P-Touch label makers from Brother are ideal for marking and organisation in a wide variety of industrial, office and home environments. But do you know what all those letters in the titles of Brother's ribbon product lines mean? We're happy to explain it in this article and give you advice on which tapes to choose in relation to specific surfaces and applications.
Brother P-Touch labels are suitable for common cable, wire, and electrical box labeling, but also for organizing various items in offices or households, such as file folders, furniture, bins, or even DIY tools. You can choose between desktop or portable, with or without keyboard, with or without display, but there are definitely many to choose from.
To be able to use the label makers to their full potential, we of course need to purchase tapes for them. They are all available in the form of cartridges that are inserted into the labelers. The tapes for Brother P-Touch label makers come in a variety of materials, sizes and colours, but they do have something in common, and that is that they have been specially designed and carefully tested to stand up to the toughest conditions. With excellent resistance to water, abrasion, chemicals, extreme temperatures, moisture and UV/sun light, these tapes will never let you down. Of course, you will find here original tapes from the official manufacturers, but there are also compatible tapes. These differ only in price, but their quality is just as unique. So let's introduce the product lines and their markings...
The most important parameter is how wide your label maker can print the tape. Tapes are available in widths of 6, 9, 12, 16, 18, 24 and 36 millimetres. So when you choose, focus on this aspect first and foremost.
The length of the printed labels can be set individually. The total length of the standard tapes is 8 metres, the HSe tapes measure 1.5 metres and the STe tapes measure 3 metres.
The second parameter is of course the colour of the particular tape. Each tape is designed to print labels with a specific colour on a specific background.
With the most commonly used TZe-231/TZ-231 tape you will print a label that will be printed with black text on a white background, and conversely with TZe-325/TZ-325 you will print a label with white text on a black background. But there are really many colour combinations, not just black and white. Among them, for example, there are also tapes with fluorescent colours marked as "signal" suitable for printing warning stickers. You can recognise these by the fact that the classic TZe/TZ marking is followed by the letter B, C or D. For example, the tape called TZe-C11/TZ-C11.
Tapes with metallic colours also form a separate group. These are identified by the TZe/TZ-M marking (e.g. TZe-M911/TZ-M911).
We hope that after our article you are a bit more familiar with the marking of Brother P-Touch labeling tapes. If you would like any advice on this or anything else, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have.