News From Datamark UK

The following News articles are the latest from Datamark UK in bringing to you our up to date additions to our product range and other News which we feel is of relevance to any of our customers or prospective customers.  We aim to keep our customers as much up to date with any News worthy articles we feel will be of interest and of course developments within Datamark UK with any News about products added to our portfolio.  So for the latest Datamark UK News check us out here.  Use the links to recently added items on the right below and to check out items from a particular month or year then select the relevant period on the right below from the archive.  We aim to bring you as many News items as possible going forward:

Excellent First Year With New Large Plain Label Customer

Datamark UK Ltd are coming up to the end of the first year of supplying one of our biggest & newest customers with a range of Plain Labels, which has seen a very successful working relationship develop between the two companies. The advantage in working with Datamark is our exceptional service in supply of this companies label requirements, delivering next day* following receipt of order (*subject to Call Off orders in before 14.00pm). Our customer has been very impressed with not only the products supplied, the excellent customer service we offer but our understanding of their...

Datamark UK Ltd – For The Best Plain Label Solutions

If Carlsberg did Label Manufacturing, then would this be what’s on offer: Datamark UK Ltd – Self Adhesive Labels and Labeling Solutions; • Label solutions for even the most demanding projects. • Providing the customer with what they want, when they want it. • Excellent Customer Service support. • In-house Print Systems for most applications. • Label Applicators. • Print n’ Apply solutions. • Anser Ink-Jet Coding Systems Send us your enquiry to mark@datamarkuk.com or call 07805 553907 and allow us to show what we can...

Datamark Deliver Datamax i Class Printer

Datamark (UK) Ltd Following a call from a customer at 11.30am this morning who had issues with his Datamax i Class Printer, we offered a solution. Our clients printer had packed up & he was unable to label up product for dispatch out to his customers. He wanted to replace the defective Datamax i Class printer ASAP so contacted us for our help.  As a result of our response the customer got his replacement Datamax i Class Printer the very next day.  We were able to offer the client the exact printer make & model he required at a competitive price. The customer was delighted, stating he will always look to Datamark for all his print needs.  Supporting our customers, supplying what they need, when they need it & going the extra mile is our Motto. Datamark supply not only labels & thermal transfer ribbons, but a range of print systems & ink-jet coding solutions.  We can supply pretty much any make of thermal transfer printer on the market.  The range of printers we offer includes Zebra, GoDEX, Citizen, Brother, Datamax, Intermec, CAB & Toshiba.   Do you require any label print system, print n’apply solution or label applicator then contact Datamark UK Ltd.  We provide quality products, rapid delivery & first class customer service.  Contact Datamark on +44 (0)1482 506560 or email us at  sales@datamarkuk.com & we will ensure we deliver the right solution for...

Part 1 – When Did Barcodes Begin?

A barcode is an optical machine-readable representation of data relating to the object to which it is attached. Originally barcodes represented data by varying the widths and spacing’s of parallel lines and may be referred to as linear or one-dimensional (1D). Later they evolved into rectangles, dots, hexagons and other geometric patterns in two dimensions (2D).  Although 2D systems use a variety of symbols, they are generally referred to as barcodes as well. Barcodes originally were scanned by special optical scanners called barcode readers; later, scanners and interpretive software became available on devices including desktop printers and smartphones. Barcodes are on the leading edge of extraordinary things. They have given humans the ability to enter and extract large amounts of data in relatively small images of code. With some of the latest additions like Quick Response (QR) codes and Radio-frequency identification (RFID), it’s exciting to see how these complex image codes are being used for business and even personal use. The original idea of the barcode was first introduced in 1948 by Bernard Silver and Norman Joseph Woodland after Silver overheard the President of a local food chain talking about their need for a system to automatically read product information during checkout. Silver and Woodland took their inspiration from recognizing this rising need and began development on this product so familiar to the world now. After several attempts to create something usable, Silver and Woodland finally came up with their ”Classifying Apparatus and Method” which was patented on October 07, 1952. Here is an image extracted from the original patent documents of the idea that eventually led to the barcode:...

Part 2 – When Did Barcodes Begin?

