Label Printing

Print item information labels, SKU tags, asset tags, and others using your own custom label templates for Dymo printers.

In order to store your site-wide label templates, you need to have Amazon S3 storage configured for your site.
Dymo label printing is supported by a Dymo Javascript plugin. On Chrome and Firefox, you may need to allow permissions for this to proceed. On Internet Explorer, you may need to disable ActiveX filtering.

Label Printing Configuration

Dymo label printers are well known and used worldwide to print all sorts of labels. Aligni supports printing to Dymo LabelWriter printers using Dymo’s Javascript plugin. All you need to do is provide your own label templates (we have some examples to help you along), a Dymo LabelWriter printer, and have the Dymo software installed on your computer.

To get started with label printing, the process is easy:

  • Create a label template in Dymo Label Software
  • Assign variables to match Aligni information to the label fields
  • Create new labels in Aligni and upload your label template
  • Assign default labels to part types for easy use

Creating Label Templates

You’ll want to become familiar with the Dymo Label software. It’s the tool used to define the layout and content of your labels. Aligni uses these label designs as templates and changes variables in them to values defined by your parts and inventory.

DymoLabelMaking@2x

As you define your label templates, you can use any of the variable names below to represent the values from your part and inventory entities. Note that Dymo label variables are case-sensitive.

Part Parameters

  • PART_NUMBER – The part’s part number.
  • PART_MANUFACTURER_PARTNUMBER – The manufacturer’s part number.
  • PART_MANUFACTURER_NAME – The manufacturer’s name.
  • PART_DESCRIPTION – The part’s description.
  • PART_REVISION – The part’s active revision name.
  • PART_COMMENT – The part’s comment.
  • PART_VALUE – The part’s value.
  • PART_X_{CUSTOM_PARAMETER_XML_NAME} – Any custom parameter you have added to your site.

Inventory Unit Parameters
In addition to the above Part Parameters, the following variables are available for inventory units.

  • INV_LOCATION_NAME – Full inventory location name.
  • INV_LOCATION_SHORTNAME – Shortened inventory location name.
  • INV_SUBLOCATION_NAME
  • INV_BIN
  • INV_CREATION_DATE
  • INV_DATECODE
  • INV_LOTCODE
  • INV_LOT_EXPIRATION_DATE
  • INV_SERIALNUMBER
  • INV_ASSETID – The part’s part number.

Purchase Parameters
The following variables are available if the inventory unit was received against a Purchase Order in Aligni.

  • PO_VENDOR_NAME – The vendor’s name if purchased on a PO.
  • PO_NUMBER – The PO number.
  • PO_QUANTITY – Quantity originally purchased.
  • PO_PRICE – Price paid on the PO.
  • PO_RECEIVE_DATE – Date received against the PO.

Assigning Default Labels to Part Types

All of your label templates will be available site-wide. However, if you have any labels that are specific to certain part types (such as capacitors or resistors), you may optionally define a default label to those part types. When a default label is defined, it will be automatically selected when you print a label for that part type.

Since custom parameters may be associated with some part types and not others, you might find it useful to include some custom parameters on the labels for one part type and not on another.

Printing Labels

PartLabelThere are presently two areas where labels may be printed. Both are located on the Part Details page, but the label generated will be slightly different.

Part Information Label

On the submenu of the Part Details page is the “Print Labels” link. When clicked, the dialog to the right will be shown.

The dialog allows you to choose the label template, specify the number of labels to print, and select a label printer and roll to use. A preview of the label with the populated data fields is also shown.

Click “Print” to print the label(s).

Inventory Asset Label

Within the inventory summary box on the Part Details page, each inventory unit has a “Print Labels” link. When this link is used, the part information is passed to the label template just as above. However, additional information about the specific inventory unit is also provided, including the original purchase information if the inventory unit was received against a purchase order.

Example Templates

We have made a couple example label templates to get you started and provide a reference.

Download our example labels:
Aligni-DymoLabelExamples.zip

What’s included…

  • Aligni-30336-SkuTag – For the Dymo 30336 label, this is a small label intended for finished goods labeling. The manufacturer’s part number is displayed as well as a bar code containing the contents of the custom parameter “SKU”.
  • Aligni-30824-Capacitor – For the Dymo 30824 label, this is a larger label that contains the part number and some custom parameters that are associated with capacitors.
  • Aligni-30824-Capacitor – Similar to the capacitor label, but with custom parameters suitable for resistors.
  • Aligni-30824-AssetInfo – This is another larger label that includes inventory unit information such as date code and original purchase information.