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We have a need to print self-adhesive shelf tags and labels.  These are usually in full letter-sized sheets, perforated for easy separation, and made to hang from standard retail shelving.  The labels are typically made of a material that appears to be a plastic or vinyl.

Our printer is a standard HP 1200-series laser printer.

The problem is that with certain styles of these labels, the printer appears to almost melt the sticker to the point that it separates from the backing and wraps itself around the rollers.  This has basically ruined one printer and we need to replace it.  Is there a better printer that we can buy that will print our labels without this hassle?  Any other suggestions would also be very welcome!
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i see two options for you:

1) with the existing brand of adhesive label sheets, you can use an inkjet printer to take out prints.

2) with the existing laser printer, change the brand of the label sheets - there are brands specifically developed for laser printers - and are made with paper. plastics like vinyls cannot withstand the temperature of the fuser roller.

if vinyl stickers are a must, then there is no other option other than a inkjet printer.

if you can tell me, how many labels/sheets you require per day, i can recommend a good inkjet printer for you.

also, try this:
in the media selection drop box in the printer properties, select the thinnest paper (60 gsm) and take out a print. also try with "transparency" - this basically controls how hot the fuser roller will run.


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hathehariken.
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Hello,

These were the two options that we saw as well, but were hoping for another solution.  Changing the stock is not an option due to corporate standards/requirements.  I'm looking at adding an inkjet printer printer, but space is an issue and due to the volume of non-label printing, laser is necessary.

If there are other suggestions, I would still like to hear them.  But I will look more closely at adding an inkjet.

Thanks,
Mark
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have you tried to change the media settings and see what happens?

just a few hours ago, i tried to recreate your problem, on my HP LJ 2200, and my label sheet bubbled - it was paper though. the adhesive layer gassified in the heat and it looked like there was bubbles between the labels and the backing paper.
i put in "Labels" in the media selection dropdown menu, and the problem went away - print was clear, no bubbles.

Labels, Transparency, Thin Paper - these are the three options that may solve your problem.

also, which driver are you using? PS or PCL?
i would recommend PCL 6 drivers, as media selection is better in that.

cheers!
hathehariken.
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OK, we have a new laser printer being delivered, but I was not able to find out what model it is.  Also, they opted to buy an inkjet printer: Epson WorkForce 40.

Problem is that the ink from the Epson never dries on the vinyl stock.  Surprisingly, there is no transparency option in the setup menu for the software (they also didn't make a claim that there was).  I had previously tried printing some of this stock on an old Epson Stylus Color 980 and it worked fine, but that was a few years ago and that printer is long gone.

Are there any suggestions on how we could make this Epson work?  Also, I would be interested to know of any other inkjet printers that should work better for this.

Thank you!
Mark
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for printing on vinlys by inkjets, the vinyl surface hase to specifically treated. your Vinyl may not be similarly treated.

install the PCL6 driver for your 1200 series Laser, and you will have the media selection option within the printer properties window. try and match the best setting for you particular brand of Vinyls.

you can also try this with the new laser - there MUST be a media selection menu within the printer properties dialog box.

cheers!
hathehariken.
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by:MarkW78
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I'm not sure what drivers we had originally for the LaserJet 1200, but it did not include any options for media.  I downloaded the PCL6 driver as suggested and used the "Labels" media type to print on the labels without problem.

Thanks for your help!
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glad your issue got solved.

cheers!
hatheheriken.
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