In this post, I describe the different components of labels and the differences between label types.
Based on the information I received from David, I put together the following chart:
David continues, “coating films such as polyester or polypropylene require more expertise and costs. Therefore, these labels are more expensive, even for thermal transfer printers.” For example, Zebra sells a Kimdura polypropylene 4” x 6” die cut label for $991.08 for a case of 36 rolls of 80 labels; $0.344 each. In addition, Zebra sells a polyester 4” x 6” die cut label for $553.63 for a case of 4 rolls of 960 labels; or $0.144. Color Label Solutions sells a 4” x 6” poly die-cut label for the CAB XC Series Two-Tone printers for $396.00 for 4 rolls or 1,050 labels; or $0.094. http://stores.colorlabelsolutions.com/4-x-6-4thermal-transfer-labels-for-cab-printers/
Labels for laser/LED printers have costs similar to thermal transfer printers. “At UPM Raflatec, we have lots of different types of paper and film label products that work well with laser and LED printers”, says David. From my work, it is important to find labels for laser and LED printers that not only print well, but also work well with sheet fed media handling.
Based on this analysis, I recommend you look at the total cost of your labeling solution; including hardware, ink and media costs. Total costs are especially important when using film-based labels such as GHS label printing. At Color Label Solutions, we’ll help you find the best solution to fit your requirements.