Inkjet afinia L301 labels are a very common form of inkjet printing, which recreates a dot-matrix image via laser or heat ink on standard paper and/or plastic media. Inkjet printers are by far the most popular type of inkjet printer and come in several different price ranges. The technology behind inkjet printing dates back about thirty years, when it was first developed by the United States Army. Now, inkjets are used in many different types of applications, including printing photos, illustrations, desktop publishing, sign making, contract printing, and computer printing.
There are a few main differences between inkjet printers and their laser or LED counterparts. Inkjet technology is more suited for smaller projects and for use with printable documents that require customization. Laser printers are better suited to large-scale print jobs, as they have higher page feed rates and faster document processing speeds. Inkjet printers also tend to be cheaper than their laser or LED competitors, as they tend to be less expensive to produce in volume. Additionally, they tend to be less susceptible to paper jamming, which can be frustrating if you’re waiting for an important document to print.
Inkjet printers work by spraying colored ink onto a piece of paper or plastic media. Once the ink drops onto the surface, it will bond with the surface at a very high frequency. This bonding process, called “inks,” forms droplets of ink on the paper or plastic media. As the ink dries, it will often ooze out onto the paper or other surface, creating a color of ink that’s generally indistinguishable from natural white. Inks are typically pigmented, meaning that a pigment is naturally present (usually in the form of black) – sometimes in addition to color pigments. Inks may also contain dye solutions to enhance the colors or to add special effects.
Although all inkjet printers utilize ink droplets directly onto the paper or other media, not all laser printers and even LED printers use the same techniques. LED and LCD (Liquid Crystal Displays) printers utilize a coated or semi-coated ribbon of plastic that contains liquid ink droplets, rather than the ink droplets directly onto the media. The ribbon is printed with tiny fluorescent lamps, which create light when the plastic is rubbed against the surface of the printer. When this light touches the surface of the media, it causes the ink to be refilled. This means that, unlike traditional inkjet printers, the toner and ink droplets directly onto the media do not need to be refilled when the printout is complete.
Because of this feature, inks used in laser and LED inkjet printers can produce a greater print quality and are more resistant to smudging. Furthermore, because of the smaller sized printed, they are easier to install into computer systems and can easily be moved from one workstation to another. They are also more convenient for home users who do not want or do not have to physically lug a large print head along with their devices. Laser and LED inkjet printers, however, are ideal for professional graphic artists, designers, and printing companies.
Although all inkjet printers use ink droplets directly onto the media, some methods are more suitable for certain print tasks. Thermal printers use heat to transfer the ink onto the paper; thereby improving image quality as the ink bonds with the surface of the paper. This type of printing generally uses lower ink levels, but the cost of thermal ink is usually more expensive than regular inkjet cartridges.