Thursday, February 5, 2015

It's All About the Label

Let’s talk about label printers. I know, I know. Typically we seem to be about all things card printers, but we do know a thing or two about labels and label printers.

Label printers are used for inventory management, shipping, labeling/organization, and more. Which print you pick also depends on the width of the labels you need to print.

So if you are in the market for one of these printers, there are some terms that should keep popping up. The most important, and to me, most confusing, is direct thermal and thermal transfer.

Direct Thermal printers are exactly what they sound like. They print directly on the labels using heat. Think of the receipts you get at grocery stores, they are usually printed on thermal paper that turns black when heat is applied to it. This means no ribbons are needed!

Thermal Transfer Printers need a ribbon. Heat is used to adhere the ribbon to the label. (Wait this sounds familiar… oh yeah, that’s how direct to card printers work too!) But that means you need a ribbon for this one.

Direct Thermal labels are designed for short term printing because as stated above, the labels react with heat. Thermal Transfer labels are designed for more long term.

Look for more to come on Label Printers!!

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