The Alpha TIJ comprises a label dispenser of the proven and renowned Alpha series and a thermal inkjet printer. With the Alpha TIJ variable information is printed without physical contact onto possibly pre-printed labels immediately before dispensing. No labels are wasted/lost when print data changes and previous data are automatically excluded when the product changes. Using the cartridge ink technology, labels with up to 50 mm high symbols and a resolution of up to 600 dpi can be printed neatly and quickly. Data transmission to the print heads is 1:1. Real time printing without batch processing is also possible. A wide variety of quick drying inks and colors is available for a wide range of applications on diverse surfaces.