At the end of November, Epson America will ship the GP-C831 pin-fed, inkjet printer. Given the pending release of this new product, I thought you might find interest in my personal experience in printing with this new device.
Epson first showed this printer at Label Expo in September. You may remember my post covering Label Expo: http://colorlabelsondemand.blogspot.com/2012/09/label-expo-1-epson-family.html.
As I said earlier, I decided to test this new printer myself. I installed the driver and loaded the pin-fed media.
These labels were 9.5” wide (including the pin-feed) by 5.5” long (however, the actual length was 5.625” from perforation to perforation). In the driver, I selected a default setting for what I thought was the correct size:
Then I set the print resolution; at the normal setting using plain media and the quality setting.
After confirming the driver configuration, I printed from Adobe:
And the first labels looked great.
Then I decided to print 10 at once; where I learned that I needed to have the exact size from perforation to perforation. With the difference in the driver setting from the actual size, the labels became misaligned. Once I realized that I needed a custom label size, I went into the driver and set up a new page size; 9.5” x 5.63”. When I printed 10, all worked of the labels looked perfectly.
In fact, I printed 10, 8” x 5.5” die-cut labels at the normal setting in 28 seconds. Seemed pretty fast to me!
After printing the smaller labels, I decided to test larger labels; 9.5” x 11”. So I changed the page size of the driver;
And printed. In fact, I printed 10, 8” x 11” die-cut, poly labels at the normal setting in 45 seconds. Again; pretty good! And the labels looked great!
And here is a video of the printer running.
These labels should work perfectly to meet the GHS requirements. You may have seen my earlier posts covering the Global Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS):
http://colorlabelsondemand.blogspot.com/2012/03/bs5609-is-no-bs.html . BS5609 Certification Info.
http://colorlabelsondemand.blogspot.com/2012/02/un-drives-print-on-demand-color-label.html Oakwood Products
In addition, the GP-C831 may work for other types of applications; including reports, shipping documents, signs; where end users want to add color, but at a significant less cost than using color laser printers.
If you or your customers need labels wider than 4.4”, consider the GP-C831. Contact me now to discuss how this printer will fit your application requirements.