Tennants UK Ltd.

General Enquiries: 0115 9738080
Number Plates: 0115 9738084
Highway Equipment & Signs: 0115 9738088
Reflective Solutions: 0115 9738087

Budget Number Plate Systems

for Quick & Simple Number Plate Production

If simplicity and speed are the main features you’re after in a number plate solution, then our Budget Number Plate Systems may be the answer you’re after. Able to operate in challenging environments they churn out no-frills oblong plates, time after time.

Offering a simple and user friendly solution to oblong number plate production, they make number plates with software that automatically ensures compliance. A thermal printer modified for error free printing then puts those designs directly onto reflective sheets. Finished number plates are made by combining the printed reflective with a clear acrylic face.

A shop or trade account is required to buy our budget number plate systems online.

One of Our Budget Number Plate Systems

Compact and robust enough for most workplaces, the printers use a single black ribbon to print the number plates. A matched media pairing of reflective and acrylic media ensures plates it makes meet the British Standards. Plate production can be upgraded from single sheet to use 50 panel rolls with batch printing for faster production. This solution allows suppliers to produce road legal number plates in just minutes by following a simple 3 step process of design, print and assemble.

Budget Number Plate Systems are perfect if you’re looking for a method of producing simple oblong plates in variable working conditions.

Interested in our Budget Number Plate Systems

Budget number plate systems come with a support package which includes 12 months phone and remote technical support for the software. And a 2 year parts warranty for the Citizen thermal printer. System installation and operator training is free of charge and carried out on-site. The number plate software comes with a full 1 year licence and a sample pack provides enough blank media for 20 finished number plates. An online account enables the ordering of replacement blank media and printer consumables 24/7, it also gives access to our online support center which has self help articles. Any gaps in this systems capability can be covered by our made-up plate service, which offers full colour number plates of any size.

Note: Internet connectivity required for online support and active anti-virus software must be in use. Remote and telephone support proceeds on-site visits in all cases. Use of non-authorised parts and media will invalidate service agreements and warranties. We target same day response to all issues with on-site depending on current service agreement.

If you're interested in these systems you can Request a Demo and see them in operation first. Call 0115 9738084 or Email our number plates division with your request, alternately just use the form at the bottom of this page.

Find more information below on the components and features that make up the Budget Number Plate System

Number Plate Design & Production Software

LG Plates software helps with layout compliance for the Budget Number Plate Systems

The Budget systems come with LG Plates our legal number plate software suite, that boasts features that simplify and streamline plate design while remaining compliant with BSAU145d.

Using it to design a UK road legal number plate is straight forward. Built in plate templates automatically fulfill the requirements for text placement, font type, size and spacing.

LG Plates comes with an integrated number plate builder

The plates builder holds all the number plate design options in one accessible location. A text field takes the registration number and check boxes are used for optional elements, with only legally compliant design options available to choose from.

As well as helping number plate suppliers adhere to the British Standards for layout, LG Plates now comes with an integrated RNPS Log feature to help suppliers keep accurate records of all the number plates they make. The information for each plate printed is stored along with the proof required for identity and entitlement.

Specialised Thermal Printers

A Citizen CL-S621 is the thermal printer we modify for our Budget Number Plate Systems

Our Budget Number Plate Systems include a modified thermal printer, specifically configured to print onto reflective media. The alterations we make mean they print along the entire length of an oblong plate and put down sufficient ink to ensure compliance. Theses are single sheet fed machines, but an optional add-on converts them to small roll fed machines that accept 50 panel rolls.

They use a 300 metre black ribbon to print out number plates, having one consumable to replace makes maintenance cheap and easy. These specialist printers can output reasonable volumes quickly, but with their small footprint can be placed just about anywhere.

Using a thermal printer and reflective printing should be reassuringly familiar to old school number plate suppliers. This technology used to be quite 'Hit & Miss' and it was common to touch up a print with permanent marker. Large steps have been taken in improving the dependability of this technology, with our thermal printers now providing coverage along the entire length of a plate with far less errors.

Restricted by its printer capability, this series makes oblong number plates only and prints using just black. Despite this limitation, owners will find that they can still service 95% of vehicles on the road.

Reflective Media System

Budget Number Plate Systems use our reflective media system to make number plates

These systems use our reflective media system, this is one of our matched media pairings that ensure compliancy. It makes number plates by printing directly onto reflective sheets, which are then combined with an acrylic face.

This combination of components gives its number plates the rigidity and durability required by the regulations. For a professional finish we recommend an alignment jig and roller are used for assembly.


Our Budget Number Plate Systems

Each budget system includes our software suite which has a plate builder and a document recording system for entitlement information. All power, network or USB printer cables needed are provided. Also included is the modified printer, which comes with an extended feed tray for holding blank number plate media. Each printer will have been specifically configured to print onto our reflective plate media.

The Budget Number Plate System Printer a Citizen CL-S621
LG Plates Software
Number Plate Media Tray

Printer USB Cable

Installation Guide

Operating Conditions

These are robust machines that require some basic environmental conditions are met for the best production results. Both printers and blank media will need placing in a location free from excessive dust or grease and kept away from condensation. Ensuring adequate clearance around the printer so it can be fully opened should also provide enough space for ventilation. Operating in conditions out side these ranges can effect print quality and finish.

These systems feature printers with settings designed for a specific number plate media and particular brand of ribbon. The settings require this predictability to function correctly, using other brands introduces elements into the mix that we can't control. This can reduce the colour or opacity of the registration and affecting that can reduce the legality of a finished plate.

Budget System Printers require approved ribbons are used to make BSAU145d compliant plates.

Book A Demo

Interested in seeing the Budget Number Plate Systems in action. Fill in the form and request a demonstration of our number plate solutions, just use the button below.

Also Available

Premier Series

The Premier series harnesses thermal technology to deliver high speed oblong number plates


Trade Series

Our Trade series uses LED printers to produce number plates of any size with color branding


Pro Series

The Pro series produces number plates and signs of any size and using any colour including white


Contact Number Plates

Areas of Interest

Tennants UK Ltd Duke Street, New Basford, Nottingham. NG77JN Mon-Fri: 8.30am-5.00pm

General Enquires  0115 9738080  sales@tennantsuk.com

Number Plates  0115 9738084  sales@tennantsuk.com

Highway Equipment & Signs 0115 9738088  tmsales@tennantsuk.com

Reflective Solutions 0115 9738087  reflective@tennantsuk.com

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