Barcode Equipment and Labeling Solutions

Tips and Reviews Covering Barcode Scanners, Printers, Labels and Equipment

Zebra to Buy Motorola Solutions

Zebra Technology is one of the worlds leading barcode printer manufacturers and Motorola Solutions is one of the top barcode scanner manufacturers in the world. This announcement will bring together two of the giants in our industry.Motorola Scanners

(Reuters) – Barcode printer maker Zebra Technologies has agreed to buy Motorola Solutions Inc’s enterprise business for $3.5 billion in cash, the Financial Times reported, citing people familiar with the discussions.

The deal was agreed in the past few days and could be announced as early as Tuesday, the newspaper said. (

Motorola Solutions’ enterprise business, which makes rugged mobile computers and tablets for businesses, has struggled as companies delay orders and cut down on spending.

Sales in Motorola’s enterprise business rose to $736 million from $733 million, for the fourth-quarter ended December 31.

(Reporting by Supriya Kurane in Bangalore; Editing by Sunil Nair)

With this announcement, we look for some exciting changes in both the marketing, and development of scanning technologies. Stay tuned for more on this acquisition.

Bartender Software Version Update

A quick notice to all of our software customers about Bartender software. As new versions come out, the software manufacturers move forward with the newest improvements to keep barcode printing capabilities at their peak. See the notice below about the current versions and support for these versions going forward.

Reminder: End of Support for BarTender 9.0 – 9.2,
End of Sales for 9.4

The End of Support is rapidly approaching for BarTender versions 9.0 – 9.2:
•  For versions 9.0 – 9.1, technical support will end on July 1, 2014.
•  For version 9.2, technical support will end on September 1, 2014.

Also, June 1, 2014 marks the End of Sales* for version 9.4. After that date, additional licenses of version 9.4 will not be available.

You should update BarTender to the powerful capabilities of version 10.1 right away.


Version Released End of Sales* End of Support
9.0 – 9.1 Sept. 9, 2008 – Apr. 21, 2009 Jul. 1, 2014
9.2 Oct. 15, 2009 Sept. 1, 2014
9.3 May 14, 2010 May 1, 2015
9.4 Jan. 19, 2011 Jun. 1, 2014 Jun. 1, 2016
10.0 Mar. 1, 2012 Oct. 1, 2015 Oct. 1, 2017


* Before the End of Sales date, Seagull supports the sale of additional Enterprise Automation and Automation licenses only to end users that have made special arrangements to purchase older versions of BarTender. After the End of Sales date, all sales of this version cease.

To update BarTender software to the latest version, visit our software category and select the number of users, and product needed for your applications.

Preprinted Barcode Labels

We get requests from customers every day for a quick run of preprinted bar code labels. With the ability to ship the same day the order comes in, it is critical that the order comes in with all of the information needed to get it right the first time. We pride ourselves in same day shipping of custom preprinted labels.

The important information to pre-print bar code labels is to have the exact symbology for the bar code. If the customer is expecting a code 128 Auto and the GS1-128 (formerly named UCC/EAN-128) code is used, the bar code will not can correctly because it is using an application of the Code 128 (ISO/IEC 15417) using the ANS MH10.8.2 AI Data-structures.

Now that is a lot to digest. We work with many suppliers that have to bar code their products to go into organizations using Amazon labels, Grainger labels, JC Pennies labels, and more. Many large distribution companies have their own labeling format and require either the supplier (manufacturer) or a third party to make a special label to go onto the product so it can be accepted into their distribution system.

These companies do not all use UPC codes because they are considered business to business and it is not required. Besides, UPC coding can be expensive to buy a block for your product and maintain them with the GS1 organization. Companies like Grainger that sell mainly to businesses, do now require their suppliers to put UPC codes on their product and incur the extra expense of registering and maintaining the UPC code. They only require the manufacturer to put a 3 of 9 or Code 128 Auto on the product. No maintenance or extra fees with this strategy. Although there is a cost just to print the labels and apply them to the product. This cost is much less than the UPC process.

Contact us for your next preprinted bar code label run and we will make sure it is done right. Using the correct symbology and if it is a stock size, we can ship the same day.


Seed Bag Tagging and High Speed Duplication

Tagging seed bags can be a long and tedious process. With all the labeling requirements, instructions, and branding required, there must be a better way to do this. Printing on slow laser printers, or dot matrix equipment is a thing of the past and is probably the most in-efficient way to make seed bag tags. Well, there is an answer to this unproductive way of labeling.

Seed Bag Tags

Today speed and low cost drive everything. Introducing high speed seed bag tag duplication and printing to your environment can save lots of dollars and eliminate waste. Take a look at this video attached to this post. This video shows two different processes going on. One is the process of high speed duplication. If your tags are all outlined in a database and your requirement is for thousands of tags for the same product, your files can be called up at once and duplicated onto tags in minutes. The speed of printing with this high speed duplicator allows production to focus on other duties instead of coordinating the tags and managing this process for the proper labeling.

