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Discover our extended range of water-based printing materials
Discover our extended range of water-based printing materials

The top 10 questions for water-based inkjet print

1. Do you have label materials for inkjet printing?

Many different Avery Dennison materials are suitable for different inkjet technologies. We can help you to make the right choice, depending on the type of inkjet printer you are using. 


2. How many inkjet technologies are there, and do they fit all label applications?

Roughly speaking, there are three major ink types: UV curable, water-based, and solvent systems. Not all are suitable for printing labels – inkjet label printing is dominated by UV ink and water-based inks. Solvent inks give good and durable printing results, but the environment impact is high so they are not often used for label applications.


3. How do I know if a label printer is a UV or water-based inkjet label printer?

See our digital inkjet printers overview for more help.


4. What is the difference between UV and water-based inkjet?

UV inkjet printers use inks that are 100% solids. These inks contain pigments, pre-polymers and UV-sensitive materials. After printing onto a substrate, the pre-polymer hardens out and forms a dry, coloured layer under influence of UV light. The hardened ink has excellent resistance to water and fading. In terms of chemistry, UV Inkjet is comparable to UV-flexo.

Water-based inkjet printers are the most common technology for desktop printers for labels or for home use. They use inks with colorants that are dispersed or dissolved in water. The substrate absorbs the water, after which the dyes or pigments remain on the substrate. Due to water-solubility of the system, water-based inkjet has relatively lower waster-fastness.


5. Are all water-based inkjet printers the same?

Water-based inkjet printers include production-scale machines, for instance the Colordyne CDT 2600 series, and bench-top machines such as Colordyne CDT 1600-S and 1600-C. There are also two ink categories: dye-based ink and pigment-based ink (see below). 


6. What is the difference between dye-based ink and pigment-based ink?

Dye-based inks generally have a good colour gamut but poor light fade and poor water resistance; while pigment-based inks have good light fade and water resistance but a relatively lower colour gamut. See the water-based inkjet printing page for product recommendations.


7. What is Memjet? How is it different from others, for instance Epson or Primera?

Manufacturers like Epson and Primera make their own branded printers for release to the market. Memjet does not make machines itself but provides components to OEM partners for use in printheads, inks, software etc.

Memjet's OEM partners include Afinia, Colordyne, Trojanlabel, VIPColor and many more. Each of them has a different brand name and machine model name – see our digital inkjet printers overview. Because all Memjet-powered printers use the same printhead and ink system, creating suitable label substrates is relatively simple for us – one material fits all.


8. Can I use the same substrates for dye-based ink and pigment-based ink?

It depends on the machine model and the application. See our detailed product recommendations at the Avery Dennison paper and film products for water-based inkjet printers page


9. Can I use the same substrates for HP Indigo, Xeikon, UV inkjet, and water-based inkjet?

No – each platform has a dedicated portfolio (see our Digital printing product range page for more information):

  • The HP Indigo liquid toner process requires a special topcoating in order to create a chemical bond between the ink and substrate surface. 
  • Xeikon dry toners adhere to most label stocks, with no need for addition surface modification or coating. 
  • For UV inkjet printing we recommend Avery Dennison TC7007 coated films, with priming recommended for semi-gloss and high-gloss papers to achieve best results.

Note that water-based inkjet technology includes a vast range of printing platforms, and both paper and film substrates will need a water-absorbing topcoating in order to be ink receptive. See our detailed product recommendations at the Avery Dennison paper and film products for water-based inkjet printers page.


10. Can I find Asia Pacific/US water-based inkjet products in Europe?

Avery Dennison offers regional product portfolios in Europe, North America, and Asia Pacific, so it will be hard to find the exactly the same products across regions. See our table of products with similar facestock features and performance.


For more information discover our extended range of water-based printing materials.

Avery Dennison water-based inkjet products by region

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Digital Inkjet Printers Overview

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