Do I need thermal or direct transfer labels?

Answer
There are two different types of thermal labels, Direct Thermal and Thermal Transfer. The main difference between the two is:
Thermal Transfer labels
  • It needs a ribbon to imprint the barcode and information on the label. A printer capable of printing Thermal Transfer labels is required.
Direct Thermal Labels
  • It DOESN’T NEED a ribbon to print on the labels. These labels use the heat in the printer to activate the label to imprint the barcode and information on the label. Similar to EFTPOS receipts, they will fade over time.
Listed below is information displaying the difference, environments and requirements for the Thermal Transfer and Direct Thermal label types.

1. How it works

Direct Thermal

Thermal Transfer

2. Advantages

Direct Thermal

Thermal Transfer

3. Disadvantages

Direct Thermal

Thermal Transfer

4. Ribbons

Direct Thermal

Thermal Transfer

If you would like to discuss which type of Thermal Label and what sizes of labels would best suit you, please call us for more information.
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