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Zebra Supplies Part I: High-Quality

Posted by Zebra Global

September 5, 2014 at 12:00 PM


Whether it’s labels, tags, receipt paper, wristbands, cards or ribbons, purchasing genuine Zebra supplies means you have access to a large selection of quality, pre-tested, stock and custom supplies manufactured by a thermal industry expert. In this post, we’ll tell you why Zebra Supplies are “high-quality”, and provide you with a whitepaper on selecting the right label.

When choosing a supplier for thermal materials, most users look for vendors that have the required certifications for their industry, have quality controls in place, and do not substitute materials run-to run.

If the application requires that the supply includes pre-printed colored text, symbols or logos, users should:

  • Make sure that the supplier utilizes an automated color mixing system that includes color-matching software. This enables the supplier to match the requested PMS color closely and store that formulation within their system so that the color is consistent from run-to run
  • Validate that the supplier has an automated vision inspection system on press to ensure proper placement of their pre-printed text throughout the manufacturing process 

Print quality problems can occur when label rolls have excessive dust. This dust can accumulate on label rolls during the manufacturing process, and then accumulate on the printhead, resulting in text and barcode quality issues and increased printhead replacement over time. Therefore, end-users need to be sure that the supplier has processes in place to sharpen dies on a regular basis and has a trim removal and vacuum system in place to reduce dust.

Remember – no two materials are created equal.

That is why it is important that users understand their supplier’s materials substitution policy. The use of slightly different materials from run-to-run can require the adjustment of the print darkness on the printer to enable high-quality images.

Zebra Supplies are High-Quality

Zebra uses consistent manufacturing processes to ensure customer satisfaction.

“We never substitute materials. This ensures crisp, readable and scannable output without needing to adjust printer settings,” said Christine Weber, Product Marketing Manager at Zebra Technologies. “Importantly, our supplies are ISO 9001:2008 certified, which guarantees that they will meet the expectations of our customers.”

ISO 9001:2008 specifies requirements for a quality management system where an organization

  • Needs to demonstrate its ability to consistently provide products that meet customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements, and
  • Aims to enhance customer satisfaction through the effective application of the system, including processes for continual improvement of the system and the assurance of conformity to customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements

Scenario: You need to select a label for your application. Product identification labels are now viewed as a as a critical mechanism for maintaining compliance, ensuring brand consistency, improving operational efficiency, and supporting business growth. They are the final link between your company and key stakeholders including customers, consumers, caregivers, patients, and regulators. How do you go about selecting a supplier?

There’s a whitepaper for that!


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Stay tuned for the next post in the Zebra Supplies series, on Zebra Supplies as pre-tested! Don't forget - you can browse, search for, and buy supplies here!

Topics: APAC, North America, Latin America, EMEA, Supplies