How To Choose The Right Type Of Thermal Transfer Tape For Your Label Printer

How To Choose The Right Type Of Thermal Transfer Tape For Your Label Printer

Jul 04, 2020

The focus of this article is to help you choose the right type of thermal transfer tape for your label printer, ensuring that your thermal transfer label meets the required quality and durability for the task at hand.


Wax and resin ribbons are very popular for thermal transfer labels due to their much more durable printing surface. They do not cost as much as a complete wax ribbon, but are significantly cheaper, as they offer a significantly higher quality of the printing surface and a considerably higher durability. There are different types of wax or resin ribbons, and there is a wide range of prices for each type of ribbon from different manufacturers.


The printing process is actually a hybrid ink based on wax and resin, in which the hybrid ink (wax or resin based) is melted and transferred to the surface of the label, rather than the full-wax printing process.


The printed area will be a sharp and clear image, much more precise than a complete - on wax or wax - and - resin print.


Resin thermal transfer tapes are reliable, durable and low maintenance for asset tracking and automotive applications. Can be used to print synthetic label materials, but is softer than waxes, which are more susceptible to damage, smudging and scratches. The durable resin tape is ideal for more demanding indoor and outdoor environments where resistance to damage, scratches and stains is required.


Thermal printers are designed for the production of labels and labels and can be easily fastened with thermal transfer belts. The thermal printer is ideal for installation on a vehicle or vehicle - to vehicle (V2V) and other vehicles. Due to the increased lubrication and smearing of plastic labels, the resin-reinforced, non-toxic and high-performance thermal tape is suitable for outdoor use and provides protection against smearing or soiling of paper labels.


A powerful printer will not give you the results you want unless you use the right accessories. The high performance of the printer will deliver the desired result as long as you use the right supplies and not too much more.


To understand how important it is to choose the best thermal transfer tape for your printer, you need to understand the difference between a thermal transfer tape and a standard thermal transfer tape. Thermal transfer belts are rolls of clear plastic film coated on one side with a thin plastic layer and on the other side with a clear film. A thermal transfer printer coats the thermally transferred tape with heat to produce an image in the area where the tape is heated. 


After the heat has been applied, the ink is removed from the carrier and the thermal transfer tape transfers the image to the ink carrier of the printer.


This labelling method is based on the fact that information such as the expiry date and the barcode are marked directly on the packaging.


Text, barcode and graphics are generated with a fixed, low-powered print head that spans the entire width of the print area. The direct thermal printer uses the heat from the dots on the printhead to activate a specially made thermal label that darkens the area of the contact dots to produce the label image. By using a single ribbon, the prints are perfect so that barcodes, variable information and labels can be produced on demand.


This type of thermal transfer tape delivers a high quality image on a variety of surfaces at high print speeds. It is designed with a clear plastic film (PE), which is coated on one side, of which there are many colours, and on the other side with a transparent film.


Wax or resin ribbons are slightly more expensive than wax ribbons, but it is a better choice if you need a label that lasts longer.


Thermal transfer tapes require high heat dissipation due to the high concentration of resin, but heat dissipation is lower when using this type of thermal transfer tapes. The resin tape is coated with a paint coating, so that the heat adjustment is low when using this type of tape and high when waxing or waxing.


Wax ribbons are most commonly used in the manufacture of labels such as labels for food, clothing and other products. However, wax is also a softer substance and makes it less likely that the labels will have to be used in conditions where they are exposed to the elements.


The wax version is the cheapest thermal transfer belt, but this cost-effectiveness comes at the expense of durability. The melting temperatures required for wax and resin strips are significantly lower than the melting temperature of the wax or resin strip and cause a significant increase in costs.


Both wax and resin thermal tapes provide a very high-quality image and have been extensively tested as thermal transfer products. They are much more durable than wax or resin alone and are extensively coated on paper for a much higher image quality. Thermal transfer tape can be manufactured in a variety of ways, such as wax, resin or wax alone.