Creating Durable Labels with Primera Pigment Inks

Creating Durable Labels with Primera Pigment Inks

Posted by JB on 4th Jul 2021

Many printer manufacturers are now using pigment ink cartridges in their printers, including Primera. Pigment inks create a more resistant and longer-lasting label than dye inks, and they don’t fade as easily as dye inks do. If you want to print industrial or GHS BS-5609 chemical labels that stand the test of time, then switching from dye to pigment ink is worth it.

What is the Difference Between Pigment Ink and Dye Ink?

Primera pigment inks use solid particles of pigment powder that are mixed into a water-based ink. This type of ink is more durable than dye-based inks because it resists fading for much longer and doesn't smudge when drying. Pigment ink is required when printing GHS BS-5609 chemical labels because these labels must withstand long-term exposure to the elements.

For years, most inkjet printers used dye inks. Dye ink is a water-based ink type that can be easily affected by sunlight and other environmental conditions. Dye-based inks are brighter and more vibrant than pigment inks, making them perfect for printing prime labels requiring bright, vibrant graphics. However, they often smear and fade quickly when exposed to too much sunlight. They can also run when they come in contact with water or moisture.

What is Pigment Ink Used For?

If you need your labels to last, pigment ink is the best option. Pigment inks are more resistant to fading, scratches, oils, and, and water damage and have a higher resistance against running, smudging, or smearing, which makes them ideal for labeling the following:

-Food items like meat products

-Toiletries like shampoo or body wash

-Liquids like oil, wine, or chemicals

-Products used in aggressive environments such as lubricants

-Chemical drums and products containing chemicals

Not only are Primera pigment inks more durable than dye inks, you can print on a variety of substrates including paper and polypropylene. Plus, you’ll never worry about your ink fading or smudging again.

Which Primera Label Printers use Primera Pigment Ink?

Primera pigment inks are available for select Primera printers, and they’re easy to use. For example, the Primera LX910 printer can use both dye and pigment inks. It uses a single Primera pigment ink cartridge that contains cyan, yellow, and magenta inks. The printer blends these colors to create all of the colors in the rainbow. Since you only need one ink cartridge, it’s easier to store and manage your supplies.

Primera printers that use pigment ink include:

-Primera LX910: A high quality industrial printer with print speeds of up to 4.5 inches per second. The LX910 prints labels as wide as 8.25 inches and can use either dye or pigment inks.

-Primera LX2000: A versatile printer for a range of needs, the LX2000 is perfect for printing labels up to 8.25 inches wide using pigment inks and at speeds of up to 6 inches per second.

Where to Get Primera Pigment Inks

Optimedia Labs is a leading distributor of Primera label printers, labels, and other inkjet printing supplies and accessories, including both dye and pigment inks. To make it as easy as possible to find the right Primera pigment ink cartridges for your printer, shop by printer model here: