Our team has tested almost a dozen printers, and one that worked the best was the Dymo LabelWriter 450. This printer is easy to use, has label customization, and can import Limble's QR Code Excel Spreadsheet.
This article will teach you how to make custom labels for your Limble Assets and Parts using the Dymo Printers. Here is an example of some labels that we have made:
Our team has tested various types of labels, and one that proved to be durable was the Dymo Durable Labels. These labels can withstand water, solvents, oil, textured surfaces, and temperatures that reach as low as 0°F (-18°C) and as high as 122°F (50°C).
IMPORTANT: These labels are not resistant to UV rays or heat higher than 122°F (50°C). The label will fade and turn black. Keep labels out of direct sunlight and away from high temperatures.
Downloading Dymo Connect
The LabelWriter 450 uses software called Dymo Connect. This software is used to customize and print your labels.
Visit support.dymo.com to download the Dymo Connect. Select your location.
The LabelWriter supports both Mac and Windows. Download the correct software based on your operating system.
A window with installation instructions will appear. Follow the prompts to finish installing the Dymo software.
Connecting LabelWriter 450
Before you can start printing, you will need to connect your label printer. You will need a power cord, power adapter, and USB cable. All of these materials come with the LabelWriter 450.
Plug the power cord into the power adapter. After, plug the other end of the power adapter into the printer and the power cord into a power outlet.
Using the USB cable, plug it into the printer's USB port and connect it to your computer.
Note: Do NOT connect the other end of the USB cable to your computer until the Dymo software has been completely installed.
Open the printer. In the lid, there will be a label roll spindle. Remove this spindle by lifting it up.
Remove the spindle guide (the right flat edge piece) by pulling it off the spindle spool. Add the label roll to the spindle, so the label feeds from underneath. Push in the spindle guide until it touches the side of the label roll. There should be no gap.
Place the spindle back into its slot. Align the left edge of your first label against the left side of the label feed slot. Push the label into the slot. The printer should read it and pull the label the rest of the way.
Note: Make sure there is no sticky tape remnant on the labels. This can cause the label to stick to the printer and jam.
Using Dymo Connect
Choosing your label size
The LabelWriter 450 can print a variety of label sizes. Click on the green "New" button in the top left corner.
Click on "Label Type."
Search or select the appropriate label size from the drop-down list. Click "Open" in the bottom right corner.
Export Limble Data to an Excel Spreadsheet
Importing a spreadsheet with your QR Code information is one of the fastest methods for printing labels. You will need to download your spreadsheet from your Limble account.
Navigate to a QR Code in Limble. From here, click the button titled "Download URLs/Info. You will be using this list to create your labels in Dymo.
Importing an Excel Spreadsheet into Dymo
In a blank label document, click on "Import data" at the top of the screen.
Click "Browse" and open the correct spreadsheet.
Select which rows of information will be imported. Click on the checkboxes to select or deselect Assets. When you are finished, click "Import."
There should be a blank label with "ABC" on it. In the bottom right corner, it will show the number of labels in the document. This should match up with the number of Assets you imported.
To scroll between labels, click on the arrow keys.
Customizing Your Text Box
Information imported into Dymo Connect will not appear until the correct information field has been added. Click on the text box that reads "ABC." A purple square will appear.
Click on this square. A list of the information fields will appear. Each time you select an item, it will appear in your text box.
If you want to customize the layout of the text, double-click on the text box. You should see "ABC" and your information fields in blue.
Delete "ABC" like you would in a Word Document. If you want your information fields to be stacked, click in-between each field and click enter. This will put them on separate lines.
To reposition the text box, click on it once and drag it.
Adding Your QR Code
Click the blue "Add" button. In the drop-down menu, select "QR Code."
A QR Code will appear on the label. Click and drag the QR Code to reposition it. Like the text box, a purple square will appear. Click on this square.
This will pull up the same list as your text box. At the bottom of the list, there are two URLs. The first URL is for your Work Request Portal. The second is for your Asset Card look-up. Selecting a URL will populate the QR Code.
Note: All of the labels in the document will follow the same format but will be individualized based on Asset information.
Printing Your Labels
There are two options for printing labels. Clicking "Print" will print all of your labels.
For more customized printing settings, click on the Settings icon next to "Print." This will pull up additional printing features.
Adding clear tape over a label provides an extra layer of protection and can extend your label's life. After affixing a label, completely cover the label with clear tape. Packing tape is a resilient tape you can use.