Last month, we ran a poll on our Facebook page to learn more about the topics you would like to see covered in the TSC blog this year, and the most popular topic, by far, was different TSC tools or applications.
Below, you’ll find four of the most common questions you asked us in 2017 about TSC printers and their applications.
Scroll down to see all you wanted to know about customizing TSC printers, improving print quality, and the best printers for labeling wire and small parts….
1) What is the best way to improve print quality with the TTP-247?
With the TTP-247 Series of durable desktop printers, improving print quality is a multistep process and not always the same.
It depends on what you are printing on (i.e., the media you’re using) and how fast you’re trying to print. As a general rule, this applies to almost all of our printers: if you go slower, you will get a better print quality – especially on a vinyl or a slicker material.
If you increase the printer heat, you can get a better print quality, but that is usually relevant if you are using a ribbon or not. For instance, a resin ribbon requires more heat; a wax ribbon, less so.
It’s really about finding the perfect balance depending on what you’re using to print.
For more information about this topic, check out our guides on how to choose the right ribbon for your thermal transfer printer and how to achieve durable labels with TSC printers.
2) How can I customize TSC printers for different tag stocks or label sizes?
Printer customization can happen in a few ways depending on how you’re using it – or, in other words, the specific application for the printer and the environment in which it will be used.
If you’re using the BarTender UltraLite software from Seagull Scientific, for instance, you just have to set up the BarTender label right correctly.
Things are bit different if you’re setting up the label for a tag stock or label in a special app. A common example of this would if you’re using the AS/400 server, and it has all kinds of predesigned commands listed in there.
Let’s say that you want to change these AS/400 commands so that you can print your labels a bit faster or change the label format so that it prints differently. To do so, we would partner with you and install one of two options in our printers.
The first would be a program to extract all that data and print it out. The second would be our TCF Config tool, which we use to change our printers’ defaults.
We give all of our partners the power to make these changes and also help in their creation.
For more information about this topic, check out this quick guide on to make and print labels for TSC printers using BarTender and a short overview of TCF Config.
3) How can resellers/TSC partners set up custom defaults on TSC printers?
This all goes back to our TCF Config tool, which is a small file that sits in our printers’ memory. We have the firmware on one side, the TCF on another side, and finally, the print language for the actual print job.
One way to think of is TCF Config is as a customized file. We use it to set different settings in the firmware, and we work directly with our resellers and other TSC partners to set up custom defaults as needed – especially for more complicated or unique end user applications.
If a reseller is trying to do something advanced or tricky like replace a command that the old software is sending down to the printer that’s, say, telling the printer to print it at 4 inches per second, but the reseller’s customer has a new printer that they want to print at 10 inches per second, we can tell our printer to ignore that command using TCF Config.
For more information about this topic, check out these blog posts about TSC’s emulation capabilities and 40 different applications for TSC printers.
4) Which TSC printers work best for labeling wires and small parts?
There really isn’t one set answer to this question because everything ultimately depends on what format you are trying to use. A lot of wire markings – especially if it’s a very thin wire – use very small labels, like an inch tall or less.
In those cases, we offer printers with a resolution of 600 dpi like the TX200 Series or various industrial printers.
For other applications where you need to print wires or small parts where the labels are a bit bigger, you can almost run the gamut – for example, from the 2-inch TTP-245 to more high-end models.
One of the most notable features of our 600 dpi printers are the sensors. For example, the TTP-2410MT has an auto sensor that will automatically switch to a 600 dpi resolution; you can swap a 600 dpi printhead into those printers.
For more information about this topic, check out this post on why we have so many different kinds of printers (and why dpi matters).