You may have noticed that our label products are categorised with one of THREE printer compatibility types; laser labels, inkjet labels, or laser and inkjet labels.
All this means is that the labels have been made using materials that are either well-suited to the laser printing process, the inkjet printing process, or that are suitable for use with either printing process.
So why do different printing methods need labels made of different materials?
Laser printers and inkjet printers work in two very different ways, which means that – to get the best possible print results – you need to print onto materials that suit the particular printing method in use.
LASER PRINTERS bond toner (a dry powder) onto a surface using heat and pressure; this means that laser labels are made with materials that have a consistently smooth surface and that are heat resistant (paper laser labels, for example, often have a higher moisture content to ensure they survive the heat used during laser printing).
INKJET PRINTERS disperse inks (usually water-based) onto a surface where they dry and form the final printed image; this means that inkjet labels are made with materials that are slightly porous – allowing them to absorb some of the ink, which means that the ink dries in place much more efficiently and accurately.
At Label Planet, our label products are made with materials that naturally possess properties that make them well-suited to a particular printing method or that have been treated in a particular way (for example, having a special coating or finish applied) to make them better suited to a particular printing method.
So what label products do you supply for laser printers and for inkjet printers (and for both)?
|Matt White Paper Labels||Laser & Inkjet Printers||Freezer Paper Labels||Laser Printers|
|Wash Off Paper Labels||Laser & Inkjet Printers||Gloss White Paper Labels||Laser Printers|
|Removable Paper Labels||Laser & Inkjet Printers||Semi-Gloss Paper Labels||Laser Printers|
|Super Removable Paper Labels||Laser & Inkjet Printers||Gloss Transparent Labels||Laser Printers|
|High Tack Paper Labels||Laser & Inkjet Printers||Removable Gloss Transparent Labels||Laser Printers|
|Super Tack Paper Labels||Laser & Inkjet Printers||Matt Transparent Labels||Laser Printers|
|Gloss Photo Quality Paper Labels||Laser & Inkjet Printers||Gloss White Waterproof Labels||Laser Printers|
|Premium Quality Paper Labels||Laser & Inkjet Printers||Matt White Waterproof Labels||Laser Printers|
|Opaque Paper Labels||Laser & Inkjet Printers||Removable Matt White Waterproof Labels||Laser Printers|
|Matt White Polyethylene Labels||Laser & Inkjet Printers||Silver Metallic Waterproof Labels||Laser Printers|
|Coloured Paper Labels||Laser & Inkjet Printers||Matt White Polyolefin Labels||Laser Printers|
|Removable Coloured Paper Labels||Laser & Inkjet Printers||Silver Void Labels||Laser Printers|
|Kraft Paper Labels||Laser & Inkjet Printers||Tamper Evident Vinyl Labels||Laser Printers|
|Fluorescent Paper Labels||Laser Printers|
|Gloss Clear Labels||Inkjet Printers||Gold & Silver Paper Labels||Laser Printers|
And what happens if I use the wrong labels with the wrong printer?
At best, you’ll end up with a batch of very poor quality printed labels – at worse, you could end up damaging your printer. Whether you print laser labels with an inkjet printer or print inkjet labels with a laser printer, the print you apply to your labels won’t be able to fix or set in place properly, which will result in your print flaking away or smudging and smearing. You may also damage the labels themselves, which could result in those labels (and your toner/inks) doing damage to the internal components of your printer.
This is why you should ALWAYS make sure that your labels are compatible with your printer BEFORE you start printing. To help you out, all of our label products will have their printer compatibility type listed on the range page, product page, and packaging for that particular item.