell your goods!

Download your FREE copy of the e-book help guide:


Download the EU food labeling solution

NiceLabel have created a complete solution for managing your labels in compliance with the EU regulation. This solution includes:

  • A predesigned label template that you can easily modify to suit your needs
  • A predesigned label printing form so production staff can quickly print accurate labels
  • A database you can use to manage your product and nutrition data
  • An easy-to-use form that allows your authorized staff manage the data

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Labels & Ink Ribbons: A helpful Guide

With so many different label printers and print media products available on the market it can be something of a minefield buying the correct compatible products. Here’s our concise guide to buying the right type of consumables for your direct thermal or thermal transfer label printer.

Label Roll Size

Most label rolls are supplied on either a 4″ (100 mm), 5″ (125 mm) or 8″ (200 mm) outside diameter roll.


Modern desktop label printers such as the Zebra GC, GK & GX series, Honeywell PC42 & PC43 range and Tec B-EV4, to name but a few, all have the capacity to take upto 5″ outside diameter label rolls.  The less common 4″ diameter rolls (originally designed for older smaller printers) are also compatible with these models.

Industrial label printers such as the Zebra ZT200 & ZT400 range, Intermec PM4 series and Tec B series all have the capacity to take upto 8″ rolls but please note that you shouldn’t assume smaller rolls will fit into larger printers as invariably the smaller label rolls designed for desktop devices will have a smaller diameter core size that won’t fit these printers making them unusable.

Ink Ribbons For Label Printers

Ink ribbons come in two general core sizes (0.5″ for desktop printers and 1″ for larger industrial printers) and they have the ink coated on either the inside or outside of the roll to suit each type of manufacturer. The likes of Datamax require ink on the inside of the roll whereas Zebra, Sato & Honeywell all require outside ink rolls.

Ribbon lengths are relative to the physical size of the printer with the smaller desktop varietes taking a ribbon length of up to a maximum of 74 metres in the case of all modern Zebra printers and 91 metres for several other manufacturers units. Larger industrial printers can accommodate the 300, 360, 450 and in some cases 600 metre length ribbons which are designed to save time by virtue of the fact they don’t require changing quite as often.

Ribbon Grades

Getting the right label material and ink ribbon combination can be a work of art however there are some general guidelines you can follow to ensure you get an acceptable print quality from your label printer.

Wax ink ribbons generally work only on paper based label materials. The higher the gloss finish of the paper the more unlikely a wax ribbon will work and you should consider a higher grade ink for anything other than matt paper.

A Wax Resin ribbon is a higher grade ink which will give a more permanent print onto paper particularly higher grade or coated types and it will also work quite effectively on some types of synthetic materials too.

Resin ink ribbons are designed to work on synthetic materials such as Polyethylene, Polypropylene, Vinyl etc and these can also come in several grades to work on a variety of different materials such as fabric etc.

But please remember there’s one simple rule to getting it all right: If in doubt – always test the materials on your printer first. Barcodes For Business Ltd can help with this and we offer a range of free label & ribbon samples for you to trial. Please contact us for details.

Need more help?

Download our comprehensive Zebra Supplies media guide or go to our labels and ink ribbons page.

Need help selecting the right label printing system for your business? We have a useful guide here.


Choosing the correct label printing software.


Whether you spell it barcode, bar code, or bar-code, the right software for you likely depends as much on how you want to print your barcodes as it does on the type of barcodes that you need to print. If you are looking to place a pre-printed UPC or EAN-13 barcode on a retail point of sale product (for example, as you might see on a box of cereal), then all you need is software that can generate barcodes for export into your software.

In contrast, “on demand” applications tend to use barcodes other than UPC and EAN-13, including many of those listed below. And, rather than being imported into pre-press artwork, these barcodes are usually printed as needed on labels. What’s more, these labels often contain much more than just the barcode. In addition to the “human readable” version of the barcode data (often, but not always, appearing underneath the barcode), there can be a substantial quantity of text-based information. There may even be a picture of a part, or other graphics. (That’s why some industrial labels are so large.)

Just because software can print labels doesn’t mean that it can print labels with barcodes. For example, the simple label software you might buy to print addresses to mail your household bills or ship your company newsletter just isn’t going to support the variety of advanced barcodes and data integration required by industrial labeling applications.

Fortunately, BarTender label software can do it all. It comes with out-of-the-box support for more than 100 barcode standards, just about any size text and text style, as large or small a label as your printer can handle, and it can even encode RFID tags. And, if all you need is to export a barcode into your pre-press artwork, BarTender can do that too!

Please click here for more information about BarTender.

Overview of Barcode Standards:

Among the numerous families of barcode standards supported by BarTender software are:

Aztec Code GS1 DataBar
Codabar GS1 DataMatrix
Code 39 GS1-128
Code 93 HIBC
Code 128 Interleaved 2-of-5
Data Matrix ISBT 128
DUN-14 ITF-14
GS1 Composite PDF417 and MicroPDF417
Postal and Shipping, including UPS, USPS, Maxicode, KIX Code, Japanese Post,  Canadian Customs, and Australia Post Coupons, including EAN-13 ’99′ and North American Coupon
QR Code and Micro QR Code
UPC-A, UPC-E, EAN-13, EAN-8, JAN-13, JAN-8
Information first written and published by Seagull Scientific.