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How Do Thermal Transfer Ribbons Work

How Do Thermal Transfer Ribbons Work

Jun 22, 2020

When you get all the strength specifications for a thermal transfer printer, you're probably already at sea with this tape. They need a truly durable label, and other technologies simply will not do the job. Thermal transfer printers melt the coating on the tape so that it sticks to the material. 


The tape has wax resin (or wax-resin coating) on one side and the tape on the other. Thermal tapes are available in different colors such as red, green, blue, yellow, orange, or red-green. 


The wax-resin is melted by the heat of the printhead, and then the wax-resin melts into the tape when it dries on the surface. 


The result is a more durable and durable label, making thermal transfer printing perfect for applications that require durable, durable labels. The focus of this article is to help you choose the right type of thermal transfer tape for your label printer to ensure that your thermal transfer labels meet the required quality and durability for the task at hand. 


Consider the more expensive branded tapes you may be using at the moment, but be aware that there are many other options for thermal transfer tapes. Full wax ribbon is considerably cheaper, offers the same quality and durability as a full wax ribbon, as well as a more durable and durable label. 


Within seconds, the tape prints a dark, crisp, high-quality image onto the back of the tape and then onto the label itself. 


Thermal transfer printers and labels use wax or resin ribbons as pigments to mark the label material for direct thermal transfer labels. Resin - refined wax ribbon is best suited for long-lasting barcode images, but also for flooded, coated labels. 


The tape sits on the print head of the printed material, and the color of the tape changes with the temperature and pressure of the heat. 


The thermal printhead consists of tiny panes that can be heated and cooled immediately and then heated again - at the right temperature. 

Direct thermal printers are most commonly used to print items such as receipts and shipping labels. They use chemically treated paper that darkens when heated by the thermal printhead. Thermal transfer printers use them to transfer solid ink, normally produced from label stocks, to ribbons to produce permanent printing. 


Although environmental factors do not alter the print quality, this type of technology is known to create incredibly strong printing surfaces that can withstand extreme temperatures and exposure to chemicals. In a thermal transfer printer, the thermal printhead applies heat to wax or resin - a colored ribbon that melts on the label surface. The tape is usually made of wax, resin, or a combination of both and is glued to the label surface with heat and pressure. 


If your label is to last longer than six months, it is recommended that the printer is at least two years old, preferably more than three years. 

Thermal transfer printers are a type of printer that makes labels and signs by converting wax or resin - ink based on nylon, polyester, or vinyl adhesive tapes - into adhesive tape by shrinking heat tubing. 


They are particularly suitable for creating barcodes and are known for their grease-proof image and resistance to fading. The printhead of the printer does not need to be clamped, as it is designed to handle adhesive tape as a printing medium. 


Thermal printheads consist of tiny heating pins that are a tiny fraction of the size of many handheld models and range from 203 to 300 dpi (dots per inch). Compared to flat-head printers, the distance between the thermal printhead and the place where the image is printed is considerably shorter, often only about 0.5 mm compared to flat-head printers. 


Therefore, the edges of the tape must contain an interface that enables the ink to be released quickly without melting and reconsolidation. 

This type of printing technology is also ideal for shipping and shipping labels as well as printing jobs. No separate tape, ink, toner, or accessories are required for this type of printing. The edges of the printer have a ribbon saver that stops the ribbon when printing on the label is not required, so there is very little wasted ink in the ribbons. 

Thermal transfer printing uses a thermal printhead to transfer ink from the tape to the substrate. A signal is sent to a selected pin, causing it to heat up and cool down, and a combination of heat and pressure creates an image. 


The truth is that not all thermal transfer inks are produced equally, and the end result can hardly differ from eye to eye. There are two types of thermal ribbons: wax-based and resin-based, so be aware of the requirements of your specific application before deciding on the type of transfer ribbon to use.