Does your company have a labeling goal of printing faster? Most companies do since faster print speeds ultimately create efficiency. To help your company begin achieving its labeling goal, TEKLYNX has developed three labeling best practices focused on streamlining the printing process to create faster print speeds. Let's start with the best practice that focuses on the core way print speeds are affected: communication.
Much like in life, without clear communication, it's difficult to work efficiently. Have you ever had to write a report where your supervisor’s guidelines weren't clear? You probably had trouble writing because you didn't know how long the report should be or what data to include. Your label design software communicates the guidelines for the label with your printer, much like how your supervisor communicates the guidelines of the report to you. When communication is unclear, it slows down your printing process.
To optimize the communication between your software and printer, leverage TEKLYNX' embedded printer drivers, which ensure crystal clear communication, since the software speaks the native language of the printer. With “What You See Is What You Get” label printing, you don’t need to slow down because of redesigning and reprinting, you just print and go.
Additionally, use printer resident fonts, which are fonts installed on the printer instead of on the computer. When using non-printer resident fonts, letters and numbers are sent as images, which increases the amount of data transferred during print time. More data means more time wasted printing!
Communication is key for increasing print speeds, but another way to print faster revolves around how you're adding data to your labels, which brings us to the next best practice.
Instead of having the print user open a label file, then edit the text, and then edit the barcode fields, all directly on the label, you can design a form in your labeling software that only allows the print user to type in data at print time. This form helps the print user move quickly through the printing process, while also avoiding unintended edits to the label design and decreasing the chance of human errors. TEKLYNX label design software CODESOFT comes with built in form designer tools you can leverage to implement this best practice into your company’s labeling process.
Now that your software and printer speak the same language and you've set up a form for label data entry, it's time to evaluate the printing process itself, which is the third best practice.
Using configurable browser printing interfaces to print labels across your organization drastically reduces the amount of time it takes to print because it doesn't even involve opening the label design software! Instead, print users find the correct label by typing in a unique identifier for the label, like part number or order number, and then the labeling system generates the label based on database connections.
TEKLYNX CENTRAL is an enterprise label management solution that leverages configurable browser printing interfaces, which makes it easy to print from anywhere in the world, and quickly, too. This feature makes it easy to integrate supplier networks, creating further ease in the supply chain labeling process.
Print speed ties directly to your labeling process' efficiency; the faster the printing process, the more time can be allotted elsewhere. The best practices in this article, along with other strategies to help your company label better, can be found in TEKLYNX' Best Practices for Barcode Labeling eBook. By following the best practices of optimizing software to printer communication, setting up forms, and printing from the internet, your company is speeding toward a faster label printing process.
Travis Wayne is the Label Design Product Manager at TEKLYNX. Travis applies his 15+ years of IT and health sciences experience to empower businesses to streamline operations and barcode better by applying software and technology. He works to continually improve TEKLYNX' strategic planning, product and project management principles, and cross-functional communications. When not working, he enjoys many outdoor activities with his wife and two children.
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