The next process shown is a print on demand. If the file is for many different tags, this thermal transfer printer setup with a tag cutter on the end allows for continuous rolls of tag material to run through the printer, which cuts material costs, while allowing tags to be cut to different sizes on demand. Driven by commands, the operator can totally control the tag printing operation by printing just one tag, custom making a few tags for samples, or running thousands of tags for a large job that must ship today. This thermal transfer tag printing solution is very flexible and provides a durable tag by printing with thermal transfer ribbon.

Depending on the tagging requirements, both of these options allow for tag materials including polyester, polypropylene, paper, cardboard tag stock, Tyvek® tag material, and many others. Depending on which material is used in the thermal transfer option above, will dictate which barcode ribbon is to be used. Each material has a different requirement for ribbon based on the durability of the image needed.

The most durable tag solution would be to use a Polyester tag or Tyvek® tag material with a full resin barcode ribbon. This solution will require the printer head settings to be higher and the printer speed to be reduced to make a solid lasting image on the tag. The final product will be water proof, chemical resistant, and smudge proof for years.

A bit less durable, but also less costly solution would be to use a Read More »

Packaging Hang Tags

We just added a totally new line of wire and string hang tags for packaging. These tags are great for product that is not conducive to applying a label or sticker to the surface. These tags help identify products, locations, and many other applications. In this category you will find tags that have just a re-enforced hole, tags that have a wire already strung through them, and tags that have a string already inserted into the hole.Hang Tags

There are 10 point, 13 point, and 15 point card stock tags, along with Tyvek® stock material for full weatherproofing situations. These tags also come in 2 ply and 3 ply carbon, or carbon-less stocks. Utilizing these stocks make tagging for physical inventory much easier or tagging inventory as sold and having a copy of the ticket available for the customer with the carbon copy better for tracking.

If a more dramatic image is needed, take a look at the wide variety of color tags available. These colors are also available in the 13 point card stock as well as the Tyvek® all-weather stock. Color coding has become more important when cycling through dated material is critical to your business.

Many quality control departments are in need of inspection tags. The inspection tag category is filled with tags for accepted, inspected, and rejected process identification. These brightly colored tags come pre-strung with either wire or string. They also come without any pre-stringing at all. The colors range from the standard manila color to a wide variety of spot colors and fluorescent colors.

When looking at the inspection tags, there are many of the common fields pre-printed on the tag that will cover the majority of the documentation requirements. Take a look at the detailed images to make sure the tag meets your needs.

If you already have the tags, the string and wire can be purchased separately. Review the category and let us know what you think. Thanks for visiting and checking out our tags.

ZT200 Zebra Barcode Printers

ZT200 Zebra Printers For SaleIf you missed our latest email blitz, take a look at this promotion that just went out in time for Halloween. You can get $25.00 off of a brand new Zebra ZT220 printer or you can get $50.00 off of a brand new ZT230 Zebra Barcode printer by using the promotional code on check out.

These are unbelievable savings you can get on these brand new printer models by Zebra. As you may know, this is the top brand in thermal transfer printing in the industry. They are made to last and use the most economical consumables for label printing business.

Just add the printer to your shopping cart and as you check out, there is a promotion code field for your coupon. For the ZT220 you just enter that same model (ZT220) for the code. For  the ZT230 model, you must enter (ZT230).

It is very rare to see a high quality barcode printer launched that is priced under $1000.00, but here they are. And with these additional savings from Adazon, you cannot go wrong. Have a great Halloween!

What is a Barcode Printer?

A barcode printer is used for printing barcode labels that can be placed onto objects. They are commonly used for companies such as retail, manufacturing, transportation and logistics, healthcare and more.

There are two main types of barcode printers: Direct thermal printers and thermal transfer printer. Direct thermal uses heat that causes the paper to turn black. Thermal transfer uses heat to melt information on the ribbon, which is then transferred onto the paper. Direct thermal printers are more affordable, but the labels can darken when exposed to sunlight and heat. Due to this reaction, these labels are best used for temporary labels such as shipping labels, or temporary marking indoors.

If your application requires a label that needs to be readable for many years, then a thermal transfer label printer is required. This is due to the material being “transferred” from the ribbon to the label. The more permanent the requirement will dictate both the ribbon used and the label material used. Paper labels and wax ribbon are the most economical for thermal transfer printing, but as you can imagine, paper can tear and will not hold up to moisture. Wax can rub or scratch off over time. Polyester labels and a resin ribbon is the most durable combination for thermal transfer printing allowing both the label and the resin image to hold up for many years of abuse.

