Professional Label Printer

The versatile Brother QL-700 is a professional label printer offering easy to use software and integration with Microsoft Office Applications, for all labelling requirements.


  • Plug in and label (no software installation required)
  • Print up to 93 labels per minute and up to 300 x 600 dpi resolution
  • Built in automatic cutter
  • Includes 2 rolls of label, software and cables

Simply plug in and start labelling immediately

The Brother QL-700 label printer offers an easy way to print professional labels for a wide range of uses throughout the workplace. Brother has made label printing easier than ever by incorporating “P-Touch Editor Lite” label design software inside the QL-700. Windows users simply need to connect the USB cable and run the software that appears in the pop up message. Then design and print your label. No software or drivers need to be installed.

Connect the USB cable

When connected to your PC, the QL-700 is identified as a USB flash drive and a new drive letter appears on your screen. This contains the label design software.

Run the built in label design software

Double click on the P-Touch Editor Lite icon to launch the label design software. As this is built in to the Brother QL-700 it is always available on any PC you plug into.

Design and print your label

Simply design your label by adding text, graphics and frames and then print. No software is installed to your PC during this process.

Also included is the Professional P-Touch Editor Software

The more powerful P-Touch Editor software is supplied on a CD ROM, which is installed in the standard way. Offering integration with Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook. You can print labels directly from these applications. Simply highlight the address, text or information you require, the click the P-Touch icon in the toolbar to print your labels. You can include barcodes, graphics, frames and other information on your labels.

Effortless label printing for all applications

The Brother QL-700 uses Brother DK Labels and Tape rolls. Supplied on a spool that incorporates a roll guide, ensures that the label is always installed correctly. It also recognises the label size. Operators get non of the alignment problems associated with printing labels with traditional printer. So whether you are printing just one label or several at a time, the Brother QL-700 ensures each label prints perfectly, time after time.


The Brother QL-700 is available from JNS Technologies, for more information contact or 011 425 5439


How to choose a Barcode Scanner

The time has come for you to replace your old Barcode Scanner or you need to purchase a scanner for your POS system. You might be needing a Barcode Scanner to automate some data capture to make life easier.

You look on the net and get bombarded with sites selling all types of barcode scanners, so how do you choose a model?

If you need a simple handheld scanner that you will use occasionally to scan simple 1D Barcodes, it makes no sense to purchase a heavy duty model costing thousands of Rands.

Lets first look at how barcode scanners are classified:

  1. Handheld barcode scanners for general use. These are ideal for low volume scanning in an office or small convenience store.
  2. Wireless handheld barcode scanners. This type of scanner gives the user freedom of movement with no cable attached to the scanner. The unit communicates with its dock via a radio frequency or Bluetooth. The dock is plugged into the PC normally with a USB cable. The range between the scanner and its dock varies from 10m to 100m depending on the make and model.
  3. Industrial or heavy duty barcode scanners. These scanners are designed and built to withstand harsh environments and can take abuse. Most of them carry an IP rating against moisture and dust making them ideal for factories and warehouses. Or anyplace that you need a tough unit.
  4. Vertical or fixed mount barcode scanners. These scanners are generally used in supermarkets for high volume scanning. The items are passed in front of or presented to the scanner. Fixed mount scanners can also be used in production lines or to read barcodes passing by on a conveyor belt.

General Use Handheld Scanner

Wireless Handheld Scanner

Industrial Handheld Scanner

Vertical Fixed Mount Scanner

Once you have looked and decided which category barcode scanner will best suit your application, you need to determine what type of Barcode you will be scanning and decoding.

1D and 2D Barcodes

There are two main classifications of barcode types available. The older and still the most popular 1D barcodes are made up of lines with various widths and spaces. These 1D barcodes are on most retail goods. The disadvantage of these codes is the amount of data they can contain but are still the most widely used code where not much data is needed.

The 2D type code is becoming more and more popular and can be found on the reverse side of the SA drivers license and vehicle license. The 2D code is generally made up of blocks of various sizes and spaces. These codes can hold quite a lot of data. The popular QR code is also a 2D type barcode and can be read and decoded with 2D barcode scanners.

