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After you store your label templates to your printer, you can print messages on your products. Usually, you use a form you create with PowerForms or Automation to print your labels, but you can also print with NiceLabel Designer.

Note

Some printers perform the Recall functionality using PLC devices. PLC devices send recall streams directly to your printer without using NiceLabel applications.

There are 3 printing scenarios:

  1. Printing unlimited messages where you can change variable data during printing but the label template stays the same.

    Note

    NiceLabel uses the term "unlimited quantity" when you print continuously. Continous printing is the most common method of printing on production lines, but with some printers, you can also define the quantity of labels to print (For example, 500). Unlimited quantity is typically the preferred option or even the only option. You can set this option in printing forms or in Automation. Printers that only use unlimited quantity skip your entered quantity data and replace it with "unlimited".

  2. Printing the same label template with a predefined (limited) quantity. For example, you want to print your selected label template on 500 products.

    Note

    This option is not supported on all printers.

  3. Printing unlimited messages where you change your variable data and label templates during printing.

When you use "unlimited quantity", your printer prints your selected label template until:

  • You activate your Print action in PowerForms or Automation.

  • You send new data by pressing the Print button in Designer.

  • Your printer recognizes an internal trigger event to change the label template.

Executing the Print action starts the following procedure:

  1. NiceLabel sends the recall stream (print stream) to your printer with information about:

    • Which label template starts printing

    • Variable values

    • Printing quantity (if supported by your printer)

  2. Your printer stops printing the current label template or current variable values and starts printing your selected label template with your new data.

Note

These steps execute instantly and your printer starts printing new messages immediately.

Recall your variable data or label templates with:

  • Automation: Use this method when every product contains different data to print.

    Create a set of actions to print your label designs in the same way as standard printing to thermal printers.

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    Using Automation, you can print the same message with different data, or print with different label templates.

    Note

    You must also synchronize Automation triggers with printing triggers on your production line. Automation only changes your variable values. Triggers on your production line then ensure your new variable values actually print on your messages.

    Read the Automation User Guide for more information on creating configurations and using triggers.

  • PowerForms: Use this method when multiple products contain the same data to print.

    Create a set of actions for your Print button the same way as standard printing to thermal printers.

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    Depending on your form design and sets of actions, you can print the same label template with different data (manually entered variable values using edit fields or database values), or print different label templates.

    Read the NiceLabel 2019 Pro & PowerForms user guide for more information on creating label designs and printing from PowerForms.

  • NiceLabel Pro: Use this method when you change your data on your messages only occasionally.

    Go to File > Print, type your variable values, and press Print to print your messages.

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    The label with typed variable values prints until you type new variable values and press Print again.

    Read the NiceLabel 2019 Pro & PowerForms user guide for more information on creating label designs and printing your labels.

    Note

    To minimize user errors, print your label designs from Automation or PowerForms.

When you recall your label template, you change your variable data or your label template on your printed messages.