When selecting a printing solution suitable for your manufacturing environment, a software upgrade may also be required. While there are software plugins available for popular word processors that are capable of generating barcodes; we'd advise against using these as the barcodes are not always reliable or compliant with GS1 standards. The most widely used label design & barcode creation software is BarTender by Seagull Scientific, a reliable and industry-standard compliant software package. Using the right tools for the job can prevent serious mishaps in labelling compliance and traceability, ultimately saving your company the potential cost of a product recall.
BarTender allows you to automate your labelling process from start to finish by providing templates to fast track your label production. It also ensures full compliance with regulatory standards using all GS1-standard barcodes. This ensures standardisation of barcoding, and creates efficiencies with compliance barcoding both domestically and globally. From here, you can choose to automate your printing processes to any printer.
Additionally, BarTender supports both thermal direct and thermal transfer style printers, and is compatible with a wide range of global brands. The printers that are optimised for BarTender software are Domino, Bixolon, Honeywell (including Datamax-O'Neil and Intermec), Carl Valentin, Zebra, SATO, Toshiba, Argox, GoDEX, Citizen and TSC.
Reliable barcoding software and a printer that can keep pace with your workload will both help improve productivity, accelerate your printing process, and increase the visibility of goods travelling through the supply chain. Taking the time to consider the requirements of the label, the application & the environment also helps ensure it will be both fit for purpose and cost-effective. The labels you produce help monitor & track inventory to reduce disappearance in material products, and maintain regulatory compliance within your areas of distribution time after time, leaving you free to focus on what matters to you.