Whether it is LaserJet or prescription barcodes it helps to know how to get the best results from them. At Top Barcodes we pride ourselves on our work and so we wanted to share our tips on how to make sure what you print comes out effectively.

Make sure you get the right one

The best type of barcode depends on what you want to print it on. It may sound obvious but when you are first getting started it is not always that clear what is the right one for you. For example, some LaserJet printers may not be able to reproduce the symbols required for barcodes.

Check you have the right labelling

A number of industries require what is known as “compliance labelling”. This is where you need to have specific information on the label that is specific to your industry. It is important to check this before you order in barcodes or labels in order to ensure the compliance requirements are covered.

Choose the right printer

It is important to make sure that the printer you choose is appropriate for what you are doing. Some will work better in industrial environments while others are better suited to offices. There are other practical issues such as the material it will be printed onto (if you are shipping items onto thick card then it is best to use barcodes that are suited to that material).

As a broad guide thermal transfer uses a heated ribbon to print onto a surface and is best suited to labels that need to last longer while direct thermal printing (which as the name suggests is printing directly onto material) is used for more common print jobs such as receipts and shipping labels.


Some people will choose a printer based on how quickly the specifications say they can print a label. However what you need to be aware of is that the processing of those labels can take time as well, so it is best to check this as well as the printing speed. Checking product reviews can make it easier to choose one best suited to your needs.


Barcodes don’t necessarily need to be restricted to boxes! You can put them on wristbands, tags and on a variety of surfaces such as polyester and polypropylene. It is also possible to put them on items of various colours, however it is worth getting advice first as some colours can make it difficult when scanning barcodes.

Get the right advice

There is a large array of barcodes available and you want to make sure that whatever printer you choose that the ones you get are compatible for it. Printers should come with specifications detailing this but if you are unsure it is worth discussing it with professionals like us.

At Top Barcode we believe in giving you the best quality barcodes and we have the experience to back it up. If you would like more information or would like to discuss your individual needs please contact us today.