iColor® 300/500/600 FAQ

What’s so unique about the iColor line of Digital Color + White Transfer Media Printers?

The iColor 500/600 Transfer Media Printers offer several unique advantages:

  • The ability to print white as an underprint AND an overprint in the same machine, in one pass, using the iColor TransferRIP software (known as ‘A’ and ‘B’ configurations).
  • The white opacity of UniNet’s unique blend of toner is double that of any other brand, giving you the brightest whites and solid background to bring out the vibrancy of your colors.
  • The true black cartridge is included with both printers, allowing you to switch to CMYK mode to print items such as brochures and menus when white is not needed.
  • Optional fluorescent, security and clear toner cartridge options.
  • Lowest cost and most flexible machine available
  • No maintenance associated with ink based machine is necessary. The iColor 300, 500 and 600 are all toner based systems.
What are the differences between the iColor 500 and 600

The iColor 500 has a maximum paper width of 8.5” and the iColor 600 has a maximum paper width of 11.6” for tabloid printing. Otherwise, the machines share all of the same great features and benefits.

How does the iColor 300 differ from the iColor 500 and 600?

The iColor 300 is a collection of printers that are needed to achieve the same effects that the iColor 500 and 600 can produce in the same machine. The iColor 300 comes in 3 models – Standard CMYK, Double White and Fluorescent. Although they are lower in price individually, if you want to print white as an underprint or overprint, you must utilize the full color machine in conjunction with the white machine (2 passes) and alter the color of your artwork to red in order to print white. These machines are a good solution if on a tight budget or if you need a specific solution (fluorescent or white only). Otherwise, it is suggested that you consider the iColor 500 and 600, as these are our newest offerings with the latest technology.

What is ‘A’ and ‘B’ Configuration?

The iColor® 500 and 600 are both capable of printing white as an underprint and an overprint through the use of the iColor® TransferRIP software. Within the software is a cartridge configuration setup, where the white cartridge can be placed either in the first slot of the printer or the last. 'A’ configuration is suitable for white underprinting and ‘right side reading’, where you would want white printed first and then color on top for clear or dark substrates. You could also use this configuration for regular CMYK printing for items such as brochures or banners on white paper stock if white is not needed. ‘B’ configuration would be used for white or clear overprinting and reverse print applications when printing on transfer paper for T shirts and other textiles and substrates.

Why would I choose the iColor 600 over the iColor 500?

The iColor 500 and 600 share all the same great features and upgrade capabilities. The iColor 600 can handle tabloid / A3 sized paper, allowing you to print larger images for XXL shirts or other large fabrics. The iColor 600 is half the weight of competing models and is much more portable than any other wide format printer on the market today.

What kind of upgrades are available for the iColor 500 and 600?

Both machines have the ability to be upgraded to fluorescent toners, security toner, and clear toner. Simply swap toner and drum cartridges for the specialty cartridge and you are ready to print.

Why would I want security toner?

UniNet security toner contains special RF fragments which can be read by a reader. Most commonly used as a yellow cartridge, simply print a portion of your image in yellow for increased security and authenticity. The resulting print can be read by a special reader to confirm authenticity. View our video at www.icolorprint.com/video for a demonstration.

Why would I want clear toner?

UniNet clear toner is great for watermarking and adding a level protection to your printed items. Clear toner works just as white toner, where you can print it either as an underprint or overprint. View our video at www.icolorprint.com/video for a demonstration.

What is the iColor TransferRIP software and why would I want to use it?

Simply put, the iColor TransferRIP is the magic behind one pass printing with white as an underprint or an overprint. The most important point of the iColor TransferRIP software is that it allows colors to be put down in layers. Regular printer drivers only concern themselves with what the eye sees on the top layer, the RIP allows you to separately control each layer, thus giving you the ability to control not only what you see, but what is behind that top layer (typically the white layer). The iColor TransferRIP gives you the unique ability to use one machine to print images with white as an underprint or an overprint. You can now print vibrant colors on clear or dark media regardless of the background to which it is applied, where the white is put down first and the colors afterwards. The iColor TransferRIP ‘Color Mapping’ feature also allows for ‘Reverse Printing’ when printing and transferring to garments where white is put down last. This is the only way to achieve white underprint and overprint in one pass, and you will not find another machine on the market today that can do all of this. The software also allows for color manipulation and removal, cost estimation, rasterization, white opacity control, substrate color preview and advanced layout tools. It comes standard with the iColor 600 and as an add-on with the iColor 500.

