Before they implement a prescription label printing solution, pharmacies often compare the benefits and drawbacks of laser prescription labels to the advantages and disadvantages of inkjet prescription labels. Which option would be better for your pharmacy? Below, we help you make the determination by listing the pros and cons of inkjet printing and laser printing.
Pros and Cons of Inkjet Printing
Pro: Inkjet Printers Cost Less Than Laser Printers
If you’re implementing a new printing solution, and upfront cost is a concern, you’ll generally spend less on inkjet printing equipment than laser printing equipment. When it comes down to doling out investment capital, inkjet is typically the cheaper option.
Pro: Can Print Clearly on Various Types of Paper
Inkjet printers excel at printing on numerous types of paper, and they can accept various types of label materials. Examples of materials inkjets can accommodate include: glossy photo paper, textured stationery, and some fabrics. You can use them to address print needs that don’t deal with labels.
Con: Prone to Moisture Damage and Fading
Because they feature ink, labels inkjet printers produce are subject to degradation from moisture, and they fade. If a customer accidentally gets his inkjet printed prescription label wet, the medication’s name and dosage instructions could literally wash away.
Con: Slow Print Process Compare to Laser Printing
If an inkjet printer and a laser printer were in a race to print 100 labels, the latter would finish first. When it comes to productivity based on printing speed, laser printing is the clear winner.
Pros and Cons of Laser Printing
Pro: Greater Print Accuracy Than Inkjet Printing
Inkjets may accommodate more types of printing materials, but laser printers deliver the gold standard for printing accuracy. Small font and minute lines are printed on laser prescription labels with ease. If you used an inkjet, these elements wouldn’t be as clear and crisp.
Pro: No Moisture Damage or Ugly Ink Smears
Moisture damage and ink smears that happen after medicine is dispensed affect pharmacy customers. When damage and smears happen in the pharmacy, they lead to wasted materials and rework, which drives up operating cost and compromises productivity simultaneously.
Con: Inkjet Printers Require Less Warm-Up Time
Laser printers perform print jobs faster than inkjets, but they take longer to warm-up and get ready to print. So, if you’re choosing between inkjet and laser in terms of overall print time, be sure to factor in the time it takes each printer to warm-up.
Con: Inkjet Printers Accept More Types of Paper
If you plan on using a laser printer simply to print laser prescription labels, that fact that laser accepts fewer types of paper than inkjet isn’t really a drawback. However, if you plan on performing other print jobs with the equipment, the types of materials you can print won’t be many.
What We Do
Drug Package supplies a variety of labeling solutions for pharmacies, hospitals, physician offices, other parties in the healthcare industry, and general retail. Labels we provide include: laser prescription labels, thermal labels, computer labels, dual web form labels, and commercial labels. To inquire about laser prescription labels, call us today at (800) 325-6137, or fill out our contact form.