Thermal Labels & Thermal Transfer Labels for Barcode Printers
Thermal Labels & Thermal Transfer Labels for Barcode Printers
Choosing the right type of labels depends greatly on the application.
If you want to read in detail about Direct Thermal Labels - Click here
If you want to read in detail about Thermal Transfer Labels - Click here
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All thermal labels and related products sold by www.printonlabels.co.uk are fully guaranteed for one-year.
Certain products are guaranteed for longer than this period and if this applies then it is stated on our website.
We have been in the labelling industry for more than 30 years and we pride ourselves on being able to
provide solutions for virtually any application where a labelling solution is required.
The following is some general information which we hope will assist you in determining your labelling requirements however, if in any doubt, we heartily recommend that you contact us to discuss your requirements in detail
so we can offer relevant advise and ‘get it right first time!’
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We can provide the widest range of materials for almost any label application, from adhering to concrete slabs in an outside yard to labelling outer cases in a warehouse for identification and transportation.
Typical applications include asset tracking, transportation and logistics, food labelling, general pricing, price mark-down, price marking, product coding for EPOS systems etc and many more.
As the name 'thermal' implies both direct thermal and thermal transfer print methods use heat in the printing process. Direct thermal labels are chemically treated to react to heat so that when you tell the printer to print via the software,
the printhead receives instructions on which elements it needs to heat up. As the label passes beneath the printhead with which it is in direct contact, the heat draws the image out of the paper and results in a printed label.
Nothing else is required.
The lifespan of the labels is very short when compared to labels which have been printed using the thermal transfer print process. Maximum life for direct thermal labels is approximately 12 months. That said, the actual life will be dictated by the application. If labels are left in sunlight for any length of time they will quickly start to go off colour, first grey and then ultimately black. If barcodes are involved then direct thermal labels should not be used on any products where a reasonable shelf life is required. One very important factor in the scanning of barcodes is the print contrast signal (PCS), this effectively is the contrast between the black and white on the label. If the white part of the label starts to go grey then you lose the ratio in the PCS between the black and white and the barcodes will not scan. Even if only text is required, then after a certain period of time, depending where the items are stored, the labels start to look skewed and make the actual product appear aged.
Typical applications for direct thermal labels are sandwich and other short life food products, receipts, price-weight products etc.
The thermal transfer printing process uses more standard materials which require the printed images/text transferred to them via a separate carbon ribbon, or ink. Thermal Transfer labels will not' print without a carbon ribbon. The ribbon sits between the printhead and label and thereby provides much protection to the printhead as it negates the abrasion that is present when printing in direct thermal mode. This generally saves over time with the cost of replacement printheads. The finished label is not subject to degradation by heat and sunlight and so can be used confidently for applications which call for labelling long life products.
Typical applications for thermal transfer labels are transportation and logistics, archiving and asset tracking.
How the type of label reflects on the price.
When sourcing labels, be they direct thermal or thermal transfer, one should be aware that there are numerous grades of material available; this is often reflected in the buying price. Cheaper materials are usually more abrasive on the printhead and create a lot of paper dust. Using cheap materials has a significantly detrimental effect on the printhead as the abrasiveness will shorten the life of the printhead and this component is one of the most expensive parts of a printer. Always try to obtain grade A material, especially if barcodes are involved.
Pricing: generally direct thermal labels will work out less expensive than thermal transfer because the print process does not require a carbon ribbon. That said, this is not always the case because thermal transfer labels are not chemically treated in the same way as direct thermal labels need to be so this gives a cost saving in this aspect.
At the end of the day, if in doubt, ask us now.
If you outline your application to us we will be more than happy to give you free advice on the most suitable solution for you.
Direct Thermal & Thermal Transfer Barcode Labels for all makes of label printers
including: Zebra, Datamax, Intermec, Citzen, Printronix, Tec, Sato, TSC and others.
Datamax supported thermal barcode label printer models include:
Fargo / Prodigy / Allegro / DMX400 / 430 / 600 /630 / 800 / I-Class / I-4206 / I-4208 / I-4308 / I4608 / I-4212 / I-4406 / I-4212 / I-4406 / M-Class / M-4206 / M-4210 / M-4308 / H-Class / H-4212 / H-4408 / H-6210 / H-4310 / H-4606 / H-6308 / W-Class / Titan.
All Datamax Printer models.
Zebra supported thermal barcode label printer models include:
Zebra - (Eltron) TLP 2844, TLP-2844,TLP 3842, G-Series all models, GX420T, GX430T, 110xi, 140xi, 170xi, 220xi, S300, S400, S500, S600, Z4M, Z6M, Z400, ZM40, ZM600, 105S, 105SL, 110PAX4, 170PAX4, 170PAX, 170PAX2, 110PAX3, R110PAX3.
All Zebra printer models.
Sato supported thermal barcode label printer models include:
CT-408i, CT-4122i, CT-424i, CX-400, CX-410, M4500, M8400, CL 608, CL612, CL408, CL412, XL-400, XL-410, M4638, M4636, CL400e, CL600e, GL408e, GL412e, M84Pro2, M84Pro-3, M84Pro-6, GTe408e, GTe412e, GTe424e, LM408e, LM412e, XL400e, XL410e, M848se, M8460se, M890se, M10e - Applicators:LT408, M8485se, M8490se, M8465se, M8460se, S84.
All Sato Printer models.
TSC supported thermal barcode label printer models include:
TTP 245C, TTP 343C, TTP 244CE, TTP 245, TTP 243M, TTP 243E, TTP 243 Plus, TTP 342 Plus, TTP 344, TTP 344M, TTP 248M, TTP 342, TTP 342, MTSC - TTP 246M, TTP 2410M, TTP 644M, TTP 384M.
All TSC printer models.
Toshiba-Tec supported thermal barcode label printer models include:
Tec B-EV4,Tec B-442, B-443,B-SV4, B-452, B-SA4TM, B-SA4TP, SX600, B-852, B-372, B-472, B-482, B-492, B-572, B-SX4T, B-SX5T, B-SX4, B-SX5, B-372, B-472, B-482, B-492, B-572, B-SX4T, B-SX5T, B-SX4, B-SX5, B-372, B-472, B-482, B-492, B-572, B-SX4T, B-SX5T, B-SX4, B-SX5.
All Tec printer models.
Printronix supported thermal barcode label printer models include:
T-5204, T-5304, T-5206, T-5306, T-5208, T-5308, T-5000r, T4M.
All printronix printer models.
Intermec supported thermal barcode label printer models include:
C4,PC4,PC41,7421,7422, 3240, 3440, 3400, 3600, 8646, 3400e, 401, 501, 501XP, 601, 601XP, PX4, PX6, PM4i, PX4i, PX6i, 4630, 4830, PD4, PD41, PD42,PA30, 301, E4, F2,PF2i, 3000, 3100, 4000, PF4ci, PF4i, F4, PF8.
All intermec printer models.
Citizen supported thermal barcode label printer models include:
CLP-621, CLP-632Z, CLP-631, CLP-631Z, CLP-2001, CLP-7201, CLP-7202e, CLP-7401, CL-S700, CL-S700R, CL-S703, CL-S703R, CLP-9000, CLP-9001, CLP-9301, CLP-9301R, CLP-8301.
All Citizen printer models.