Thermal Despatch Labels
Forms Plus are able to supply any type of Thermal Despatch Labels to any type of business. The most common types of Thermal Despatch Labels are, Direct Thermal or Thermal Transfer, below we list the benefits and limiters of each type:
Direct Thermal printers utilise a chemically treated material that blackens when the thermal print-head applies heat to its surface. Because it uses heat to create the image, direct thermal printers do not require ink, toner, or ribbons. One of the benefits of this technology is the low maintenance costs — with fewer moving parts and pieces, there are fewer things that can go wrong. They are incredibly easy to operate and maintain.
Benefits of Direct Thermal
• Requires no ink, toner or ribbons
• Very clean to use
• Cheaper than Thermal Transfer
• Very low maintenance
• Fabulous for high volume despatches
While there are many upsides to using a direct thermal printer for Thermal Despatch Labels, users should be aware of some constraints. Firstly, that the printed area will fade over time. Because the paper is heat-sensitive, additional heat or excessive light could cause the entire paper to darken. This could make the text unreadable and the barcodes unscannable. For this reason, direct thermal printing isn’t recommended for long-term use. Having said that, the printing technology still provides enough of a lifespan for many projects. Another limitation with direct thermal printers is their ability to only print in black. Where barcodes are fine with only black information, it doesn’t allow for coloured logos or graphics.
Limiters of Direct Thermal
• Image may fade over time, unless top coated material is used
• Only prints in black
• Not suitable for high contact use
Thermal Transfer printers, a thermal print-head applies heat to a wax or resin-based ribbon, which is melted to the Thermal Despatch Labels’s surface. The ink is absorbed into the label material, creating a durable, long-lasting printed image. Because environmental factors will not alter the print quality, this type of technology is known to create an incredibly strong printed area that can withstand extreme temperatures and contact with chemicals. These printers are recommended for labels that need to last longer than six months.
An additional benefit of thermal transfer printing is the ability to print in colour. With the purchase of a coloured ribbon, you can print a logo, graphic or text in the colour of your ribbon. The colour isn’t specific to a graphic or individual block of text, however, the colour applies to your entire Thermal Despatch Label. Thermal transfer printers also have the ability to accept a wider variety of material types than their direct thermal counterparts.
Benefits of Thermal Transfer
• Requires a ribbon for printing
• Can print in colour with the addition of a coloured ribbon
• Will not fade over time
• Durable enough to withstand chemicals and extreme temperatures
• Good for printing logos and graphics
• Ideal for product identification, inventory labels, and asset labelling
Limiters of Thermal Transfer
• Ribbons need replacing frequently
• Expensive to replace ribbons
Both Direct Thermal and Thermal Transfer labels are made up of 4 components and each of the components can be matched to a specific requirement, such as use in high humidity, chilled or frozen environments for example.
Thermal Despatch Labels, can be supplied in a variety of different roll sizes, depending on which printer they are going to be used in, there are also different core sizes, which must be stated when ordering. If you do not know the roll size parameter or core size, please just supply Forms Plus with the printer make and model and we can find out these details for you.
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