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Choosing the Best BarCode Printer for Your Business

The correct choice of your new barcode printer will help to improve your business processes, reduce employee and administrative costs, improve customer service and help to make running your business simpler.

TSC makes selecting the right barcode printer relatively simple. We currently offer over eight industrial class printer models and eleven different plastic desktop models to choose from. By answering just a few questions, we can narrow the choice of printers to consider, and make the best selection for your application.

Is this a replacement of an older barcode printer?

Many barcode printers that are sold today, perhaps even the majority of printers sold today, are replacing an existing label printer. TSC printers are designed to make the transition from your old printer to your new TSC printer as easy as possible. Our Windows™ drivers are excellent, and every TSC printer can emulate popular ZPL, EPL or DPL languages.

How durable do the labels have to be?

TSC offers both direct thermal and thermal transfer barcode printers. Direct thermal only printers are perfect for short-life labels such as parcel post, small package shipping, wristbands and other printed materials with an expected life of between one week and a year. Thermal transfer is the only choice when you need crisp, long-lasting labels. Thermal transfer gives the customer the widest variety of label choices from uncoated papers to extremely durable vinyls.

What is the print width required by your labels?

A key factor in choosing what printer to choose is to determine the widest label you will need to print. TSC barcode printers offer 2 inch, four inch, six inch and eight inch wide models to choose from. The most popular barcode printers are four inch wide models that are available in both plastic desktop and heavy duty die-cast industrial models.

What print resolution is required?

The most common resolution for barcode printers is 203 dpi (8 dots/mm) which is adequate for most printed labels. For applications that require text and barcodes on very small labels higher resolutions may be required. TSC offers barcode printers in 300 dpi (12 dots/mm) versions and also the very high resolution TTP-644M model that supports 600 dpi (24 dots/mm) printing.

What is your daily print volume?

How many labels do you need to print each day? Our TTP-2410M series of industrial printers are designed to print virtually non-stop, 24 hours per day just pausing long enough to replace ribbons and labels. For applications that require 500 or fewer labels per day TSC offers the very economical TTP-244 Plus and TTP-243 Pro series of printers, as well as the high value TTP-245C series.

How durable does the printer need to be?

Our plastic desktop models are perfect for an office environment where they quietly and efficiently produce the labels that you need. Our heavy duty industrial die-cast thermal transfer barcode printers are designed for harsh warehouse and manufacturing environment. Our durable TTP-247 series of plastic desktop barcode printers is often found in both office and industrial environments.

How fast do you need to print?

Usually the last question to consider is how fast do you need to print? TSC offers the fastest plastic desktop printers on the market with speeds up to seven inches per second. Our industrial printer models can print up to twelve inches per second.

TSC Auto ID has been building printers thermal barcode printers since 1992 and today is one of the world’s leading providers of barcode printing solutions. Since the introduction of the TTP-242 300 meter desktop barcode printer in 1996 TSC has led the way in providing high value, durable label printers to customers around the world. Today TSC is manufacturing 20,000 printers per month based on proven reliable designs.

TSC Auto ID barcode printers offer

  • Durable construction backed up by the best warranties available for a barcode printer
  • Reliable performance backed up by twenty years of engineering experience
  • A competitive purchase price
  • Low cost of ownership
  • Ease of use and ease of installation