The history of the barcode from the mid-1970s to the mid-1990′s. Barcodes such as the Universal Product Code (UPC) have become a widely used component of contemporary society, as evidenced by their enthusiastic usage by stores world-wide; almost every unit other than fresh green goods from a grocery store, department store, and mass merchandiser has a UPC barcode on it. Economic studies were conducted by the mid-1970s for the grocery industry committee that projected over $40 million in savings to the industry from scanning. Those numbers were not met in the time frame they projected and some were said to have expected the demise of barcode scanning. The usefulness of the barcodes required the adoption of high-priced scanners by a critical mass of retail merchants while manufacturers were adopting barcode labels at the same time. Neither wanted to move first and outcomes were not promising for the first couple of years, with Business Week exclaiming ”The Supermarket Scanner That Failed.” Barcodes have opened the door to a revolutionary way of tracking business assets. A barcode provides automatic data capture which reduces human error during data entry, saving time and expense due to errors and manual entry.  By 1980, the barcode was introduced by over 8,000 grocery stores per year. 1980 also signified the year that the first thermal transfer printer that was introduced by Sato. In 1984, the Los Angeles Olympics chose Computer Identics to track and control access and security with barcodes. By 1984, several businesses had already kicked off the barcoding industry into what we now know it to be including: Bar Code Graphics, Inc. Express Identification Products...

Barcodes, Scanners & Their Uses

Barcodes such as the UPC have become a ubiquitous element of modern civilization, as evidenced by their enthusiastic adoption by stores around the world; almost every item other than fresh produce from a grocery store, department store, and mass merchandiser has a UPC barcode on it. This helps track items and also reduces instances of shoplifting involving price tag swapping, although shoplifters can now print their own barcodes including 1D & 2D barcodes. In addition, retail chain membership cards (issued mostly by grocery stores and specialty “big box” retail stores such as sporting equipment, office supply, or pet stores) use bar codes to uniquely identify consumers, allowing for customized marketing and greater understanding of individual consumer shopping patterns. At the point of sale, shoppers can get product discounts or special marketing offers through the address or e-mail address provided at registration. Barcodes can allow for the organization of large amounts of data. They are widely used in the healthcare and hospital settings, ranging from patient identification (to access patient data, including medical history, drug allergies, etc.) to medication management. They are also used to facilitate the separation and indexing of documents that have been imaged in batch scanning applications, track the organization of species in biology,[13] and integrate with in-motion check weighs to identify the item being weighed in a conveyor line for data collection. They can also be used to keep track of objects and people; they are used to keep track of rental cars, airline luggage, nuclear waste, registered mail, express mail and parcels. Barcoded tickets allow the holder to enter sports arenas, cinemas, theatres, fairgrounds, and transportation, and are used...

What Barcode Symbologies are the Best?

With the variety of barcode symbologies currently available, how can you be sure that the one you choose will fulfil your requirements?  This guide is a basic reference to help you sort through the options.  Additional articles will follow soon with more detail about each symbology on its own, and as always, please let us know if you have any questions or input! Linear Barcode Symbologies (1D): Linear Barcode symbologies are likely the ones most people are familiar with.  These barcode symbologies are created with parallel black and white bars and spaces of varying sizes and are used to automatically and accurately capture data and reduce human error during entry as they are read by a laser scanner.  The scanner reads the barcode from left to right in one dimension which is why linear barcodes are referred to as 1-D barcodes. Some of the common Linear Barcode symbologies you might come across are UPC: Standard barcode for retail environments. Each UPC number relates to one specific retail item.  Codes are regulated by www.GS1.org and are only produced as static (non-changing) numbers. Code 39 (or Code 3 of 9): Most common barcode symbology. Codes alphanumeric character set, and is very strong in asset tracking applications requiring sequential data (i.e. 0001, 0002, 0003, etc.). Code 128: Less common than code 39, but still widely used.  It is also more compact than code 39, so you can fit more characters in smaller spaces. Interleaved 2 of 5 (or I 2 of 5): Symbology that requires an even number of encoded digits.  Only numeric information can be encoded. 2D Barcode Symbologies This second...

