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Direct Thermal Printing vs Thermal Transfer Printing
Direct Thermal Printing
Direct thermal printing is a more traditional method of printing, with the basis technology originally designed for creating low cost copiers and fax machines that utilise chemically coated paper.
Direct thermal printing works by producing a printed image by heating pre-selected parts of coated thermal paper.
This method of barcode printing is ideal for the movement of items or for products with short shelf life requirements, since these labels are not designed to last for very long periods of time.
Thermal Transfer Printing
Thermal transfer printing, on the other hand, uses a special linked heat sensitive ribbon rather than chemically coated paper to produce your image. Implementing very similar technology, thermal transfer printing instead involves melting a coating of durable, polyester ribbon using the thermal print heads.
This method is ideal for labels requiring a longer shelf life and greater durability. It is also the most widely used barcode printing process in the world.
Factors To Consider When Choosing a Label Printer:
Labels come in many different formats and a multiple of options. Some of the key factors when choosing the correct label printer are:
- Label size, particularly the width.
- Most popular is 4 inch.Environment it is used in.
- Volume of labels required to print.
- Type of material that the label is composed of.
- The graphics or text being printed.
Find out more about our printer range.
PRINTERS TO SUIT EVERY NEED
MOBILE LABEL PRINTERS
Mobile printers are portable and ideal for printing barcode labels, RFID tags and receipts from anywhere.
DESKTOP LABEL PRINTERS
Desktop printers are simple to use and move, ideal for small usage applications of barcode labels, receipts, wristbands and RFID applications.
Rugged printers designed for demanding environments, able to handle larger volumes. Depending on the printer you could comfortably handle anywhere up to 5,000 labels per day.
HIGH END PRINTERS
Used for high volume printing, capable of operating 24 hours a day and with a multiple of options to handle the most delicate of label formats.