Durable label printer

March 15, 2013
Primera Technology's DL500 label printer can laser-ablate text, graphics, and linear or 2D bar codes onto adhesive-backed label materials.

Plymouth, MN - Primera Technology's new DL500 durable label printer allows fast and easy in-house production of highly durable labels for a wide range of rough-service applications, including the US Department of Defense's IUID program labels, UDI labels for medical devices and healthcare equipment, automobile VIN and under-hood part numbers, warning and instruction labels, aerospace and solar panel labels, serial tags for outdoor equipment, automobile parts, and building materials.

Text, graphics, and linear or 2D bar codes can be laser ablated onto a range of adhesive-backed label materials. Finished labels are extremely robust and do not require lamination to withstand extended exposure to UV light, chemicals, liquids and temperatures of up to 300C. As such, they also meet the requirements for UL and CSA rating and serial number plates.

Instead of ink, the printer utilizes a specially-designed laser diode along with high-precision, matched optics. This type of laser and optics combination has reportedly never before been used in a roll-fed, desktop laser label imager. Labels produced with this method are typically used to replace metal plates or labels produced by resin thermal transfer that are laminated in a secondary process but are still not durable enough for many applications.

Compared to Yag, fiber and CO2 lasers, DL500's laser diode and matched optics marking method has a number of advantages for producing highly durable labels, including: lower cost, simple mechanics, and ease of operation. DL500 installs on a PC as a standard Windows printer. It can be driven by virtually any popular label creation software. No special operator training or certification is required.

Both "smoke" and "smokeless" label substrates are available. Each substrate has its own advantages for certain applications. For substrates that generate smoke, Primera's DF-30 Smoke and Fume Filter is available. DF-30 has five stages of filtration which allows the DL500 printer to be used indoors without the need for an outside exhaust.

Printer drivers are included for Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8. Also included is easy to use label design and printing software from Seagull Scientific called BarTender Primera SE UltraLite for Windows.

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