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Epson: On-demand color label printers

Epson America announces new additions to its ColorWorks® on-demand color label printer line—the ColorWorks C6000A, C6000P, C6500A, and C6500P that are designed for industrial customers upgrading to color from black-only thermal transfer printers.

ColorWorks® color printer
ColorWorks® color printer

The first printers specifically designed as a color upgrade to black-only thermal transfer printers1, the new ColorWorks models deliver on-demand, 4- or 8-inch color labels at a comparable price2. Engineered for mission-critical applications, the reliable printers speed through labels at up to 5-inches per second3. The printers enable industrial and commercial organizations to produce high volume color labels for production use.

“The industry recognizes the benefits of on-demand color label printing, but we also know it can be difficult to make the transition from a black-only thermal transfer printing process that is already set up in the current workflow,” said Andy Scherz, senior product manager, Commercial Label Printers, Epson America, Inc. “This new family of ColorWorks on-demand label printers provides an easy transition for customers looking to make that vital switch, with similar media handling capabilities, speed, features, and connectivity options that deliver seamless integration with existing workflows, so customers can get up and running with a new, more colorful system, fast.”

Featuring up to 1200 dpi resolution, the new models produce crisp images comparable to pre-printed labels. Compatible with ZPL II, SAP® and more, and built to accommodate remote printer management, these versatile printers offer seamless integration with an existing workflow. The new ColorWorks C6000 family delivers a comprehensive range of capabilities to meet the requirements of the most common thermal transfer applications. Four- and eight-inch models cover the full spectrum of label sizes, with two models being the first ever color inkjet printers to support peel-and-present capabilities for fast hand or automated label application4, and two models including an auto cutter to create variable length labels and enable easy job separation.

The new ColorWorks models deliver dependable, commercial inkjet printing with fast-drying, durable color inks and enhanced productivity, while offering cost and inventory reduction compared to using pre-printed labels. Additional features include:

Reliable–Engineered by Epson for demanding applications; backed by industry-leading service and support

First Printer Specifically Designed as a Color Upgrade to Black-Only Thermal Transfer Printers1–Designed with similar media handling capabilities, speed, features and connectivity options, all at a comparable price point

Enhanced Productivity–Eliminates the need to pre-print; speeds up to 5-inches per second3; fast time to first label

Astounding Image Quality–Up to 1200 dpi resolution with various droplet sizes; crisp images comparable to pre-printed labels

Seamless Integration–Compatible with ZPL II, major middleware, SAP, Windows®, Mac®, and Linux

Remote Printer Management–For managing large fleets over the network

Peel-and-Present–C6000P and C6500P offer fast, on-demand print-and-apply applications

Auto Cutter–C6000A and C6500A come standard with auto cutter, ideal for fast, on-demand applications

Applicator I/O Control Port for Automated Workflow–Supports I/O commands; can be integrated into nearly any workflow

Low Cost–Comparable to existing thermal transfer printers2

Durable, High-Quality Labels–Meets BS 5609 certification5


The new ColorWorks C6000 family of on-demand label printer models will be available in January 2020.


1The CW-C6000/C6500 family is the first to bring to market the combination of features of direct ZPL II printing, peel-and-present, remote printer management, companion four- and eight-inch models, applicator I/O interface, broad middleware support, and comparable price points.

2Printers and consumable costs are similar when comparing similarly featured leading brand thermal transfer printers and supplies for similar high durability images on similar media.

3Printing in Max Speed Mode, 300 x 600 dpi, 3.6” (92 mm) print width.

4Compared to color inkjet label printers available in the U.S. and Canada as of July 2019.

5ColorWorks CW-C6000/C6500 inkjet printers with UltraChrome® DL pigment ink, used in combination with Neenah Kimdura™ poly media, has been BS 5609 certified.

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