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If you're unsure about taking your label printing in-house, this post could help you to reach a decision. Here we'll explore some of the potential benefits of printing your own labels.

When it comes to exploring all the options available to you when considering an on-site label printing system, we’re best placed to offer expert advice and guidance.

We’ve been in the labelling business for over 80 years, so we have a lots of experience and knowledge to draw on. We understand that for some businesses, on-site label printing isn’t an option, which could be for a number of reasons. However, many companies could, and do, take their label printing process in-house, saving time and money.

We’re passionate about finding a solution that works for you. So we’ll happily talk you through the label printer and labelling software options that might be suitable for your needs.

Have some questions about on-site label printing? Contact us on +44 (0)114 2422111 or email info@iml-labels.co.uk for some friendly FREE advice.

1 It could save you money

If you order your labels in large quantities from your current supplier and maintain stocks to avoid ever running out, taking your label printing in-house could save you money in the long-run.

With your own label printer, labelling software and label blanks, you can print exactly the number of labels you need, when you need them. This means no label stocking which will save you space, help you to avoid wastage if you order too many, and flexibility to alter layouts.

2 It could save you time

Relying on a third party label printer can sometimes mean your label deliveries face unavoidable delays, which can hold up your entire production line. Beat the traffic by taking your label printing in-house and, as long as you have a reliable supplier of blank labels, you’ll never have to worry about delays again!

Bad weather, industrial action, public holidays, and many other factors can play havoc with deliveries travelling by road. A key benefit of an on-site label printing system is that you won’t need to go far to get the label you need.

Booking in deliveries of labels and controlling stock movement takes up valuable time and resources. With on-site printing, your label can go straight from the printer to your product or packaging with minimal effort.

An initial time investment is required to train your staff in on-site label printing, to ensure they get the most out of your new labelling software and printer and understand the interaction with labels and consumables. But once everyone is confident using your system, labels can be printed quickly and easily. See below for how we can help with this!

3 You’re in control

You may need to make changes to your labels from time-to-time. This can result in scrapping labels if you hold stocks of pre-printed labels. You can easily avoid this problem with on-site label printing as you make changes whenever you need to without any resulting waste.

Whether your company goes through a re-branding process, or new regulations come into effect (such as GHS last year), you’re in control. You can make alterations to the layout of your labels as and when required. You can even produce goods on behalf of a customer and change the branding accordingly.

Want to test out a new label layout? You can do so at your leisure if you print your own labels.

4 Print the product tracking data you need

Our labelling software and label printer packages allow you to add specific product information to a plain or pre-printed label, meaning that you control all the variable data on your labels.

You could add product identification, batch codes, dimensions, barcodes and any other data which supports tracking and traceability, for trouble free trading of your products. Unique data is added easily to label blanks or a label which is part-printed with your corporate branding.

We can advise you on the best label printer, labelling software, ribbon and label combination to suit your business, your products, the environment they are used in and your budget.

All of our four labelling software packages are available to try out for free! We offer the following software:

  • EnLabel Software – for designing and printing full colour labels on any Windows computer. EnLabel can link up with your in-house database.
  • GHS Label Software – for chemical regulatory compliant labels.
  • LabelDirect Software – easy-to-use label design features, including barcodes.
  • HLS Software – for the horticultural industry to design and print plant labels.

Why not download a FREE trial and let us know how you get on?

5 You don’t have to go it alone

One of main reasons we’ve been in the business for 80 years+ is our passion for customer service. We’re here to help our customers.

When we’ve supplied the label printer, software, labels and consumables, we make it our mission to get you operational as quickly as possible. This means we can come to your site, set up your printer and software and even train your staff on how to use them, so you can start printing your own labels in no time at all.

Like any other machinery, label printing systems need to be maintained properly to keep them running efficiently, which is why we offer flexible Aftersales Support programmes.

With our Aftersales Support packages, should any problems occur with your system, we’re on-hand to sort it out. We always strive to send an engineer to you to fix the problem on-site, reducing the need for printers to come back to us for repair, as we know this can impact your productivity.

Still unsure?

If you’ve still got some questions about on-site label printing and would like some honest advice or a demonstration, give us a call on +44 (0)114 2422111 or email info@iml-labels.co.uk. A member of our expert team will be happy to answer your questions, and suggest the best solutions for you if you decide to go ahead.

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We choose Dura-ID as we not only get labels at a reasonable price but we also get technical support for our printers and the benefit of their research into advanced materials. Their durable label materials, support and customer service keep us coming back to Dura.

Eirian Parry (IT Manager) – Celsa UK, Wales