Thermal transfer ribbons are utilized for thermal transfer printing, a type of printing that uses heat technology to transfer color from the ribbon onto a surface. Thermal transfer ribbons basically serve as the “ink” but instead of being packed in liquid form, they come on a roll of tape; either in wax, wax/resin, or resin form.
How thermal transfer ribbons work
Thermal transfer ribbons come in rolls so it is easy to hold them in place during printing. Ribbons contain ink, usually black, and when the surface of the ribbon is heated it transfers the color onto a surface, which quickly dries.
Types of thermal transfer ribbons
There are three types of thermal transfer ribbons that you can choose from. Each has their own qualities that work best depending on your business needs.
Thermal transfer ribbons are usually used for printing barcode labels, price tags, and other types of labeling. It is important to know which type of ribbon to use with your needs and budget. Wax ribbons are the most inexpensive among the three types. A tip for using thermal transfer ribbons is to choose a matching facestock with your ribbon to ensure that your printouts last longer and overcome exposure to harmful elements.
This Article is written by John C Arkin.
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