Determining which labels you need for a new labeling application can be confusing. You don’t want to get it wrong and find the label does not meet weather or chemical exposure requirements. Here are some simple questions you can start with to determine the right label.

1. What is the printer make & model these will be printed in, (if any)? (Or roll OD and core size or sheet size)

2. Does your label require a ribbon to print or not? Is your printer capable of using a ribbon? Your label is either Direct Thermal or Thermal Transfer.

3.  What resistance does it require? (Moisture, oil, grease, alcohol, abrasion)

4.  In what environment will it exist?  (Outdoors, outdoors covered, indoors)

5.  What surface will it stick to? (Corrugate, paper, packaging rims, plastic, metal, glass, rough surface, curved surface, moist surface)

6. Does it need to come off at any given point with little or no residue?

7. Is there any pre-printing needed, on front of label, back of labels or on label liner.

8. What size do you need? Width x Length (length measurement increases as the roll is unwound)

Answering these questions will eliminate many headaches, greatly reduce your cost and provide you with the best possible label. There are hundreds of different types of labels that will meet your requirements.

Other factors that determine how your label will print:

  • Ribbon Type
  • Print head DPI
  • Size of Text
  • Amount of Copy on the Label
  • Amount of Detail on the Label

Other specific details you will need to know:

  • Core Size .75″, 1″, 1.5″, 2″, 3
  • Label Width and Length
  • Quantity (Quantity per Roll)
  • Do you need perforations between each label
  • Outer Diameter (will it fit in your printer?)
  • Annual usage (how many labels per day?)

Hint: Bigger is Better  If your printer only holds a 5″ Outer Diameter Roll, consider buying a Roll Holder that accommodates an 8″ Roll. This inexpensive attachment, sits behind the printer and feeds labels in through the open feed slot. Larger O.D. labels are less expensive than smaller ones!

Hint: Cases Quantities  It is always less expensive per roll to purchase case quantities of labels (and thermal ribbon)! Many suppliers also offer buyer loyalty discounts fro annual purchases. Great distributors will even hold onto your labels in their warehouse until you need them. Just make the call.

Best Hint: Call a Great Supplier!  Buying labels is not like buying vitamins online! You can save yourself a lot or work by finding a good supplier and sticking with them. Don;t just go on their website and try it alone, CALL THEM! They can answer every question and you will have the opportunity to get a better price!

The labeling industry is a multi-billion dollar business and regardless of your application, there is a label material out there that will meet your needs.

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Compact and rugged –

The AN720 compact RFID antenna is designed for indoor and outdoor environments, and is impact and vibration resistant.

COMPACT indoor/outdoor ANTENNA FOR CUSTOMER-FACING ENVIRONMENTS –

The AN720 RFID antennas offer all the features required for both indoor and outdoor environments. The rugged AN720 is impact and vibration resistant, and designed to withstand exposure to rain, snow and extreme temperatures; Ideal for the receiving dock doors or outdoor shopping areas.

Industries

  • Retail
  • Manufacturing
  • Warehouse Management

Used for

  • Outdoor Shopping Areas
  • Receiving Dock Doors
  • Ceilings and Walls to Create Superior Read Zones around Shelves

Business-class power in a compact case

These efficient antennas help deliver high-throughput, high capacity communication of EPC-compliant RFID tag data. The rugged AN720 is designed to withstand exposure to rain, snow and extreme temperatures — ideal for the receiving dock doors or outdoor shopping areas.

key player in zebra’s complete RFID solution

A perfect complement to Zebra’s FX7500 RFID Reader, the AN700 Series antennas are extremely compact, offering the aesthetics required for the most discreet installation in the most space constrained areas — for example, under the point of sale (POS) counter.

Pair with our services for planning and management

To help you seamlessly and successfully integrate your RFID Antennas into your environment, Zebra offers a complete suite of services that span the entire solution lifecycle — from initial planning and assessment through ongoing training and support.

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DISCREET –

The AN710 compact RFID antenna is designed for carpeted and customer-facing environments.

COMPACT ANTENNA FOR CUSTOMER FACING ENVIRONMENTS –

A perfect complement to Zebra’s FX7500 RFID Reader, the AN710 antennas are extremely compact, offering the aesthetics required for the most discreet installation in the most space constrained areas. The integrated mounting bracket enables easy installation in minutes.

Industries

  • Retail
  • Hospitality
  • Manufacturing

Used for

  • Below Counter
  • Ceilings and Walls to Create Superior Read Zones around Shelves

Business-class power in a compact case

These efficient antennas help deliver high-throughput, high capacity communication of EPC-compliant RFID tag data. The AN710 is suitable for use in indoor environments with its slim profile tucking easily away.

key player in zebra’s complete RFID solution

A perfect complement to Zebra’s FX7500 RFID Reader, the AN700 Series antennas are extremely compact, offering the aesthetics required for the most discreet installation in the most space constrained areas.

Pair with our services for planning and management

To help you seamlessly and successfully integrate your RFID Antennas into your environment, Zebra offers a complete suite of services that span the entire solution lifecycle.