What is the warranty of each machine?

The iColor® 300 & 500 have a limited warranty of one year for parts and labor and a five year print head warranty. The iColor 600 has a 3 year warranty for parts and labor, a five year print head warranty and a one time fuser hot swap replacement. The unit must be sent back to your dealer for repair, onsite service is not included in the warranty.

What kind of transfer media does Uninet offer?

UniNet has done extensive testing and R&D to come up with a variety of transfer media and add ons to satisfy nearly any situation or job. Available in a variety of sizes, these papers allow you to express your creativity affordably. For use in the iColor 300, 500 and 600 series of transfer printers, as well as compatible brands. Click here for more information about all of the papers that we offer or visit http://www.icolorprint.com/products/transfer-media

iColor® 700 - General Information FAQ

What is digital label printing?
This form of printing is when a digital graphic (PDF) is sent from a computer and the image is reproduced on the roll substrate being used.
Why would I want to use digital label printing instead of flexographic printing?
The benefits of using digital printing over flexographic are as follows:
  • No time and money spent producing plates
  • No setup costs
  • On-demand label printing – order what you need, when you need it
  • Faster turnaround times
  • Ability to print short runs
  • Mass customization/personalization
What comes with the iColor® 700 purchase?
Contact sales@icolorprint.com for more information on pricing. Your purchase includes the iColor® 700 Digital Label Printer, feeder, rewinder, iColor® 700 print label software, 1 year of support and software upgrades, four starter toners (CMYK), and a starter roll of matte die-cut labels. Also included is free training at either our New York or California facilities. On site training is available for an additional fee.
Does UniNet provide additional services to make setup easier?
Yes, UniNet offers the iColor® Pro Server and Service kit for an additional fee. This includes a fully configured laptop, 5-port switch, toner vacuum and filter, cleaning solvents and cloths, and color coded network cables. IP addresses are preset and configured to make the system 'plug and play'. We also offer on site setup to help you get up and running fast!
What is the maximum print speed of the iColor® 700?
The iColor® 700 prints labels at speeds up to 30 ft/min (9.14 meters/min).
How many labels can you print in a day?
Printing 2up 4” x 6” (101.6mm x 152.4mm) labels:
  • 4 Hours = 25,120 Labels
  • 8 Hours = 50,240 Labels
Can the iColor® 700 print on die-cut labels?
Yes, the iColor® 700 has the ability to print on die-cut, kiss-cut and standard rolls.
Can the iColor® 700 print full bleeds?
Yes, but this needs to be done with discretion so no consumables are damaged in the process. The best way to print full bleeds is to use kiss cut material with I-marks printing on the backing of the material. This ensures that there will be no contamination from excess toner being left in the gaps and alleys.
Another option is printing edge to edge on die-cut labels using the scaling feature in the UniNet iColor® Print Label software. Using regular die-cut materials, the iColor® 700 can print edge to edge within 1 mm (allowance for movement on the x and y axis). To compensate for this, the scaling feature in the software can be used to extend that graphic and ensure all edges of the label are being covered in toner.
For label printing on clear die-cut PET’s and synthetics, an I-mark will be needed on the backing of the material in order for sensor registration.
What roll widths can be printed on the iColor® 700?
The minimum roll size is 3.0 inches (76.2mm) wide and the maximum roll size is 8.5 inches (215.9mm)
What is the print width of the iColor® 700?
The minimum print width of 3.0 inches (76.2mm) and maximum print width is 8.24” (209.3mm). This is made possible through the use of genuine iColor narrow fusers.
What is the maximum input roll diameter?
The maximum OD of an input roll is 8.0” (203.2mm).
What is the maximum label size you can print on the iColor® 700?
The maximum printable area for a label is 8.24" x 52”(209.3mm x 1320.8mm)
What is the minimum die-cut label size you can run on the iColor® 700?
The smallest die-cut label size is 1 inch by 1 inch (25.4mm x 25.4mm).
What is the smallest font type that can be printed?
Our smallest recommended font size is 4 point.
What’s the resolution that can be achieved using the iColor® 700?
The iColor® 700 prints at 1200 x 600 DPI which is equivalent to 720,000 dots per one square inch. The Harlequin® RIP will raster the image in AM half toning which produces 160 LPI over 720,000 dots in a square. This is the process of taking small dots and building up an image by grouping dots and colors together to create clean and crisp high resolution photo imaging.
How long does it take to do a job changeover including changing the substrate?
Job changeover takes less than five minutes from loading the new substrate to job submission.
Is unattended operation possible with the iColor® 700?
Yes. Once the job is set up and the rewinder is started, the operator can leave and return when the job is finished.
What kind of maintenance is required?
As with most digital label printers, there is standard replacement of the transfer belt, fuser, drums, toners and waste toner bottle. All parts are modular, which allows for easy swapping of components. Periodic cleaning of the unit is also necessary.
What is the service contract for the iColor® 700?
1 Year - Parts and Labor
What are advantages and disadvantages of LED versus Laser?
LED technology has less moving parts which makes it more stable than laser technology when it comes to continuous label printing. Laser uses a rotating mirror to lay down the scan which results in a longer laser beam to the outside edges of a print than to the middle. When you use this in a continuous printing the biggest issue is color consistency throughout the job run. The iColor® 700 holds a very good Delta-E throughout the entire roll of media. Laser cannot do this.
Additionally, LED technology runs cooler than traditional laser printing which is very important when printing large jobs to avoid overheating and also allows for a wider variety of media.

