Printing On-Demand AND in Color- Yes, It’s Possible!

Increase productivity while reducing costs with on-demand color printing from Paragon.

Epson’s line of ColorWorksTM hardware provides the perfect tools to produce quality barcode labels at a lower cost than color thermal transfer or color laser printing. Instead of maintaining an inventory of pre-printed labels (which wastes space, time, and money), Epson’s efficient products allow you to print only what you need, when you need it.

What’s the Deal with On-Demand?

Historically, almost every industry dreamed of having an on-demand color printing solution. The influence of the internet has spurred a massive shift towards build-to-order products and services. As maintaining large inventories of stock products became less profitable, more and more companies have started producing the materials they need on a customized basis. Now, BTO processes have become the dominant business model of the 21st century.

Unfortunately, while this model proved sensible for car manufacturers and computer servers, printed materials remained tied to old practices. It wasn’t until the advent of digital printing that it became economical to print smaller jobs or even single copies of books, advertisements, or labels.

Why Was Printing On-Demand So Difficult?

Producing labels where and when you need them isn’t so much a question of technology, but rather, a problem of inefficient work flow. Any large-scale printing job needs to strike a balance between moving quickly enough to keep costs down while still producing readable images and text. Add in the stipulation of color and the process becomes twice as complicated, as more than one color required heavy user-input and multiple passes of the same label. Trying to print orders this way was a complete nightmare.

New digital printers have larger ink tanks and require less user maintenance. Now, high-quality color labels can be produced cheaply and consistently at the moment they need to be used.

GHS Compliance with On-Demand Color Printing of the BS5609 Label

The GP-C831

As the first BS5609 certified inkjet solution, the GP-C831 printer is an industrial-strength powerhouse ideal for producing GHS-compliant drum and chemical labels. Create large format labels quickly and accurately with print speeds up to 16.5 pages per minute, and a printable area up to 8” x 22”!

on-demand color printing with the GP-C831 from ParagonInstead of dye-based inks, the C831 uses a superior pigment base to securely bind to media fibers, avoiding fading or smearing from chemicals, water damage, and wear-and-tear. Using such a durable product, companies can print up to 1.2 million labels without risking readability.

Specifically designed for commercial environments, the C831 is dust and moisture resistant, can withstand 44 pounds of pressure to its frame, and features a permanent print head to decrease the time and expense of replacing parts. With access panels to all printer functions, you’ll never have to struggle with ink reloading or stubborn paper jams again.

The TM-C3500

Epson’s TM-C3500 boasts a similar design, built to perform under dirty or wet conditions. With a MTBF of 88 thousand hours and printing speeds up to 4 inches per second, even the busiest shipping and manufacturing facilities can rest easy knowing production won’t be sidelined by an unreliable printer. The compact body contains individual ink cartridges for efficient use of ink and USB/Ethernet interfaces, and the software supports all major label applications.

on-demand color printing with the TM-C3500 from Paragon
The C3500 is also BS5609 certified, allowing businesses to respond to the growing demand for accurate color labels featuring color codes, photographs, and safety information. Epson’s DURABrite® Ultra Pigment ink allows for crisp rendering of text and images for vibrant, clear labels on synthetic, matte, glossy, or plain stock. Choose from roll-fed, fanfold, die cut, or continuous label media for a wide range of printing options.

Low maintenance upkeep combined with Paragon’s GHS expert support guarantees your business can achieve high-volume printing and GHS compliance without the waste of label inventory. Discover the power of on-demand color printing with Paragon- call today to speak to our in-house GHS and printing experts!

In February 2015, I was given the task of bringing our company into compliance with the new GHS (Globally Harmonized System) standards by the June 1st deadline. I began working with Paragon and within a short time was up and running with the best printers and label stock in the industry.  The Epson GP-C831 and TM-3500 are perfect for our applications and the Kimdura label stock is flawless.  Paragon, and in particular sales executive Jim Unger, is second to none in providing valued support in a timely manner which is just a phone call away!  I strongly recommend Paragon to anyone in my field.
David SpanoLogistics ManagerEvans Chemetics LP
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