The Kiaro from Quick Label Systems, https://www.quicklabel.com/products/color-label-printers/commercial-label-printing/kiaro/, has been one of the largest selling color label printers on the market. Astro Nova has done a good job selling this printer.
|Kiaro Label Printer|
Before starting, please know that the Kiaro is the exact same printer as the Swiftcolor SCL 4000 D/P sold by Kanematsu. https://www.swiftcolor.com/SCL-4000DP.php
Many years ago I wrote about the Swiftcolor printer in this post: http://colorlabelsondemand.blogspot.com/2013/08/short-run-in-plant-batch-label-printing.html
In addition to the Kiaro and Swiftcolor printers, Canon announced the launch of the same printer, the D5500, in North America at CES: https://downloads.canon.com/nw/printer/products/printers-and-multifunction/card-label-printers/ij-label-printers/lx-d5500/specifications/lx-d5500_specification_sheet.pdf
|Canon Label Printer|
|Kiaro Label Printer with Winders|
Fourth, the Kiaro offers an optional cutter. For tag application in apparel or greenhouse, this cutter is a unique capability. At the 2017 WestPack, I saw the Swiftcolor printer with a cutter in action. Read about the cutter for tags in this post: http://colorlabelsondemand.blogspot.com/2017/02/westpack-2017.html. The cutter with the C7500G is not designed to cut each label; rather to cut at the end of a print job.
|4″ x 3″ Color Label Test Sample|
|SwiftColor Yield Estimate|
In addition to the cost of the consumable printhead, installation of one of the four printheads is not so easy. To replace the printhead, you need to drain the ink, disassemble the printer and remove 1 of 4 printheads, reassemble the printer and then recharge the ink. In this video, Quick Label Systems assumes you want to change all 4 printheads at one time.
As for another comparison, check out a previous post, the LX2000 vs the C7500, here: http://colorlabelsondemand.blogspot.com/2017/09/lx2000-vs-c7500.html
Another point to consider: the Kiaro printer comes in an 8” version as well. However, the 8” version is two 4” printheads stitched together. Not only does this printer have 8 printheads to replace, but also has had issues with the stitching between the heads. Because of this issue, I believe Quick Label Systems launched their Memjet printer, the QL-800 and purchased Trojan line of printers.