iColor® 700 - Media & Consumables FAQ

What is UniNet Certified Media?
UniNet provides a variety of substrates that have been rigorously tested for optimal print quality, ease of use and consistency from the beginning of the job until the end. The iColor® 700 was designed and engineered to operate with approved consumables and certified media which ensure superior quality and resolution every time. UniNet is not responsible for damage or consequences arising from the use of non-certified media or consumables.
What types of Certified Media can run on the iColor® 700?
The iColor® 700 can print on a variety self-adhesive label and tag stocks in die-cut, kiss-cut and standard rolls. This includes, but is not limited to the following:
  • Matte, semi gloss and high gloss papers
  • Piggyback
  • Fluorescents
  • Textured wine stock
  • Tag stock
  • Foil covered papers
  • Approved synthetics such as PET’s, teslins, and vinyl’s
Are there materials that the iColor® 700 cannot run?
There are various substrates that cannot run on the iColor® 700. The issues below can cause problems with the image consistency and potentially damage the printer’s consumables. Based on observations, the following serves as potential areas of concern when running materials that are not on the UniNet Certified Media List:
  • Static: Materials such as polypropylenes may carry a static charge when running through the iColor® 700, resulting in dispersion of the toner and an inconsistent image.
  • Metalized Substrates:When running substrates with a metalized facestock there is an internal charge that is created and results in dispersion of the toner. This will create an inconsistent image with areas of toner dropout.
  • Coatings on the facestock:Coatings on the facestock such as thermal transfer may cause the toner not to adhere to the surface or cause image consistency problems such as toner dropout.
  • Heat sensitivity of the material:The heat from the fuser will cause materials such as polyethylene (PE) and polystyrene to melt or shrink, resulting in damages to the fuser and drums.
UniNet is not responsible for damage or consequences arising from the use of non-certified media or consumables.
Can the iColor® 700 do cut-sheet labels?
No. The iColor® 700 does not support cut sheet label printing.
Will all materials be available in die-cut rolls?
Yes and no. Some substrates are not capable of running through the printer when die-cut because of the inability of the gap sensor to detect the difference between the edge of the material and the label backing. One such example is trying to print clear PET die-cut labels. This is not possible with a regular die-cut roll, however if an I-mark is printed on the backing of the liner when being converted and the back sensor is enabled, the end user will be able to print die-cut labels using clear PET. Contact your Media Representative for more information.
Why do different substrates run at different speeds?
The different print speeds are based on the type of media, the thickness and the heat sensitivity of the material. For example, a thicker tag stock will run slower than a 1mil PET due to the absorption of heat across the material while ensuring the toner fuses to the material.
What is the minimum and maximum thickness of media you can run on the iColor® 700?
The iColor® 700 can print a minimum thickness of 0.006 inches (0.15mm) and a maximum thickness of 0.010 inches (0.254mm).
What is the typical length of media on a roll for the iColor® 700?
Depending on the type and thickness of material on a roll, there is approximately 700 ft ± 5%.
How much media wastage is there at the beginning and end of a job?
Using stop and cut, there is 24” (609.6mm) at the beginning of the job and 54” (1371.6mm) at the end. Using cut on the fly, there is 24” (609.6mm) of waste at the beginning of the job and approximately 10” (254mm) of waste at the end of a job. There are two reasons for there to be excess material at the beginning and end of the job. The extra material at the beginning of the job is because the optical sensors are syncing up with the gaps and the excess material at the end allows for the rolls to be threaded onto finishing equipment.
How do I get material tested?
Please send an email to sales@icolorprint.com with your request.
How many colors of toner does the iColor® 700 use?
The iColor® 700 is a digital label printer that utilizes CMYK toners (1 of each).
Are white toner and/or spot colors available?
Yes, the iColor® white toner upgrade is available for an additional fee. Contact your iColor® representative for more details.
What does the toner cost?
Please contact your sales representative for toner costing.
What is the life of the consumables?
Toner: CMY – 11,500 pages @ 5%
Toner: K – 11,000 pages @ 5%
