There are various tagging gun manufacturers out there which include Meto, Monarch, and Avery Dennison. While each company has a slightly different version of the pricing gun, they should be straightforward when it comes to how to load and use it. These are general instructions for how to set up a tagging gun, so you can also refer to your gun’s manual for more technical or specific instructions.
Step 1. Purchase Gun and Label Rolls
If you are looking for price tags, it’s important to know that depending on the tagging gun you choose, it will only accept labels of certain widths. The width of your labels is considered important to many stores in order to be able to fit inside the pricing areas on shelving units, such as at a grocery store or drug store. If your shelving has designated pricing areas, it’s important to determine the appropriate width for labels, thus looking for price tags and establishing a search for a viable tagging gun.
If you aren’t planning to place labels on shelving units, or don’t have any shelves, you can also apply prices to the products themselves or on tags that you can also buy separately. If you want to apply pricing labels directly onto clothing items, you will need a specialty tagging gun in order to do this.
Step 2. Load The Label Roll into The Tagging Gun
With the roll of labels that you want to load into your gun, tear off a number of labels from the roll. This will make sure that the gun works as intended and won’t act up or get in a jam. Next, you should lock the roll of labels in between the hubs of wherever the roll is intended to go. For many tagging guns, this location would be on the rear of the gun.
In most guns, the labels need to come off the very top of your roll. Hold the trigger of your specialty tagging gun about half-way. This will unlock the brakes and should allow you to slide the label through the gun. When you have about six to eight inches hanging out the front of the gun, release the trigger to have the brakes re-lock.
Step 3. Feed the Label Throughout the Tagging Gun
You should now have configured your label roll so that both ends are sticking out the front. Hold the trigger half-way once more and rewind the roll so that the loop of labels that you see goes away and the labels become tighter. With the remaining end of the label roll, pull this strip downwards towards the trigger. By doing this, you will remove the labels from the backing paper so that the labels will be able to adhere to what you want to put your label on.
Feed this backing paper into the designated slot so that the gun will pull apart the label from the backing paper. The label will be directed out the trigger when you use the gun, with the backing paper going into a special compartment in the tagging gun, or out a slot in which you need to remove and discard form the gun after use.
Close up the tagging gun and perform a couple of test labels to ensure that the gun is working correctly. If you are experiencing problems with your particular gun, refer to your gun’s manual for more detailed troubleshooting.
Here are some important things to consider when handling a pricing gun.
There is a needle on the end of the tagging gun where you might puncture yourself unintentionally if you aren’t careful. In light of this, always wear a pair of gloves when handling this gun.
With thick work gloves, the needle will have no chance to penetrate the gloves and make contact with your skin. It is also important to be very careful when using this needle around clothing items that you want to put a price on.
If you are worried that a tag might fall off your product or surface, you can use two bards rather than just one. This will ensure that the label will stay on until you replace the label.