Things To Consider When Choosing A Thermal Label Printer


One would not expect to have to put much thought into buying something as seemingly simple as a label printer. Surely you’d just pick a make, choose a model, plug it in and hey presto, you’re printing labels. Unfortunately it’s not quite as easy as that, and in order to print successfully you need to know exactly what it is that you’re after – which is why we’re here to help. There are certain questions you need to answer in order to head down the right path to efficient label printing.

What type of labels do you want to print?

  • Direct Thermallabels use the heat from the print head on thermally sensitive paper to form letters and/or barcodes. Direct thermal labels are used for short term labelling in warehousing and logistics as they  fade over time with exposure to sunlight – they will last up to 12 months depending on the exposure and general conditions in which they are kept.
  • Thermal transfer labels use an impregnated ribbon to thermally transfer the image from the ribbon to the label. This type of label is much more robust and long term, and does not fade in sunlight. There are various choices regarding the type of ribbon and label material you use, depending on your application.

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What Is A Thermal Printhead And Why Does It Need Cleaning?


Have you ever wondered how it is that printers actually work? In short – for those of you who have ever been curious or have asked this question and have not received a sufficient answer – thermal printers simply apply heat to produce images. Cool huh? Regardless of whether you’re using a direct thermal or thermal transfer printing method, a printhead will be used as the source of heat. Therefore, if the printhead doesn’t work correctly, the quality of the printing will obviously be impacted.

Printheads are not only the most sensitive part of your thermal printer, they are also really important, so it’s a good idea to take the necessary steps in order to extend the printheads “life”. Now, the next question you’ll be asking is “how on earth do i go about keeping the printhead in my printer clean? Well, that’s easy peasy! Continue reading

Things To Know About Thermal Ribbons


What are thermal transfer ribbons? Why are thermal transfer ribbons necessary? Is it imperative that I use thermal transfer ribbons when printing? These are all frequently asked questions when it comes to ordering ribbons for label printers. It is important to know about your options when you choose thermal ribbons to go into your thermal transfer label printer. That’s where we come in – everything you need to know is right here!

Did you know that thermal transfer printing is a printing process in which an image is applied to paper or labels by heating up thermal ribbon in order for the print to be transferred onto the material on which it is applied? Selecting the right type of thermal transfer ribbon for your label printer will ensure that your thermal transfer lives up to the required quality and durability of the job at hand. There are 3 types of ribbon in general use, each used for different specifications – Full Wax, a Wax and Resin Blend, and Full Resin. Continue reading

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