Drums: CMYK – 30,000 pages @ 5%
Fuser: 60,000 pages
Transfer Belt: 60,000 pages
Where can I purchase consumables from?
Consumables can be purchased from UniNet, by contacting sales@icolorprint.com.
How scratch and abrasion resistant are labels printed on the iColor® 700? What is their resistance when exposed to sunlight?
Because we use a dry toner that needs heat to fuse the polymer to the substrate, we exhibit ultra-high fastening which leads to very high resistance to scratching. Labels are also quite water soluble and if printing on plastic, can be considered water proof. Our light fastness is approximately 6 months and with coating or lamination, can last over a year.
Do you have a label material that will work outdoors?
Polyester (PET) or vinyl media works great for outdoor applications and environments where a durable label is needed.
What are some uses for the polyester labels (PET)?
Some of the uses may include: mailing labels, shipping labels, routing labels, hazardous waste labels, product labels, barcodes, bumper stickers, glass labels, indoor labels, outdoor labels, signs, invitations, warranty labels, tag labels, wine bottles, oil drums, freezer labels, boat/car/truck/trailer labels, in addition to many other uses.
What can I use fluorescent colored labels for?
Fluorescent colored labels are designed to attract attention to the labels. Some possible uses include: Marketing, logistical labels, product labels, inventory control, perishable goods and materials, warning labels, etc. Upgrade to the available fluorescent toner kit to print in brilliant fluorescent colors that glow under UV light on plain paper.
What can I use foil labels for?
Foil media is suitable for indoor uses, and can be used when trying to achieve a metallic affect. By printing colors on a metallic surface, you can create the illusion of different metallic colors.
What can I use textured labels for?
This is a substrate that is very popular among wine manufacturers. This material is a rough textured paper, and has a very distinguished look on every product it is applied to.
How should I store the label rolls?
UniNet recommends that all media rolls be kept in their plastic bag or box until the time of printing. If the packaging has been opened, ensure your media is not placed on a concrete floor. Prolonged exposure to air or moisture will cause the media to curl, warp or swell, thus resulting in less than optimal results when printing.

iColor® 700 - Print Label Software FAQ

What is the iColor® 700 Print Label software?
iColor® 700 Print is label printing software that was developed exclusively for UniNet’s iColor® 700 short run label printer, after finding other label making software packages too time consuming and cumbersome to use.
The iColor® 700 Print Label software has an easy to use interface and utilizes quick drag and drop imposition for effortless placement. Job setup and changeover can be done in in less than five minutes, giving you the power to do more in less time.
What are the additional software features?
Some of the features included in the iColor® 700 Print Label software are as follows:
  • Full color management
  • Industry standard color reproduction capabilities
  • Mirror imaging
  • Scaling for edge to edge printing
  • Nesting based on the same sized graphics
  • Standard imposition with drag and drop capabilities
  • Snap grid for quick imposition on die-cut labels
  • Coverage and Cost estimator (per label, per job) with or without consumables and media
  • Multi-up cost estimating for different graphics printed on the same layout
  • PDF job lists
What type of RIP does the iColor® 700 Print Label software use?
The iColor® Print Label software utilizes a Harlequin® RIP.
Can color be adjusted in the RIP?
Yes, this can be done through ICC profiling.
Does the iColor® 700 Print Label software have the ability to reproduce industry standard colors?
Testing done on the iColor® 700 has indicated that approximately 82% of industry standard colors can be reproduced in respect to the applicable color gamut for the substrate.
Can the iColor® 700 Print Label software estimate label costing?
Yes, the software can estimate toner and consumable costing per label with or without the media costs included. Actual costs can vary based on paper choice, color profile, media settings, as well as other factors.
Does the iColor® 700 Print Label software do variable data?
Yes, the optional software can print variable data in the form of variable text, bar codes, sequential numbering, batch codes, date codes, images, etc.
Is the software and machine Mac compatible?
No. Currently, the iColor® 700 Print Label software is only compatible with Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate 64-bit or Windows 10.

