Print both prime labels and durable labels all in one printer with the Afinia L502. The Afinia L502 Label Printer is the next evolution of Afinia’s popular L501 label printer – which was the first desktop label printer to feature 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 L502 Label Printer is capable of printing GHS & BS5609-compliant labels on-demand – making your labels resistant to water, chemicals, sunlight, abrasion, etc.
The Afinia L502 Color Label Printer features several improvements over the L501 which include an all-steel industrial design, over 2X faster printing, enhanced toolbox functionality, and improved sensors for greater compatibility with specialty media such as reflective metallic label material. Moreover, the Afinia L502’s improved printer toolbox now allows for better control (including ‘Pause’ and ‘Cut’ functionality) and firmware upgrades that can now be performed more easily.
Virtually Two Label Printers in One
Until recently, businesses that required labels for both prime and durable applications would have to purchase two printers or outsource their printing. The Afinia L501 was the first of its kind on the market in that it eliminated this issue that many businesses faced. Now, the Afinia L502 has improved on this unique functionality – making it 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 L502 Digital Color Label Printer’s compatibility with both pigment-based inks and dye-based inks makes the Afinia L502 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 L502 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 L502 label printer is capable of printing up to 4800 x 1200 dpi, with print speeds of up to 26 feet per minute.
Optional Afinia L502 Rewinder
The Optional Label Rewinder for the Afinia L502 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 L502 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
- Afinia L502 Label Printer
- Power Cable
- Power Supply
- USB-A Printer Cable
- USB-C Maintenance Cable
- Afinia L502 Printhead with full set of CMYK Dye Ink Cartridges and/or Afinia L502 Printhead with full set of CMYK Pigment Ink Cartridges (depending on Version Type purchased – Both are included with the Afinia L502 Dye & Pigment Ink Bundle)
- Quick Setup Guide
- Short Sample Label Roll
- Includes Integrated Powered Unwinder
- Four Replacement Ink Absorber Pads
Compatible Accessories & Supplies
- L502 Rewinder (31336)
- L502 Printhead with Dye Inks (30986)
- L502 Printhead with Pigment Inks (30993)
- L502 Black Dye Ink Cartridge (30657)
- L502 Cyan Dye Ink Cartridge (30636)
- L502 Magenta Dye Ink Cartridge (30643)
- L502 Yellow Dye Ink Cartridge (30650)
- L502 Black Pigment Ink Cartridge (30685)
- L502 Cyan Pigment Ink Cartridge (30664)
- L502 Magenta Pigment Ink Cartridge (30671)
- L502 Yellow Pigment Ink Cartridge (30678)
Important: This product is not eligible for return once the manufacturer’s original packaging has been opened, thus making it important that you review our return policy prior to purchasing. We recommend that all prospective buyers request free printed sample labels to ensure that the print quality of the labels printed by this printer meets their expectations. Products are still fully covered under the manufacturer’s warranty should there be an issue with the product itself.
1 Afinia L502 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.