Description of Thermal Transfer Label Stock
Thermal Transfer labels are used with thermal transfer printing, which involves digitally printing onto a material (such as paper) by melting a coating of ribbon, which will stay glued to the material which the print has been applied. This method creates durable and long-lasting industrial thermal transfer labels, ready for use. We havea big range of thermal transfer label stock with a choice of colours, shapes and adhesive types to choose from.
Thermal Transfer Label are often used with Zebra, Eltron, Fargo, Sato, NEC, Datamax and other thermal transfer printers. It is an Ideal choice for shipping labels, barcodes, identification labels, price labels and tags. Smooth surface ensures superior print quality.
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WHAT IS A THERMAL TRANSFER PRINTER?
Thermal Transfer printers use heat to bond or transfer a thin film of wax or resin coating that’s in a carbon based printer ribbon onto a label. The ink is absorbed into the label creating a durable, long-lasting image. The print quality is higher and crisper than a direct thermal printer labels and therefore makes it ideal for printing high density bar codes and labels that require a longer lifespan. Thermal transfer printers use a wider variety of media than direct thermal printers; including paper, polyester and polypropylene, film and even foil substrates. Thermal transfer ribbons are available in different colours, therefore printing is not restricted to just black. This type of printing method is recommended for labels that need to last longer than 6 months. This type of printing method is ideal for product identification, inventory labels, asset labelling, tags, certification labels, indoor/outdoor signage, long term high density barcode labels. The main drawback of using thermal transfer technology is that it’s more expensive and printer ribbons need to be replaced. Note when using thermal transfer printing, the specific label material and ribbon must be carefully matched in order to maximize the print quality, printer performance and the print durability.
The type of printer that best suits your needs will depend upon the nature of your application. Consider the following factors to help you decide which printing methods better suits you.
● What is the preferred lifespan of the labels? For example do they need to have a lifespan of more than a year?
● Will the labels be exposed to different environmental conditions? Such as sunlight, moisture or heat.
● Will the labels be subjected to chemicals or other forms of abrasives?
● Will the labels be subjected to surface friction?
● Will you need high density barcodes?