The use of labels and labellers is common practice in workplaces and in homes. Hand labellers have made the custom of using labels even easier. Big companies have long since found a way to implement hand labellers in almost every level of production, from inventory, to stocking shelves, to pricing and checking out products. The purpose of this article is to review hand labellers and briefly explain the different purposes hand labellers have in the commercial industry.

Office areas

Keeping an office organized is essential in running a successful business. Hand labellers make it easy for personnel to print out a label for file folders, file cabinets, drawers and even personal property (if you've ever had your lunch stolen out of the employee lounge, you know what I mean). Hand labellers are easy to use and don't usually require any additional equipment to work. This makes hand labellers ideal for an office setting where time is too valuable to spend fussing over hand labellers that are meant to make life easier.

Small Businesses

No small business would be complete without the use of hand labellers for organizing files, inventory, and printing our shipping and package labels. If you run a small storefront, hand labellers are invaluable in pricing products and labelling shelves. Another bonus is the reasonable cost associated with hand labellers. New hand labellers are affordable, even on a small business budget, but used ones are readily available for an even bigger bargain.

Postal Services

Shipping packages is a big business. Some packages require multiple labels depending on the contents and destination. Hand labellers allow postal workers to type in information easily and print out a variety of different labels as needed. The next time you send an bulky, oddly shaped, fragile package to another country, you can thank hand labellers for that package getting where you wanted it and in one piece.

Hand Labellers Versus Stationary Labellers

The uses for labels in work and at home are so various that it makes sense that some purposes would call for a stationary labeller and others would require hand labellers. Hand labellers were not developed to replace stationary models, but rather to serve as an alternative when mobility is a priority. Follows are brief reviews of uses for stationary and hand labellers as well as some of the benefits and features of both models. Keep in mind that hand labellers aren't necessarily better than stationary labellers, just different designs for different functions.


The biggest and most obvious advantage of hand labellers over stationary models is the mobility they provide. Work can be performed more efficiently by reducing the time spent in walking back and forth from a standing labeller since hand labellers can be easily carried around to whatever area the labels are needed. Conveniently hand labellers have been developed to be light and fit more comfortably in the hand.

Ease of Use

Stationary models of label makers usually offer more special features and versatility than their hand labeller counterparts. While this is convenient for companies and consumers who want to do special things with their labels, it isn't always the best thing when all you want to print out a large amount of simple labellers. Hand labellers are programmed with more simple software and have been streamlined to not require the user to input a lot of options into the hand labellers or answer a lot of questions about the labels wanted.


Hand labellers are more convenient and easier to use in many ways. However the designers of hand labellers, in an effort to keep models light, used parts that are lightweight plastic and not always the most durable of materials. Even with this limitation, most companies decide that hand labellers are so much more convenient that they opt for the less durable hand labellers anyway.

ersonal Uses For Hand Labellers

Hand labellers are valuable resources for factories, companies, offices and at home too. There are many different models of hand labellers , all with distinct advantages, disadvantages, features and benefits. The costs of hand labellers vary about as much as the reasons behind buying them do. But it should be obvious to all that every household could benefit from the addition of hand labellers.

Home Offices

Many people have left the workplace and made the choice to work at home. Hand labellers can offer many of the same benefits to a home office that hand labellers provide to normal offices. Hand labellers can be use to label file cabinets, organize files, keep track of invoices that have been paid and that are still outstanding, as well as marking inventory products. Hand labellers are easier to use than desktop printers and can keep costs down by reducing the amount of supplies you'll need since hand labellers are capable of printing out just one label at a time.

Organizing Rooms And Closets

With the hectic pace of modern life, individuals are more concerned with getting organized and staying organized out of fear that something will be forgotten or lost in the chaos. Hand labellers are ideal for use in organizing. Hand labellers can enable you to de-clutter and reorganize any room in your house with the hand labeller close by at all times. By using hand labellers to label items and the places they belong, your house can remain the picture of perfection at all times.

"Protecting Your Property"

Teens and Tweens love using hand labellers to mark their possessions and protect their property from falling into the hands of younger siblings or, even worse, parents. Beware before you give your teenager a hand labeller as a gift though, you'll soon be knee deep in 'Keep Out' and 'Hands Off' labels.

