Part 2 Must Know Knowledge About Barcode Ribbon And Label

Part 2 Must Know Knowledge About Barcode Ribbon And Label

Aug 01, 2020

Factors should be considered when purchasing thermal transfer ribbon

   When purchasing a ribbon, it is usually necessary to determine the base (wax base, wax ribbon base or resin base), the width and length of the ribbon. In order to select the right ribbon and achieve the best printing effect, the following aspects should be considered:

1) What kind of printer is used

   In the thermal transfer printing mode, the ribbon and label paper are consumed simultaneously in the length direction. As far as the width direction is concerned, the width of the ribbon should be greater than or equal to the width of the label paper and smaller than the maximum printing width of the printer. Since the physical size of each printer is different, the maximum roll length that can be loaded and the maximum width that can be printed are also different. In addition, the working temperature of the print head and the sensitivity characteristics of the ribbon will also have a great impact on the final printing effect.


2) What kind of label material is used

   Generally speaking, the surface of coated paper is relatively rough and should be used with wax or wax resin ribbon; while the surface of PET paper is relatively smooth, it should be used with resin ribbon.


3) Desired graphics durability

   If you want the printed label content to have better durability, you should choose a resin ribbon.


4) Affordable cost

   Generally speaking, wax ribbons have the lowest cost, followed by wax resin ribbons, and resin ribbons have the highest cost.


5) The label has requirements for scratch resistance, scratch resistance, smear resistance, corrosion resistance, and high temperature resistance.


If the label is scratch-resistant, smear-resistant, corrosion-resistant, and high-temperature resistant, the label needs to be strong. In this case, resin ribbon or wax resin ribbon should be selected.


6) At what speed the ribbon will be printed?


In the case of high-speed printing, a high-sensitivity ribbon should be selected.


Classification of Labels

Label materials can be roughly divided into the following categories:

  • Coated Paper Series

High gloss: mirror copperplate, glossy paper, etc.

Semi-gloss: coated paper.

Matte paper: offset paper.

  • Synthetic material label

PET (polyester)

PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride)

BOPP (Polypropylene)

PE (polyethylene)

PS (Polypropylene Vinyl)

POLYIMIDE (polyvinyl amine)

Metallized PET mainly includes laser rainbow film, brushed film, gold (high gloss, matt) and silver (high gloss, matt).

  • Clothing tags, washed cloth

Special materials (breakable paper, special coated label paper)

  • Price paper

The composition of the sticker

Most of the labels are self-adhesive labels. The basic components of self-adhesive labels include:

  • Surface coating: different coating designs for different styles of printers

  • Label material: such as paper, pet, pvc, etc., according to user needs

  • Adhesive layer-there are different adhesives such as rubber, silicone, etc., and the prices vary greatly. Some labels require very good viscosity, and at the same time, they must not damage the surface. Good adhesive must be selected.

  • Bottom Layer:The the function of bottom liner is to prevent the label from sticking

Bottom paper-when the label is fixed, a good bottom paper can make the label easier to store and use.