With six label converting plants across North America, ID Technology is a leader in supplying direct thermal labels.
Our Atlanta area manufacturing plant in Marietta, GA can make direct thermal labels for every application, including very high volume ones.
Direct Thermal Label Technology has the advantage of needing no thermal ribbon to produce high-quality prints. Instead, the label material is heat sensitive so that running through a standard thermal printer, causes the image to be produced on the surface of the label.
Advantages of Direct Thermal Labels.
No ribbon to load to the printer – improves uptime and equipment OEE.
No worries with ribbon wrinkle that can lead to poor print and bad barcodes.
Can use dedicated direct thermal printer – less chance of mechanical problems with ribbon drive so less downtime.
Remove the possibility of label/ribbon mismatch.
No used ribbon to have to dispose of.
Excellent print quality – even at high print speed.
Often lower cost than thermal transfer labels + ribbons.
Disadvantages of Direct Thermal Labels
Somewhat reduced printhead life.
Can fade over extended periods of time.
Will darken when exposed to extreme heat and direct sunlight.
Synthetic substrates can be costly.
Limited chemical resistance.
Where are Direct Thermal Labels Used?
Direct thermal labels are often used in supply chain and logistics applications, where the lack of ribbon needed can lead to improved efficiency and good the good barcode quality needed for automatic scanning. direct thermal labels will often be seen on shipping cases, shrink-wrapped trays and on pallets – usually being printed with GS1 barcodes.
Usually, these items will be shipped and used within a few weeks, well with the time that the direct thermal print will be in good condition. For applications where a longer life is needed, or the label will be exposed to high heat, sunlight or chemicals, a thermal transfer label would be applicable.
Which Should I Use?
Not sure which is the best solution for your particular labeling job? Our South East regional team is always ready to work with you to help you find the best option to meet your particular needs. Contact us today to get started!