Datamark UK Promote Versawipes – Keeping TT Printer Print-heads Pristine

News: Datamark UK Recommend Versawipes – To Help Reduce the cost of premature printhead failure and reduce expensive downtime with the industry’s most versatile printhead cleaning wipes. The printhead is the most critical component of your printer and one of the most delicate and expensive. Most print quality problems are a direct result of improper care of the printhead. A consumable that wears over time, much like the brakes on your car, requires proper installation and on-going maintenance to ensure a long life of service for your printer. Printer manufacturers recommend regular cleaning of the printhead to remove any build up of residue caused by label dust, adhesive and dirt in the atmosphere. This build up of residue will, over time, become baked onto the printhead. This will then interfere with heat transfer, causing the heater elements to overheat to the point of failure. Datamark UK recommend the use of Versawipes to keep your thermal print heads, platen rollers and label sensors clean and healthy. With a single product you can keep your thermal printheads in first class condition, whilst maintaining a clean and healthy localised working environment. 100 easy to use wipes in each container for convenient storage right next to your printer. The container allows for easy access to the wipes without any wasteful individual sachets. Unlike other print head cleaners such as ribbon attachments, pens and sachets, Versawipes will enable you to keep all parts of the printer and surrounding print area clean and healthy. A single versatile product for the complete job. For further information on Versawipes then please Click...

Small Roll 19mm Core Labels and Receipt Rolls

News:  Small Roll 19mm Core Labels – As a business involved in Logistics, Distribution, Warehousing and Retail are you using more and more Handheld or Portable Label Printers which use small roll 19mm core labels or receipt rolls? Or are you considering the purchase of these printers to enable the labelling of products in the warehouse that much simpler and quicker?  The use of small roll 19mm core labels is increasing due to the increase in use of these printers and Datamark are here able to provide you with quality small roll 19mm core labels and receipt rolls. These printers using small roll 19mm core labels are suitable for a wide range of applications enabling products to be labelled at the point where they are delivered into Warehouse or on the shop floor, for ‘Price Reduction’ or ‘Goods In’ label applications. Do you have a requirement for or are considering the use of small roll 19mm core labels or receipt rolls on 19mm cores for use with Handheld & Portable Printers? Then why not send us a request to quote for your small roll 19mm core labels or receipt rolls and find out just how competitive we are and what a good quality product we offer. Datamark UK manufacture both Plain & Printed Labels on small roll 19mm cores for use on such printers. For a quote for supply please call on +44 (0)7805 553907 and ask for Mark...

100% Recyclable Backing Material For Labels

News:  100% Recyclable Backing materials, are you seeking a Label which contributes to the reduction in your companies “carbon footprint” & offers a potential cost reduction? Datamark UK manufacture plain labels for industrial & retail customers.  These labels come in a wide range of sizes & materials including Direct Thermal and Thermal Transfer with 100% Recyclable Backing (PET).  Logistics, distribution and parcel carriers would benefit from the use of these materials as the print quality on these materials is superior to standard honey glassine backed materials, ensuring increased rates of barcodes scanning first time. The benefits of 100% Recyclable Backing material are: Our new 100% Recyclable Backing material provides a much more stable solid backing resulting in labels with a better print quality. The 100% Recyclable Backing Material is thinner so more labels per roll This material is also costs comparable to Labels supplied on a Honey Glassine backing. So rather than pay to have your used liner product taken away, consider using our 100% Recyclable Backing materials and get paid to have it collected. If you would like further information on this new 100% recyclable backing material then call Datamark UK on 01482 506560 / 505101 or email us on sales@datamarkuk.com for further...

Plain Label Contracts for Improved Efficiency?

News:  Datamark UK would like to offer you the opportunity of working with us in the supply of your Plain Label requirements utilising Annual Contracts for supply which improve your efficiency.  Whatever Plain Label you use, Datamark UK are able to produce these and offer significant benefits in using Datamark for the production of your Plain Label requirements. How do Datamark UK do this you may ask? If you are a volume user of Plain Labels in Rolls or Fan-folded and currently are having to not only buy in volume but have quantities shipped into your warehouse which may be taking up too much valuable room for your own products, then consider using Datamark Label Contracts for your requirements. Some companies are having to purchase more than one months volume of plain labels in order to obtain the best price. This is where we differ, let us plan your monthly requirements and when your Contract commences we will deliver one months requirement initially and plan production for following monthly deliveries so when you place your next call-off labels are in stock and ready for next day delivery. This will mean a more efficient service where we deliver what you the customer wants, when you want and reduce the space required for stocking labels increasing space for your own...

