FAQ

I don’t own a North American version of the Dymo Labelwriter printer can I still use DuraReady?
DuraReady labels have been designed to work with the North American versions of the Dymo Labelwriter printer. Unfortunately, Dymo changed their global Labelwriter printers to be incompatible with the North American label format. This is why the labels are only sold in United States and Canada.

Customers have reported some success printing DuraReady labels on certain Zebra and other desktop direct-thermal label printers. Brother QL label printers require special plastic cages around their labels so DuraReady labels are not an option.

There's a better chance DuraReady labels could work on your printer if it has a learn mode to calibrate new sizes and doesn't require a sensing mark on the liner. Check the maximum media width for your printer too. Our 2" wide labels require at least 2.40" and 4" wide labels require at least 4.40" max media width.

We do not provide support or guarantees using our labels on any printers besides the North American Dymo Labelwriter printers.


What makes DuraReady so different from the Durable/Permanent labels listed on Google and other search engines?

The labels you see listed on other sites are usually pre-printed labels from label converters and printers. They cannot be printed On-Demand with Direct Thermal printers. In most cases you order rolls of pre-printed labels and use them sequentially.

DuraReady allows you to print what ever information you want, when you want, on a durable, long lasting-label with a Direct Thermal printer! Print variable data on demand. No one else can offer this unique durable label because it's our own patented

Why are your labels more expensive then what we currently purchase?
If you're using a direct-thermal printer such as a Dymo Labelwriter you're not doing an apple to apple comparison. DuraReady arethermal-transfer labels and require a label and ribbon to create a durable image. They require more costly materials then the regular direct-thermal labels you currently use. If you're interested in our plastic labels the material costs are even higher but then again the durability levels far exceed any standard Dymo label. When you factor in the cost savings from reduced re-labeling the DuraReady labels can prove more economical then your current direct-thermal labels. Or Durable labels also allow you to create brand new labeling and tagging applications for your current hardware.

If you own a thermal transfer printer you should find our cost are very close to the combined price you're currently paying for labels and ribbons. Additional savings can be gained with reduced down-time due to improperly installed ribbon and reduced ribbon installation training costs.

What's the best label for me to choose?

That depends on your durability requirements. If you need a long lasting label that won't discolor with exposure to light, sun or handling in any indoor environment then our economical paper label could be the right choice. If you need resistance to moisture, abrasion, chemicals or higher temperatures then one of our plastic labels would be a good candidate. For outdoor applications or exposure to large temperature ranges or humidity or freeze then our polyester labels could fit the bill.


We already own a thermal transfer printer why would I need your DuraReady labels?
To save time and money. Have you faced the continual support headaches caused by improperly installed ribbon? What about the hassle and expense of ordering both ribbon and labels? Are you doubling your effort when your ribbon and labels inevitably end up on different replacement schedules? DuraReady eliminates these problems and let's you print your thermal transfer labels with greater effciency, less waste and fewer headaches.

I think my current Direct Thermal labels work fine why all the fuss over durability?
You might not realize how delicate your direct thermal labels really are. Even the slightest mishandling or exposure to sun and heat can quickly render the labels useless. Even with careful handling and storage there’s no guarantee how long the image will last.

Thermal transfer labels have a much longer life by the nature of their construction and can be designed to resist abrasion, heat, sun, chemicals and moisture. DuraReady can pr0ovide the durability you need and the convenience of direct thermal printers.

What do you mean by label construction?
DuraReady consist of a number of components that make up each label which can be mixed and matched to meet the specific requirement for the label. We select the label material, paper or synthetic (plastic). Then we choose the type of ribbon; wax, wax-resin or resin. Then the best adhesive to use; rubber, acrylic or modified acrylic. Choices are made to meet the specific needs for the particular label application.
 
What is BOPP?
BOPP = Biaxial-Oriented PolyPropylene. This is polypropylene film that is streched in 2 different directions during manufacturing. This results in a strong material with better temperature resistance.

What is PET?
PET = Polyethylene Terephthalate or commonly called polyester in the label industry.  This is a stronger more durable label material that's often used for outdoors or harsh environment labeling.  It resists a larger temperature range then BOPP and some special versions can resist harsh chemicals or really extreme temperatures.

What is POE?
POE = Polyolefin.  This is a catch-all name given to material that isn't PET or BOPP.  It's often use for synthetic paper materials or labels with special features such as frangibility. 

DuraReady looks interesting but can it meet my very strict security requirements?
BOPP
Yes, we can create a variety of constructions that utilize, tamper evident, frangilbe and security marked label materials.