Inkjet and laser printing

Predominantly used with sheeted labels, although can be used for fanfolded applications, Inkjet and laser information printing is commonplace through most offices and homes today.

Laser printers use a form of static electricity to charge the image area, when passed around a type of inking roller the powdered form of ink is attracted to the charged image areas on the sheet.

The materials that Sharp Labels use for these types of application are specially developed for this process. They are treated and have heavy kraft liners to reduce any curling which can happen to non-specified materials when sheeted. The face material is also specially formulated to enable positive attraction between the charged image areas and the ink, but more importantly to keep the ink on the sheet once it has been printed.


Inkjet printers are slightly more conventional in the process they use and have been commonplace as desktop printers in the home and workplace since the mid 1980s. There are many different forms of inkjet printing process e.g. impact, non-impact etc but basically the process used is a transfer of tiny dots of ink to the material surface to form the image. These dots are smaller than the diameter of a human hair and when multiple colours are used together good quality images can be formed with the correct choice of substrate.

Sharp Labels offer a wide range of material/adhesive combinations that can be used with laser and inkjet printers – standard vellum laser papers are most commonly used to offer an effective but relatively cheap label with gloss paper alternatives adding a higher finish to the label/image.

Synthetics are also available if the labels need a top quality aesthetical finish or if the label will spend its life in a hostile environment e.g. a wheelie bin stored outside. Laser PE (Polyethylene) & laser PET (Polyester) are developed to withstand the harshest of conditions whilst retaining a high quality look throughout the life of the label.