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The 3 Best Reasons To Print Color Labels In-House

Posted by Chris Erbach

Jul 8, 2020 10:31:48 AM

Wouldn't it be great to be able to push a button and get just the right amount of high-quality color labels instantly?

Sometimes you need large of amounts of color labels for your products, whether for the product itself or the packaging. This requires getting them from a label printer (like Weber Packaging Solutions) to get the best quality and cost for a large run, say over 10,000 labels.

But some companies have requirements for color labels in small batches or need large (up to 8" x 13") labels for chemical drums and pails. What do you do if you only need 10 total labels and each a unique design? Even digital printing would be cost prohibitive.

But now you have three reasons to bring your small-run label printing in-house at a cost-effective price.

The Epson C6000 Series color inkjet label printers are specifically designed for industrial customers that need high-quality, full-color labels up to 8.34" wide. The printers come in a narrow and wide-web version but share the same consumables. Let's look at the models.

ONE: The Epson C6000A (label cutter) and the C6000P (peeler bar) are the narrow-web version of the series. These printers are engineered for demanding applications deliver dependable commercial inkjet printing that you can count on. The printers can print from 1.0" (25mm) up to  4.25" (108mm) and can print up to 24" (610mm) long. The printers can print in a wide range of quality settings from Maximum Speed (300 x 600) to Maximum Quality (1200 x 1200). Print speeds up to 5" per second on max speed settings.

The printers use separate CMYK high-quality Epson ink cartridges so you only replace the color needed. Using ESC/Label and ZPL II Interface languages, you can print without reprogramming existing systems. And the Remote Printer Management allows you to manage large fleet

s of printers over a network. 

The 4" wide C6000 printers are perfect for using color labels on small medical vials and med devices, small GHS label applications on chemicals, and food and beverage applications for small batches of high-quality labels.

TWO: The Epson C6500A (label cutter) and C6500P (label peeler) are the wide-web version of the series with label widths up to 8.34" (212mm) wide and up to 24" (610mm) long. With the same high-resolution printing capabilities as the C6000 printers, the wider label ability makes the C6500 printers ideal for large chemical drum and pail labeling. When only a minimum quantity of labels is required per day, but they need to be sharp, chemical resistant, and in full color, then the Epson C6500 inkjet printer is the perfect solution for the application.

These printers can operate in a wide variety of Operating System Environments including most Windows versions, Mac OS and Linux. A general purpose I/O port is designed to mission-critical applications that need to seamlessly integrate a color printer into their automated workflow.

The Epson C6000 Series color inkjet label printers allow you to unlock the power of color on your labels, adding color-coded fields, product pictures, logos and marketing messages to improve your overall business processes and branding.

These printers are available at Weber's online store, www.go-label.com.

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Topics: Epson C6000, Epson C6500, inkjet printers, inkjet labels, Epson ink cartridges, Epson inkjet labels


Craft Beer Labeling on the PL-501

Posted by Chris Erbach

Apr 14, 2020 3:17:15 PM

The Craft Brewers Conference was cancelled for 2020, but we want to show you what Weber was planning to demonstrate in their booth. 

Every year we look forward to the craft brewing innovations, camaraderie and outstanding good time at the Craft Brewers Conference. Unfortunately, this year the show was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We hope everyone was able to stay home and practice smart social behaviors that allowed everyone to stay healthy in this difficult environment.

But we really wanted to show you some of the things we had planned for our new booth at the CBC show. So Neal Oechsle, our Labeling Products Manager, would like to show you a few things that can improve your craft beer labeling.

 

Weber can help you improve your craft beer brand by helping you get high-quality labels and economic prices. Craft beer labels need to look unique, setting you apart from the crowd in the busy beverage aisle. And the labels need to be durable, water-resistant and smudge-proof. Weber can print your labels on their digital presses, so small label runs are very economical. We can use a variety of label stocks for special effects and can add foil and embossing to really make your label come alive. 

And our e-commerce site, Go-Label.com, is now offering a selection of custom digitally printed craft beer labels for your brand. We can take your artwork and print beautiful labels on a variety of label materials and protective coatings. These labels come in convenient rolls of 500 labels on 3" cores (also available in larger sizes - call for details).

Our custom-printed labels are perfect for limited runs and special times when you need between 500-5000 labels for your latest project. While Go-Label can supply much larger quantities if needed, that should be handled by one of our labeling experts available at 1.800.843.4242.

For more information on the PL-501, check out our web site.

Craft Beer starter kit

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Topics: craft beer labels, craft beer can labels, craft beer brewers, pack leader PL-501, craft beer labeling system


Some of Our Favorite Labels of 2019

Posted by Chris Erbach

Feb 4, 2020 3:22:09 PM

 

As 2019 winds down, I just thought I would share some of the more interesting labels that we have printed this year. Weber prints digital labels for customers in a wide variety of markets and some of the designs are outstanding. 

