Thursday, November 19, 2015

Difference Between Thermal and Direct Thermal Printing

Direct Thermal Labels
Direct Thermal printers utilize a chemically treated material that blackens when the thermal print-head applies heat to the surface of the material. This type of printer requires no ink, toner, or ribbon to apply print to the label surface. Direct thermal printers are not able to print in color.
The printed area from a Direct Thermal printer can potentially fade over time. If the label is exposed to excessive light or heat the material will darken to the point that text may become unreadable and barcodes may lose their ability to be scanned. For this reason, Direct Thermal printing cannot be recommended for "lifetime" applications. While the readability of labels printed with Direct Thermal printing can vary greatly depending upon the environment that the labels are used in, the printing technology still provides enough of a lifespan for common bar code applications such as shipping labels, receipt labels, and nametag labels.
Thermal Transfer Labels
Thermal Transfer printers, on the other hand, do require a ribbon to apply print to the label surface. A thermal print-head applies heat to the ribbon, which in turn melts ink on to the label surface to create the printed image. The ink is absorbed into the label material. Thermal Transfer printing provides a very high print quality and durability when compared to other types of printing technologies. Another advantage to thermal transfer printers is the ability to print a logo, graphic or text in color using a higher-end printer. Read more here

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At July 16, 2019 at 4:09 AM , Blogger DFO Labels said...

This article for those who are looking to understand the difference between Thermal and Direct Thermal Printing. You can consult many thermal labels suppliers to order quality thermal labels.

At February 11, 2020 at 11:27 PM , Blogger Anndy nice said...

And, how about being able to arrive from work in the afternoons and be able to train from the comfort of your best home printer?


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