The Best Way to Avoid Expensive Printer Replacements and Repairs

Industrial and thermal barcode label printers are a significant financial investment, and the last thing any business wants to do is deal with expensive and premature repair and replacement costs.

To avoid unnecessary costs and maximize the life and performance of your printer, it’s critical to choose quality barcode labels and printing supplies.

Print media must be pre-tested, consistent, and designed for your specific application; otherwise, you’ll inadvertently cause premature printer malfunctions, wear, and, ultimately, printhead failure.

For example, thermal barcode labels must have the right combination of release liner, silicone coating, adhesive, facestock, and topcoat.

Specialized versions of these components are often required to ensure your labels print and adhere properly, withstand the environment where they’ll be used, and minimize printer wear.

It’s also important to choose materials from a certified vendor that has quality controls in place and doesn’t substitute materials between production runs.

If you’re using substandard or inconsistent labels, you can end up having to adjust your print darkness setting, which will shorten the life of your printhead.

Pre-tested, consistent, and high-quality media not only minimize this type of wear but also ensure higher print quality and durability. In turn, this helps reduce reprinting requirements and improves operational efficiency because your barcode labels and other printed output will be easy to scan and read.


To maximize printer life and meet demanding enterprise printing requirements, our experts at DataGear recommend Zebra labels and supplies.

Zebra uses consistent materials and has outstanding quality processes in place to ensure the highest print quality and help maximize printer life.

In addition, its R&D team has developed specialized and cost-effective supplies for virtually every industry and application. It can also develop completely unique and customize solutions as needed.

Given these capabilities, it’s no wonder that over 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies use Zebra printing solutions. But here are some more crucial benefits to consider:


If you use Zebra printers and agree to use genuine Zebra supplies exclusively, you get guaranteed protection against unexpected printhead replacement. If your printhead fails, it will be replaced at no charge.


Zebra’s research and development team pre-tests all printing supplies on Zebra printers and puts labels through stringent tests. These tests include considerations of essential components and variations in application:

  • Pre-testing on Zebra Printers
  • Assessment of printer and printhead wear
  • Verification of adhesive strength specifications
  • Pre-tests for different environmental factors
  • Indoor/outdoor environments
  • Low/high temperatures
  • Abrasion
  • Chemical exposure


Zebra has more than 1,000 combinations of labels, tags, receipts, wristbands, and ribbons—including over 500 stock products.


Zebra allows you to check the quality and application of labels before you buy. Options include strips, sample packs, and label rolls.


You can order once per year with Zebra’s “stock-and-ship” program. Order once and we’ll send your supplies on a fixed schedule. If your demand is suddenly higher, contact us and we’ll ship your next supplies sooner.


At DataGear, we specialize in industrial barcoding, labeling, printing, and data solutions.

We can help you develop a plan to maximize the life and performance of your printers, find the right Zebra supplies for your application, and provide a custom quote.

Contact us now to get started. Call us at (714) 556-5055 or email us now.