Sometimes, labels need to do more than simply provide nutrition facts or display shipping information for an order of parts within a supply chain. On industrial work sites and within factories, signage and other products must be visible to employees at all times to ensure a genuinely safe environment – which is exactly the advantage that glow-in-the-dark labels can provide.
"Glow-in-the-dark labels can serve a vital worksite safety purpose."
Not all label printers are capable of producing such tags, however, so business owners must be sure that they're choosing the right equipment. Let's take a look at several products from a series of printer that absolutely can handle this unique job: the Epson LabelWorks LW-PX300, PX700 and PX900 models.
Features and Specifications
Epson's LW-PX300VP Industrial Label Printer Kit serves as the ideal starter-level choice for printing labels that can glow in the dark. Its lightweight nature and small dimensions allow for easy handheld use, but don't let that fool you into thinking it isn't a versatile tool. In addition to the aforementioned glow-in-the-dark labels, the PX300 can handle standard industrial labels, magnetic tape and heat-shrink tube at widths ranging from 1/4 to 3/4 inches (6-18 millimeters). The printer is also easily programmed to reproduce pre-formatted barcodes and tags at an efficient pace.
For more versatility in their glow-in-the-dark printing needs, businesses may wish to opt for a more powerful model, which leads us to the Epson LW-PX700PC Printer Kit. While slightly heavier at 2.4 pounds than the PX300 model a step down from it, it's no less portable and its spectrum of printing capabilities is considerably broader. The memory capacity of this model – which allows it to store data for up to 100 different labels and/or custom images – is a major part of its success. Additionally, it provides a greater range of width options, from label tape as narrow as 1/8" to as wide as 1" (4-24 mm). Finally, users can easily import batch data from Microsoft Excel spreadsheets to quickly acquire all necessary data for accurate and compliant labels.
The LW-PX800 and LW-PX900PC models represent some of the best printers Epson LabelWorks has to offer for industrial use. Both meet ENERGY STAR qualifications for efficient electricity use, which also means less stress on ink cartridges and toners. While not portable and thus potentially less convenient in certain warehouse or logistics settings, the PX800 comes with PC or Mac label editing software so you can devise any number of different glow-in-the-dark designs. The PX900PC, for its part, is portable, accommodates just about every variety of label type under the sun at widths up to 1.5" (36 mm) and also comes with USB connectivity and software for easy data upload.
Ideal Use Cases
As we briefly touched on earlier, safety is perhaps the most immediately notable application for glow-in-the-dark labeling. Stairs, hallways, exit doors and other points directly facilitating or leading to ingress and egress can become temporarily hard to locate in overnight restocking and ticketing shifts at warehouses or retail outlets. Using any of the printers noted above to apply glow-in-the-dark tape – which DuraFast offers in its U.S. and Canada online stores – to these areas helps guarantee their visibility for at least eight hours, thus mitigating the risk of any accidents. This will be particularly beneficial in the event of a facility-wide power failure.
Additionally, using glow-in-the-dark tape for labels can make it easier on shipping and logistics personnel who need to check the shipping information on packages in the midst of stops on the supply chain that take place overnight, or in locations where power may be dicey for some reason. Doing so will help ensure that employee safety is never secondary to logistics or other bottom-line concerns.