Thermal Transfer Printer Ribbons

News:  Datamark UK Offering Great Deals On Thermal Transfer Printer Ribbons Datamark UK are a leading supplier of Thermal Transfer Printer Ribbons for most applications.  These range from Standard Wax to Full Blown Resins available in black and a variety of colours for use on most available Thermal Transfer Printers.  We also offer ribbons for ICE and Markem Coders. Datamark are able to supply with extremely fast lead-times and provide sample ribbons to test where needed.  If your interested in compatible products then there are exceptional savings to be made on a range of excellent quality products. Some customers prefer to buy their Thermal Transfer Printer Ribbons with labels included, reducing the cost and making the ordering and supply process somewhat easier. Datamark will deliver the relevant quantity of ribbons with your label order, ensuring reduced chances of running out of ribbons. So if  you would like further advise or assistance on your Thermal Transfer Printer Ribbons then please call 01482 506560 or 01482 505101 for further details. Datamark UK have some exceptionally good prices currently available for all grades of Thermal Transfer Printer Ribbons for most Printers on the market today.  We are now are able to offer our own Datamark UK Branded range of Thermal Transfer Printer Ribbons which offer exceptional value for money with the quality to...

Thermal Transfer Printer Service Options

News:  Datamark UK are now proud to offer Thermal Transfer Printer Service for most makes of Thermal Transfer Printers and in-line Coders on the market. Datamark can service all brands of desktop and mobile thermal transfer printers, print n’ apply systems and in-line coding printers. Our nationwide network of experienced industry specialist engineers provides a first class Thermal Transfer Printer Service to keep your printer running and in optimum condition. Datamark’s technical services include:  – A full range of on-site annual Thermal Transfer Printer Service contracts – Ad-hoc on-site repairs without the need for a contract – Technical site-visit support for printing issues – All types of printer installations – Label printing software installations – Printer preventative maintenance – Print head installations – Back to base workshop repairs – Printer operator training Using Datamark UK to source your technical support ensures faster repairs, effective preventative maintenance routines & reduced downtime for you whilst at the same time helping you to reduce costs, improve service, grow sales & focuses your resources on your core day to day business activities. That is why Datamark UK are trusted by businesses like yours to deliver the support, know how, technical expertise and resources to get the job done in providing a first class Thermal Transfer Printer Service solution aimed at keeping your Thermal Transfer Printers running at their...

GoDex Thermal Transfer Printers

News:  GoDex Thermal Transfer Printers Datamark UK are now pleased to announce another addition to our range of GoDex Thermal Transfer Printers.  We will now in addition to the other brands we are able to supply, now have the range of GoDex Thermal Transfer Printers on offer. Datamark UK is dedicated to make your barcode printing experience easy, 100% satisfactory, and affordable with the inclusion of GoDex Thermal Transfer Printers to our product range.  At GoDex they build printers to last. GoDex Thermal Transfer Printers are heavier, have more powerful motors, and have more metal components in them than the others for one reason; reliability. Quality is the #1 priority at both GoDex and Datamark UK.  GoDex are an ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 Certified manufacturer and have met the quality standards of many world-class Fortune 500 companies around the globe. GoDex back up their quality program with the longest and most comprehensive product warranties. When you get any of the GoDex Thermal Transfer Printers which will come with test labels and ribbons, a USB cable, and Seagull Scientific Windows drivers, and GoDex’s FREE GoLabel software, with database capability. All you need is your PC and within minutes, you will be up and running printing your own barcode labels. To discuss your requirements for these machines please call Mark Newton on +44 (0)1482 506560 or +44 (0)7805...

Plain Labels Sales Increasing

News:  Plain Labels Requirements at an All Time High Datamark UK are now seeing requirements for quality Plain Labels for use in Desktop and Portable Printers ever increasing. We supply quality plain labels with an exceptionally short lead-time and with our range of Thermal Transfer Ribbons can provide solutions for the most exacting of projects.  We offer a wide range of formats for supply of your plain labels, from on roll 19mm core to 76mm, fan-folded and sheeted in A4 sheets.  Our labels are used widely on a variety of overprinting systems from Desktop Thermal Transfer Printers to Print and Apply systems along with Ink-Jet and Laser for A4 sheeted product. So if you have a requirement for Plain Labels (roll fed on cores down to 19mm), fan-folded or sheeted then come and talk to us at Datamark UK, where you will get a quote same day unless you require special materials.  Our production lead-times are one of the quickest in the industry, so come and try us for the supply of your plain label requirements. Either call us on +44 (0)1482 506560/ 505101 or email us at sales@datamarkuk.com and we will be delighted to assist you with your requirements for plain...