iColor® 900 - General FAQ

What is digital label printing?
This form of printing is when a digital graphic (PDF) is sent from a computer and the image is reproduced on the roll substrate being used.
Why would I want to use digital label printing instead of flexographic printing?
The benefits of using digital printing over flexographic are as follows:
  • Just-in-time printing
  • Quick modifications
  • No set-up or plate charges
  • Minimize proofing and prototyping time
  • No minimum runs
  • Vibrant full-color labels with optional white printing
  • Consistent Delta E throughout the print job
  • EZ Quote and variable data software
What comes with the iColor® 900 purchase?
Contact sales@icolorprint.com for more information on pricing. Your purchase includes the iColor® 900 Digital Label Printer, feeder, rewinder, iColor® 900 print label software, 1 year of support and software upgrades, four starter toners (CMYK), and a starter roll of matte die-cut labels. Also included is free training at either our New York or California facilities. On site training is available for an additional fee.
Does UniNet provide additional services to make setup easier?
Yes, UniNet offers the iColor® Pro Server and Service kit for an additional fee. This includes a fully configured laptop, 5-port switch, toner vacuum and filter, cleaning solvents and cloths, and color coded network cables. IP addresses are preset and configured to make the system 'plug and play'. We also offer on site setup to help you get up and running fast!
What is the maximum print speed of the iColor® 900?
The iColor® 900 prints labels at speeds up to 30 ft/min (9.14 meters/min).
How many labels can you print in a day?
Printing 2up 4” x 6” (101.6mm x 152.4mm) labels:
  • 4 Hours = 37,680 Labels
  • 8 Hours = 75,360 Labels
Can the iColor® 900 print on die-cut labels?
Yes, the iColor® 900 has the ability to print on die-cut, kiss-cut and standard rolls.
Can the iColor® 900 print full bleeds?
Yes, but this needs to be done with discretion so no consumables are damaged in the process. The best way to print full bleeds is to use kiss cut material with I-marks printing on the backing of the material. This ensures that there will be no contamination from excess toner being left in the gaps and alleys.
Another option is printing edge to edge on die-cut labels using the scaling feature in the UniNet iColor® Print Label software. Using regular die-cut materials, the iColor® 900 can print edge to edge within 1 mm (allowance for movement on the x and y axis). To compensate for this, the scaling feature in the software can be used to extend that graphic and ensure all edges of the label are being covered in toner.
For label printing on clear die-cut PET’s and synthetics, an I-mark will be needed on the backing of the material in order for sensor registration.
What roll widths can be printed on the iColor® 900?
The minimum roll size is 3.0 inches (76.2mm) wide and the maximum roll size is 12.9 inches (327.7mm).
What is the print width of the iColor® 900?
The minimum print width is 3 inches (76.2mm) and maximum print width is 12.9” (327.7mm).
What is the maximum input roll diameter?
The maximum OD of an input roll is 12.0” (304.8mm).
What is the maximum label size you can print on the iColor® 900?
The maximum printable area for a label is 52 inches (1320.8mm).
What is the minimum die-cut label size you can run on the iColor® 900?
The smallest die-cut label size is 1 inch by 1 inch (25.4mm x 25.4mm).
What is the smallest font type that can be printed?
Our smallest recommended font size is 4 point.
What’s the resolution that can be achieved using the iColor® 900?
The iColor® 900 prints at 1200 x 600 DPI which is equivalent to 720,000 dots per one square inch. The Harlequin® RIP will raster the image in AM half toning which produces 160 LPI over 720,000 dots in a square. This is the process of taking small dots and building up an image by grouping dots and colors together to create clean and crisp high resolution photo imaging.
How long does it take to do a job changeover including changing the substrate?
Job changeover takes less than five minutes from loading the new substrate to job submission.
Is unattended operation possible with the iColor® 900?
Yes. Once the job is set up and the rewinder is started, the operator can leave and return when the job is finished.
What kind of maintenance is required?
As with most digital label printers, there is standard replacement of the transfer belt, fuser, drums, toners and waste toner bottle. All parts are modular, which allows for easy swapping of components. Periodic cleaning of the unit is also necessary.
What is the service contract for the iColor® 900?
1 Year - Parts and Labor
What are advantages and disadvantages of LED versus Laser?
LED technology has less moving parts which makes it more stable than laser technology when it comes to continuous label printing. Laser uses a rotating mirror to lay down the scan which results in a longer laser beam to the outside edges of a print than to the middle. When you use this in a continuous printing the biggest issue is color consistency throughout the job run. The iColor® 900 holds a very good Delta-E throughout the entire roll of media. Laser cannot do this.
Additionally, LED technology runs cooler than traditional laser printing which is very important when printing large jobs to avoid overheating and also allows for a wider variety of media.

