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ECN-L January 2018, Week 5

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Re: Thermal printers

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Michael Wall <[log in to unmask]>

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Michael Wall <[log in to unmask]>

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Mon, 29 Jan 2018 19:28:13 +0000

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Here is that email trail. Cheers. 

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I second this. We tried the glossy brochure paper starting about a year and a half ago, following Matt's recommendation, and have used it ever since. I'm a big fan. Agree too on the color laser doing a much better, higher resolution job than any black & whites at our disposal. 

3 pt is way too small though! 

Mike

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On Dec 1, 2017, at 11:01 AM, Buffington, Matt <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Crystal, 

It depends on the printer.

We use 200g glossy HP brochure paper, and run this through a color laser jet (even though we only use black).  Color laser jets using an entirely different kind of pigment that polymerizes to smooth surfaces.  Its super durable, does very well in ethanol and PG, and the labels are ultra crisp.  I routinely print at 3pt font now, and its very legible.  Let me know and I can send you the ordering info.  Also, we are using a Brother 4570 CDW networked printer.

The brochure paper was tested by the SI archives folks and passed their approval. This paper is calendared, meaning the core of the paper is fibrous, but the surfaces are rolled ultra smooth (glossy, like magazines). Lastly, the 200g paper grips pins very well, and I have tried removing/replacing labels, using the original holes, and the firmness of the labels remains true.

Matt

Matthew L. Buffington, PhD
Hymenoptera Unit, Systematic Entomology Lab, USDA 
c/o National Museum of Natural History
Smithsonian Institution
POB 37012 NHB, CE519, MRC 168
Washington, DC 20013-7012
U.S.A.

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On Dec 1, 2017, at 10:31 AM, Crystal Maier <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Hi All -  

What does everyone use for their pinned label paper? Currently at the Field, we've been using "100% rag long grain sub 52 lbs" The only trouble is, I cannot find this paper or anything even similar anywhere.

I'm just trying to get a feel for some tried and tested alternatives that other collections use.

Thanks!

Crystal


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Crystal A. Maier, Ph.D.

Insects Collection Manager
Field Museum of Natural History

1400 S. Lake Shore Dr. 
Chicago, IL 60605
312.665.7745
Twitter: @DryopoidDarling
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-----Original Message-----
From: Entomological Collections Network Listserve [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Andrew Brower
Sent: Monday, January 29, 2018 11:15 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Thermal printers

Not long ago there was some interesting correspondence about newer color laser printers and how the ink does not float off the paper like the old ones.  Could people reiterate the types of paper, etc. please?


Professor Andrew V. Z. Brower
Evolution and Ecology Group
Dept. of Biology, Box 60
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

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On 1/29/18, 1:02 PM, "Entomological Collections Network Listserve on behalf of Shawn Clark" <[log in to unmask] on behalf of [log in to unmask]> wrote:

>In our collection, we are considering purchase of a thermal transfer 
>printer to produce barcode labels for our ethanol-preserved specimens. 
>If you have experience with this, please respond with your advice. How 
>well do such labels work in your collection? I notice that the price 
>for printers varies dramatically. What works well for you and is 
>comparatively economical?
>
>Dr. Shawn M. Clark ([log in to unmask]) Insect Collections Manager 
>Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum Brigham Young University
>645 East 1430 North
>Provo, Utah 84602
>U.S.A.
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