Jolly Label Flow (thermal barcode label printing software) as well as Asset Track™ asset tracking software can be used to print barcode labels with 1D and 2D barcodes on thermal label printers.

Supported thermal label printers:

Zebra Thermal Printers (for example, TLP2844)
Intermec Barcode Printers
EdiGuard Barcode Printers
DYMO Turbo 450 Printer

Barcode Printing (FAQ)

  1. What do I need to print simple barcode labels?
  2. What kind of printer is required to print barcodes?
  3. Can I use a dot matrix printer to print barcodes?
  4. Can I use an ink-jet printer to print barcodes?
  5. Can I use a label printer to print barcodes?
  6. Can I include text and graphics on my label?
  7. Is there a packaged solution that includes both hardware and software?
  8. Can I print barcodes using colored ink?
  9. Can I print barcodes on colored paper?
  10. Do I need special software to print barcodes?
  11. What are thermal printers?
  12. Do I need a scanner to print barcodes?
  13. What size should my barcode label be?
  1. What do I need to print simple barcode labels?
    Label stock: typically label sheets, a continuous label roll, or fanfold labels

    Printer: most printers should work fine including standard ink-jet, laser, label, PVC card, and thermal printers

    Software: barcode labeling software such as Label Flow.

  2. What kind of printer is required to print barcodes?
    Barcode labels can be printed using nearly any printer including ink-jet, laser, label, PVC card, and thermal printers. A high resolution printer may be required if the barcodes to be printed are very small. A clear distinction must be visible between each bar in the barcode.

  3. Can I use a dot matrix printer to print barcodes?
    Dot matrix printers can typically be used to print large barcodes but their use is not recommended.

  4. Can I use an ink-jet printer to print barcodes?
    Yes, ink-jet printers typically work fine for standard sized barcodes.

  5. Can I use a label printer to print barcodes?
    Yes, label printers are ideal for printing barcodes as they are typically very cost effective when printing large volumes of labels. Thermal label printers typically work well also, although thermal labels are heat sensitive and deteriorate over time.

  6. Can I include text and graphics on my label?
    Yes, but be certain to leave a guard zone (white area) around the barcode so the scanner can identify the barcode without the text and graphics interfering.

  7. Is there a packaged solution that includes both hardware and software?
    Yes, many vendors offer hardware and software bundled together. Before you purchase a particular bundle, check that both the hardware and software meet your requirements. Typical bundles include low-cost, low-functionality hardware and/or software. Also be sure that the software you purchase supports the barcode symbology you intend to use.

  8. Can I print barcodes using colored ink?
    Barcodes are electronically read using devices that rely on strong contrast between the printed bars and the background color. The bars must be dark and background must be light. While some scanners may be able to decode certain colors, it is not recommended to use colored ink when printing barcodes unless you have verified that the barcodes are scannable in the environment where they will be used. Traditionally, barcodes are printed using black ink on a white background.

  9. Can I print barcodes on colored paper?
    If the colored paper is very light in color and contrasts well with the barcode, it will probably work. However it is not recommended to use colored paper unless you have verified that the barcodes are scannable in the environment where they will be used. Traditionally, barcodes are printed using black ink on a white background.

  10. Do I need special software to print barcodes?
    Software is required to print barcodes. If you are printing a small number of very simple labels, then barcode fonts may work for you. However if you are designing professional labels or higher volumes of labels, barcode fonts probably won't work. Barcode fonts are very limited and do not allow you to customize important options and attributes of the barcodes to improve readability or reliability. Professional printing packages such as Label Flow also offer a wealth of other features such as data integration capabilities for volume and automated printing, allowing the creation of precise, professional labels and cards.

  11. What are thermal printers?
    Thermal printers use heat to make an impression on the paper. There are two types of thermal printers: thermal direct and thermal transfer. A thermal direct printer applies heat to a specially coated paper to make an impression, where as a thermal transfer printer applies heat to a special ribbon that sits between the print-head and the paper, causing ribbon to transfer ink to the paper. Labels printed using the thermal transfer process usually last longer than the ones printed using the thermal direct process.

  12. Do I need a scanner to print barcodes?
    You don't need a barcode scanner to print barcode labels, but it is always a good idea to keep a barcode scanner around if you are printing barcode labels on a regular basis. Having a scanner will allow you to test the barcodes you create before they are used in production.

  13. What size should my barcode label be?
    Some suppliers and buyers require their customers or suppliers to comply with certain labeling standards. These standards may include the symbologies to be used, the dimensions of the label and even the format for the information. If you are working with a supplier or customer that mandates compliance to such standards, refer to the label specifications section in the standards. Otherwise, you are free to choose any label size, making sure it is within the scannable range of the reading equipment.


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