Epson C831: First GHS Certified Inkjet Label Printer

Attention chemical producers! OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard outlines a set of specifications that labelers must follow called the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). GHS requires a specific label format to “Provide workers quicker and more efficient access to information on the safety data sheet, enhance worker comprehension of hazards, especially for low and limited-literacy workers, reduce confusion in the workplace, facilitate safety training, and result in safer handling and use of chemicals.” As chemicals are shipped across the globe, there is a huge need for standardized systems of labeling and classification.


GHS is a complex system and covers the identification of the chemical(s) and associated physical hazards, health hazards and environmental hazards. The component that rules the standard for labels is BS5609. BS5609 includes criteria for label performance and print performance to ensure that the label is readable and stays attached to the item. The GHS website clarifies: “In very simple terms the BS5609 labelling standard means that if a drum falls off the side of a ship and washes ashore the label must still be stuck to it and the information printed on it must be readable.” As you can imagine, while these standards are very important and beneficial, they can be a challenge to print. 


Thankfully, Epson was up to this challenge and created the first inkjet printer that has been BS5609 certified. 


Some notable features of the C831:
Ideal for large labels including large-format drum and chemical labeling
Industrial-strength inkjet printer with tractor feeder
Fast print speeds of up to 16.5 pages per minute
Printable area up to 8.0 x 22”
Only inkjet solution that has been BS5609 certified
Supports a wide variety of media types and sizes
Just when you thought label printing couldn’t get any more exciting, the Epson C831 is here to provide simplification and efficiency to your label printing while complying with GHS standards. 


Learn more about the C831 here!




Canon's TM Series is Awarded with Construction Executive's Hot Products of 2019


When many people think about the printing industry, they think of signage and photography printing. While they would be correct, there is another industry that has a significant printing need: construction. These printers, also known as plotters, are designed to produce CAD drawings, blueprints, GIS maps, and other vector graphics.

The Construction Executive’s Hot Products list of 2019 includes Canon’s imagePROGRAF TM Series Plotters, highlighting the versatility and speed these machines can offer. The Construction Executive points out that “the new models are designed to provide users quickly and efficiently with everything that they need to produce a variety of applications.” 

The TM series is user-friendly, fast and produces quality prints with Canon’s LUCIA TD water resistant pigment ink. The software for this printer series is updated along with the printer hardware, making them versatile machines fit for many industries. Canon’s press release for the series states that “…the imagePROGRAF TM Series an ideal fit for retail, restaurants, and office settings as well as the traditional architectural, engineering and construction environments.” The TM series is perfect for technical printing but are also geared for more versatile functionality. The press release elaborates on this point:“these new models are designed to provide users of all-types with everything that they need to produce a variety of output. Utilizing LUCIA TD pigment ink, the imagePROGRAF TM Series provides superb print quality and longevity for vibrant displays and outdoor signage, especially when used with Canon’s water resistant media - opening up new markets and applications for these printers.”

Some notable specifications of this series include:

  • 60% quieter than previous imagePROGRAF models for less distractions in the workplace
  • Security features, such as Secure Disk Erase, which conforms to United States Department of Defense standards (DoD5220.00-M), IPSec support, SSL/TLS and 802.1x authentication
  • TM MFP T36 Series provides users with an intuitive 15.6-inch color touchscreen
  • Print up to 144 D size prints per hour
  • Scan to copy/file/share solution available
  • Smaller footprint
  • Included software:
    • PosterArtist Lite
    • PosterArtist (optional)
    • Accounting Manager
    • AutoCAD Optimized Print Driver
    • Easy- PhotoPrint Editor

The TM series has been a hit in the construction industry and is a fantastic tool for blueprint production, signage, posters and more. Congratulations to Canon for making the Construction Executive’s 2019 Hot Products List!

You can find the TM series printers on our website here and you can read the article at Construction Executive here.



Hahnemühle Photo Rag® Metallic

Among photo papers, metallic papers offer a unique finish for your prints and Hahnemühle just raised the bar with their new and sophisticated Photo Rag® Metallic paper. This line was formulated by Hahnemühle in-house at their mill and is made with 100% cotton rag paper. It maintains the surface structure of their Photo Rag® paper and has silvery-shimmering, high gloss finish.

Photo Rag® Metallic has the artistic look and feel of a traditional fine art paper and is not resin coated. Even without OBAs this paper has a high white point. You will find that this paper produces stunning color prints as well as black and white with its baryta coating. This line is perfect for images containing reflective pieces like glass, ice, water, and architecture as well as landscapes. 

Try out the natural white metallic paper from Hahnemühle here!

To learn more about Hahnemühle Photo Rag® Metallic paper, view the data sheet here.

Happy printing!