Product of The Week – Zebra QLn420 Portable Printer

News: Zebra QLn420 Portable Thermal Barcode Label Printer Convenience when you’re mobile, the time when needed the most. The Zebra QLn420™ provides the rugged construction you require for the most effective use in tough & demanding environments. The Zebra QLn420 4-inch mobile printer heralds the introduction of the next generation of Zebra”s terrifically popular QL product family. Offering dozens of advancements from the inside out, the QLn series is designed to be fully backwards compatible, yet easier to use and manage. These drop-resistant mobile printers will help to improve efficiencies throughout your operations–in the warehouse, shipping & receiving and merchandising including ‘price reduction labelling’. It”s ideal for use by retail and health care organizations – which compose the majority of the customers already using the previous-generation QL/QL Plus versions. Quickly and easily print a variety of barcode labels, receipts, tickets & more, on-site where needed and on-demand. A mobile label printer using direct thermal print technology Primary applications center around mainly manufacturing, transportation & logistics and retail New accessories available tailored to meet the needs of the target applications Some models of the QLn420 are iOS compatible – please call for details. Important Note: A country-specific AC adaptor is required to charge the battery of this printer. Click here to download a datasheet on this...

Brother TD-2000 Printer

News:  The Brother TD-2000 Printer range offers the performance, features and media capacity of desktop label printers, but can be powered by a rechargeable battery pack and print wirelessly on a trolley, a busy counter or virtually anywhere in the workplace. With its spindle-less design, the Brother TD-2000 Printer range can accommodate rolls of up to 127mm in diameter meaning less time wasted reloading the media. The Brother TD-2000 Printer range is made of two models which vary in connectivity. Both the TD-2020 and TD-2120N come with USB and a serial interface port.  The network model (TD-2120N) comes with additional Ethernet and USB host ports with the option to add a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth interface module. The network model (TD-2120N) can be customised with additional accessories such as the Label Peeler, Battery and Touch Panel Display Unit. Industries such as Retail, Food, Healthcare, and Medical and Laboratory will benefit most from this latest technology. Increase productivity by enabling busy retail workers to print a wide range of labels on the shop floor by incorporating TD-2000 with a trolley/mobile workstation. With its small footprint, it’s ideal to use on crowded desktops and counters without sacrificing workspace for a standard sized desktop label printer. Improve information flows within the healthcare industry by printing clear, high quality labelling to maintain safety and traceability. Additional Key Features include: •    Desktop/Mobile label and receipt printer •    Prints up to 51mm labels •    ZPL Emulation compatible •    3rd party roll consumable compatible •    Fast print speed (152.4mm/sec) •    TD-2120N can be customised with various options...

Introducing the Zebra ZD500r UHF RFID Printer

News: New Zebra ZD500R UHFRFID Printer UHF RFID printing is even easier and at a lower scost of entry than ever with the ZDR500R. Perfect for applications where space is at a premium, the ZD500R offers a small footprint. The ZD500R supports next generation inlays and offers 802.11a/b/g/n wireless and Bluetooth connectivity to fit the needs of any UHF printing application. SIZED RIGHT Perfect for applications where space is at a premium, the ZD500R offers a small footprint. The clamshell design minimizes door swing when changing media so the printer can be used in space-constrained locations. EASY TO SET UP AND MANAGE The ZD500R makes set up a breeze. The device features quick loading and automatic RFID calibration.  The ZD500R also uses Link-OS™- Zebra’s new and innovative software platform that enhances the capabilities of the printer, making it significantly easier to manage and integrate into global operations.  An NFC Infotag lets you pair devices with just a tap and eases troubleshooting. EASY TO USE With an intuitive user interface, there is little training required to operate the ZD500R. The large LCD and simplified menu structure makes operation simple. MEDIA FLEXIBILITY The ZD500R offers a variety of media options to meet your in-store RFID tagging needs. The printer supports both direct thermal and thermal transfer printing and is compatible with inlays from all leading suppliers. The ZD500R can be used with a variety of inlay types, from small item-level tags to the largest omni-directional inlay strips. With a minimum inlay pitch of 16 mm, the ZD500R enables lower media cost, less media waste and fewer roll changes. COMPATIBLE WITH YOUR...