Afinia L501 Color Label Printer

(1 customer review)

Price: $2,995.00$3,290.00

Extended Warranties extend the factory return-to-depot warranty from standard one year coverage to two or three full years of warranty coverage from purchase date. Afinia’s Standard and Extended Warranties cover parts and labor, but not shipping or consumables.

The Afinia L501 Hot Swap is an express replacement program available only under the first year of factory warranty. If printer issues can not be resolved with Afinia’s Technical Support, a replacement printer is sent via overnight shipping. The replacement printer may be new or used at Afinia’s discretion. Replacement Hot Swap must be purchased at time of printer sale.

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Print both prime labels and durable labels all in one printer with the Afinia L501. The Afinia L501 Label Printer is the first desktop label printer featuring DuraPrime™ Duo Ink Technology, allowing for a quick transition from printing vibrant and colorful prime labels (using aqueous dye-based ink) to ultra-durable industrial labels (using pigment-based ink) with a simple printhead swap. This capability allows companies the flexibility to produce labels for a broader range of applications than was previously possible with a single printer. Furthermore, when printing with pigment inks (and paired with the proper blank label material1), the Afinia L501 Label Printer is capable of printing GHS & BS5609-compliant labels on-demand – making your labels resistant to water, chemicals, sunlight, abrasion, etc.

The Afinia L501 Label Printer includes a 30-Day Money-Back Guarantee2

Virtually Two Label Printers in One

Currently, businesses that require labels for both prime and durable applications must purchase two printers or outsource their printing. The Afinia L501 is the first of its kind on the market in that it eliminates this issue that many businesses face. It’s virtually two printers in one.

Pigment-based Inks vs. Dye-based Inks

Pigment inks offer unparalleled durability with compatible label stocks and are a must-have for applications requiring full-color waterproof or UV-resistant labels. While pigment inks are durable, they are not as naturally vibrant and colorful as dye-based inks.

Dye-based inks are less durable compared to pigment-based inks. However, dye-based inks can achieve a much larger color gamut, allowing for beautifully vibrant, full-color prime labels. As a result, the Afinia L501 Digital Color Label Printer’s compatibility with both pigment-based inks and dye-based inks makes the Afinia L501 one of the most versatile label printers available on the market today. The interchangeability of the two ink types (by changing the printheads) gives users tremendous flexibility by allowing both prime and durable labels to be printed from the same printer.

The Afinia L501 prints on rolls of blank labels (both continuous and die-cut) ranging from 1.0″ to 8.5″ in width and 0.75″ to 48.0″ in length. For blank die-cut media, it utilizes sensors that detect label gaps and black marks. Furthermore, the integrated powered unwinder and an automatic cutter allow for easy removal of printed labels. Moreover, the L501 label printer is capable of printing up to 4800 x 1200 dpi, with print speeds of up to 26 feet per minute.

Optional Afinia L501 Rewinder

The Optional Label Rewinder for the Afinia L501 Label Printer (pictured in image section above) allows for roll-to-roll production by conveniently rewinding your labels right onto a 3″ core, which makes managing your label production easy. This is a recommended accessory for companies that experience high usage, heavy duty jobs or if they must apply labels using an applicator.

The rewinder for the Afinia L501 can handle label sizes up to 8.5″ wide and rolls with up to 8.0″ outside diameter. After printing and rewinding is complete, simply remove the core holder and completed roll.

What’s in the Box

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1 Afinia L501 Label Printer must use pigment inks paired with BS5609-certified blank label media in order for it to be BS5609-compliant. Please contact us for a list of BS5609-certified blank label media.
2 Conditions apply. Please view the “Return Policy Exceptions For Afinia Label Products” section of our Return Policy for more details.


Print Technology

HP Thermal Inkjet


Afinia Label

Print Speed

Up to 26 feet per minute (7.92 m/min)

Print Resolution

4800 x 1200 dpi (1200 dpi)

Maximum Print Width

8.5” (215.9 mm)

Print Engine

HP SI-1300


HP Dual-Purpose Printhead (Works with either separate Dye or Pigment Inks)

Ink Type

Choice of Dye or Pigment Ink (interchangeable)

Ink Formula

HP Dye Ink or HP Pigment Ink

Ink Cartridges

Option of (4) Dye and/or (4) Pigment CMYK Ink Cartridges – Individual Black (78.4 mL), Individual Cyan, Magenta, Yellow (26 mL each) (0.1564 L Total)

Feed Type




Core Diameter

3" (76.2 mm)

Maximum Blank Label Roll Size (Outside Diameter)

8.0" (203.2 mm)

Maximum Blank Label Roll Length (Linear)

~500 feet (~152.4 m)

Compatible Blank Label Substrates

Compatible with a wide range plain and inkjet receptive substrates such as paper, polyester, polypropylene (BOPP) and vinyl label stocks (always check that a substrate is compatible before purchasing)

Blank Label Detection

Gap, continuous, black mark

Black Mark Size

0.125" – 0.3" (3.175 mm – 7.62 mm)

Die-Cut Inter-Label Gap

0.125" – 0.3" (3.175 mm – 7.62 mm)

Minimum Blank Label Width (Including Liner)

1.0" (25.4 mm)

Maximum Blank Label Width (Including Liner)

8.5" (215.9 mm)

Minimum Blank Label Length

0.75" (19.05 mm)

Maximum Blank Label Length

40" (1016 mm)

Minimum Blank Label Thickness (Including Liner)

0.004" (0.1 mm)

Maximum Blank Label Thickness (Including Liner)

0.01" (0.3 mm)

Display Type

2" Monochromatic LCD

Connectivity Interface(s)

USB & Ethernet

Operating Systems

Windows 7, 8 & 10 (32-bit & 64-bit)

Operating Temperature

15°C – 32°C (59°F – 90°F)

Operating Humidity

20% – 80% Relative Humidity

Rated Voltage

AC 110V – 220V (Auto-Sensing)

Rated Frequency

50 – 60Hz


One-Year Depot Repair


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The minimum label dimensions can be smaller but require different settings and testing before use. Please contact us for more details before purchasing any custom substrates for your printer.

1 review for Afinia L501 Color Label Printer

  1. Lexi H

    We needed a color label printer that can print both durable GHS labels for chemicals and occasionally print prime labels for a few of our products. This seems to be the only printer that can do both and the printheads are easy to switch out. It’s not the fastest printer (the print width affects the speed when we print labels that are 6 to 8.5 inches wide) but we only print about 2,000 labels total per month and its easy enough for us to use. Free shipping was faster than expected – thanks!

    • Michael

      Thank you Lexi for your review. One thing that I’d like to point out is that Afinia recently updated the firmware for this printer so that it prints 40% faster in the higher resolution modes that most people use. If you haven’t already, I would suggest updating the firmware and you will certainly see an improvement in overall print speed. Furthermore, the L501 (Pigment Ink Edition) is now BS5609-certified when paired with Brandywine’s Poly-Twin® EP (Inkjet) blank labels. Thank you again for choosing Texas Label Printers!

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