High Quality Direct Thermal & Thermal Transfer Labels
When you run a fast-paced business, the last thing you need is to run out of labels. By keeping an extra roll or two on hand, you can ensure that your business isn't faced with downtime or lower productivity due to running out of labels for your scale. Great for bakeries, delis, grocery stores, and independent restaurants, our Blank Thermal Labels allow you to continue running your business without interruption!
The Thermal Transfer label printing method may utilize inks, toners, or a thermal transfer ribbon to print. Unlike direct thermal, this method does not require a specific kind of label material. Instead, the thermal transfer method is suitable for printing on a variety of label materials, including paper, polypropylene, polyester, etc.
In thermal transfer printing, the thermal print head applies heat to the ribbon to melt ink and resins onto the label’s surface. The thermal transfer ribbon results in a higher initial cost than direct thermal printing. However, since the thermal transfer ribbon melts onto the label to print, this method creates a longer-lasting, more durable print image that can withstand temperature extremes, light exposure, and more. Finally, the thermal transfer ribbon yields precise print images with clear edges—great for barcodes!
The Direct Thermal label printing method applies heat directly to the surface of heat-sensitive label materials. Direct thermal labels are specifically designed to blacken upon activation by direct contact with heat from the thermal print head.
This printing method does not require any ink, ribbon, or toner. Although fewer printing materials result in lower printing costs, ink-free printing only yields black print—meaning color printing is not an option. Additionally, since direct thermal label material is heat sensitive, exposure to heat or sunlight can cause the label to fade over time, reducing the life of the printed label.