1D Barcode

2D Barcode

Barcode Scanner Warranties

Now that we determined what category of Barcode Scanner we need and what type of Barcode we need to scan, we can look at the various warranty period offered on the models.

Most of the lower end or entry level scanners come with a 1 year factory warranty. The midrange models carry a 3 year warranty and the higher end models have 5 year factory warranty. These warranties are honoured by the suppliers in South Africa.

Having a Barcode Scanner with a 5 year warranty puts you at ease knowing that your scanner will be repaired at no cost for all factory or component failures. The warranties do not cover units that have been dropped, abused, opened or modified.

Selecting a Barcode Scanner amongst the popular models

Argox AS8050
The AS8050 is a new Barcode Scanner from Argox. It reads all the popular 1D barcodes and is available in USB interface only. The unit has a new technology CCD scan engine boasting high performance reading. The AS8050 reads high density barcodes quite easily. It also reads barcodes on mobile phone and tablet screens.

1 Year Warranty

Technical Specs

The price of the AS8050 in January 2018 is R660.00 (Pricing may fluctuate in following months)

Datalogic QM2131 Wireless
The QM2131 from Datalogic is an ideal Wireless Barcode Scanner for reading and decoding 1D barcodes.The QM2131 uses Datalogics Star 2.0 433MHz Cordless system. The handheld scanner uses a rechargeable battery for power which is charged when inserted in its dock. The range between scanner and dock is 25m. If the scanner is moved out of range it will store the scanned data in its internal memory and transmit this data when it moves back into range.

3 Year Warranty

Technical Specifications

The price of the Datalogic QM2131 in January 2018 is R3 452.00  (Pricing may fluctuate in following months)

Contact for more information and sales

All the above information comes from the sales people at JNS Technologies. Contact them for all your Barcode Scanner, Barcode Label Printer, Brother Labellers, Epson Receipt Printer, Mobile Computers and Portable Data Terminals needs.



How to make a website or blog

How often have you wondered how you could have your own website or blog? Searching on the net you get many posts, websites and adds telling you how much it would cost. Not many explain step by step what is needed to eventually have your own website or blog. In this article I hope to explain really how simple the process is and the costs involved.

What is needed to have a website or blog

A website consists of 3 things and they are:

  • Domain name
  • Webhosting
  • Files (files is the website itself)


What is a domain? The domain is the name you see in your browsers address area. This domain’s name is Lavrontech as you can see above – You will need to register a domain name for your planned website. The price to register the domain varies on the extension you require ie. A extension will cost you R79 in 2017, this is a yearly fee to register your domain initially and then every year after that.

How do you register the domain? Quite an easy process, all you have to do is contact myself or JNS Technologies directly and we will register your domain for you. This domain will be registered in your name and is yours until you cancel it or fail to pay the yearly registration fee.

Contact me to get more information on the available extensions and their price.

Web Hosting

What is web hosting? Simply put – you need a company with a server connected to the internet permanently. There are quite a few web hosting companies in South Africa. I personally purchase web hosting for myself and my clients through JNS Technologies. There are quite a few packages available to us with different options and prices.

It is not necessary to pay large amounts of money if you only want a small personal website or blog with fewer features than is needed for large company websites with 100 email boxes etc. I am able to offer you hosting starting from R29 per month for a starter website or blog. If you need more space or feel the need to upgrade to a larger package, there is no hassle, you can be upgraded to a larger package and pay the new monthly fees with no disruption to your site.

Email Addresses

Each domain and depending on the hosting package contains available email addresses at the domain name. As an example – if you have registered the domain and your name is John, you can have the email address

The number of email addresses available to you depends on the hosting package you have purchased. The R29 Micro hosting package includes 1 email address and the largest Master package for R439 includes 1000 email addresses.

If you are on a package and need extra email addresses but don’t want to upgrade your package then you can purchase at a minimum monthly cost of R12 an extra email address.

Contact me for more information or answers to questions you may have.