Define: Spectrophotometer

If you are starting to investigate color management and the tools available, you might have come across a device called a spectrophotometer. Besides being a fun word to say, what exactly is a spectrophotometer?

A spectrophotometer is a device that measures color. That may be all you need to know, and if you aren’t interested in more detail on that, go ahead and skip this paragraph. Nerds stay with me. The spectrophotometer is a combination of a spectrometer, which produces and measures light, and a photometer, which detects and measures the lights’ intensity. Spectrophotometers operate by using a light source directed at the object to be measured. The light passes through a monochromator and then the correct wavelength is selected. The spectrophotometer measures the intensity of the light after it passes through a sample solution and delivers a digital reading of calculated numerical color values.

Depending on the type of spectrophotometer, it will measure the color in different ways. Your selection of devices depends on your needs and intended applications. Do you need the device to be portable? Will you need it for smooth or matte surfaces? Having answers to these types of questions will guide you in the selection process. Of the UV-visible spectrophotometers, there are three main kinds to be aware of:

0º/45º (or 45º/0º) Spectrophotometers are the most common type and are often used for smooth or matte surfaces. The fixed angle that this spectrophotometer uses is typically a 45º angle and it is the device that can replicate the human eye’s experience of color the closest.

Sphere Spectrophotometers are not limited by any specific angle range. These instruments are lined with a white matte and highly reflective surface that is designed to reflect and scatter the light into all directions. The user can choose to include or not include the glossiness of the object being measured. Sphere spectrophotometers are often used for textiles, plastics and shiny and reflective surfaces.

Multi-Angle Spectrophotometers view the sample from multiple angles to ensure it captures the way the surface or coating varies depending on how the light hits it. So, these spectrophotometers are often used for automotive coatings, nail polish, metallic and pearlescent coatings.

If your business depends on brand colors and color-consistency for prints and products, this is an essential tool for you. To view our selection of spectrophotometers, click here. If you would like to talk to our color experts to learn more or see if your business could benefit from color management tools, give us a call at (800) 771-9665.

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Epson Certified Solution Center Now Open at IT Supplies in Chicago

IT Supplies Offers Customers Hands-on Experience with Epson Solutions

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Oct. 11, 2018 – Epson today announced IT Supplies in Chicago has opened its Epson Certified Solution Center. The operational solution center showcases unique Epson printing solutions and applications, with a comprehensive portfolio that includes dye-sublimation, signage, photography, and direct-to-garment printing solutions. This center will allow IT Supplies to provide its customers with the opportunity to engage with product experts and run test print samples using their own files.

“We want to inspire customers to do tremendous things, and are excited to partner with IT Supplies in the first official reseller solution center opening,” said John Meyer, manager, Wide Format Channel, Epson America, Inc. “These Epson Certified Solution Centers are designed to showcase the depth of capabilities that Epson has to offer, as well as allow end-customers to realize the full potential of partnering with Epson.”

This new Epson Certified Solution Center is conveniently located at the IT Supplies’ offices in the greater Chicago area. It will provide customers with an immersive experience, including:

-       Full suite of SureColor® production equipment

-       Extensive print samples and applications

-       Comprehensive customer training opportunities

“We are excited to partner with Epson to bring this Solution Center to our customers here in Chicago,” said Jeff Lucido, general manager, Commercial Sales, IT Supplies. “Epson offers a wide variety of digital print technology that allows our customers to be successful in their businesses – from small- to wide-format inkjet aqueous printers to production level wide-format solvent printers. This new Solution Center will allow us to demonstrate firsthand the benefits of working with Epson technology.”

For additional information or to schedule a visit at the new IT Supplies Epson Certified Solution Center, visit

Epson North America Technology Center

In addition to regional Solution Centers, key customers are also able to visit the Epson Technology Center in Carson, Calif. The Epson Technology Center will showcase unique Epson printing solutions and applications, and provide a comprehensive, hands-on experience for customers and dealers with the full Epson wide-format printing portfolio. For additional information, visit

About IT Supplies

IT Supplies is a full service printing solutions company that offers everything for the perfect print. Knowledgeable professionals help assess the best solution to fit customers’ needs. IT Supplies is your one stop shop for ink, media, canvas, sign/banner, and more. For additional information, visit

About Epson
Epson is a global technology leader dedicated to connecting people, things and information with its original efficient, compact and precision technologies. With a lineup that ranges from inkjet printers and digital printing systems to 3LCD projectors, watches and industrial robots, the company is focused on driving innovations and exceeding customer expectations in inkjet, visual communications, wearables and robotics.

Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises more than 76,000 employees in 87 companies around the world, and is proud of its contributions to the communities in which it operates and its ongoing efforts to reduce environmental impacts.

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