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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

Welcome to the Swift Blog

WELCOME TO THE SWIFT BLOG! Read our bi-monthly blog updates for label and printer information, helpful tips and general label talk. We are here to make printing a simple and easy task for you, our customers! We encourage feedback and welcome any questions!