I am pleased to announce the new QL-300; the first benchtop LED printer designed specifically for labels.
|QL-300 LED Label Printer|
After working with the Okidata for several years, I’m excited to finally get this product on the market. I’ve mentioned this product in this blog prior: first at the 2015 Graph Expo post.
Second in the 2017 Label Expo post:
Third, in the 2018 Label Expo post:
This new product excites me for 3 key reasons. First, this newly designed printer, specifically for labels, eliminates many of the problems with former versions of laser label printers. For example, previous laser label printers were designed to print 8.5” x 11” sheets. This design meant each print job created at least 11” or more of waste as the label media traveled through the printer to the fuser. With this printer, the printer cuts the last label in the job to eliminate any label lost. Watch the printer run here:
Also, the printer how has a minimum batch-length size of 4”; along with a minimum width of 1” and a minimum length of .5”. These capabilities make the printer much more user friendly and less wasteful. According to Grant Lapke, our technical expert on the QL-300 and T2-C, “I find this printer very easy to use. It’s still new to us, but the use of it seems very straight forward.”
In addition to media handling, the QL-300 offers better color registration; using different transfer technology than used in standard 8.5” x 11” printers. Overall, this printer designed for labels will work better than previous toner-based options.
Second, the QL-300 will offer a variety of media as well as the possibility for less expensive labels. As a LED/Laser printer, the fuser bonds the toner to the label media; opening up exciting and possibly less expensive options. For example, silver foil:
|Silver Foil Labels With the QL-300|
|Kraft Paper With The QL-300|
|Black Paper With The QL-300|
|Gold Paper With The QL-300|
And Clear Film:
|Clear Film With The QL-300|
I believe the capabilities of the QL-300 will offer exciting new artwork designs for our customer’s labels.
Third, as seen in the previous pictures, the QL-300 offers white toner. Now you can add white to artwork that uses clear or colored materials; or use white as a base underneath other colors.
|White Underneath Using The QL-300|
Here is the promotional video on the new QL-300 featuring the white capability:
As for the costs to get the ease of use, flexibility in media types and white toner benefits, we’ve been told the toner costs are priced similar to standard inkjet printers. For example, the CMYK should last approximately 52,000 linear inches (more than 8,000, 6” labels); and the white toner should last 26,000 linear inches (more than 4,000, 6” labels) at 20% coverage.
Overall, I see a good fit for the QL-300 with many types of companies; cannabis, cosmetics, or food for example. It fits where branding is very important. If you want the ability to print many types of unique label media, or need to use white on your labels, contact us to discuss the new QL-300 would work for you.