iColor® 900 - Media & Consumables FAQ

What is UniNet Certified Media?
UniNet provides a variety of substrates that have been rigorously tested for optimal print quality, ease of use and consistency from the beginning of the job until the end. The iColor® 900 was designed and engineered to operate with approved consumables and certified media which ensure superior quality and resolution every time. UniNet is not responsible for damage or consequences arising from the use of non-certified media or consumables.
What types of Certified Media can run on the iColor® 900?
The iColor® 900 can print on a variety self-adhesive label and tag stocks in die-cut, kiss-cut and standard rolls. This includes, but is not limited to the following:
  • Matte, semi gloss and high gloss papers
  • Piggyback
  • Fluorescents
  • Textured wine stock
  • Tag stock
  • Foil covered papers
  • Approved synthetics such as PET’s, teslins, and vinyl’s
Are there materials that the iColor® 900 cannot run?
There are various substrates that cannot run on the iColor® 900. The issues below can cause problems with the image consistency and potentially damage the printer’s consumables. Based on observations, the following serves as potential areas of concern when running materials that are not on the UniNet Certified Media List:
  • Static: Materials such as polypropylenes may carry a static charge when running through the iColor® 900, resulting in dispersion of the toner and an inconsistent image.
  • Metalized Substrates:When running substrates with a metalized facestock there is an internal charge that is created and results in dispersion of the toner. This will create an inconsistent image with areas of toner dropout.
  • Coatings on the facestock:Coatings on the facestock such as thermal transfer may cause the toner not to adhere to the surface or cause image consistency problems such as toner dropout.
  • Heat sensitivity of the material:The heat from the fuser will cause materials such as polyethylene (PE) and polystyrene to melt or shrink, resulting in damages to the fuser and drums.
UniNet is not responsible for damage or consequences arising from the use of non-certified media or consumables.
Can the iColor® 900 do cut-sheet labels?
No. The iColor® 900 does not support cut sheet label printing.
Will all materials be available in die-cut rolls?
Yes and no. Some substrates are not capable of running through the printer when die-cut because of the inability of the gap sensor to detect the difference between the edge of the material and the label backing. One such example is trying to print clear PET die-cut labels. This is not possible with a regular die-cut roll, however if an I-mark is printed on the backing of the liner when being converted and the back sensor is enabled, the end user will be able to print die-cut labels using clear PET. Contact your Media Representative for more information.
Why do different substrates run at different speeds?
The different print speeds are based on the type of media, the thickness and the heat sensitivity of the material. For example, a thicker tag stock will run slower than a 1mil PET due to the absorption of heat across the material while ensuring the toner fuses to the material.
What is the minimum and maximum thickness of media you can run on the iColor® 900?
The iColor® 900 can print a minimum thickness of 0.006 inches (0.15mm) and a maximum thickness of 0.013 inches (0.33mm).
What is the typical length of media on a roll for the iColor® 900?
Depending on the type and thickness of material on a roll, they are approximately 1200 ft (365.76m) ± 5%.
How much media wastage is there at the beginning and end of a job?
Using stop and cut, there is 24” (609.6mm) at the beginning of the job and 54” (1371.6mm) at the end. Using cut on the fly, there is 24” (609.6mm) of waste at the beginning of the job and approximately 10” (254mm) of waste at the end of a job. There are two reasons for there to be excess material at the beginning and end of the job. The extra material at the beginning of the job is because the optical sensors are syncing up with the gaps and the excess material at the end allows for the rolls to be threaded onto finishing equipment.
How do I get material tested?
Please send an email to sales@icolorprint.com with your request.
How many colors of toner does the iColor® 900 use?
The iColor® 900 is a digital label printer that utilizes CMYK toners (1 of each).
Are white toner and/or spot colors available?
Yes, the iColor® white toner upgrade is available for an additional fee. Contact your iColor® representative for more details.
What does the toner cost?
Please contact your sales representative for toner costing.
What is the life of the consumables?
Toner: CMY – 16,500 pages @ 5%
Toner: K – 18,500 pages @ 5%
