Choosing an inkjet label printer model involves studying many of the variables that are specific to each project, and that is making it unique. These variables include the size of the labels, the estimated amount of printing, the data to be printed, and so on. But without doubt, one of the points we put the most emphasis on at PORTA SISTEMAS is to analyse the resistance requirements of both, the label material and its printing.

When we talk about resistance, we mean everything that a label (material and print) has to withstand. The label is the brand image of company and a product, how it is maintained throughout the life of this products is vital, not only for brand image, but because many times, they contain essential information about the product that must be readable throughout the cycle of consumption of the same (with strict regulations depending on the type of product).


The study of the material goes through evaluations on the type of adhesive and front that best fits the needs of the application. The printing, goes through a joint analysis between the different types of existing ink, the systems or models available and the material selected for the manufacture of the labels.


At a very general level, there are 3 different types of ink:


DYE BASE INK: These are inks where the colour is diluted in liquid. This results in vivid, very intense colour impressions. This type of ink is recommended for those applications that do not require high resistances in printing and where printing must be intense, designs with images, bright colours, etc.

We have options like AFINIA (Memjet), DTM-Primera, etc.


PIGMENTED INKS: In this type, the pigment does not dissolve in liquid, is not soluble, is suspended, or is only used to be transported to the printable media. In this way, it is more resistant to adverse agents, such as humidity, prolonged sun exposure, etc. This type of ink is aimed at chemical, phytosanitary, pharmaceutical, etc. applications. With specific regulations that require high resistance in printing.

It provides dimmer colours than the dye base, the results are not as intense.


In this category of ink we highlight the models of EPSON, NEURALABEL (HP), some options of DTM-Primera, etc.


Recently, the REFORMULATED DYE BASE INK has been incorporated in this classification: they are DYE base ink in which the formulation of its composition has been modified so that they have greater resistance to some agents such as humidity, but they do not become pigmented inks (we highlight the new models of AFINIA, Memjet)


It is therefore easy to imagine, by the types of ink, and by the number of brands and models available, added to the variety of materials available, the volume of options that companies face when embarking on the adventure of printing their own labels digitally in colour.


How to choose?


It all depends on the conditions of each application. If you are looking for a bright print result, for indoor and limited time applications, dye base may be the option. If what is needed are durable prints over time, in sun exposure or humid environments, pigmented or reformulated ink would have to be the best alternative.


However, we return to the beginning of the topic, each project must be treated as unique, neither the requirements nor the conditions are the same. Each case must be treated individually and advised according to the needs of each costumer, in a personalized way. So… let’s talk?