QLS-4100 Xe Digital Color Thermal Label Printer
Print Full Color Labels In-Line, in Real-Time
The QLS-4100 Xe color label printer efficiently prints highly-customized labels in small quantities and eliminates the need to keep pre-printed labels in inventory. You can print color labels and apply them to your products immediately, with full control over label quality and when your labeled products will be ready to ship.
Manufacturers choose the QLS-4100 Xe when they need to print color labels in real-time, on-demand, with unique, product-specific label content that varies from label to label. It instantly prints labels with barcodes, color codes, logos and graphics, product description text, serializing text such as expiration dates and best-by dates, and prompted fields.
The QLS-4100 Xe is often used to print labels in-line, as products are packaged, to custom-print a unique color label for each unique product. It’s also used to print batches of labels on a roll.
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Overview of the QLS-4100 Xe Color Label Printer:
The QLS-4100 Xe color thermal transfer label printer delivers instant, high-speed digital color label printing to manufacturers who need to print product labels on-demand, on a production floor or in an office.
In addition to printing labels in-line, one label at a time, the QLS-4100 Xe is also used to print batches of color labels, on rolls. High-speed, on-board data processing capacity allows the QLS-4100 Xe to print thousands of color labels on a roll without hesitating when graphics change, when automatically calculated fields such as expiration dates change, or when label content is dynamically pulled from a database. Label print speed is user-selectable, from 2-7 inches per second.
It’s easy to print labels with variable content using Custom QuickLabel Omni labeling software. And, as an intelligent label printer, the QLS-4100 Xe can be custom-programmed via its host protocol to print labels with variable information content pulled from a database or ERP system.
The ability to program this intelligent label printer via its host protocol makes it ideal when there is a need to integrate a color label printer in-line with an automatic label applicator system or a need to print labels from an enterprise software system or from custom-written software.
Print Color Labels in Real Time, On the Factory Floor or in the Office:
Because the QLS-4100 Xe prints labels in real-time, directly from a computer or host system, users can print labels with variable information label content, where each printed label is unique. This means label graphics, text, barcodes, color codes (and any other label content) can change as labels are printed, at any time.
This rugged digital color label printer is designed especially for use on a factory floor, but its quiet operation and compact size makes it equally suitable for use on an office tabletop.
Private Label with the QLS-4100 Xe:
The QLS-4100 Xe allows manufacturers to print a different label for every product and every customer, on-demand. Food manufacturers, chemical manufacturers, industrial tool manufacturers, promotional products makers, and others often use the QLS-4100 Xe to mass-customize labels for private label customers, major retailers, and distributors.
Digitally printed labels allow you to add value to your product with low-cost, custom-printed labels. Thanks to the cost-efficiency of color thermal transfer label printing technology, the finished cost-per-label often allows manufacturers to save money when printing color labels in short-run, small quantity label batches.
Label Print Speed and Number of Labels per Hour
The QLS-4100 Xe prints highly durable labels, and will operate in demanding production environments for many years with only minimal maintenance. The QLS-4100 Xe prints an average of over 3,000 labels an hour in CMYK color print mode (four color process printing) at 300 dpi, and over 7,000 labels an hour in spot color printing mode. The number of labels you can print per minute/hour depends on the size of your label.
The Color Label Printer for System Integration:
Many of the hundreds of QLS-4100 Xe printers at work in factories and distribution centers around the world are integrated to print in-line with packaging systems. The QLS-4100 Xe can be directly integrated with an automatic applicator to form a true color label printer-applicator system via its “applicator mode,” a standard feature of the QLS-4100 Xe.
Custom QuickLabel® Omni, the native labeling software of the QLS-4100 Xe, comes with a module called QuickCommand that can receive data from your existing software, allowing you to interface with your software or enterprise system and print color labels to any site on your network from the QLS-4100 Xe.
