Looking for a way to print high speed color labels without compromising on print quality? You’ve come to the right place. The Epson C7500 ColorWorks Inkjet Label Printer is one of our favorite printers on the market today as it is a great way to add flexibility to your labeling strategy. While we primarily sell this printer for use with tire tread labels, this is a great option for anyone looking to print beautifully designed full color labels. In this article we’ll go over the features, limitations, cost, and availability of this printer so you can decide if it’s the right choice for you.
The first thing you need to know is that this printer comes in two versions – the C7500 and the C7500G. Both versions support plain, matte, and synthetic labels, but the C7500G also supports glossy labels.
It is also important to point out that this is an inkjet printer, not thermal transfer. There are pros and cons to each print technology, and we’ll explain some of them as they relate to this printer throughout the article. Read more about different printing technologies here.
600 x 1200 dpi
This is a great addition to any growing business looking to print full color labels. These unique features give you the flexibility to print your own custom labels with ease.
The Epson C7500 is a full color inkjet label printer which uses the CMYK color model. Inkjet printing technology is much better suited to printing color than thermal transfer. In our review video, John compares the two by describing inkjet printing as a waterfall of ink evenly coating your label, whereas thermal transfer prints bands back and forth. Additionally, thermal transfer printers cannot accommodate full color printing, with most only supporting one color. With four high yield ink cartridges, this printer can accurately print any custom color on your label format.
The ink cartridges for this printer are much larger than other printers, which allows for much more efficient printing as you do not need to change out cartridges nearly as often. These high yield cartridges ultimately lead to far less downtime. (Check out our review video to see the size comparison!) Additionally, both versions of the Epson C7500 are equipped with an automated cutter by default to streamline your printing process.
One of the most remarkable features of this printer is its incredibly high print speed. This printer can print at more than twice the average speed of a thermal transfer printer in full color without losing any print quality. Both versions of the Epson C7500 can print at a speed of up to 11.8 inches per second.
Nozzle Verification Technology
This model has built-in Nozzle Verification software to ensure that each nozzle is releasing ink evenly which allows for a clean, accurately printed label. This feature will detect any missing dots as a result of clogged nozzles. If the printer senses a clogged nozzle it will supplement with a nearby nozzle.
The Epson C7500 setup disk includes drivers to support NiceLabel, BarTender, and CODESOFT label software. Learn more about integrating this printer into your environment here.
The Epson C7500 is one of our favorite printers for printing tire tread labels. This model is a great way to supplement your tread label printing strategy as it allows for greater flexibility. Having an in-house print solution for tread labels means you can test out new label designs, print unique labels on-demand, print custom promotional labels for retail displays, etc.
This printer also has an optional rewinder available – with this add-on you can use your printed roll of labels to load into your tread label applicator.
Keep in mind this printer is not limited to tread labels, any business needing to print full color labels could benefit from this model.
Without a doubt, this is an impressive printer; however, it is not without its drawbacks.
First, keep in mind that the sensors used for calibration on this printer require you to use either gap or black mark media. This printer will not work with continuous media.
Also, this printer needs to be run consistently; inkjet printers do not function well if left to sit idly by. If the printer sits idle for too long into will go into maintenance mode so that the nozzles to not clog or jam up. Since the maintenance procedures use ink, this means that your ink could be wasted on maintenance instead of being used to print your labels.
So, the big question – how much does it cost? The Epson C7500 has a starting price of about $10,000 and is only available through a reseller. (Check out Epson’s list of where to buy here.) That’s no small number – so you need to determine if the initial investment will provide an acceptable ROI given your specific needs. In comparison, the Zebra ZT610 – which is a comparable thermal transfer printer in terms of performance (but does not print color), costs roughly $3,000.
So, the Epson C7500 is a great option if you’re looking to print a reasonably high volume of full color labels. Although the high cost might seem like a deterrent, having a print on demand solution in-house can provide great value in the right situation. Learn more about the pros and cons of print on demand here.
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