Drums: CMYK – 42,000 pages @ 5%
Fuser: 100,000 pages
Transfer Belt: 100,000 pages
Waste Toner Bottle: 100,000 pages
Where can I purchase consumables from?
Consumables can be purchased from UniNet, by contacting icolor@uninetimaging.com.
How scratch and abrasion resistant are labels printed on the iColor® 900? What is their resistance when exposed to sunlight?
Because we use a dry toner that needs heat to fuse the polymer to the substrate, we exhibit ultra-high fastening which leads to very high resistance to scratching. Labels are also quite water soluble and if printing on plastic, can be considered water proof. Our light fastness is approximately 6 months and with coating or lamination, can last over a year.
Do you have a label material that will work outdoors?
Polyester (PET) or vinyl media works great for outdoor applications and environments where a durable label is needed.
What are some uses for the polyester labels (PET)?
Some of the uses may include: mailing labels, shipping labels, routing labels, hazardous waste labels, product labels, barcodes, bumper stickers, glass labels, indoor labels, outdoor labels, signs, invitations, warranty labels, tag labels, wine bottles, oil drums, freezer labels, boat/car/truck/trailer labels, in addition to many other uses.
What can I use fluorescent colored labels for?
Fluorescent colored labels are designed to attract attention to the labels. Some possible uses include: Marketing, logistical labels, product labels, inventory control, perishable goods and materials, warning labels, etc. Upgrade to the available fluorescent toner kit to print in brilliant fluorescent colors that glow under UV light on plain paper.
What can I use foil labels for?
Foil media is suitable for indoor uses, and can be used when trying to achieve a metallic affect. By printing colors on a metallic surface, you can create the illusion of different metallic colors.
What can I use textured labels for?
This is a substrate that is very popular among wine manufacturers. This material is a rough textured paper, and has a very distinguished look on every product it is applied to.
How should I store the label rolls?
UniNet recommends that all media rolls be kept in their plastic bag or box until the time of printing. If the packaging has been opened, ensure your media is not placed on a concrete floor. Prolonged exposure to air or moisture will cause the media to curl, warp or swell, thus resulting in less than optimal results when printing.

iColor® 900 - Print Label Software FAQ

What is the iColor® 900 Print Label software?
iColor® 900 Print is label printing software that was developed exclusively for UniNet’s iColor® 900 short to mid run label printer, after finding other label making software packages too time consuming and cumbersome to use.
The iColor® 900 Print Label software has an easy to use interface and utilizes quick drag and drop imposition for effortless placement. Job setup and changeover can be done in in less than five minutes, giving you the power to do more in less time.
What are the additional software features?
Some of the features included in the iColor® 900 Print Label software are as follows:
  • Full color management
  • Industry standard color reproduction capabilities
  • Mirror imaging
  • Scaling for edge to edge printing
  • Nesting based on the same sized graphics
  • Standard imposition with drag and drop capabilities
  • Snap grid for quick imposition on die-cut labels
  • Coverage and Cost estimator (per label, per job) with or without consumables and media
  • Multi-up cost estimating for different graphics printed on the same layout
  • PDF job lists
What type of RIP does the iColor® 900 Print Label software use?
The iColor® Print Label software utilizes a Harlequin® RIP.
Can color be adjusted in the RIP?
Yes, this can be done through ICC profiling.
Does the iColor® 900 Print Label software have the ability to reproduce industry standard colors?
Testing done on the iColor® 900 has indicated that approximately 82% of industry standard colors can be reproduced in respect to the applicable color gamut for the substrate.
Can the iColor® 900 Print Label software estimate label costing?
Yes, the software can estimate toner and consumable costing per label with or without the media costs included. Actual costs can vary based on paper choice, color profile, media settings, as well as other factors.
Does the iColor® 900 Print Label software do variable data?
Yes, the optional software can print variable data in the form of variable text, bar codes, sequential numbering, batch codes, date codes, images, etc.
Is the software and machine Mac compatible?
No. Currently, the iColor® 900 Print Label software is only compatible with Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate 64-bit or Windows 10.

