Inkjet Label Printers
DuraFast Label Company sells a variety of color inkjet label printers. However, choosing a color inkjet label printer also requires an understanding of the inks and inkjet technologies used to ensure that you select the right type of inkjet label printer for your specific needs. The two types of inks are dye-based inks and pigment-based inks. Here’s what you need to know about these different types of inkjet label printers and how they are used by businesses to produce professional color labels.
Dye-Based Inkjet Label Printers
Dye-based inkjet label printers such as the Primera LX900, Primera LX500, or Afinia L801 are known for their vibrant colors. Color label printers using dye-based inks can produce gorgeous full color labels with professional print quality. The colors are brighter and more vibrant than pigment inks, and the blacks they produce are a deeper black.
Dye-based inkjet label printers also work nicely with most label substrates including glossy synthetic labels. Most pigment-based inkjet label printers cannot print on glossy media. The one exception is the Epson TM-C7500G.
Some of the more popular dye-based inkjet label printers we sell are:
- Primera LX900
- Primera LX500
- Afinia L801 Memjet
- VIPColor VP485
- Epson TM-C7500G (gloss) label printer – This printer uses modified pigment inks to print glossy product label. The inks are designed to be used with label media that is compatible with dye-based inks.
Dye-based inkjet label printers produce stunning full color labels. However, the dye-based inks can fade over time, especially when exposed to UV light.
Traditional dye-based label printers use ink cartridges that are placed in a print head that moves back and forth across the media.
Memjet Technology — The Fastest Dye-Based Inkjet Label Printers
Memjet-powered label printers also use dye-based inks to produce vibrant full color labels. Memjet inkjet technology draws from large ink tanks and uses a large, fixed print head to print full color labels in a single pass. This stationary Memjet print head results in significantly faster full color label printing with a print speed of 60 feet per minute and 1600 dpi print resolution.
Popular Memjet inkjet label printers include:
- Afinia L801Memjet label printer – the top-selling Memjet inkjet label printer
- Vortex 850R, TrojanLabel Trojan 2 and Trojan 3
Pigment-Based Inkjet Label Printers
Pigment-based inkjet label printers are designed for customers needing to print more durable color labels, including GHS BS5609-compliant labels.
Pigment inks are not as vibrant as dye-based inks and they generally cannot be used with glossy media. However, pigment inks produce labels that are far more durable when used with compatible label media. The pigment-based inks dry instantly, so smudging and smearing are not an issue. Pigment inks resist fading. When using DuraFast Chemical labels and a compliant GHS color inkjet label printer with pigment inks, you can produce GHS BS5609-certified label media. The resulting labels can withstand chemicals, long-term immersion in saltwater, and exposure UV light.
Since prolonged exposure to UV light will cause ink colors to fade, consider using pigment inks on our GHS BS5609 Chemical labels, which will result in better UV protection. Therefore, the label will last longer. Note that some colors may still fade, but not as much had you used dye-based inks.
Some labeling applications, such as medical specimen labels, industrial labels, or cosmetic labels may not require full GHS BS5609 compliance. However, pigment inks are often selected due to the pigment ink’s characteristics and resistance to UV light, water, oils, and chemicals. When using GHS BS5609 chemical label stock with pigment inkjet printers, the labels are only available in a matte finish. No shiny or glossy labels. If you need to print glossy or shiny GHS BS5609 labels, then checkout the UniNet iColor 700 toner-based printer. Thus, many organizations choose a pigment-based inkjet label printer such as the Epson TM-C3500 to produce more durable color labels and tags.
Popular pigment-based inkjet label printers include:
- Epson TM-C3500 (top-selling industrial grade printer)
- Epson TM-C7500 GHS label printer
- Epson GP-C831
- NeuraLabel 300x
- VIP VP495
- Primera LX2000
Which Inkjet Label Printers are Right for You?
For most businesses needing to print product labels, a dye-based inkjet label printer or Memjet label printer will be the best choice. The Epson TM-C7500G (gloss version) or the Afinia L801 are the most attractive options to consider. If you have a limited budget and a very low label production volume, then you may want to consider the Primera LX500 or LX900.
If you need to print industrial labels, outdoor labels, healthcare labels, laboratory labels, or product labels for items that will be exposed to water, oils, UV light, or chemicals, consider one of the pigment-based inkjet label printers like the Epson TM-C3500 or TM-C7500.
If you need to print GHS BS5609-compliant labels, dye-based inkjet label printers are NOT an option. You’ll need to focus on pigment-based, GHS BS5609-certified inkjet label printers or GHS BS5609-compliant color laser label presses.