Does The Printer Jam When Printing Laser Labels?

If your printer is jamming when printing labels on a laser printer? If the answer is yes, there are a few reasons that the labels could be jamming.
The first reason, which you can verify pretty quickly, is that you are not using the proper paper thickness setting while printing. To be able to print jam free, you need to set the paper thickness to “labels” in the printer preferences dialog box. Paper thickness can also be shown as “Media Type” or “Paper Type”. If “labels” is not an option then just choose the thickest possible paper thickness. This should prevent your labels from jamming, but unfortunately it will also considerably slow down printing speeds depending on the model printer you have. This is the most common reason for jamming labels.

The second reason, which is less common, is that there is debris, such as a label that has come off the sheet, and has stuck to any one of the rollers or on the fuser assembly. There could even be a whole sheet of paper stuck in the fuser which might be tough to see. You’ll have to open up the printer from all possible angles to check that. Check the places in laser printers like the top access door where you can take out the toner or a back door that is for thru printing (so that the rollers don’t bend the paper or labels).

Other reasons for jamming could be worn rollers, worn fuser, or gremlins 🙂

Laser Labels

All of our Home Page labels are Laser Labels, meaning they are specifically designed for Laser printers. However, they are Inkjet Labels as well, designed to be printed using Inkjet printers. A long time ago before advances in paper manufacturing and Inkjet printing technologies, Laser Labels and Inkjet Labels were separate products, but now the quality of these papers are in combined in one product.

Laser Labels

Address Labels for Pinfeed Printers

Sometimes you just don’t need to have the quality of laser labels when doing your mailings. Our 42-451 pinfeed label is just the ticket for printing on dot matrix printers. You can print one label at a time, or you can print the whole box of 5000 labels. So there’s no need to waste a whole sheet of labels, like when you print the ML-3000 labels in a laser printer. There’s only so many times you can run one sheet of ML-3000 sheet through a hot laser printer without affecting the quality of the sheeted labels. So drag out your old pinfeed dot matrix printer, and get your money’s worth.

Laser Labels , Proper Storage

Treat your laser labels right, and they’ll be good to you. Don’t store your labels in a place that is too hot or too cold, or in a place that is too humid or too dry. Additionally, your labels should not be stored in a hot or cold environment. So don’t leave the labels on the radiator, or on a window sill. Avoiding putting your labels in direct sunlight is the best practice. Keep your labels in the original packaging. Follow these simple rules, and your labels should last a long time.

Ahgrrrrrrr! I misprinted a bunch of laser labels

I hate when that happens. Yesterday I was printing some ML-0600 shippinglabels / laser labels when I realized I was printing the labels incorrectly. I thought, well, there’s got to be something I can do with these now seemingly useless shipping labels. So I was having my morning coffee and it was getting a little cold. I threw it in the microwave, which some people in the office think omits brain damaging radiation. I mean seriously, not even when it’s on. They think if you leave the door open, it emits radiation. What? Anyway I went for the coffee, and aye yay yay, it was too hot. I had put it on a full cup setting and there was only a half cup left. Ding Ding Ding. I got the misprinted ML-0600 labels, and stuck them triple thick around the cup. I saved my fingers, I used the labels, and all was right with the world. Except for the huge fight I had with my wife at 4:30 this morning. Don’t ask.

ML-0600 shipping label used as a coffee cup insulator, ML-0600 is used in lieu of Avery 5164

Lignin Free

What’s a lignin you ask, and why shouldn’t we have them? Lignins are chemicals that occurs naturally in wood. Paper is made made from wood. Lignins produce a paper that is stronger than paper without lignins. Unfortunately it’s biodegradable and over time, it degrades and turns the paper brittle and yellow or even brown. Ever kept a newspaper article for a couple of years?, well they become very brittle and yellow, right? Amazingly, Newspaper is about 98% lignin free. So keeping paper lignin free is important if you want to have laser labels or inkjet labels that maintain their color and quality for a long time. That’s why Maco makes their labels lignin free.

