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How to make a Label Roller

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The Following Steps will show you roughly how to make a label roller for a small label printer. I work as an IT Specialist in a Laboratory and one of the jobs for our customer service ladies is to print off a few thousand labels from a Zebra Label printer. She would print 500 labels at a time and roll them up by time when she could be working on something else. 500 Labels at the size we are printing is 500 inches or 41.6 feet. The Label Roller I have built is capable of holding 1000 labels in one print job.
I did not take a picture of every step because I did not plan on posting it but now that I am done I will take closeups of each part as I describe it to you.
 
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Step 1: Make the Frame and get your motor attached.

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The first step to rolling you labels would be decide what size of labels or paper you are rolling and get a frame. In this case I used a couple 1"x4" pieces in the shape of an offset T. Next I needed to drill a hole in the wood that would make a seat for the motor to sit on. Then I cut the wood at angles to make it look like I put more work into it, it really wasn't needed I just thought it would be at the time.

Once your 1x4 looks similar to the picture below get some plumbing strap and stick it over the top of your motor and put some screws in it. My motor is a very High speed motor from Radio Shack that I bought for $5.49. The plumbing strap you can get at pretty much any hardware store and its usually less than $1.

(There are infinite things you could use to make the frame but wood was the easiest to work with and this was the first experiment to see if this would even work. )
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baudeagle4 years ago
I liked it! A couple of items. Could you add a still photo of this in action. Without actually watching the movie it is a bit difficult to conceptualize. Did you ever think about adding a transistor inline with the USB cord? When the computer sends a signal to print the winder automatically starts reeling. Could you power this through the USB cord as well? I believe that this has 5vdc doing through it.
joeyoung25 (author)  baudeagle4 years ago
The actual printer that I'm using is a Zebra LP2824 and prints a lot slower than the winder spins. The catch to my winder is that you must feed one or two labels out and stick the paper to the wheel and then turn the winder on. The motor would burn if you do this for too long but as soon as you hit print the labels start feeding to the winder and the motor is relieved. I am working on a more universal Wheel. I have cut two round wheels out of thin plywood with a 3 in hole saw. then attached two dowels to each wheel and attached them together so the dowels are staggered.
joeyoung25 (author)  baudeagle4 years ago
Thats a Great Idea except the printer that Im using is not a USB Printer it is a network printer. USB does have at least 5v but I dont think that the current would be strong enough. Dont know cause I have never tried it. I like to have it Cordless. I have actually upgraded the wheel a bit too. You can make the wheel according to your needs since every application is different.
Check out the other winders I found.
http://shopping.yahoo.com/s:More%20Computer%20Accessories:3141-Accessory%20Type=Label%20rewinder
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