Inkjet Label Printer

There are two primary printing technologies used in label printers – thermal and inkjet. An inkjet printer fires tiny droplets of ink onto the label, and the size, number, and colour of the droplets can be altered according to specific printing requirements. Inkjet printers tend to be better suited to complex, high quality colour printing, while thermal printers can easily and more quickly print elements like barcodes.

There are a lot of factors to consider when buying a label printer. If you are buying an inkjet label printer, you should consider the quality of printed image that can be achieved with each printer. The resolution of a printer is essentially measured by its advertised Dots Per Inch (DPI). This is the number of tiny droplets that can be produced on a single inch of paper. A higher DPI means greater detail and better looking images, but even some of the most basic inkjet printers with relatively low DPI can produce near photo quality images.

Inkjet label printers tend to be more cost effective than their thermal counterparts. They are cheaper to buy and the consumables, including ink, are cheaper than with thermal printers. They can also produce high resolution, high quality images.

If you do not need high resolution images, you should consider a thermal printer. Ink can smudge and easily stain, which can detract from the quality of inkjet produced images. This isn’t a problem with thermal printed labels. There are also fewer moving parts in a thermal printer, which means that maintenance and repair costs should be much lower.

Inkjet printers are inexpensive to buy, can produce high quality images, and are usually preferred to thermal printers for printing labels with two more colours. However, they are more prone to breakdowns because they have more moving parts, so they may not be suitable for use in an industrial setting. If you want to find out which is the best type of printer for your business, call the Label Line team on 0151 546 2222 and speak to one of the team.

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