Thermal Desktop Printers

Thermal desktop printing is a digital printing process where a thermal printhead is used to transfer ribbon ink on thermochromic paper or heat sensitive paper.

Desktop label printers are good for applications including PCB labeling, component marketing, ticketing, retail labeling, compliance labeling, shipping, asset tracking, WMS, WIP tracking, logistic tracking, laboratory labeling and pallet labeling.

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There are two types of thermal printers: direct thermal and thermal transfer. Each type of printer uses a thermal printhead that applies heat to a surface. Thermal transf

Uses for Thermal Transfer Printerser printers use a heated ribbon to produce long-lasting images. The thermal transfer applicator ribbons can be different colors, not just black. Thermal transfer printing is very crisp and durable so this method is excellent for high density bar-codes and labels that require longevity.

  • Product identification
  • Circuit board tracking
  • Asset tagging
  • Inventory identification
  • Certification labels
  • Lifetime identification

Benefits for Thermal Transfer Printers

  • Wide variety of media
  • Long ┬álasting labels
  • High quality images
  • Labels Withstand extreme temperatures

Direct thermal printers require heat activated thermal papers and films, however require no transfer ribbon. Direct thermal printing color is limited to black, unless a preprinted direct thermal paper is used. Direct thermal applicators are not as crisp as that of thermal transfer ribbon printers and over time the labels will darken, especially when the surface gets scratched, or is subjected to heat and sunlight, unlike true direct thermal label printers that utilizes a print head that is made of thicker glass, for increased print head durability.

Uses for Direct Thermal Printers

  • Barcodes
  • Shipping labels
  • Compliance labels
  • Receipts
  • Coupons
  • Tickets

Benefits for Direct Thermal Printers

  • Low cost
  • Easy to use
  • Quick turnaround
  • No Ribbon Required

U.S. Tape and Label supplies both direct and thermal transfer printers. Buy or rent a thermal printer from U.S. Tape and Label today.

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