Thermal Transfer Labels
Used for product ID, record keeping, lab specimens, circuit board manufacture, outdoor and cold storage, thermal transfer labels are ideal for printing long-lasting variable data. These labels typically offer greater durability than direct thermal, sheet style inkjet or laser labels. Utilizing roll-form labels and printing ribbons, this technology uses less heat to transfer a printed image than other methods, giving you the widest variety of materials to work with. You also have the most extensive choice of adhesives to fit special labeling applications. A well-matched ribbon and label make a print bond so strong that protective film laminates are not usually needed.
Direct Thermal Labels
Commonly used for shipping labels, receipts, name tags, picking and event tickets, direct thermal labels do not require ink, toner or a transfer ribbon. The label has a special heat-activated layer where a black print image is formed on the label as heat from the print head is applied. Eliminating the ribbon makes for easier use and a lower cost per label, but not without sacrificing durability. Direct thermal labels are not recommended for demanding condition, such as outdoors.