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Last Updated: 02. June 2016

Are you in the market for an industrial printer? As this is a significant long-term investment, before making a purchase decision, it is prudent to compare your available options across several suppliers. To do this quickly and easily, enter your requirements in the quote request box, and we'll get back to you with the best tailored offers from industrial printer suppliers in your area.

Before purchasing an industrial printer, understand how it will fit into your existing operation. The typical connectivity options are parallel, serial, USB, and Ethernet. Wireless connectivity may also be available, enabling even simpler integration and freeing you from the hassle and expenses of recabling after every physical reconfiguration.

To allow adaption to changing needs, industrial printers may have an open architecture, allowing them to advance with technology. Moreover, user-installable media handling options can enable you to customise the printer to better match your needs.

Industrial printers are suitable for harsh environments, and often have an all-metal construction to withstand tough use. They are designed for continuous operation.

Industrial printers for manufacturing


The applications of industrial printers in the manufacturing sector include:

  • receiving/put-away labelling
  • product ID/serial numbers
  • packaging labels
  • work-in-process

For the purposes of asset tracking, industrial barcode printers enable tracking of physical items throughout their lifecycle in order to promote efficiency and good management. During each stage of the manufacturing process, consistent quality and output can be ensured by scanning barcodes from routing sheets to track work-in-process costs and manufacturing progress.

Labelling refers to the identification of products in order to convey some type of information to the public. Some of the main fields where product labelling is most beneficial are small item marking, brand protection, unique device identification (UDI) and item unique identification (UID), electronics & telecommunications, and the chemical and pharmaceutical industries.

Industrial printers for transportation & logistics

Industrial_printers_transportation_logisticsIndustrial printers are widely used in the transportation and logistics sector. The applications include:

  • order picking/packing
  • shipping/receiving
  • cross-docking
  • compliance labelling

In warehouse operations, transportation and logistics, compliance labelling is crucial. It is important to clearly define the label format, usage, and information to include on the label.

Industrial printers for retail business


In the retail sector, industrial printers are used in:

  • distribution centres
  • back-of-store operations
  • receipt printing

For receipt printing, be aware of your requirements in regard to image quality and archival needs. There are varius types of coated or uncoated paper, with archivability typically ranging from 10 to 25 years.

Your supplier may offer receipt paper pre-printed with your company logo, terms & conditions, and other information. Receipt paper that is waterproof, tearproof and resistant to moisture, mild chemicals and scratches may also be available.

Industrial printers for health care


Industrial printers in the health care sector are used for:

  • labelling of medical records
  • prescription labelling
  • laboratory labels
  • blood-bank labels
  • asset tracking

Various kinds of labels are available for hospital applications, in a range of sizes, materials and adhesives that are suitable to your testing and storage requirements. Before making a decision, ascertain what kind of containers you will have to label: test tubes, vials, microscope slides, petri dishes, cassettes, syringes and IV bags, etc.

In addition, be aware of any special requirements that your labelling must meet (e.g. ISBT 128 compliance requirements for blood bag labels).

Large-format printers

Industrial_printers_engineeringLarge-format (also know as wide-format) printers are commonly used in industries such as graphic arts, architecture, and engineering.

They are capable of handling a variety of media types, including: bond, matte coated, satin, gloss, backlit film, stoplight film, tear-resistant, adhesive, banner fabric, and blueback. Other media input types are also possible, provided they are within certain weight and thickness specifications.

Large-format printers normally come with a built-in cutter, and various options are available (e.g. optional stacker, floor catch box).

Digital presses

Digital presses are used by commercial printers and publishers, and are ideal for in-house printing.

A digital press is more costly per page compared to traditional offset prenting, but saves on cost by avoiding the technical stages involved in making printing plates.

Digital presses can handle a variety of paper sizes: A4, A4R, A5R, A3, SRA3, and others, in addition to allowing users to set a free size. They have a high total paper capacity – up to 10,000 sheets. Print speed ranges from 70 to 100 pages per minute (ppm).

Various finishing options may be available for digital presses: booklet makers, binders, stackers, hole punching, roll feeders, and others. Binders will allow you to professionally produce books and documents of varying thicknesses, as high as 350 sheets (700 pages).

Digital black and white presses

The recommended monthly volume of digital black and white presses ranges from 500,000 up to 10,000,000 pages. The total paper capacity of these digital presses can be as high as 24,000 sheets in multiple paper trays.


Digital colour presses

The recommended monthly volume of digital colour presses can range from 20,000 up to 500,000 A4 pages. The maximum monthly volume can reach 1.5 million pages. 

Sign and display presses

The largest of these presses allow loading, printing, and collecting media simultaneously. Sign and display presses also allow printing on both rigid and flexible media: from paper to plastics.

Corrugated packaging presses

Corrugated presses enable economical corrugated printing on paper and board.

Web presses

Web_press_paper_rollWeb offset presses use rolls of paper called “webs”. The typical applications of these presses include:

  • high-volume commercial printing (manuals and catalogues, brochures and marketing collateral)
  • production mail (direct mail, bills, statements, regulatory notices, policy and documents, government communication)
  • publishing (scientific, technical and medical publishing books, trade books, newspapers and newsletters, journals and manuals, magazines and catalogues)

Label and packaging presses

These printing presses allow you to produce labels, folding cartons, flexible packaging, and shrink sleeves to satisfy a full range of customer requirements. 

Industrial printer acquisition options

The purchase of an industrial printer requires a significant investment, and in some cases leasing or rental can be suitable alternatives to purchasing outright. To learn more, visit our page on lease of printers and photocopiers.

Enter your details in the quote request box, and we'll connect you with several suitable industrial printer suppliers. This will help you get a quick overview of your available options and pick the best deal.