Part 1 Must Know Knowledge About Barcode Ribbon And Label

Part 1 Must Know Knowledge About Barcode Ribbon And Label

Jul 31, 2020

What is the difference between wax, wax resin and resin ribbon?

Wax-based ribbons (WAX RIBBON) usually contain a high percentage of wax raw materials. These raw materials determine the melting point of the ribbon. The melting point affects the energy level required for printing. Generally speaking, the melting point of wax is much lower than that of resin. The energy level required for printing with wax ribbon is much lower than when printing with wax resin ribbon and resin ribbon. Since most waxes are softer than resins, the durability of printed graphics is not as good as wax resin ribbon and resin ribbon. Most wax ribbons have only one layer of coating.


Wax/resin ribbon (WAX/RESIN) generally contains a high percentage of resin ingredients, which determines the high melting point of this ribbon. When printing with this ribbon, it also requires a higher Energy level, because most resins are harder than wax, the printed patterns are also better than wax ribbons in scratch resistance and chemical corrosion resistance. Most of wax resin ribbons consist of two or more layers.


The resin-based (RESIN) ribbon contains the highest proportion of resin components, and the energy level required for printing is higher than that of the wax-based mixed base. Since most resins are harder than wax, the high content of resin makes this ribbon excellent Anti-scratching and chemical resistance.


Coordination of ribbon and label

Printing media refers to the materials that can be printed by label printers. From the shape of the media, there are mainly ribbon, card, and label. From the material, there are mainly paper, synthetic materials and cloth. It is the material of the medium that decides which ribbon to use, which are introduced below: 

Paper material is divided into high gloss, semi-high gloss and matte according to the surface gloss. *High gloss: mirror copperplate, glossy paper, etc. * Semi-gloss: coated paper. * Matte paper: offset paper. *Special papers include aluminum foil paper, fluorescent paper, and thermal/thermal transfer paper. In general, resin-enhanced wax ribbons or wax resin ribbons are used for printing high-gloss paper media, especially mirror coated paper. Although it is called coated paper, the surface is a layer of synthetic film. Therefore, it should be treated as synthetic material, use wax resin ribbon. Ribbons available for semi-gloss paper are resin-enhanced wax and general wax ribbons. The matte type can only be printed with wax ribbon. 

Synthetic materials are divided into: * PET (polyester) * PVC (polyvinyl chloride) * BOPP (polypropylene) * PE (polyethylene) * PS (polypropylene vinyl) * POLYIMIDE (polyethylene amine) * Metallized PET There are mainly laser rainbow film, brushed film, golden (high gloss, matt) silver (high gloss, matt). Compared with paper materials, these materials are stronger and more beautiful, have a wide range of applications to the environment, and have higher requirements on ribbons. They mainly use wax resin ribbon and resin ribbons. The specific ribbon used depends on the detail requirement. If you only require anti-scratch, you can use wax reisn ribon. If you have other requirements, such as corrosion resistance and high temperature resistance, you must use resin ribbon. At this time, the label can only use PET (180℃) and POLYIMIDE (300℃) these two kinds of materials. The above is just a general situation, but there are many kinds of materials, and there are big differences between them. In order to get a satisfactory printing effect, you should test several times according to your own situation to find a suitable ribbon.