Is it time for you to introduce barcode technology or upgrade your current system? Zebra’s new ZT200 series printers are a great choice for your labeling needs. Compact design, great print quality, fast and easy integration and ease of use are just a few of the features this printer offers. For more information on Zebra’s most affordable industrial printer, or to purchase, click here!Adazon Zebra Printers

Solutions with the Zebra P4T Printer

Up until now, all mobile printers used direct thermal paper only. This restricted the use of mobile printers to only be used for printing material that did not have to last too long or be very durable. Today there are many other options for mobile printing opening up many more applications. An example is the Zebra P4T Mobile Printer.P4T Zebra Printer Solutions

The P4T is the world’s very first thermal transfer printer that is mobile. Thermal transfer is a term used for printers that thermally transfer wax or resin from a ribbon onto a label. This process is more durable and permanent. This printer offers advanced wireless connectivity and boasts an array of features that easily handle customer’s printing needs while on the road.

So with all this information, what is an actual application we have used these printers for? This printer has been implemented in a national industrial distributor where they have hundreds of sales people in the field calling on parts warehouses, factories, repair shops, and maintenance rooms all over the country.

The original issue was that all of these sales people had sheets of labels they had to keep in the vehicle on sales calls in case some of the labels in the parts rooms were gone or worn out. The sales person makes their route and takes inventory by scanning the label and entering the reorder quantity. If the label is missing or damaged, a new labels must be made. The sales person would go to the vehicle and grab a sheet with many labels on the sheet. They then take the one label off of the sheet that needed to be replaced and discarded the rest of the sheet.

This process led to an extreme expense on the company due to all the wasted labels in the field. These labels were not just the basic paper label either. They were a high grade vinyl label with an over laminate to protect the image.

We proposed using mobile printers to allow printing on demand, but the mobile printers at the time only produced direct thermal labels which do not use a ribbon and they fade. Then along came the P4T, allowing thermal transfer printing on the road. For just over $1000.00 per unit, the printer more than paid for Read More »

Labels That Resist Paint

Is paint causing problems for your tracking application?

Today we have a permanent paint-resist polyester bar code label that will resist paint. These unique labels feature a special laminate that resists multiple paint applications, grease, even graffiti, and can withstand temperatures up to 250°F. After painting, customers simply pick off the paint and they are left with a clean, easy-to-scan polyester bar code label.
Subsurface printing protects against extreme caustics and moderate abrasion so you can have these pre-printed with serial numbers, date coding, or branding information.Paint Resistant Labels

Choose custom spot colors for the same price as standard colors! Flood coating or just having your logo in color can continue to add brand awareness to your product along with tracking as the items move through production phases.

Applications include transmission rebuilding companies, electric motor manufacturers, warehouse rack refurbishing, automotive parts, HVAC equipment tracking, and many more. If your product needs to be tracked and is going to be either painted or will get greasy and dirty, this is the perfect label for your application. Just pick the paint off or wipe the grease off and read the numbers or scan the barcode. Any industrial or dirty environment is the perfect home for this resistant surface label.

For one-time paint applications try our Removable Paint-Mask Polyester Bar Code Labels. These paint mask labels have a removable clear poly film over the label. Apply the label and read the barcode, then paint the product, label and all. When you want to read the label again in another stage of production, just peal off the tab to remove the top layer of the label and you will reveal a clean, unpainted barcode label below ready for a clean scan.

Barcode Scanners For Sale

Take a look at our updated category for barcode scanners. We have added more then 400 new barcode readers to this category and these scanners are priced to move. Adazon has full line access to more brands and more models allowing our customers the greatest selection of product on the web. Brands ranging from Honeywell, Motorola, Datalogic, Opticon, Intermec, Metrologic, POS-X, Wasp, and more.Wide Selection Of Barcode Scanners

These barcode scanners are great for use in many different industries. In the healthcare industry, we have scanners used for patient verification, medication management, and pharmacy dispensing.

In transportation, scanners are used in parts rooms, route verification, bill of lading tracking and more. As freight moves within this industry it is critical to know exactly where the inventory for each shipment is located.

The airline industry utilized the barcode scanner to track packages, luggage, and passengers. It is very critical that all of these make each and every check point in the system for security reasons as well as on time delivery.

Retail is probably the most visible use of barcode scanners as they can be seen in any retail store on checkout these days. This is the automated way to check customers out, track inventory, and perform audits.

Manufacturing utilizes these barcode scanners in industrial environments and require the most durable equipment. Tracking “Work In Process” to help reduce the amount of on hand inventory helps make manufacturers more productive.

Warehousing locations use barcode scanners for receiving, stocking, cycle counting, picking, shipping, and billing inventories throughout the system. This helps remove any human error in keystroking.

There are many other industries scanners are used and with our offering, you can find the exact barcode scanner for your application. Check out our updated category on our store here: Barcode Scanners