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Less than 1/2 inch thick –

The AN620 is a larger slim line, ultra-low profile antenna that is suitable for use in indoor environments.

Slim line, ultra-low profile –

The AN610 and AN620 feature a simple, integrated mounting system that lets them stand just under one-half inch (12mm) from horizontal or vertical mounting surfaces. The outer housing is designed to be sleek and discreet enough to be at home in any business setting but rugged enough for indoor industrial environments.

Industries

  • Retail
  • Warehouse Management
  • Manufacturing

Used for

  • Below Counter or Above Counter RFID Pad
  • POS or Endcap Displays
  • Ceilings and Walls to Create Superior Read Zones around Shelves
  • Indoor Manufacturing Environment

Space-saving and stylish

The outer housing is designed to be sleek and discreet enough to be at home in any business setting but rugged enough for indoor industrial environments.

Perfect compliment

The AN600 series antennas are ideally suited for use in wall mount, doorways, under counter, above counter as an RFID pad, on shelves, POS or end-cap displays like jewelry counter applications.

Tailored for multiple classes

The AN620 is versatile for multiple usages, within any environment and the aesthetics won’t compromise performance.

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Space-saving and stylish –

The AN610 is a smaller slim line, ultra-low profile antenna that is suitable for use in indoor environments.

Sleek. Discreet. Rugged. –

The AN610 is space-saving and stylish. The outer housing is designed to be sleek and discreet enough to be at home in any business setting but rugged enough for indoor industrial environments.

Industries

  • Retail
  • Warehouse Management
  • Manufacturing

Used for

  • Below Counter or Above Counter RFID Pad
  • POS or Endcap Displays
  • Ceilings and Walls to Create Superior Read Zones around Shelves
  • Indoor Manufacturing Environment

Easy to Mount

The AN610 features a simple, integrated mounting system. It stands just under one-half inch (12mm) from horizontal or vertical mounting surfaces.

Stylish Space Saver

The outer shell is sleek and discreet for any business setting but rugged enough for indoor industrial areas.

Suited For All Areas

The AN610 antenna is suited for use in wall mount, doorways, under counter, above counter as an RFID pad, on shelves, POS or end-cap displays like jewelry counter applications.

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Globally Compatible –

This single-port antenna offers maximum performance and is designed for use worldwide.

Global Flexibility for All Enterprises –

Zebra’s AN480 offers the flexibility and performance required to meet the needs of enterprises worldwide. Compatible in virtually any global market, this single port antenna can be installed throughout the enterprise in manufacturing and warehouse floor environments or any dock door receiving application.

The AN480 antenna offers a low axial ratio to deliver a more uniform gain for superior performance.

Industries

  • Warehouse Management
  • Manufacturing
  • Field Mobility
  • Transportation

Used for

  • Ceilings and Walls to Create Superior Read Zones around Shelves
  • Doorways and Chokepoints
  • Portals, Outdoor Gates and Conveyors
  • RF-Challenging Environments

For Diverse Needs

The wide-frequency range enables the AN480 to be utilized in worldwide deployments, providing cost-efficiencies and a simplified RFID infrastructure.

Low Axial Ratio

The low axial ratio is nearly 50 percent lower than typical competitive devices. You get a more uniform gain and better performance.

Easy Mounting

The AN480 uses Zebra’s standard mounting bracket – mounting the antenna for the first time or upgrading an existing Zebra antenna with the AN480 is fast and easy.

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High-performance –

The robust AN440 RFID antenna delivers the high-performance, capacity and range you need to track dense product traffic quickly and accurately, even in large application areas.

LARGE AREA COVERAGE IN ANY ENVIRONMENT –

Get the capacity and range you demand for reliable RFID tag reading with the AN440 high-performance RFID area antenna. A good-looking, rugged general-purpose area antenna, the AN440 is designed to perform exceptionally in all environments, indoors and out. The AN440 RFID Antenna gives you a wide read field and high-speed RF signal conversion, so data capture is fast and accurate, even in expansive, high-demand environments.

Industries

  • Warehouse Management
  • Manufacturing
  • Field Mobility

Used for

  • Ceilings and Walls to Create Superior Read Zones around Shelves
  • Doorways and Chokepoints
  • Portals, Outdoor Gates and Conveyors
  • RF-Challenging Environments

Easy to mount

The AN440’s rugged white housing is at home in customer-facing and industrial settings. You can achieve superior read zones around stockroom shelves, warehouse doorways and dock platforms. Anywhere boxes and pallets are moving into and out of your facility.

Longer read ranges

The rectangular AN440 antenna is designed to deliver faster, more accurate communication of EPC-compliant passive tag data to your RFID readers. Your workflow keeps flowing, your inventory count stays accurate and your productivity can reach new heights.

Lifecycle support

Our RFID Advanced Services provide the assistance you need to architect your solution for your business, processes and environment, ensuring that your pilot or full-scale rollout is designed to deliver peak performance.