Barcode labels and the printer
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Barcode of the products is often printed to the object itself or the packaging of it, however, it is printed on a separate label more often. We call this kind of labels as barcode labels or barcode & price tickets as prices are often printed on them, too. These labels are often printed by a barcode printer, which is a computer peripheral for printing barcode labels or tags that can be attached to physical objects. Barcode labels are commonly used to label cartons before shipment, or to label retail items with UPCs or EANs.
The most common barcode printers employ one of two different printing technologies. Direct thermal printers use a printhead to generate heat that causes a chemical reaction in specially designed paper that turns the paper black. Thermal transfer printers also use heat, but instead of reacting the paper, the heat melts a waxy or resin substance on a ribbon that runs over the label or tag material. The heat transfers ink from the ribbon to the paper. Direct thermal printers are generally less expensive, but they produce barcode labels that can become illegible if exposed to heat, direct sunlight, or chemical vapors.
Barcode printers are designed for different markets. Industrial barcode printers are used in large warehouses and manufacturing facilities. They have large paper capacities, operate faster and have a longer service life. For retail and office environments, desktop barcode printers are most common. When printing on continuous label stock, there is a tendency for the print locations to shift slightly from label to label. To ensure registration of the print area with the target media, many label printers use a sensor that detects a gap, notch, line or perforation between labels. This allows the printer to adjust the intake of label stock so that the print aligns correctly with the media.