QuickLabel Systems Launches First Color Label Printer Family with Pigment-Based Ink

November 3, 2014

Leading label printer brand launches durable family of color label printers, including the Kiaro! D, Kiaro! 200D and Kiaro! 50D

WEST WARWICK, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 3, 2014-- QuickLabel Systems, an Astro-Med, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALOT) business unit, has announced that at Pack Expo 2014 they will be releasing yet another industry first: a full line of pigment ink digital color label printers for printing ultra-durable labels: the Kiaro! D family. The D family represents the latest breakthrough from the company that launched the in-house color label printer revolution.

The “D” is for DURABLE. Available in three different models, the Kiaro! D family of label printers is designed to fit any labeling application where the labels are subjected to harsh environments in shipping, storage, or point of use. The Kiaro! D family will print color labels that can be exposed to sunlight, chemicals, scuffing as well as dirty or wet environments – all while maintaining legibility and color fastness without lamination. The Kiaro! D family will be ready for customer shipments in January 2015.

“Our new Kiaro! D family of color label printers provides exciting opportunities to businesses in need of durable, affordable, in-house label printing solutions,” said Vice President and General Manager Eric Pizzuti. “QuickLabel Systems continues to be a trailblazer as we consistently introduce breakthroughs in on-site digital label printing technologies.”

Combining the cutting-edge pigment ink formulation and QuickLabel's carefully developed matching label stocks, the labels can be printed by any member of the Kiaro! D family. They comply with GHS hazard warning labeling regulations, one of the most stringent physical label standards in the world.

The Kiaro! D family printers form an essential part of a lean manufacturing best practice solution that enables manufacturers to print complete labels on-demand, replacing purchases of pre-printed labels and traditional barcode printers. Starting from blank stock, the Kiaro! D printers print full-color product labels directly from digital sources such as enterprise systems, barcode labeling software, or graphic design software.

QuickLabel Systems Pigment Based Inks for Durable Labels

The latest technology in pigment-based inks form the backbone of the Kiaro! D family of label printers. Using newly developed pigment, instead of traditional dye-based inks, QuickLabel Systems has achieved the combined level of durability and quality never before seen in an inkjet, short run label printer.

The Kiaro! D

Much the same as the groundbreaking Kiaro! label printer, the Kiaro! D prints labels from 1”- 4” wide and up to more than 15” in length. The Kiaro! D is most suited for a wide variety of applications including bottle, carton, case, and pack labels that require printed product pictures, logos, color codes, barcodes, and other variable data elements. The reliable operation of the Kiaro! D, its rapid print speed, and 1200 dpi print quality all remain consistent with the performance of the original Kiaro!.

The Kiaro! 200D

An extra-wide format label printer, the Kiaro! 200D is capable of making labels (including those for GHS) in large sizes for gallon jugs, shipping drums, pallets, and cases – all in full CMYK color and up to 8.3” in width. In developing a solution for wide format GHS label printing, QuickLabel Systems placed priority in giving chemical suppliers the capability to print the mandatory red and black GHS pictograms, along with printing in full color for branding material, product photos, and color codes.

The Kiaro! 50D

The Kiaro! 50D is small and tough. It prints small, durable labels that withstand big challenges from industrial environments. Using QuickLabel’s pigment ink formulation to produce printed labels that resist the insults of international shipping, scratches, scrapes, spills, and scuffs, the Kiaro! 50D is compatible with matte polypropylene and paper label materials.

About QuickLabel Systems and Astro-Med, Inc.

QuickLabel Systems is a leading manufacturer of digital color label printers used by manufacturers and processors who want to print their own labels in-house, as well as barcode label printers, thermal transfer ribbon, labels, and custom label printing services. QuickLabel Systems is a brand of Astro-Med, Inc., a manufacturer of high tech specialty printing systems and data acquisition systems for test and measurement. Astro-Med, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALOT) is a member of the Russell Microcap® Index. Additional information is available by visiting http://www.QuickLabel.com. Keep up with QuickLabel Systems on Twitter at http://www.Twitter.com/QuickLabel and on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/QuickLabel.

Source: Astro-Med, Inc.

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Vice President & General Manager

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