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Primera Technology looks back to many years history of designing and manufacturing specialty colour printers. Printers have been sold in more than 222 countries. Primera has successfully developed short to medium-run solutions using both colour inkjet and colour laser technologies. Which one you choose depends upon your specific label production requirements. Following overview might help you make your decision:

Colour Inkjet: for Short-Run Label Printing

Primera’s LX-Series Color Label Printers utilize the latest in thermal inkjet technology to produce full-colour product labels at up to 4800 dpi – about 240 times higher resolution than flexo – in up to 16.7 million colours.

Colour inkjet is typically better suited to short runs versus medium runs since ink capacities are lower and speeds are slower. However, print quality is not at all sacrificed. In fact, colour inkjet printing is among the best available of any competing technology.

Three colour inkjet label printers are available from Primera:

For quantities of just a few to hundreds of labels at a time, Primera’s LX500e is an excellent choice. LX500e is affordable enough for virtually any business and prints labels up to 108 mm (4.25”) wide. If personalized labels in small quantities of different designs are needed, we suggest the LX500e.

Model Width # of ink carts Speed
LX500e 108 mm (4.25") 1 (CMY) Medium
LX900e 210 mm (8.25") 4 (CMYK) Fast
LX2000e 210 mm (8.25") 4 (CMYK) Very fast

Primera’s LX900e Color Label Printer is up to 17 times faster than LX500e. LX900e prints up to 210mm (8.25”). It has separate dye or pigmented ink cartridges for each colour; saving money on every printed label. It is suitable for all label designs but especially cost saving for designs that use more of one colour than another.

The newest LX-Series printer, LX2000e, has extremely fast print speeds – up to 152.4mm (6”) per second. With its industry-grade full metal case and separate large pigmented ink tanks the LX2000e has been designed especially for use in the most demanding environments that are typical in the manufacturing industry.

Labels printed on the LX-Series printers are not only glossy and highly professional looking, they’re also scratch and smudge-resistant and with certain substrates highly medium-length. Printing barcodes is another essential advantage of the LX-Series.

The combination of pigmented inks and various synthetic materials makes the labels highly water and UV resistant.

Colour Laser: for Medium-Length Label Printing

In case though you want to be very flexible with your label sizes, formats and shapes, another system of Primera’s label range is necessary: Primera’s CX1200e Digital Color Label Press prints at speeds of up to 5 m (16.25 feet) per minute – the fastest in its class. Cost per print on CX1200e is also lower than with inkjet-based label printers. This extends the crossover point at which it is not only more convenient but also less expensive to print with a colour laser-based system versus traditional analog processes.

Primera’s CX1200e is the leading product in the category of medium-length label printing. It allows companies to produce labels that rival the cost and quality of virtually any other process regardless of equipment cost.

sample label Primera   CX1200e LX2000e LX900e LX500e
Cost per Label 0.49 ¢ 0.7 ¢ 1.62 ¢ 2.5 ¢
Prints per Cartridge C = 495,000 C = 53,861 C = 10,102 3,012 – Colour
  M = 165,000 M = 9,217 M = 2,919  
  Y = 495,000 Y = 25,675 Y = 8,581  
  K = 495,000 K = 102,994 K = 20,759  

Sample Labe Primera   CX1200e LX2000e LX900e LX500e
Cost per Label 1.3 ¢ 1 ¢ 3.56 ¢ 4.3 ¢
Prints per Cartridge C = 165,000 C = 261,358 C = 3,310 1,729 – Colour
  M = 99,000 M = 14,285 M = 2,557  
  Y = 123,750 Y = 8,397 Y = 2,138  
  K = 99,000 K = 15,911 K = 6,507  

Wine Label LX900e   CX1200e LX2000e LX900e LX500e
Cost per Label 3.3 ¢ 3.5 ¢ 8.93 ¢ 12.5 ¢
Prints per Cartridge C = 61,875 C = 20,232 C = 1,301 512 – Colour
  M = 49,500 M = 8,071 M = 1,326  
  Y = 38,076 Y = 1,628 Y = 606  
  K = 38,076 K = 8,154 K = 5,111  

Primera Label Sample   CX1200e LX2000e LX900e LX500e
Cost per Label 3.4 ¢ 4.7 ¢ 8.89 ¢ 13.9 ¢
Prints per Cartridge C = 49,500 C = 4,145 C = 1,127 447 – Colour
  M = 49,500 M = 11,817 M = 1,668  
  Y = 38,076 Y = 1,088 Y = 532  
  K = 49,500 K = 16,193 K = 25,511  

Primera Label Sample   CX1200e LX2000e LX900e LX500e
Cost per Label 3.5 ¢ 4.9 ¢ 12.13 ¢ 15.2 ¢
Prints per Cartridge C = 70,714 C = 13,127 C = 936 448 – Colour
  M = 38,076 M = 3,172 M = 757  
  Y = 38,076 Y = 1,356 Y = 490  
  K = 41,250 K = 7,332 K = 5,712  

All data and company names used in sample prints are fictitious. All labels were printed at comparable quality level on 10.16 x 7.62 cm (4” x 3”) label stock. Costs are based on the current MSRPs of cartridges available from Primera Technology Europe in €. Comparison numbers are not intended to compare cost per label to other non-Primera brand printers.