Printers and their suitability for label printing.

Printers and their suitability for label printing.

Laser printers work by electrically charging certain areas of a sheet of paper which then attracts the toner. The sheet plus toner is then passed between heated rollers which fuse the toner on to the surface of the paper. This poses a challenge to the producers of labels, because you need to get an adhesive that is effective but is not negatively affected by the heat. All of the adhesives that uses in the labels it recommends for laser printers are well suited for use in laser printers.

Almost all of label materials have been designed to be used in printers that are commonly available in home and offices around Australia.

Almost all of our label materials can be printed with a common laser printer. There are some exceptions - the foil based paper labels, and the Dataflex , and some of our synthetics, can be printed with a laser printer. They are all clearly identified on our product pages and the information pages on our websites.

Inkjet Printers are suitable for printing our matt paper labels, and our Dataflex synthetic label material. Inkjet printers work by squirting minute amounts of ink onto the surface of the paper. With matt paper the surface of the paper absorbs the ink and it can set. So inkjet printers are suitable for matt paper labels. But gloss and semi-gloss papers do not absorb the ink so it cannot set. So inkjet printers are not suitable for either gloss or semi-gloss labels materials.

Because inkjet ink is water soluble it should not be used where labels are likely to get wet.

Dataflex is the only synthetic label material that is suitable for for use with an inkjet printer. It is a white coloured, flexible, porous synthetic material that absorbs the inkjet ink into its surface. It is available in a very limited range of sizes.

More printer and related information will be posted as it comes to hand. recommends that you ask us for a free sample so that you can test it before you buy.