Thermal Transfer Labels
Thermal Transfer labels involve using a transfer ribbon to produce the image on the label material. Most barcode label printers can print both direct thermal and thermal transfer labels.
Labels printed using this technology can be very durable (especially when using transfer ribbons with a high resin content), with exceptionally good print quality.
When using the thermal transfer printing process for your barcode label printing, the thermal transfer ribbon you use must be matched to the label material to get the best results.
In addition, the properties of the ribbon need to coincide with the needs of your application in terms of parameters such as durability and speed of printing.
ID Technology supplies thermal transfer ribbons for applications, including tabletop label printing, automatic print and apply labeling and TTO coders.
Advantages of Thermal Transfer Printing
Variety of Material Choices
With thermal transfer labels, you can print on a broad range of materials depending on your specific application. These include paper, polyester, polypropylene, and other synthetic materials, providing flexibility based on the demands of your use case. This versatility allows customers to choose materials that best suit their durability requirements.
Wide Range of Applications
Thermal transfer printing is versatile and can be used in many applications, from labeling of electronic boards and components to asset labeling and harsh environment labeling, such as for chemicals. They are ideal for situations that require labels to last long and withstand various conditions, such as exposure to heat, sunlight, chemicals, and friction. In addition, thermal transfer printing is often used for high-quality label printing for packaging and logistics.
Superior Barcode Scanning
Using thermal transfer labels (and the appropriate ribbon) can produce high-quality, accurate barcodes - especially when they need to be printed with small x-dimensions. Clear and crisp printing improves scan rates, significantly reducing the time taken for scanning processes and minimizing errors. This is crucial for businesses that heavily rely on accurate tracking and identification.
Thermal Transfer Ribbons
Wax ribbons are the most common and cost-effective type of thermal transfer ribbons. They are composed predominantly of wax and are perfect for applications where the longevity of print isn't of extreme importance - such as secondary packaging.
Wax/resin ribbons are a combination of both wax and resin materials.
They provide a higher degree of resistance to scratches, smears, and moderate chemicals than wax ribbons while offering excellent print quality.
Resin ribbons are made of pure resin and designed for printing onto plastic labels and synthetic materials. They offer the highest level of resistance to scratches, smudges, extreme temperatures, and chemicals, making them perfect for demanding environments.
Wax Ribbon Characteristics
Wax-Resin Ribbon Characteristics
Resin Ribbon Characteristics