Here’s the chemical structure for lignins:


Smiley face ml-0400 Templates

Here are a few ML-0400 templates, and they’ll print on our ML-0400 quarter sheet laser/inkjet labels. You will only be able to use them if your software can handle an SVG drawing. Not to beat a dead horse here, but there just so happens to be a free program called Inkscape which is free if I didn’t mention it. There are ton’s of tutorials on youtube. If you’ve never used this type of software, there’s a bit of a learning curve. You just have to make the commitment to spend some “discovery time” using the software. You’ll find it will be well worth the effort that you put into it.

ML-0400 template More smiley faces

ML-0400 template smiley faces

Word Doc Columns converted to Merge Table

Among other assumptions, we assume you have Word 2007, and that you have a significant number of names so that cut and pasting would be impractical. The document could be formatted a couple of different ways. If a document has 2 columns, you can have actual columns, or things that look like columns, but are not really columns which I call pseudo columns. Pseudo columns are created like so:

Jack Frost [tab][tab][tab]Victor Frost
1 North Pole Way[tab][tab][tab]2 North Pole Way
North Pole, NJ 07601[tab][tab][tab]North Pole, NJ 07601

Bob Bright [tab][tab][tab]Maggie Moth
22 Ivan Ho Way[tab][tab][tab]393 Manlott Dr
Hackensack, NJ 07601[tab][tab][tab]San Juan, PR 00601

The [tab] represents a tab character. If you did it this way, it’s a bit messy but still workable. To fix it up you need to do a search and replace to convert all multiple tabs to single tabs so that your document will look like:

Jack Frost [tab]Victor Frost
1 North Pole Way[tab]2 North Pole Way
North Pole, NJ 07601[tab]North Pole, NJ 07601

Bob Bright[tab]Maggie Moth
22 Ivan Ho Way[tab]393 Manlott Dr
Hackensack, NJ 07601[tab]San Juan, PR 00601

Then select the whole document, and click on the “Insert” tab. Click on the “Table” icon and select “Convert Text to Table”. Make sure you have the “Paragraphs” radio button selected under the “Separate text at” section. Click OK, then you will have a table with two columns.
Next, you need to cut the second column, then paste it at the bottom of the first column. The result is that you will have two columns of data. Make sure you have a two blank cells as your last two cells in the first column. (Paste the cut column into the very last cell of the first column)
Ok, save the file as an Plain text. Make sure that you you have “MS-DOS” selected and “Insert line breaks” Selected, and “End lines with” “CR/LF” in the “File Conversion” popup window.
Ok, now open the text document in Word. You should have one column of names and addresses.
**actual column start point**
Now you have one column of names that you need to convert to a table. Do a search and replace. Replace all double paragraph marks (^p^p) with single manual page breaks (^m). Next, replace all single paragraph marks (^p) with tab (^t). Now replace all manual page breaks (^m) with manual line breaks (^l). You can now use the file as a merge file, or open the text file directly in Excel, save it as an Excel document and use it as the merge table.
Now I’ll hand it off to Microsoft for merging directions:…
The process would be much the same if you had two true columns. But first you would make the document into 1 column, and just go to the spot I marked as **actual column start point**, and continue.
Ok, so it’s not so easy, but it is the easiest way to do it in my opinion.
If you need a template for the 5164, we’ve got a few to choose from at:
Our ML-0600 is comparable to the Avery 5164 shipping label.
You could also use the data for an ML-3000 label which is Avery 5160 laser label and inkjet label compatible.

ML-0600, compatible with Avery 5164 Label Templates

Just made up a few ML-0600 templates. They’re compatible with the Avery label Avery 5164 laser label / inkjet label. Use them as shipping labels, or use them for labeling boxes, any many other Things. It’s your world, we sell you the labels, you create the uses. Git er dunnn!