Archive for July, 2010

Ahgrrrrrrr! I misprinted a bunch of laser labels

July 13, 2010

I hate when that happens. Yesterday I was printing some ML-0600 shippinglabels / laser labels when I realized I was printing the labels incorrectly. I thought, well, there’s got to be something I can do with these now seemingly useless shipping labels. So I was having my morning coffee and it was getting a little cold. I threw it in the microwave, which some people in the office think omits brain damaging radiation. I mean seriously, not even when it’s on. They think if you leave the door open, it emits radiation. What? Anyway I went for the coffee, and aye yay yay, it was too hot. I had put it on a full cup setting and there was only a half cup left. Ding Ding Ding. I got the misprinted ML-0600 labels, and stuck them triple thick around the cup. I saved my fingers, I used the labels, and all was right with the world. Except for the huge fight I had with my wife at 4:30 this morning. Don’t ask.

ML-0600 shipping label used as a coffee cup insulator, ML-0600 is used in lieu of Avery 5164

Pinfeed Label Printing Tip

July 12, 2010

If you’ve got a dot matrix printer still hanging around the office and you need to print on some dot matrix labels it can be difficult to find where to set up these labels in Microsoft Word. If you’ve got some of our 42-451 labels, you need to know that the Avery equivalent is Avery 4013.
Just follow the numbers below and click and fill out the information shown, and you’ll have a label ready in Microsoft Word to print on a dot matrix printer.

42-451 printing tip

Lignin Free

July 9, 2010

What’s a lignin you ask, and why shouldn’t we have them? Lignins are chemicals that occurs naturally in wood. Paper is made made from wood. Lignins produce a paper that is stronger than paper without lignins. Unfortunately it’s biodegradable and over time, it degrades and turns the paper brittle and yellow or even brown. Ever kept a newspaper article for a couple of years?, well they become very brittle and yellow, right? Amazingly, Newspaper is about 98% lignin free. So keeping paper lignin free is important if you want to have laser labels or inkjet labels that maintain their color and quality for a long time. That’s why Maco makes their labels lignin free.

Here’s the chemical structure for lignins:


Not Packing heat, just list

July 8, 2010

Packing List Enclosed

If you’ve ever used our labels to ship your products, you’ll appreciate this product. It’s a Poly Bag that you slip your packing list into. It’s got an adhesive back, so you can affix it to your package. Many companies request that you affix a packing list on any shipments received. It’s just plain helpful to know what’s in the package being shipped, and how much it weighs and things of that nature.

OpenOffice Draw PDF Export

July 7, 2010

If you want to create PDF documents from an OpenOffice Draw Document, it’s no big deal. You don’t need any special software. Many other office products don’t have this feature, but with OpenOffice, you just need to click on File, then Export as PDF.

Cheney and Biden

and here’s the final PDF:

So if you’re doing multiple copies of full sheet labels this is ideal.

MS-1648 Template

July 6, 2010

If you find that you absolutely need to run small sheeted labels through your printer, there are some things you need to know.
While some printers can accommodate the printing of small sheeted labels, in general we do not recommend printing small sheeted labels because many of them are of the removable type and many inkjet and laser printers have printer paths with very small turning radii and high temperatures. These conditions could lead to labels being separated from the sheet in the printer, possibly damaging the printer. To add to those problems, a great percentage of inkjet and laser printers are not capable of printing the top or bottom labels due to printer margin limits.

If you know that your printer can handle these small sheets, and you do need to create some templates, here are some directions for creating a template. Our example below is for the MS-1648 series of labels. This includes the MS1648-A1, MS1648-GG, MS1648-LB, MS1648-OG, MS1648-RG, & the MS1648-YG.

Here is an example of an MS-1648 template in MS Word 2007. Just follow the the numbers in red by clicking the on the circles in Word. Then just click OK in each one of the windows.

MS-1648 Template

And here is the final product:

MS-1648 Template

Make sure you change the Page size to 3.125 wide by 6.5″ long in the printer properties box before you print.

Independence day is this weekend

July 2, 2010

We celebrate our nations Independence from England on July 4th 1776. It was about this time that with the introduction of glass bottles and the multiple varieties of wine being produced, there was a need to identify wines for their origin and their quality. This is the best explanation of the birth of the modern label. Not only of the modern wine label but labels in general. So here at not only do we celebrate the birth of a Nation at this time of year, we celebrate the birth of an industry.
Here’s an ML-0600 template for the 4th of July.

July 4th 2010 ML-0600 template, same as Avery 5164 template

Smiley face ml-0400 Templates

July 1, 2010

Here are a few ML-0400 templates, and they’ll print on our ML-0400 quarter sheet laser/inkjet labels. You will only be able to use them if your software can handle an SVG drawing. Not to beat a dead horse here, but there just so happens to be a free program called Inkscape which is free if I didn’t mention it. There are ton’s of tutorials on youtube. If you’ve never used this type of software, there’s a bit of a learning curve. You just have to make the commitment to spend some “discovery time” using the software. You’ll find it will be well worth the effort that you put into it.

ML-0400 template More smiley faces

ML-0400 template smiley faces