Printer Supplies

Could Your Barcode Labels Be Damaging Your Printers?

While barcode printing supplies may seem like a simple part of your business, using the wrong ones can have far-reaching implications. What starts as a relatively small issue can quickly escalate into larger problems and un-scannable labels can result in a reduction of work productively and increase in costs.

When we’re printing barcode labels, many of us like to save on costs, so we buy cheaper labels and printing supplies. But we don’t realise that the money we save on up-front costs will often turn into much higher costs in the long run.

This is because cheaper labels and printing supplies are usually made with low-grade materials that aren’t consistently manufactured and can actually damage our printers. They can also cause major issues with print quality, label adhesion and barcode scannability.

In the end, using cheaper supplies adds up to costly printer servicing, repairs and disruptions to scanning and data capture workflows that often far outweigh any initial savings.

Investing in the right supplies is the best way to minimise your labelling costs and ensure seamless data capture processes. Cheap barcode labels and supplies cause a range of costly and damaging issues because they are not made to match specific labelling application needs resulting in blurry, faded barcodes and increased wear on printhead.

Next comes heat sensitivity, especially if you’re using direct thermal printing. Cheap labels are often sensitive to heat and create more print quality issues, requiring more printer adjustments and wasted supplies.

Additionally, if you’re using cheap, low-quality labels, your label adhesives can easily fail, meaning your labels won’t stick. Damaged and unreadable labels are often the result of low grade materials which aren’t able to withstand the rigours of sunlight, moisture, water or chemicals.

If your labels need to adhere and be readable in these conditions, low-cost supplies just won’t cut it. For these types of applications you need specialised label materials, adhesives, and printer ribbons so thats the labels won’t smudge, smear, become un-scannable or become detached from the application.

To avoid all of these issues and minimise your long term supply costs, invest in Zebra barcode labels and supplies. Zebra manufactures all of it’s products with ISO-certified quality processes and rigorous pre-testing to ensure proper adhesion, scannability, durability, and minimal printhead wear.

As a proud Zebra Solutions Partner with 25 years experience in the barcode and labelling industry we offer a wide range of consumables to pair with our printing solutions. Call 01975 564111 to speak to one of our friendly sales team.

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Taking Security Seriously

Healthcare is the second most targeted industry therefore security is paramount for protecting your patients and their privacy.  Printers can be vulnerable to cyber-attacks as they’re capable of transmitting sensitive data across a network that, if not secure, could be accessible by unauthorized parties. That is why it is so critical to assign security controls to printers.  Zebra development and management tools allow you to setup these secure network connections.

Zebra proactively guards against security vulnerabilities by integrating multiple layers of protection. Zebra devices, solutions and services are designed with security in mind, without hindering productivity. You’ll find Zebra security is easy to deploy and seamless to your frontline clinicians. With Zebra’s smart, configurable technology, you can balance operational objectives with security, in real time, in the real world. Count on Zebra to provide peace of mind that helps you implement your technology strategies at the edge and provide the best care for your patients.

Call today on 01975 564111 to discuss how Zebra tools can benefit your workplace.  Take advantage of Zebra’s current Trade Up Scheme which allows customers to trade in any printers and upgrade to the latest printer technologies at a heavily discounted price.

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Your Trusted Label Specialists

With over 25 years’ experience delivering barcode tracking, scanning and traceability systems in to Healthcare applications across the UK.  We provide complete solutions including hardware, software, consumables and professional services to implement and support GS1 and ICCBBA complaint systems.

As a trusted Zebra Partner Sciamed Limited offer an extensive label portfolio which includes –

Order Comms Labels

We offer a range of labels compatible with the order comms system. These are commonly used for labelling samples taken at the bedside or at the GPs. This label offers crisp clean prints for easy readability. We can provide white or colour labels to the users’ preference with or without a perforation through the centre and to work with either desktop or mobile printers.

Wristbands

A wide range of sizes and colours to suit a variety of patients. Soft materials and cuffs for patients with sensitive skin. Short and longer shelf life options available and coloured bands offering an additional visual warning. We can supply these either for direct thermal printers or A4 Laser printers.

Cryogenic labels

Trusted to accompany samples and specimens through ultra-low temperature applications. A polypropylene material with adhesive offering resistance to liquid nitrogen and dry ice. Ideal for clinical trials and storage of samples. 

Histology Slide labels

A synthetic label combined with an image lock ribbon offers the ability to withstand exposure to Xylene, Acetic Acid, Harris Haematoxylin, Isopropyl and many other commonly used staining agents, ensuring that the label does not discolour, and any text or barcode remains easily readable.

Pharmacy labels

Dispensing labels which print crisp and cleanly each time. We offer a range of sizes to meet the individual systems requirement, these quality direct thermal labels are easy to load and exceptional value.

Bloodbag Labels

The combination of our sturdy label material and durable printed image provides ISBT 128 compliance and supports commitment to patient safety. With FDA.175.105 compliant adhesive you can be confident in applying the label directly to the bag.

Transfusion [Bag & Tag] Labels

To aid with compliance of the Blood Safety and Quality Regulations 2005, we offer a bag and tag transfusion tag. On the rear is a pre-printed administration step by step check to aid the user, and the face of the tag allows all of the patients details and legal information to be recorded.

Sterile Indicator Labels

A sterile label designed for use in the decontamination services Autoclave machines. These labels provide a visual indication that the sterilisation process has been completed by changing colour, and with a multipart face to allow the tracking details to be placed within the patient notes.

A4 labels

We are able to offer a huge range of labels that can be printed with the A4 Laser printers. We can provide a range of materials, colours, adhesives and volumes to suit your application.

Duplicate label system

Scan and replicate – a simple to use solution that allows the user to scan a barcode and instantly create a new replica of this onto a label.

Give us a call today for more information 01975 564111.

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Top 5 Reasons To Buy Zebra Wristbands

We all know that patient wristbands are the foundation for a safer, more efficient process for delivering care. They are critical for accurate patient identification therefore high quality is of the up most importance. However, not all wristbands are of equal quality. Some wristbands are not durable enough to withstand the rigours of a busy hospital environment, leading to mistakes, increased costs and more worryingly, a compromise in patient care. There are many factors that can effect the performance of wristbands such as ink that fades when exposed to water, alcohol or hand santitizers, poorly printed font which is either too small or easily damaged resulting in unreadable data. Zebra understand the consequences that these issues can cause and for that reason ensure that all wristbands go through vigorous testing conducted by an independent laboratory to guarantee the highest quality, every time.

  1. Comfortable To Wear – gentle enough to protect skin from injury without sacrificing quality.
  2. Durable – strong enough to last throughout the entire patient stay, whether it’s 2 days or 2 weeks.
  3. Quality Construction – tough enough to endure constant exposure to water and hand sanitizers without fading or smudging.
  4. Easily Scanned – readable 100% of the time without having to awaken patient to adjust bands for scanning.
  5. Effortlessly Printed – reliable quick and easy printing without encountering feeding issues and paper jams.

Zebra Certified Supplies –

Exceptionally Consistent and Consistently Exceptional