Different Labels Created By Hand Labellers

Along with the many different types of hand labellers available are the various styles of labels that go along with them. Visit an office supply website and you will find that they offer literally dozens of different sizes and styles of labels for use with hand labellers. Price labels, shipping labels, and laminated labels are just a few of the types of labels you can use with your hand labellers. This article will discuss briefly the types of labels mentioned as well as some benefits each label type provides.

Pricing Labels

Retail stores have been using hand labellers and their labels to mark prices on products almost since the creation of hand labellers . Commonly known as pricing guns, hand labellers used for marking products are an inexpensive, durable, and essential part of any retail establishment. The most common types of labels used with hand labellers in grocery stores use tiny rectangular labels with numerical prices printed on them. Stores that sell furniture and other large items usually bypass the tiny labels for large barcode labels printed on hand labellers.

Laminated Labels

Personal hand labellers that use laminated strips are useful for keeping track of what belongs to whom in the household. Siblings and roommates can avoid the problems that occur when someone uses something that doesn't belong to them. Hand labellers also come in handy for labelling your lunch in the workplace. Hand labellers used for this purpose are usually the least expensive models on the market, priced for commercial appeal.

Shipping Labels

Postal companies use hand labellers to print out shipping labels for easy tracking of packages. Hand labellers have simplified shipping procedures, which have decreased shipping times and improved customer tracking service. Due to the affordability of hand labellers, even small and home-based businesses can afford to use hand labellers to print shipping labels.

Types Of Hand Labellers

Label companies have designed many types and styles of hand labellers in order to meet the various needs of label consumers. Three main hand labeller types are labellers that use pressure-sensitive (self-adhesive) labels, personal labellers that print out laminated strips in a matter of minutes, and wrap hand labellers that print our labels long enough to go completely around their designated product.

Pressure Sensitive Hand Labellers

Many models of hand labellers print pressure-sensitive labels, also known as self-adhesive levels. These pressure sensitive labels print out when the head of the hand labeller is placed against a surface that requires labelling. These pressure sensitive hand labellers increase worker efficiency and accuracy by cutting down on time and energy employees normally use peeling label backings and manually affixing the labels to the products.

Personal Hand Labellers

Personal hand labellers use laminated strips and a mechanism similar to that of the old punch-key to print our simple alphabetic and numerical characters. The laminated strips come in a variety of colours to provide even more identification possibilities. These hand labellers are usually inexpensive and used for labelling personal property to protect against loss, siblings, spouses, or roommates.

Wrap Hand Labellers

Companies who manufacture products that are housed in containers needed to find a convenient and easy way to create and affix labels to the packaging. Hand labellers that print out extra long labels perfect for product labelling are an ideal solution for the manufacturers problem, although they do require a specially designed hand labeller. Most prominently used for bottles and jars, wrap labels need to be able to contain a lot of information about the product they are marking. The name brand, the ingredients, the expiration date, the company's information, as well as nutritional information all need to be clearly printed by the hand labellers and correctly affixed to the containers.

The Parts Of Hand Labellers

Although hand labellers have many styles and purposes, they are really quite simply made. Hand labeller manufactures designed them to not only be easy to use but also durable and easy to maintain. Basically most hand labellers are little more than a label storage and feeding mechanism and a keypad for imputing data. These two basic components make up the simplest hand labellers all the way to the advanced digital models now in the market.

Inexpensive plastic hand labellers are sold at most discount retail stores and as much the same as they were twenty years when first released for consumer use. These hand labellers have a round wheel on the front with all the letters of the alphabet and numerical digits from zero to nine. The wheel on the hand labeller must be turned so that the character you desire to print is close to an indicator. A type of "trigger" mechanism on the hand labeller must be pressed or squeezed after each character placement to imprint the laminated strip within the hand labeller. These basic hand labellers usually have a compartment that opens and holds the laminated labels until they are used.

The more advanced hand labellers almost don't seem to be from the same class as the basic hand labellers. They have an actual keypad instead of a wheel and characters can simply be punched in with the touch of a finger. A screen digitally displays the characters until a certain button is pressed and the label prints out all at once instead of character by character. While all this hand labeller technology is nice and can speed up the labelling process by quite a bit. It comes with a couple of distinct disadvantages. Not only are these hand labellers much more costly than the plain plastic models, they are also more difficult to learn how to load and maintain.

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