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Select the Best Barcode Label in 5 Simple Steps

Do you struggle to select the best barcode label for your assets and inventory?

With so many applications, environments, materials, sizes, adhesives, and printers, it can sometimes be difficult to find the perfect fit. Our friends at Zebra Technologies have come up with a clever acronym (PRESS) to help customers select the right label, which we’ve turned into five simple steps.

Our in-house experts agree with Zebra—when searching for the right label, it’s important to carefully consider the printer model, label resistance, environment, surface, and size. Doing so ensures you won’t waste time and money on barcode labels that won’t work.

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To select a barcode label, carefully consider your printer, resistance, environment, surface, and size. Doing so ensures you don’t waste time or money on labels that won’t work.

1   Printer

Identify the following printer information:

  • Printer model
  • Print technology (usually direct thermal or thermal transfer)
  • Types of barcodes you will print (includes 1D, 2D, RFID, PDF)

2   Resistance

Determine whether you require heavy-duty labels that resist abrasion, scratches chemicals, solvents, and other liquids to ensure compliance with required certifications, such as UID, UL/cUL, CSA.

3   Environment

Consider the workspace in which you will adhere and store labels by answering these questions:

  • Is the area temperature-controlled?
  • How long do the labels need to last?
  • Will the labeled items be primarily stored inside or out?
  • Is the area especially dirty, humid, or dry?
  • Is it likely that the label will be exposed to harsh conditions such as extreme temperatures?

4   Surface

Identify the surface to which you will attach the label. Is it:

  • Rough?
  • Smooth?
  • Paper?
  • Plastic?
  • Metal?
  • Glass?
  • Film?
  • Corrugated?
  • Wooden?
  • Curved?
  • Straight?
  • Wet?
  • Cold?
  • Hot?
  • Waxed?
  • Angled?

5   Size

What are the exact measurements for the label:

  • Length?
  • Width?
  • Shape?
  • Perforations?
  • Slits?

After answering these questions, it will be easier to determine the right label for your specific needs. The solution may include in-stock labels, custom labels, or preprinted labels. Each has their benefits, depending upon your print requirements.

Learn more about barcode labels.

Use the System ID Barcode Label Finder.

Contact System ID for help selecting the best barcode label.

 

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Nicole Holcomb

Product Manager at System ID
Nicole Holcomb literally grew up around labels and printing. Putting that lifetime of knowledge to good use, Nicole helps customers solve the labeling needs of virtually any application in her role as Product Manager for Labels & Supplies at System ID. This creative problem solver unleashes her artistic side by creating customized clipboards and frames for her small craft business (while also daydreaming about being British, an obsession she’s had since her youth!).

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