There are two types of thermal printing: thermal transfer and direct thermal. A thermal transfer barcode printer uses ribbon and controlled heat to melt a coating of the ribbon to transfer wax or resin to the media. Direct thermal printing, on the other hand, applies controlled heat directly to the media which turns dark where the heat was applied.
In most scenarios, thermal transfer printing is the recommended printing method because the media is more durable and has a longer-lasting life. However, there are certain applications, especially when printing sensitive information, where a thermal transfer barcode printer may not be the best option. When you use a thermal transfer barcode printer, the ribbon is a secondary record.
In industrial environments such as warehouses, manufacturing facilities, and distribution centers, we recommend using a high-performance thermal transfer barcode printer. There are many advantages of using thermal transfer printing. Thermal transfer printing provides high image quality, creates durable labels and tags, and media can survive temperature extremes, ultraviolet exposure, chemicals, sterilization, and more.
Thermal Transfer Barcode Printers by Zebra
Zebra’s thermal transfer printers will help you achieve new levels of high performance with increased productivity, flexibility, and improved ROI with their fast print and connection speeds. These printers are built for high-volume applications and harsh environments.
Zebra is known for fast, dependable, and durable printing performance which makes them perfect for industrial environments.
- Simple setup and configuration.
- Printer auto-configuration.
- Design and create customized menus.
- Monitor supply levels proactively.
- Streamline your printing process.
- Deploy, manage, and monitor your printers from a single PC screen anywhere on your global network.
Supplies for Thermal Transfer Barcode Printers
Labels and tags are used in thermal transfer printing. The more information you know about your environment, the easier it will be to find the right labels and tags for your application. There are so many types of labels and tags.
- Cold storage labels
- FDA compliant labels
- Reflective labels
- Cover up labels
Thermal transfer ribbon is also needed for thermal transfer printing. Some ribbon options include:
- General purpose wax
- Resin enhanced wax
- Premium resin/wax
- Prime mark
- Premium resin
If you need help choosing the supplies to best suit your needs, use our Zebra Supplies Selector Tool.