Label printers can keep a server room from getting out of control
- By John Breeden II
- Dec 10, 2012
Often when stringing cables in the office, we know that we really should label a new Category 5 line, but end up not doing it because there is nothing easy at hand to do the job. Then in a few weeks or months, someone always asks, “What does that pink cable do?” and nobody knows. One wonders how many dead cables with no function are lying in the pile.
The little LabelWorks LW-300 and LW-400 models can fix that problem. Their biggest advantage is that they are basically tiny handheld printers that can print out labels for everything from file folders to computer gear. Both models deliver versatile, professional-looking labels with 14 font types, 75 frames and more than 300 symbols. Additionally, Epson is offering more than 40 tape cartridges in both traditional colors and specialized media.
LabelWorks also provides dramatically smaller lead margins for up to 60 percent less margin waste, giving users a perfectly sized label for any application.
The LabelWorks LW-300 works with dozens of tapes in a variety of widths ranging from six millimeters to 12 millimeters and features built-in memory to easily retrieve the 30 most frequently used labels. Besides traditional colors, the tapes are available also in specialty colors and textures such as fluorescent, pearlized, iron-on, reflective, and glow-in-the-dark, allowing for almost limitless creativity and organization. The tapes are highly durable and can be used in a variety of environments both indoors and outdoors.
The LW-400 adds a two-line, back-lit display, making it simple to create labels in dark places, whether under a desk, in a closet or in a basement or attic. It also features increased built-in memory for storing up to 50 labels, and can accommodate tapes up to 18 millimeters wide. The LW-400 has expanded specialty print modes that include custom barcodes, cable and wire wrap and a tab function that prints a mirror image, making folder organization much easier. The printers can be found on most government contracts for between $39 and $49, depending on the model.
John Breeden II directs the GCN Lab.