FW: Dot matrix vs. laser printed labels
Barry M. OConnor
bmoc at UMICH.EDU
Mon Aug 5 11:00:00 CDT 1996
>I have heard that herbarium labels printed with inkjet or
>laser printers will eventually smudge and become unreadable.
>Dot matrix printers "hammer" ink onto the paper, and supposedly
>produce a more durable label. Has this been confirmed or refuted
>by any tests?
We've used both laser and dot-matrix printers for insect labels and haven't
had any problem with labels which are kept dry. People had lots of
problems with laser printed labels for alcohol specimens so I don't think
most people are using that technique for wet labels. We do use a 24-pin
dot matrix printer for alcohol labels and, other than a little initial
fading, these are holding up well.
Barry M. OConnor phone: (313) 763-4354
Museum of Zoology FAX: (313) 763-4080
University of Michigan e-mail: bmoc at umich.edu
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1079 USA
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