What steps can you take to improve your company's product labels? Over time, it's possible that the label making strategy you've relied on for a long period of time is no longer as effective. Fixing this can require a thorough revamp of the printing process, including a new color-label printer or replacing key components.
Working with a durable, professional-quality printer will help you get the best value over time, while allowing you to perform maintenance and updates more easily for better quality. Printing vibrant colors is especially important for food and beverage labels, but crucial for other products as well.
Using established brand printers such as the VIPColor VP485 can help you design labels efficiently and work around any problems that arise. If you're not getting the quality of labels you desire, consider the following tips:
- Choose a different print mode: The 2013 Troubleshooting Guide for the VP485 printer suggests adjusting the print mode depending on how much ink is required. "Make sure the media type selected in the software matches the type of media loaded in the printer," it reads.
- Replace the toner cartridge to fix smudges: Replacing the ink cartridges in a seemingly faulty printer could fix several problems, including unnecessary streaks on the labels themselves. For the VP485, you can purchase individual cartridges for black, cyan, magenta and yellow along with corresponding print heads, one for magenta and cyan and another for yellow and black. It's always best to use compatible ink.
- Run printhead alignment: The troubleshooting manual also recommends aligning the printhead to counter poor printing quality.The alignment procedure is necessary after replacing a printhead to improve quality.