How does an inkjet printer work?

An inkjet printer makes prints by spraying tiny droplets of ink in a particular pattern on a page. This ink is stored in plastic capsules called cartridges. These cartridges are sold with a variety of ink colors.

CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black)

Very high print quality

An inkjet system is mainly used when you want to work with beautiful pictures and designs. Inkjet printing allows you to print very vivid and bright colors ne this in very precise and fine places next to each other. If you want high quality prints then an inkjet system solution is ideal for you.

Maintaining the print head

The print head is a high technology ingenious part of the inkjet printer. The nozzles of the print head can be maintained in a few ways. In order to prevent the ink and the print head from drying out, the printer is used frequently under ideal conditions. As this is not always possible there are regular cleaning cycles which are performed on the printhead. In some systems, ink is sprayed through the channels resulting in a loss of ink. This avoids wear and tear on the printhead and thus the printer itself for as long as possible. Tasco offers printing solutions where cleanings take place but no ink is wasted. The printhead in Tasco’s solutions is semi-permanent and an easily and inexpensively replaced part of the printer. This gives you excellent print quality at all times and our labeler printers themselves have extremely long life spans.

Shelf life and ink life.

What does the date on a cartridge mean? Can you still use it?

With a packet of ham or any other food product, do watch out to eat it after the expiration date. The product may well be bad and harmful to your health. But that is not true of the date on a cartridge. The date on a cartridge is normally just the production date or usually the date until which the manufacturer’s warranty runs. After this date, the manufacturer no longer guarantees the quality, but that doesn’t mean that product won’t work. If you leave your new cell phone unused in a drawer for 2 years, the chance that it will suffer afterwards is also very small. With cartridges it is the seller who gives you a warranty based on the date of sale and not the date of production. So you don’t have to worry about the warranty date on your cartridges.

Shelf life of ink cartridges

Of course, that doesn't mean that printer cartridges can't become unusable over time. But that has mostly to do with how they are stored.

Ink cartridges contain liquid ink. The ink dries very quickly when it comes into contact with air. That's the idea when printing, of course. The cartridges are designed so that no air can get to the ink. Only when printing will the ink come out of the cartridge. But nothing is 100% tight of course, you can't store a cartridge for centuries either. If the cartridges lie idle for a long time or are stored in the wrong conditions, the ink may solidify or even dry up.

Therefore, we recommend that you store the inkjet cartridges in a cool and dry environment. Make sure that you do not remove the cartridges from their airtight packaging until you actually start using them. Also very important is how you place them in the cabinet or rack for storage. Each cartridge has a specific top and bottom. Only if you are stored correctly will they continue to work properly. Therefore, be sure to read the manufacturer's instructions or contact our supplies department if in doubt.

Once your cartridge is in the printer it can certainly dry out. Fortunately, the current generations of printers ensure that the ink does not dry up. They do this by starting a 'cleaning program' every now and then. Of course, this is only possible when cartridges are installed in the printer and the printer is connected to mains power. So make sure you don't disconnect your printer from power to ensure the longest possible life for your cartridges.

Shelf life of toner cartridges

For toner cartridges, the date listed is usually the production date. Toner is not a liquid ink work, but a dry powder. Via an electrical charge, this powder is transferred to paper, after which the powder is baked in the oven, thus fixing itself to the paper.

So the powder in a toner cartridge cannot dry out like ink, which gives toner printers an added advantage in storage. However, the toner powder can clump via contact with water. So also the moisture in the air can cause those in the long run.

So store your toner in a cool and dry place, just like inkjet cartridges, and only open the airtight package when you are going to use the toner!

Shelf life of labels

The labels on rolls produced by Tasco are always packed in an airtight foil. We do this to preserve the adhesive power of our labels. Even so, we recommend that you do not take more than one year's stock. It does not mean that after one year the labels will no longer stick, but please know that the strength decreases. 

After printing on our labels you can also speak of a lifetime. The label will have experienced a certain "wear" due to external influences. For example, you may notice a fading when the label is left in the sun for a long time or ink running out when it is left in the rain for too long. This all depends on what printing technology, material and machine you use.

Types of Inks

1. Waterborne dye inks

Ideal for consumer products

You need labels to stand out in the supermarket or you want to go professional and boost your marketing. Dye ink is the ideal solution for you

Wider color palette

You can add more color in the dyes. Thus the print produced is brighter and more vibrant. Because an inkjet system mixes the base colors, there is the possibility of producing ontelbnare colors.

Better print quality

Dye ink is much finer compared to other techniques. Thus, a much more precise print can be made. This application is best for color photos and graphics. Use an inkjet-coated material for the best results.

2. Pigment inks

Better resistance

Pigment ink does not dissolve. When the ink dries on the material, the pigment settles into the fibers. Because of this, pigment ink has a higher water resistance. Most molecules in pigment ink are hidden within the pigment particles. As a result, not all molecules are exposed to sunlight so pigment ink has more light resistance

Modest yet colorful

Pigment ink is thicker. This makes it more difficult to make very fine prints. Pigment reacts differently to each coating. The best Tasco materials to print with this highly resistant technology is our matte paper or a PP material.

Perfect for industrial applications

Pigment ink is most often used for applications where legibility, resistance and strength are the main needs. Therefore, we often encounter this technology in industries such as pharmaceuticals, soaps and detergents.

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