Our digital label presses are constantly printing cool labels for everything from start-up companies to established industries looking to improve the look of their brand. So take a look at these gems and learn about the companies they represent! We like to support all our customers, large and small.

1. Hair of the Ferret - Crown Point, IN

A former Weber label customer, Dan and Sally Homner, are those kind of people who have the ability to turn a hobby that they love into a successful business. Hair of the Ferret Gourmet Salsa is a family-owned company that takes great pride in making the best salsa and hot sauces on the planet. Fresh ingredients (up to 12 varieties of peppers!) make all the difference.

Being huge salsa lovers, Dan and Sally started making salsa for friends and family. People loved it and after many accolades, they decided to take it to market in 1997. Literally. They took it to a Farmers Market and it was such a big hit that they decided to start a full-time business making salsa.

The name is is a tongue-in-cheek suggestion from one of their friends. It's such an outrageous name that people remember it and it stuck.

In 2018 they got a price increase from their current label vendor and started looking for a new label company. They also had a new product, Fred's Red hot sauce. We provided some cool samples of different label materials that would make their brand stand out from the competitors on the store shelf. 

Dan liked the idea of the metallic label material and he had our graphics department make his artwork come to life. The results speak for themselves. If you are a hot sauce collector, better get this one on your list! Available online at decent prices.

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Topics: Digital Labels, Digital label printing, custom labels


DataMatrix Bar Code Basics for GS1 Healthcare Labeling

Posted by Chris Erbach

Aug 16, 2019 9:14:58 AM

 

Barcodes can be found everywhere – whether on the food packaging in the supermarket, on the shipping package in logistics or on component parts in industrial production. It's no wo

nder, because they are an essential tool for Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC). Scanning barcode labels with a device is just so much faster than entering information into a system by hand. In addition, it results in fewer errors because machines are simply more reliable in this task.

However, not all barcodes are the same. Among them is one that plays a key role in many industrial applications such as GS1 in Healthcare: the Data Matrix code. In this article, you will learn more about its particular benefits.

DataMatrix, barcode, QR code – what is the difference?

There are different types of barcodes. They can be divided into:

  • one-dimensional (1D) barcodes where data is encoded in one direction only
  • two-dimensional (2D) barcodes which encode data in the form of an area across two directions.

One-dimensional barcodes such as EAN codes consist of varying widths and spacings of parallel lines. They are also called linear barcodes.

Just like QR codes, datamatrix codes are 2D barcodes. They are usually square in shape and encode information in the form of square black and white dots, forming the so-called timing pattern. It can encode up to 1556 bytes or up to 3116 digits. At one edge you will also see ​​an L-shaped finder pattern consisting of two solid adjacent borders. This part helps scanners to locate and orient the DataMatrix code.

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Topics: GS1 DataMatrix, DataMatrix bar codes, GS1 Healthcare GS1, Markoprint Ink Jet Coders


Wild Onion Brewery - Great Beer Plus Environmental Stewardship

Posted by Chris Erbach

Jul 18, 2019 9:49:43 AM

What was once farmland and an abandoned quarry has become a small piece of paradise in the northwest Chicago suburbs. Wild Onion Brewery is one of Chicago’s first craft breweries of the modern era, firing up their first batch of Paddy Pale Ale in 1996. Family-owned, and located just off Route 14 in Lake Barrington, IL, this small but mighty brewer has seen steady, well-managed growth for over 23 years.

With roots going back to the Kainz family dairy business in Chicago in the early 1900’s, founding brewer Mike Kainz had always been intrigued by family brewing stories. His grandfather and uncles had converted part of their dairy to beer production on the sly during Prohibition to keep thirsty Chicagoans happy in the 1920’s. There were stories of fermenting beer in stainless steel milk tanks and rolling barrels down the alley behind the dairy at night.

As an Economics/French major in college, Mike traveled to France for school and fell in love with the Belgian and German beers. He came home and started home brewing to create beers with more flavor than what was currently available in the USA. He just dabbled in the brewing art, and became quite proficient at it.

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Topics: craft beer labels, craft beer can labels, craft beer label materials, craft beer brewers, wild onion brewery


Desktop Label Printers To Fit Your Budget & Your Printing Needs

Posted by Chris Erbach

Jun 20, 2019 9:32:06 AM

What do you do when you need a low-cost label printer, often at a remote location, able to print labels when you need them and maintain high quality?

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Topics: Zebra GC Printers, Zebra GX printers, Zebra GK printers, Zebra G Series label printers, Zebra desktop label printers


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