Selecting the label printer


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In the Golli service, electronic despatch advice messages are sent to recipients and logistic labels with delivery information are attached to the pallets.

Recipients can record the deliveries as received in their own systems by reading the barcodes that have been printed to the logistic labels. Barcodes should be of good quality and easy to read with reception scanners.

This guide contains some of the most important things about printing logistic labels. For more information about printers and labels, contact your device vendor.


The contents of the guideline

Sizes of the labels

Printing of the labels

Selecting the label printer

Sizes of the labels

The printer is selected according to the required label sizes. Printers are manufactured in several widths and are referred to as print widths in inches: e.g. 2", 4", 6", and 8" inches.

Labels used in Golli by delivery model:

  Logistic label for homogenous logistic unit, A5 Logistic label for mixed pallet, A6 Outer package label, A7
  6" inch printer (print width 168 mm) 4" inch printer (print width 104 mm) 4" inch printer (print width 104 mm)
DISTRIBUTION CENTER DELIVERY x (not frequently used)  
DIRECT DELIVERY   x  
CROSS DOCKING DELIVERY   x x
TRANSPORTATION CENTER DELIVERY (not frequently used) x  

Printing of the labels

Print resolution

  • Label printers can be compared, for example based on print resolution and speed. The resolution unit DPI (dots per inch) describes the number of pixels per unit length.
  • In printing of the barcode labels, enough accuracy is usually 200 dpi. GS1 logistic labels contain GS1-128 barcodes that are large and easy to read. More accurate print resolution is usually not necessary.

Printing technology

  • Typically, thermal-transfer printing or direct thermal printing is used to print labels. GS1 Finland recommends thermal-transfer printing for labels containing barcodes.
    • The advantage of thermal transfer printing is that the labels remain good at room temperature, even at cool and frozen temperatures. The labels printed with thermal transfer printing will last for several years.
    • In direct thermal printing, the labels are sensitive to temperature changes, rubbing and sunlight.

The label material

  • When printing logistic labels, it is recommended to use plastic labels. The recipient recycles the plastic films of the pallets with their labels as a plastic waste, so the label material must also be plastic.

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GS1 Finland does not sell, supply, or install any type of labels or printers. Help with printer selection, product information, prices, and installation instructions can be obtained from equipment vendors.


Selecting the label printer

1. Find out which size of the label you need

2. Select the appropriate device for your use based on the print volumes. Think what kind of print resolution and speed you need.

3. Consider the equipment required for printing (labels, cords etc.)

Name of the device Picture Description Estimated price (VAT 0%) Utilization
Honeywell PC42                      
Tarratulostin Honeywell PC42
                  

-Thermal

-Print width 104 mm

-Printing speed 101.6 mm/sec (4.0 ips)

-Print resolution 8.0 dpmm (203 dpi)

- Connections: USB, optional Ethernet

400-500 € Small print volumes
Zebra GK420
Zebra GK420

-Thermal-transfer printing or direct thermal printing

-Print width 104 mm, width of the material 19 – 108 mm.

-Printing speed 127 mm/sec.

-Print resolution 8.0 dpmm (203 dpi)

-Connections: 10/100 Ethernet and USB 1.1

500-600 € Small print volumes
TSC TTP-247
Tarratulostin TSC TTP-247

- Thermal-transfer printing or direct thermal printing

-Print width 108 mm

-Printing speed 178 mm/s

-Print resolution 8.0 dpmm (203 dpi)

-Connections: USB 2.0, RS-232

-Size and weight: 314 x 213 x 188 mm, 2,8 kg

500-600 € Small print volumes
Zebra ZT230t
Tarratulostin Zebra ZT230t

- Thermal-transfer printing or direct thermal printing

-Print width 104 mm, width of the material 19.4 – 114 mm.

-Printing speed 152 mm/sec.

-Print resolution 8.0 dpmm (203 dpi)

-Connections: 10/100 Ethernet, Rs-232 and USB 1.1

1200- 1400 € Small and medium print volumes
Novexx® XLP504
Tarratulostin Novexx XLP504

-Thermal-transfer printing or direct thermal printing        

-Print width 105,7 mm. width of the material 15 - 120 mm

-Printing speed 50 - 250 mm/sec.

-Print resolution 8.0 dpmm (203 dpi)

-Connections: 10/100 Ethernet, Rs-232 and USB

1500€ Medium and large printing volumes
Zebra ZT410
Tarratulostin Zebra ZT410

-Thermal-transfer printing or direct thermal printing

-Print width 104 mm, width of the material 25,4 – 114 mm.

-Printing speed 356 mm/sec.

-Print resolution 8.0 dpmm (203 dpi)

-Connections 10/100 Ethernet, USB 2.0, RS-232 and Bluetooth 2.1

1500- 1600 € Medium and large printing volumes

GS1 Finland does not sell, supply, or install any type of labels or printers. Help with printer selection, product information, prices, and installation instructions can be obtained from equipment vendors.

Laitteen nimi Kuva Kuvaus Hinta-arvio (alv 0%) Käyttöaste
Citizen CL-S6621          
Tarratulostin Citizen CL-S6621
                              

-Thermal-transfer printing or direct thermal printing

-Print width 168 mm., width of the material 50 - 178 mm

-Printing speed 150 mm/sec.

-Print resolution 8.0 dpmm (203 dpi)

1500-1600 € Small and medium printing volumes
TSC TTP2610MT
Tarratulostin TSC TTP2610MT

-Thermal-transfer printing or direct thermal printing

-Print width 168 mm

-Printing speed 305 mm/sec

-Print resolution 8.0 dpmm (203 dpi)

-Connections: USB 2.0, RS-232, Internal Ethernet, 10/100 Mbps

-Size and weight: 355 x 337 x 520 mm, 23 kg

2200-2500 €  
Novexx® XLP506
Tarratulostin Novexx XLP506

-Thermal-transfer printing or direct thermal printing    

-Print width 168 mm., width of the material 50 - 185 mm

-Printing speed 50 - 200 mm/sec.

-Print resolution 8.0 dpmm (203 dpi)

-Connections: Ethernet 10/100, Rs-232 ja USB

2500 € Medium and large printing volumes
Zebra ZT420
Tarratulostin Zebra ZT420

-Thermal-transfer printing or direct thermal printing

-Print width 168 mm., width of the material 51 – 171 mm

-Printing speed 305 mm/sec.

-Print resolution 8.0 dpmm (203 dpi)

-Connections: 10/100 Ethernet, USB 2.0, RS-232 and Bluetooth 2.1

2800- 3000€ Medium and large printing volumes
Honeywell PX6 
Tarratulostin Honeywell PX6

-Print width 167,4mm

-Printing speed 100 - 225 mm/sec (4 - 9 ips)

-Tulostustarkkuus 203/300dpi

2800- 3000€ Medium and large printing volumes

GS1 Finland does not sell, supply, or install any type of labels or printers. Help with printer selection, product information, prices, and installation instructions can be obtained from equipment vendors.

The above printer models are just examples. For more detailed product information, prices, and installation instructions, contact our partners:

  • Informa Oy
  • Optiscan Group
  • Aksulit Oy
  • Signal Partners Oy

See the contact information on our Partner Network:

SOLUTION PROVIDERS

GS1 Finland does not sell, supply, or install any type of label or printers.