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Bar Code And Data Collection Ann Arbor

Barcode And Data Collection | Thermal Barcode Labels

Uses and Features

Barcodes and Scanners have a multitude of applications including:

  • Product label printing 
  • Shipping labels 
  • Inventory tracking and control 
  • Ticket printing
  • Theft deterrence  

Benefits to Your Business

Barcode scanning tremendously increases the accuracy of data collection since it removes the possibility of human error associated with data entry.  Cost savings are realized as a result of less time spent entering data and more time running your business.  Most business owners would prefer to see their employees spending their time serving customers rather than researching data entry errors.  Learn more about how barcodes can improve your inventory management process here


There are several considerations when choosing barcode equipment and supplies.  They include:

  • Media created - Thermal / Direct Thermal Labels; ID cards /bracelets; Paper/Synthetic material
  • Working environment – inside/outside; hot/cold; dry/moist
  • Fixed or Mobile Application 
  • Frequency of use 
  • Connectivity of device
    • Ethernet
    • Wi-Fi
    • Bluetooth
    • USB
    • Serial
    • Parallel

Thermal Printing

A thermal printer produces a high quality 2D image that must be read with a scanner.  There are two types of thermal barcode labels, direct thermal and thermal transfer. The difference is in the type of printer and the type of label they're printed on.

  • Direct Thermal - No ink is used to produce the image.  An image is burned into a heat sensitive layer of the paper.  This type of label will fade over time (1 year) and is not recommended for use in high temperatures or when there is exposure to sunlight.
  • Thermal Transfer - A heated ribbon is used to print onto a label.  The image produced is long-lasting and durable.

Types of Barcode Printers

  • Desktop
  • Industrial
  • Mobile
  • Wristband
  • Ticket

Printing Accessories and Add-Ons

  • Cutter – essential for non-perforated labels
  • Peeler – Best for uses that print one label at a time, not for large runs
  • Re-winder – winds printed labels back up onto a roll
  • RFID – includes chip for tracking
  • In-Line Verifier – maintains print quality for compliance needs

We provide barcode equipment and supplies by Zebra, Honeywell, Motorola, Dymo, and more!

Need help determining what type of printer or scanner would best fit your business needs?  Send us an email or call today!

I have worked with Michigan Computer Supplies for about two and a half years. They supply us with 5-10 toner cartridges each month for about 17 printers, of which some are large volume printers. We use both their refurbished and original manufactured toner depending on the device. I believe the refurbished cartridges work just as good as the originals. We also order Zebra printers and labels, Ethernet cables, bar code scanning devices and more. You name it. They have it. Occasionally we have also purchased printer devices and have had items repaired by them as well. I typically call once a week because we go through so much toner. When I call to let them know that we are getting low on supplies they are very efficient with their response time. Kyle delivers new toner by the next day and removes the old cartridges and recycles them. In addition, Jessica often mentions other cost saving measures such as quantity price breaks or recommends a compatible refurbished cartridge to save money. They try to give their customers the most bang for their buck! They are a great group of people to work with. They are very customer oriented and go above and beyond expectations. We recently had a specialized fax machine stop working that would cost $2,000 to replace. I spoke with Chris and he did some research and within 30 minutes called back with a suggestion of another device that would fit our needs for only $ 400.00! They really care about their customers.

B. Gibson


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