Your Website

Now that you have your own domain and have purchased a hosting package you are ready to develop your own web site, or to get someone to help you. The most common platform that is being used for websites and blogs is WordPress. All the packages available from myself and JNS Technologies contain at least 1 SQL database (Smallest package) which allows you to load and install WordPress.

Don’t let the above put you off, it is way simpler than it sounds, I am also willing to load the WordPress installation and configure it for you. Once this is up and running you can log into your site and start building. WordPress is a FREE platform available to all that want to use it. This site is using WordPress with a free theme. The site of JNS TEchnologies is also running WordPress. The possibilities with WordPress are endless!

If you have all of the above ready and you are battling to create or develop your site, do not stress! I can help you get started and do the initial building or completely do the site at a nominal price. I can do a small blog or website for a once off price starting at R600 for a very simple site.

Eventually – your own website or blog

Lets re-cap, you have purchased your domain for R79 and it is ready to use. You have purchased a monthly hosting plan R59 for the mini package. You are able to create your own wordpress site (No cost) or need help (Starting at R600). Initially you are looking at a startup of R738 or R138 if you do the development yourself.

The monthly hosting fees can be paid yearly which will give you some savings.

Contact me as soon as you are ready to own your own website, with our help it really is simple!

How to print barcode labels with a label printer

In this article I will try and give you an idea of how to print barcode labels with a label printer and what type of printer is needed.

The basics

To determine what type of printer you should purchase, you need to decide how long these printed labels should last and in what type of environment will they be used. If your printed label does not need to last more than  few weeks and wont be subject to moisture and heat then you can purchase a Direct Thermal label printer. If you require your printed labels to last a long time and durable against scuffing, heat, moisture etc then you will need to purchase a Thermal Transfer label printer.

What is Direct Thermal and Thermal Transfer?

Lets first look at the two methods of printing onto labels.

Direct Thermal – with this method you print directly on to specially treated thermal labels. The heat from the print head is directly applied to the paper causing the paper to turn black at the heated areas. The printed label is clear and is ideal for applications where the label is used for short term purposes. Most of the supermarkets use direct thermal printers to print the labels on for example, the packaged meat. The label does not need to last as it will be scanned at the till and then discarded. These labels are easily scuffed and damaged by heat, moisture and chemicals.

Thermal Transfer – this method of printing uses a ribbon between the print head and label. The heat from the print head melts the ink onto the label, producing a long lasting label. These labels are ideal for marking shelves,assets or anyplace where the label should last. The thermal printers are mostly more expensive than their direct thermal counterparts due to the mechanism and sensors needed to accommodate the ribbon.

Thermal ribbons come in various widths and lengths to fit the various printers. Ribbons are available in wax, wax/resin or resin. The type of ribbon you will need will be determined by the type of label you will be printing on. The label supplier will recommend which label material will best suite your application and which ribbon will best match the label material.

Label Printer

Now that you have determined if you need a direct thermal label printer or thermal transfer label printer we can look at the different options.

Label printers are available in affordable desktop models and heavy duty industrial models. The desktop modes can be used for low to medium volume printing up to 1000 labels a day. Printing more than this will wear out the printer and incur repair costs. Using an industrial printer will be a safer bet. The industrial label printers have metal covers protecting the printer in harsh dirty conditions. The printers mechanism is also built to withstand printing in excess of 10 000 labels a day. This option could be better in the long run if many barcode labels need to be printed.

Desktop Label Printer
Industrial Label Printer


Label design software

The majority of the label printers come with label design software that will enable you to design, print and save the labels. The Argox barcode label printers all come with Bartender UL, drivers and printer utilities. The free version of Bartender is normally sufficient for most applications. If you need more functionality from the software you can purchase the full versions with licenses.

The Barcode Label

Once the barcode label printer has been setup, software installed you are ready to print your first label. The majority of label printers have diagrams in the upper lid explaining how to insert the roll of label and the thermal ribbon. Follow these instructions and close the print head mechanism and lid if applicable. Design your label with text and a barcode, select the number of labels to be printed and select the print icon.

Hope this article has helped to explain how to go about printing your own barcode labels.

Contact the sales staff at JNS Technologies for information and prices on the various Barcode Label Printers. Tel: 011 425 5439 or email