Thursday, November 19, 2015

Difference Between Thermal and Direct Thermal Printing

Direct Thermal Labels
Direct Thermal printers utilize a chemically treated material that blackens when the thermal print-head applies heat to the surface of the material. This type of printer requires no ink, toner, or ribbon to apply print to the label surface. Direct thermal printers are not able to print in color.
The printed area from a Direct Thermal printer can potentially fade over time. If the label is exposed to excessive light or heat the material will darken to the point that text may become unreadable and barcodes may lose their ability to be scanned. For this reason, Direct Thermal printing cannot be recommended for "lifetime" applications. While the readability of labels printed with Direct Thermal printing can vary greatly depending upon the environment that the labels are used in, the printing technology still provides enough of a lifespan for common bar code applications such as shipping labels, receipt labels, and nametag labels.
Thermal Transfer Labels
Thermal Transfer printers, on the other hand, do require a ribbon to apply print to the label surface. A thermal print-head applies heat to the ribbon, which in turn melts ink on to the label surface to create the printed image. The ink is absorbed into the label material. Thermal Transfer printing provides a very high print quality and durability when compared to other types of printing technologies. Another advantage to thermal transfer printers is the ability to print a logo, graphic or text in color using a higher-end printer. Read more here

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

A tipping point? Restaurateur defends 'no tipping' policy

After the meal comes the math.
Dining out has long included figuring out the tip when the bill arrives, but that tradition could be changing with the number of restaurants testing "no-tipping" policies is growing.
In recent months, a handful of national chains have moved to dispose of gratuity. The owner of New York City's Craft explained to CNBC's "On the Money" that the move was done in part to make his staff's pay more rational. In many states, tipped employees receive hourly wages below the minimum because of gratuity. In theory, a no-tipping policy leaves waiters and waitresses less at the mercy of tips, which can fluctuate wildly if hourly wages are boosted as a result. Read more here

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

How to Protect Your Business from Counterfeit Money

It's not easy to turn a profit in any business, but it's a lot harder if you end up selling your products for worthless currency. Counterfeit money is the scourge of many businesses, especially those that do high volume retail sales, and operate in conditions that have muted lighting (like a bar or restaurant). How big is the problem? The U.S. government seized $261 million of fake currency in 2011. That is a staggering sum, and in some ways the problem is getting worse.The rise of digital printing technology has helped counterfeiters make more accurate versions of currency cheaply and easily. They can make copies of bills that are uncannily accurate, and if passed under the right circumstances they can be hard to detect. Businesses that get stuck with them have to report a loss, and it's almost impossible to get restitution from the counterfeiters, who are usually long gone by the time anybody discovers their nefarious work..Smart businesses know that the first line of defense is to train your employees to recognize a counterfeit bill when they see it. There are certain telltale signs even with the best digital printing job, and here are the ones to look for.
The portrait. The first thing to look for is if the portrait stands out from the background of the currency. It’s hard for counterfeiters to create this effect, and many times a fake bill will have a portrait that blends in with the background.
The seals. The two main seals, of the Federal Reserve and the Treasury, should be clear, distinct and sharp. If they are blurred, it’s the sign of a fake.
The serial numbers. The serial numbers in the bottom right of the front of the bill should be the same green color as the Treasury seal. The size and spacing of the numbers can be a challenge for counterfeiters, but a more common mistake is that they will print multiple fake bills with the same serial numbers.
The borders. The borders of the bill should be clear, sharp, and unbroken. Sometimes the borders on a phony bill will be blurred, because the ink bleeds.
The color. Because counterfeiters don’t always use starch-free paper, a phony bill will turn blue or black when tested with an iodine-based counterfeit detector pen. The starch in the paper reacts to the iodine, turning the ink blue or black. A genuine bill will turn yellow when tested this way.
The texture. This is probably the most common method of detecting fake currency. If you run your fingers along the surface of a genuine bill, the texture should be raised, not smooth. If the bill is smooth to the touch, it’s probably a fake.
The watermark. This is another easy way for an ordinary person to identify a counterfeit bill. With genuine bills, you can see a shadow of the portrait when the bill is held up to the light. That’s the watermark. Counterfeiters often can’t duplicate the watermark, or they will sometimes have the wrong watermark on the bill (e.g., they’ll have the shadow of Lincoln’s portrait instead of Jefferson’s).
The paper. Again, this is another thing that counterfeiters have a hard time duplicating. Real U.S. currency has tiny red and blue fibers embedded in the paper, and if you look closely you can see them. Counterfeiters sometimes manage to put the fibers on the surface of the paper, but they are usually unable to get them embedded...By Alex Reichmann (

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