Description of Wax Ribbon for Zebra Printer
Kuanlang has an extensive selection of wax, wax-resin and resin thermal transfer ribbons that are 100% compatible with your thermal transfer printer, including Zebra thermal transfer ribbons, Datamax printer ribbons, and Sato printer ribbons. Our label printing experts can help you match the right thermal ribbon for your printer, label, and application.
Our ribbon can be fully compatible with Zebra Printer. If you are looking for compatible ribbon to be used on Zebra printer, our wax ribbon will be a good choice.
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Understanding Thermal Transfer Ribbons
If you're planning to print labels with a thermal transfer printer, you're going to need thermal transfer ribbons in addition to thermal transfer labels. Here's everything you need to know about selecting the right thermal transfer ribbon for your printer and project.
Ribbon Type / Wind Direction
You may notice when shopping for printer ribbons that there are two categories: coated side out (CSO) and coated side in (CSI). This refers to where the ink coating is placed on the ribbons. It affects how they're wound and fed through the printer – most printers can only take one style or the other.
Coated Side Out (CSO) Ribbons
Coated side out ribbons are printing ribbons that have the ink coating facing outside. Zebra® thermal transfer printers typically use this type of ribbon. You'll notice that the ink is on the outside of the ribbon roll and that it unrolls from the bottom before making contact with the print-head and label.
To correctly insert this ribbon type into your printer, unroll it from the bottom and feed it underneath.
Coated Side In (CSI) Ribbons
Coated side in ribbons are printing ribbons that have the ink facing inside. Datamax® and Sato® thermal transfer printers most commonly use CSI ribbons. You'll notice that the ink is on the inside of the ribbon roll and that it unrolls from the top before making contact with the print-head and label.
To correctly insert this ribbon type into your printer, unroll it from the top and feed it over.
You can also determine your ribbon type/wind direction using the tape test: Stick a piece of tape to the outside of your ribbon roll. After a few seconds, peel the tape off. If ink sticks to the tape, you were using a CSO ribbon. If no ink sticks to the tape, you were using a CSI ribbon.