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.