Thermal Transfer Labels

Thermal Transfer Printing

Thermal transfer printing also uses heat in the process but instead of burning the image onto a label, the heat transfers a high quality image from a ribbon onto the label surface.

Pros - Thermal transfer printing produces very crisp and durable images. This method is excellent for high density barcodes, fine text printing and labels that require a long life. The other benefit is that thermal transfer printers can print on paper, film, and even foil substrates. These labels can satisfy applications ranging from the most basic package labeling to extreme conditions requiring chemical and weather resistance. The ribbons can be different colors, so the user is not limited to black print.

Cons - With thermal transfer printing, you have the cost associated with purchasing ribbons. There is a savings though as most thermal transfer labels are less expensive than comparable direct thermal labels. From a maintenance standpoint, the ribbons will need to be replaced in the printer at regular intervals just like the labels. The frequency at which ribbons are replaced range from a one to one ratio (replacing the ribbon each time a label roll is added) to a one to three ratio (replacing the ribbon after every third roll of labels).

Summary - Where print quality, durability or label longevity is required, thermal transfer printing is the process of choice.

Uncoated - The material is an uncoated medium sensitivity product with excellent image quality. It is manufactured with a permanent acrylic adhesive.

Top-Coated - The material is a top-coated medium sensitivity product with an all-temp/freezer grade, acrylic permanent adhesive. This product provides excellent image quality. Since it is top-coated, it provides excellent results in most environmental conditions.