Thermal Transfer Printing uses a coated ribbon to transfer the image to be printed onto the substrate – usually, this is paper or a synthetic material.
Thermal transfer printers have been in use for many years and the technology can produce durable, high-quality prints.
At ID Technology, we produce labels that are engineered specifically for thermal transfer printing – designed to get the best out of your labeling system. Our facility in Marrietta, GA has seen huge investments in equipment and people that enable us to make labels of consistently high quality combined with competitive pricing.
Most of the thermal transfer labels made in Marietta are for our AutoSeries family of labels. There are intended to use on automatic label printer applicator systems and include special features that help reduce downtime as well as maximize print quality.
Why Use Thermal Transfer Labels?
Compared to direct thermal technology, having to use a transfer ribbon adds an extra layer of complexity to the printing process. In return for this, thermal transfer printing does offer some advantages, that often make it the solution of choice:
- Long lasting, durable print: Printed labels produced on a thermal transfer system are usually more durable than direct thermal because they are not as susceptible to fading when exposed to high temperatures or light. Indeed, synthetic thermal transfer labels (when printed using a suitable high resin ribbon) are often used for the harshest industrial labeling applications.
- Excellent print quality: It is generally true that when using properly matched thermal transfer labels and ribbons, thermal transfer can produce the highest barcode and text quality. This can be really important for compliance labeling applications, where the barcodes are verified to ensure standards compliance.
- Extended printhead life: With direct thermal printing, the printhead comes into direct contact with the paper label material, which is often quite abrasive. With thermal transfer, the printhead is only in contact with the ribbon which is coated with a low friction silicone coating to reduce printhead wear.
Which Technology is Best?
Since everyone’s application is unique, it makes sense to step back and consider all the options before investing in a labeling and printing technology. The ID Technology team is the clear market leader in print and apply labeling and we have a huge amount of experience. We’d be happy to work with you to evaluate your situation and help come up with the perfect solution.
To get started, just use the contact form or call us at 770-792-3777. We’ll connect you with your local ID technology labeling expert right away.