“While printers are an important
and critical element of the solution,
buyers should start their search for
a labeling system by identifying the
durability of the material needed
for the application and [choosing] a
product with a proven brand reputation,” Nelson said.
Chris McConnell, product manag-
er at Panduit, said a labeling system's most important requirements are the
system information printed on labels, the permanence of labels, the ability
to create labels on job sites, and ease-of-system component maintenance.
“Recent advances in portable labeling systems include compatibility
with newer Windows operating systems, such as Windows 8 and Windows 10, and labeling tools and different types of labels that can be used
in increasingly harsh environments,” he said. “Rotating, self-laminating
labels provide the best combination of ease of installation and visibility
after installation. These labels can be wrapped around a wire or cable and
then moved out of the way for a retermination or a move, add or change,
avoiding the need to print a replacement label.
“Additionally, these labels can spin around a wire or cable so that a
technician can read the label easily, without having to stand awkwardly or,
even worse, bend the cable. Today’s labeling software has more graphical
user interfaces and better abilities to move and position label content,”
When comparing labeling systems, McConnell said to look for a com-
plete system of integrated label printers and label media, ease of use,
compatibility with newer Windows operating systems, and labor-saving
tools and wizards.
Newell Rubbermaid (Dymo) Datacom Segment Specialist Al Feaster
emphasized that all integrated system cabling components must be la-
beled, including, but not limited to, control surfaces, patch panels, control
panels and devices.
“In most instances, the preference is to generate labels on-site as the
technician knows exactly what is required to be on the label in any given
situation,” he said. “Significant improvements have been made to industrial
labeling tools. The most recently released industrial labelers are much more
versatile and easy to use. Interfaces now resemble smartphones with built-in label applications, and many labelers include preloaded templates for a
wide variety of labeling applications, which saves time and helps minimize
mistakes. Color screens and the ability to preview what an actual label will
look like before printing also helps technicians reduce waste and save time.
“When it comes to durability in the field, these labelers are much more
rugged, featuring wipe-clean keypads and integrated rubber bumpers to
withstand the conditions of a construction environment when required.
The newest of industrial labelers connect to PC-based labeling software
to allow for customization and updates of the labeler itself.
“Presized labels and labels that may be customized
in the field are essential.
Labeling materials that can
withstand certain environments for both interior and
exterior applications are
“Labeling software that
integrates with newer industrial labelers has also been improved to allow more customization of
labels. The software serves as an extension of the labeler, utilizing a similar
user interface, making the transition between the two seamless for a user,”
GRIFFIN, a construction and tools writer from Oklahoma
City, can be reached at email@example.com.
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