Certified Media FAQ

How do I choose a media for my label application?
There are some standard questions you should ask yourself in order to choose the appropriate media for your labeling needs:
  • What would you like the tag/label to stick to?
  • What is the application temperature?
  • Is the tag/label to be permanent (for how long) or removable?
  • Will the label be used outdoors?
  • Will the label be going to a second stage such as laminating or cutting?
  • What size should the label/tag be?
  • What quantities will be used?
  • How will the labels/tags be applied?
  • Are perforations required between labels?
  • Are there any other special requirements needed?
  • How many labels across would you like?
Are there materials that cannot be used?
There are various substrates that cannot run on iColor® Printing Solutions. The issues below can cause problems with the image consistency and potentially damage the printer’s consumables. Based on observations, the following serve as potential areas of concern when running materials that are not on the Certified Media List:
  • Static: Materials such as polypropylenes may carry a static charge when running through the presses, resulting in dispersion of the toner and an inconsistent image.
  • Metalized Substrates: When running substrates with a metalized facestock there is an internal charge that is created and results in dispersion of the toner. This will create an inconsistent image with areas of toner dropout.
  • Coatings on the facestock: Coatings on the facestock such as thermal transfer may cause the toner not to adhere to the surface or cause image consistency problems such as toner dropout
  • Heat sensitivity of the material: The heat from the fuser will cause materials such as polyethylene (PE) and polystyrene to melt or shrink, resulting in damages to the fuser and drums.

UniNet is not responsible for damage or consequences arising from the use of non-certified media or consumables.

How scratch and abrasion resistant are the printed labels? What is their resistance when exposed to sunlight?
Because we use a dry toner that needs heat to fuse the polymer to the substrate, we exhibit ultra-high fastening which leads to very high resistance to scratching. Labels are also quite water soluble and if printing on plastic, can be considered water proof. Our light fastness is approximately 6 months and with coating or lamination, can last over a year.
Why do different substrates run at different speeds?
The different print speeds are based on the type of media, the thickness and the heat sensitivity of the material. For example, a thicker tag stock will run slower than a 1mil PET due to the absorption of heat across the material while ensuring the toner fuses to the material.
What are some uses for the synthetic labels?
Some of the uses may include: Mailing labels, shipping labels, routing labels, hazardous waste labels, product labels, barcodes, bumper stickers, glass labels, indoor labels, outdoor labels, signs, invitations, warranty labels, tag labels, wine bottles, oil drums, freezer labels, boat/car/truck/trailer labels, in addition to many other uses.
What fluorescent colored labels be used for?
Fluorescent colored labels are designed to attract attention to the labels. Some possible uses include: Marketing, logistical labels, product labels, inventory control, perishable goods and materials, warning labels
What can foil labels be used for?
Foil media is suitable for indoor uses, and can be used when trying to achieve a metallic affect. By printing colors on a metallic surface, you can create the illusion of different metallic colors.
What can I use textured labels for?
This is a substrate that is very popular among beverage manufacturers. This material is a rough textured paper, and has a very distinguished look on every product it is applied to.
How should I store the label rolls?
UniNet recommends that all rolls be kept in their plastic bag or box until the time of printing. If the packaging has been opened, ensure your media is not placed on a concrete floor. Prolonged exposure to air or moisture will cause the media to curl, warp or swell, thus resulting in less than optimal results when printing.