PT-1880 handheld electronic labeler
Brother International
Bridgewater, NJ

In October 2007, the crew of NASA’s International Space Station (ISS) was having difficulty clarifying the often complex layout of the ISS panels and systems. The crew contacted Mission Control and had a NASA worker purchase Brother Ptouch ® 1880 electronic labelers, which were then sent up to the ISS on the next shuttle mission. The PT-1880, an easy-touse handheld labeler, is now an important component of the ISS’s organizational system.

Used by an estimated one million people, the PT-1880 is a mid-sized handheld/desktop labeler, featuring a 15-characterper- line LCD display for easy viewing. The labeler will print up to two lines on 3/4" wide laminated indoor/outdoor tape that is resistant to fading and extreme temperatures. Two fonts, six type sizes, nine type styles, and over 70 different symbols are available. The 6.6 × 8.5 × 2.2" handheld labeler offers a print resolution of 180 dpi and a print speed of 10 mm/sec. A preview key allows users to check over text to reduce mistakes and wasted tape.

The Brother PT-1880 operates on six AA alkaline batteries or an AC adapter. Toggle buttons and raised, angled keys allow for easy navigation, and built-in memory saves up to five of the most commonly used labels. P-touch labelers have applications in wiring and telecom, building design and engineering, asset management, retail, medical, and manufacturing. Like many other everyday, earthbound products, the P-touch 1880 has found its way into space.

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This article first appeared in the April, 2009 issue of NASA Tech Briefs Magazine.

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