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Inkjet printer to print labels off ROLL, not sheet??

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Is there an inkjet printer that can print onto labels that come off a ROLL instead of on a sheet?  The roll may have one across, it may have several across.  It may have pinfeed, or may not have pinfeed, either is acceptable.  The reason inkjet is required is because the user occasionally needs *color* output on a set of labels.

Which manufacturers make an inkjet printer that can print labels that come in off a ROLL?  Thanks.
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as far as an inkjet printer is concerned unless it was specially designed as it sole purpose to run label rolls then any current inkjet printer out there at an office store could not accomplish this all of the inkjets on the market unless you buy a special commerical machine... sheet feed 1 at a time they either have a vertical paper tray which makes the paper feed at 90 degrees which is combination gravity feed
then you have the horizontal fed printers like HP deskjets that feed the paper and turn it 180 degrees to eject the paper

neither one of these type of printers would work because of two reasons

1. the way the feed system is designed if comming off of a roll it would never grab it and if it did it would most likely jam and misfeed because of the curve of the labels

2. Inkjet printers are not designed to have continous sheet feed like banner paper unless they are  1. specfically designed for it. the only printer for this would be like a plotter, line feed, or dot matrix.


The only printer you would be able to use is like a panasonic KXP 2120 model or something like which is dot matrix low dpi bad color and noisey and slow. this would be starwheel/pin feed..

This type of a printer could be set up for custom margins although a big hassel it could do it

another issue you have is if the margins are constantly going to change then either your application has to have the ability to override the printers driver and tweak it or the printer has to have the ability to set it up seeing as how this would be custom sizes and margins...

all in all unless you want to either spend a lot of money for a commerical machine or you want to waste a lot of time setting it up your best bet would be to get an inkjet printer and then get avery printing labels.



 I just checked through multiple searches inkjet roll label printers do not exist  inkjet printers that use avery label sheets do though.  

only thermal and laser

here is one possbility though but you would have to e-mail them
http://www.superiormachine.com/


here are some thermals
http://latimes.pointshop.com/Mall/Catalog/Product/ASP/product-id/18071/store-id/1000005517.html

http://www.barcodesys.com/cx200.html

http://www.diagraph.com/
http://www.hrtlp.com/
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Thanks for your comments.  The labels will be coming off a roll, and will be custom designed to meet the requirements of the printer.  Therefore, they can be 1 across, 3 across, 4 across, etc, and can have pinfeed, or they don't have to have pinfeed.

The customer wants to print gazillions of labels, so this will be the SOLE purpose of this printer.  Inkjet was suggested because of the color abilities; inkjet not necessary, but color (limited, and not real graphic, but colored boxes and some colored text) *is* required.

Jon
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Jon,

from those requirements you are going to have to consult with companies that build custom solutions and this person will ahve to spend a lot of $$$$$$ to have the machine made i would try Xerox, HP and some of the printer companies listed above I think Pitney Bowes also makes label machines
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