Brother - P-Touch PT-9500PC Industrial Label Maker
Brother is well known for their P-Touch labelers with a variety of models available for hobbyists as well as professionals. The new PT-9500PC is a versatile industrial label maker designed to produce fully custom labels from a PC or Mac through a USB connection. The easy-swap tape cassettes allow users to print laminated labels with standard or industrial strength adhesive (twice the standard adhesive strength) in a variety of fonts and styles. Bar codes, various text designs and even pictures are now possible with the PT-9500PC. Many of the standard labels fail to stay attached to rough or non-flat surfaces over time. Installers can now depend on labels that stick without falling off these difficult surfaces. The PT-9500PC also includes an auto tape cutter with a crack and peel function, making it easy to separate the backing from the label. You will spend considerably less time trying to remove the backing with this feature, especially when printing many labels. The P-Touch Editor software enables users to create and store their custom designs for future use. The unit includes one 1-1/2" black on white TZ (26.2m) tape, serial and USB interface cables, CD-ROM with label design software, label templates and drivers, AC power cord, separator stick and catch tray.
While the PT-9500PC facilitates powerful printing abilities, the P-Touch Editing software is what makes it so easy. Simply select the tape height and create the label you need for your application. Users can also select the type of media they are targeting such as floppy discs, VHS or MiniDV tapes, or any of the common flash media products (CompactFlash, SmartMedia, SD Memory or Memory Sticks). Standard fonts and drawing tools (boxes, circles, lines and freehand) allow the user to create a whole array of custom labels. You can even pre-design your labels with your company logo or other graphics, import your database, and print it all using the software. Support for Microsoft Access and Excel as well as CSV file formats can be used with the database feature. We were able to create labels as long as 39.37-inches. The History tab keeps track of all of your creations making it quick to go back and use previously created lables. Frequently used label designs can be saved and recalled with ease. The latest version of the editor (4.2.210) released on 05/31/2007 is available on the Brother's website.
The PT-9500PC occupies little space with a modest 4-1/2" by 7-1/2" footprint. If you plan to use different types of tapes in the unit, it would be wise to place it where easy access to the top is available. If only one type of tape is used, it can be placed on a shelf that is as little as 5-1/2" in height. The front of the unit has buttons for power and the cutter. The power light will flash when data is being transferred to the unit from the PC. If an error occurs with the unit during printing, the red error indicator illuminates. The front part of the panel is designed to flip down and support the collection tray. This is designed to catch the lables as they exit the unit. The PT-9500PC operates quietly and only the feeding mechanism and cutter can be heard when printing. The top button opens the cover to expose the replaceable tape cartridge.
We printed a variety of labels for our home theater wiring, many of which had custom images placed on them for easy recognition and identification. In poor lighting and difficult to reach areas, this can make a difference. Many of the less expensive portable labeling units on the market do not offer labels with strong adhesives and many of them come off the surface in short time.
- Kevin Nakano
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