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Can you think of your retail store without the concept of a barcode printer being fed in? No. Smesauda brings to you the finest assortment of value-for-money barcode printers for your SME requirements.
A Barcode Printer is used to track shipments, sales and overall purchases in a store by working on a simple mechanism of data being fed by a computer software (it is a set of codes and programs which act as a instruction set for the hardware to function) which then powers the printer to print this data on a barcode label. In the earlier days, a barcode printer was used only by enterprises because of the costly infrastructure involved in making one. Today as software prices have come crashing and hardware costs decrease by half every 6 months, barcode printers have become accessible to every store doing retail sales. Besides aiding in swift dispatch, Barcode Printers can also help in analyzing store data and purchase records, albeit at a micro level. True to promise, Smesauda aims to bring everyday low prices on Barcode Printers and regular deals on various brands make this e-store the best bet to procure these devices at throwaway prices.
Argox Barcode Printers: The thought leader in barcode solutions, Argox has a presence in seventy countries across the world and is hugely active in the Indian markets with a focus on entry level and mid level segments. Smesauda stocks the most competitively priced Argox barcode solutions. The printing solution is both thermal transfer as well as direct transfer (check the difference between the two in the image on the bottom of the page here)
TSC: The American giant in printing and labeling solutions is now in India and Smesauda is an official channel partner for TSC in their operations in India. This helps us procure low cost solutions which we in turn pass on to our consumers. Available in both direct thermal print as well as thermal transfer, TSC products have always been likened for their durability. Their engagement with schools and colleges worldwide make TSC a thought leader in the education space too. Check more of it here
TVS: Our very own home grown printing solutions giant TVS also features in our catalog of vendors for barcode printers. Our very old association with TVS enables us to get you deals and discounts on an array of TVS Barcode Printers for your retail usage. Their Dual Motor Gears make sure that the ribbon and the paper never get intertwined in each other delivering a seamless performance among other qualities which make it stand apart.
Zebra: The comprehensive solution set in barcode printing make Zebra one of the biggest names in the world, when it comes to labeling and printing. A USA based company, Zebra has seen a quantum leap in this segment and is slowly exercising it’s authority. It was obvious thus for Smesauda to showcase Zebra products in our ever increasing product lines. Check out the entire Zebra range here
Citizen: Not many people know that Citizen the famed watch maker is into manufacture of barcode printers as well. Their understanding of retail automation made it venture into not just barcode printers but Thermal Printers and Kiosk Printers too. Citizen has tied up with Smesauda for their online presence which enables us to cater to the low costing and value for money propositions in Citizen barcode printers.
Epson: The printing giant, Epson, has been into barcode printers since the inception of the concept. One of the very first enterprises to step feet in the category, Epson understands the consumers and their precise requirements better than most companies who are in the business of manufacturing and retail of barcode printers.
Maintenance and Upkeep
The biggest pain point while handling and using barcode printers can be replacing the print head from time to time. This is a costly affair in itself and proper care must be taken to ensure that the print head life is long enough to justify the expenditure for a barcode printer. Some ways in which it can be done is
- Regular cleansing of your print head from time to time makes sure that it’s shelf life reaches a limit to infinity, literally.
- Select the lowest possible speed setting. Low speeds ensure less wear and tear and are optimal for the cost overheads.
- Make sure that the printer operates in room temperatures. Too warm or too cold will make the printer apply less or more thrust than optimal and will ensure wear and tear
- Contrasts and head pressure should be adjusted to the lowest possible levels to ensure smooth working as well as a higher shelf life.
The video shows how to clean a Zebra Barcode Printer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3aum9hY-bQ
A barcode printer is a hardware that is used to print barcodes labels or tags which can be attached to objects or in few cases printed directly on the object.
2. Why do I need a barcode printer?
Whether you are a large organization or just a small retail store, you need to process information and data related to sales, inventory status, shipments etc. A barcode makes it easy to process this information by storing data related to a product. To print barcodes you need to have a specific printer i.e. barcode printer.
3. How do barcodes work?
Different combinations of bars and spaces are used to encode data. The combination is decided on the basis of an encoding table, which is called symbology. Bars and spaces are of different width depending on the symbols.
4. How many types of barcodes are there?
Type of barcode depends on the type of symbology. There are hundreds of symbologies that have been developed but there are only 20 symbologies, which are more common.
5. How can I connect a barcode printer to my computer?
Connecting your computer with the barcode printer is a simple task. Just like any other hardware, you can connect it with ethernet cable, USB cable or in many cases Bluetooth.
6. How do I choose the best barcode printer for myself?
First, you need to figure out the size of labels you need to print. Durability and printing volume is also an important criteria to select a barcode printer. Please get in touch with us and we will figure out the best bar code printer for you.
7. Do I need to care about the print speed?
"Yes, but the speed written on the box does not give the true indication of how fast a printer is going to print the barcodes. Some printers take a long time to process the label format before they start printing. First label out refers to the time it takes from when the print command is sent until the first label in a print job comes out of the printer. First label out time depends on the label size and the printer's processing power, the interface with the computer system, and the software used in the application. These factors may also result in pauses between labels that prevent full-speed, continuous printing. Throughput is a truer measure of how quickly a printer can process a complete print job. First label out and throughput can be evaluated when printers are set up for demonstrations or trials. It is important to use the printer in your actual work conditions to determine if it has the speed and throughput to meet your needs."
8. What is the different between direct thermal and thermal transfer?
Direct thermal printing is an older technology designed for use with copier and fax machines that utilizes chemically coated paper. Thermal Transfer printers use the same basic technology as direct thermal printers, but replace chemically coated paper with a non-sensitized face stock and a special, inked ribbon. The thermal printers are considered to be quite efficient as it can print high quality graphics, barcodes and texts. These printers are capable of printing barcodes of different sizes and density. It can also print a large amount of barcode stickers at one time.
9. What kind of material can be used in bar code printers?
Besides a wide variety of label materials, bar code printers can also print on tag and ticket stock, wristbands, polyester, polypropylene, and other synthetic materials. Different colors are available, but color should be used cautiously because insufficient contrast between bars and the background space will produce unreadable bar codes.
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