Leading companies in the banking, electronics, frozen food, hardware, medical device, snack foods, and tire manufacturing industries have successfully integrated the QLS-4100 Xe into their custom-built packaging systems with the assistance of third-party system integrators. Contact us for a recommendation of a system integrator for the QLS-4100 Xe.
Popular Uses of the QLS-4100 Xe Label Printer:
About the QLS-4100 Xe’s Color Thermal Transfer Label Printing Technology:
The QLS-4100 Xe instantly prints digital labels using a unique, patented color thermal transfer label printing process.
Color thermal transfer printing technology offers some unique label printing advantages: the ability to print long-lasting, durable labels in special, dedicated colors including white and metallic gold and silver. This is possible because, instead of using inkjet ink or toner, the QLS-4100 Xe uses color thermal transfer ribbons as printing ink. The QLS-4100 Xe prints colorfast labels that resist significant environmental exposures to abrasion, extreme temperature, moisture, moderate solvents (including fats and oils), and resist fading from UV light exposure.
The QLS-4100 Xe printing process begins when a roll of thermal transfer ribbon is loaded onto each of the QLS-4100 Xe’s four print stations. If CMYK process printing is desired, these stations are loaded with cyan, yellow, magenta, and black ribbons. If spot color printing is desired, these stations can be loaded with any four spot color ribbons, including white ribbon, metallic color ribbons, or even a clear ribbon to act as a “protective” overprint.
A roll of blank, self-adhesive label or tag stock is loaded onto the label supply station. The QLS-4100 Xe can print on either die-cut or continuous label and tag materials.
When the QLS-4100 Xe receives the message to print, it advances the blank label material while thermal elements on each print station selectively heat areas on the thermal transfer ribbons, transferring heated ink onto the surface of the moving label material. Printed labels emerge dry, fixed, and completely finished.
QLS-4100 Xe Label Printer Specifications:
Price of the QLS-4100 Xe Label Printer:
Outside of the United States, the QLS-4100 Xe may be priced differently due to import duties, shipping, or installation costs. The QLS-4100 Xe is sold exclusively by QuickLabel Systems in the USA, Canada, France, Germany, and the UK. Outside of these regions, the QLS-4100 Xe is sold by one of QuickLabel’s Authorized Resellers. Please contact us for more information.
Labels and Thermal Transfer Ribbons for the QLS-4100 Xe:
The QLS-4100 Xe offers some label printing advantages due to its unique thermal transfer printer technology: the ability to print long-lasting, durable labels and the ability print labels in the color white, and in special, dedicated colors including metallic gold and silver. This is possible because, instead of using inkjet ink or laser toner, the QLS-4100 Xe uses color thermal transfer ribbons as printing ink. With the largest inventory of colored thermal transfer ribbons in the world, QuickLabel sells over 70 different formulations of thermal transfer ribbons in a rainbow of colors. Request a quote on thermal transfer ribbon.
Labels printed by the QLS-4100 Xe are finished, dry, and need no additional finishing. Users can printed directly on pre-die cut label materials, producing a range of label shapes and sizes. Request a quote on labels to supply a QLS-4100 Xe label printer.
Compatibility with a wide range of thermal transfer labels and tag materials, including both pressure sensitive paper label materials and synthetic label materials that are not compatible with other printing technologies, is another advantage of color thermal transfer printing. Many rollstock packaging films are compatible with the QLS-4100 Xe label printer. If you’d like our Media Test Lab to evaluate your material for compatibility with the QLS-4100 Xe, Contact a Media Sales Specialist.
Software & Accessories for the QLS-4100 Xe:
The QLS-4100 Xe comes included with a Windows®-compatible driver that allows you to print labels from virtually any Windows-compatible software. Custom QuickLabel Omni® barcode and label creation software is optional.
QuickLabel offers many options and accessory devices for the QLS-4100 Xe, including:
Read how Flamborough Springs uses the QLS-4100 Xe to print water-bottle labels on-demand.
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