Before deciding which printers to use, several things come into consideration:
- Label design & dimensions
- Print quality & quantity
- Print speed
Desktop printers are designed to fit and operate in small tight areas where space is limited without sacrificing print quality, reliability, or price. They are ideal for low-medium volume printing applications (mostly in retail and office environments), such as:
- Price labels, coupon & receipt printing
- Pharmacy: prescription labels
- Healthcare: patient tracking
- Lab and specimen labels
- Product and shipping labels
- Visitor ID, parking tickets
- Boarding passes, bag tags, train tickets.
- Asset & inventory labels
Industrial printers are a class above desktop printers in terms of specifications. They are able to print bigger-sized labels with bigger print capacity and could withstand harsher environments. These printers are often used for:
- Asset & Inventory Management
- Cross Docking
- Lab Sample Tracking
- Reverse Logistics
- Work-in-Process Tracking
- Compliance Labeling
- Information Labels
- Medical Record & Prescription Labeling
- Order Labeling
- Quality Control
Mid-range printers can be considered as entry-level industrial printers. They would fulfill the needs of small- to medium-size manufacturing and warehousing organizations to produce a moderate volume of printed labels for a variety of applications including product labeling, shipping/receiving, compliance, and others.
High-performance printers are designed to survive in the harshest industrial environments and can perform consistently in 24/7, mission-critical operations. These state-of-the-art, built-to-last printers are legendary for their rugged durability, consistently outstanding print quality, high print speed, long life, and unparalleled reliability in demanding applications and harsh environments. These qualities translate into low total cost of ownership – making them a smart investment for organizations with high-volume, mission-critical or specialty labeling applications, such as large-scale manufacturing, warehousing, transportation and logistics.
Mobile printers are ideal for companies where workers need to be mobile but have to print labels on-the-go.
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