AFINIA L502 Colour Printer - Pigment GHS Label Printer
Afinia L502 GHS Colour Label Printer with Pigment Inks
The reliable and affordable Afinia L502 GHS colour label printer is perfect for businesses that need to create durable labels, GHS BS5609 chemical labels, and barcodes. Because this 8.5" Afinia L502 label printer with pigment inks complies with GHS BS5609 standards, it is ideal for any business looking to ensure compliance in their labeling process.
If you print between 2,500 and 20,000 labels and barcodes per month, the Afinia L502 colour label printer is just right. With an affordable price and medium ink costs, the L502 is a reliable solution for businesses on a budget.
The Afinia L502 GHS Colour Label Printer is ideal for printing:
- Chemical Labels
- UL Labels
- Food and Beverage Labels
- Industrial/Commercial Labels, Tags, and Barcodes
- GHS BS5609 chemical labels
What does GHS BS5609 labeling mean?
GHS stands for Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals, which covers the physical label design of chemical drum labels. BS5609 is a British Standard for chemical labels used in a maritime environment. GHS covers the label design (for example, required warning statements and symbols) while BS5609 tests for the material's adhesion and durability (BS5609 step 1) and print permanence (BS5609 step 2).
If you plan on printing GHS BS5609 labels with the Afinia L502, you must use it with the pigment printhead and pigment inks.
DuraPrime Duo Ink Technology
The L502 is a "Duo Ink" printer. Though this listing is for the Afinia L502 with pigment inks, the printer can be used with dye inks as needed. In order to swap out the pigment inks for dye inks, you will need to purchase the dye printhead and a full set of dye inks (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black). If your initial print jobs call for dye inks, then consider purchasing the Afinia L502 colour label printer with dye inks.
Note that the first set of CMYK pigment inks that ship with the printer will be used to prime the printhead the first time. Thus, it's smart to order a second set of pigment inks when you order the printer.
Which is better, the L502 with Pigment Inks or with Dye Inks?
This comes down to your application. If you will be printing GHS labels, then the pigment inks are required. Pigment inks produce a much more durable label than dye inks. They do not fade and resist water, abrasions, oil, solvents, and chemicals. When used with BS5609-certified labels, they can withstand long-term exposures to the harshest environmental conditions including long-term immersion in seawater.
Dye inks produce more vibrant colours and are better for labels that won't be exposed to the elements. Dye inks will not hold up, however, if your label is used outdoors or on surfaces that come into contact with oils or chemicals. There are also certain applications where dye-based printing is the better choice. For example, if you want to print eye-catching graphics or photos or use shiny label stock, dye inks will give you better results.
It comes down to the application and type of environment the labels will be used in. The beauty of Afinia's Duo Ink Technology is that you can always switch between the pigment and dye inks as needed.
If you're not sure which ink set is best for your needs, contact us. We can help you understand the differences between dye and pigment inks and recommend a suitable printer and media solution based on your specific needs.
What are the Benefits of Pigment Inks?
The benefits of pigment inks are:
- UV, oil, water, chemical, and abrasion resistant
- More durable than dye inks
- Better for long-term outdoor use or labels that will come into contact with oils or chemicals
- Required for GHS BS5609 label production
The Afinia L502 with pigment inks is an excellent choice for applications that require greater durability such as labels that will be exposed to water, oils, heavy handling, or chemicals. The pigment inks work best with synthetic matte media. They resist abrasions and won't fade over time. If you need to print GHS BS5609 labels with the Afinia L502, be sure to use pigment inks and compliant label stock.
If you'd prefer to print on shiny labels for applications such as food products or health supplements, use the Afinia L502 with dye inks.
What Types of Labels Can I Print with Pigment Inks?
You can print a variety of labels with the Afinia L502 and pigment inks, including:
- Matte paper labels
- Matte synthetic labels
- Barcode labels
- Chemical labels
- Chemical drum Labels
- GHS BS59609 compliant labels (when used with approved label stock)
- Transportation tickets and tags
- Shipping and logistics labels
- Outdoor labels
- Marine labels
- Horticulture labels
- Pharmaceutical labels
- Nutraceutical labels
- UL labels
- Industrial and commercial labels and tags
- And more!
Afinia L502 Features
The Afinia L502 with pigment inks is a high-quality, low-cost GHS colour label printer that prints durable labels that resist fading, water, abrasions, and chemicals.
Notable features include:
- 4800 dpi print resolution
- Fast print speed of up to 5 ips
- Prints labels from 1 to 8.5 inches wide
- Duo Ink Technology uses either pigment or dye inks
- Works with a wide range of media including paper, polypropylene, polyester, and vinyl labels
- Medium cost per label
- Monthly print volume of up to 20,000 labels
- Holds 8" OD label rolls on a 3-inch core
- All steel industrial design
- BS5609 GHS certified (pigment inks and certified stock required)
- Powered cutter
- 1-year warranty
Afinia L502 Pigment Labels
The Afinia L502 with pigment inks works beautifully with the following L502 labels:
- Matte paper labels
- Matte paper tags
- Matte polypropylene labels
- GHS BS5609 certified labels
Afinia L502 Inks and Supplies
DuraFast Label Company has everything needed for printing durable industrial and chemical labels including printheads, dye and pigment ink cartridges, label rewinders, and extended warranties.
L501/L502 Ink Pigment - C
L501/L502 Ink Pigment - M
L501/L502 Ink Pigment - Y
L501/L502 Ink Pigment - K
L501 / L502 4 Pack Pigment CMYK
Optional Rewinder for L501 / L502 / L701 Label Printer
L501 - L502 Hot Swap
L501 - L502 Extended Warranty Year Two
L501 - L502 Extended Warranty Years Two and Three