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Thermal Labels

Thermal labels are well suited for creating a very basic instruction or barcode using your own desktop printer and are known for their smear-proof images and resistance to fading.  Companies use thermal labels in the office, warehouse, and shipping departments to ensure that clear, correct information is attached to each product.

There are two methods which can be used with a thermal label – either Direct Thermal or a Thermal Transfer method, both of which use heat to create the necessary images.

Direct Thermal Printing

Direct Thermal Label printers work by applying heat to the thermal print head, which then activates the direct thermal media. Direct Thermal Labels are made from a heat-sensitive material which then turns the label dark where the heat is applied to create the image.  No ribbon is used in direct thermal printing, which creates the image directly on the printed material.

These labels are not scratch-resistant and will likely start losing color contrast when exposed to bright lights, or extreme heat, which makes them harder to read.  therefore, direct thermal printing is a better option for a label which is only required for a short term use such as a shipping label.

Thermal Transfer Printing

 Thermal Transfer Printing creates labels by melting wax or resin-based “ink” onto paper.   The thermal printhead is the main component which is made up of miniscule heating pins, each of which represents a single pixel.  The key material used in thermal transfer printing is wax or resin-based ink, which comes in the form of a ribbon and in a solid state.  This is applied in a very thin layer to a backing of polyester film. This ribbon is drawn through the printer between the label and the printhead.  When sent to print, signals are sent to the selected pins, causing them to heat and cool at a fast pace against the ink ribbon whilst melting and transferring ink off of its backing film and onto the blank label surface.

Benefits of a Thermal Label Printing

Durability – When placed up against a traditional ink on paper label, thermal transfer labels can’t be beaten for durability and fade resistance.  Regular inks can bleed easily and fade when exposed to sunlight, where thermal transfer images offer a greater stability withstanding the light exposure and facing destructive elements.

Barcoding – If you are looking to print barcodes you want to make sure they are accurate and readable.  Because of the precise printing with thermal transfer, it can offer exact widths for each fine line, making this the best option for a superior barcode.

PC Compatible – Many thermal transfer printers are compatible with your PC, allowing you to quickly import your own images and text direct from your computer to the label printer in a click of a button.

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The Right Label for your Printer

Labelnet are specialists in manufacturing thermal printer labels in blank white or in a bespoke printed own design in up to 8 colours. We offer benchmark quality roll fed labels for thermal and thermal transfer variable information print machines such as;

Zebra Technologies, Toshiba TEC, TSC, Sato, Star Micronics, Bizerba, Herbert, Avery, Datamax and Citizen.

We work to any specification to ensure that our customers receive the very highest quality labels that fit with their specific printer.

Why Choose Labelnet?

Labelnet are a major supplier to some of the UK’s biggest producers of goods. We offer a sampling service and have an extensive variety of materials and colour options. We are also proud to be an ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified company, recognition that we believe defines our ability and expertise in the labelling sector.

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Thermal Labels

Thermal labels differ from traditional ink printing as they use heat to create an image. This method is well suited for creating a very basic instruction or barcodes using your own desktop label printer. Companies often use thermal labels in the office, warehouse, and shipping departments to ensure that clear, correct information is attached to each product. They are known for their smear-proof images and resistance to fading but there are a whole host of additional benefits to using thermal labels:

  • No need to buy expensive ink cartridges. This saves costs on replenishing ink supplies as thermal labels are printed using heat.
  • Printing speeds are much quicker than traditional ink printing.
  • Consistent printing. With ink printing, you can often find smudged ink or faded/ blotchy ink where the cartridge is running low, but this is eradicated when using thermal labels.
  • Variety of material options. Thermal labels can be printed on more than just paper.
  • Thermal printers have less parts than conventional printers so have a lower likelihood of going wrong and needing maintenance.
  • There are two methods which can be used with a thermal label, both which use heat to create your image. The options are either direct thermal labels or a thermal transfer method.

Here at Labelnet, we supply benchmark quality large and small thermal labels to suit all makes and models of desktop label printers. If we have not created thermal labels for your particular machine before, we will work with you to ensure you receive the correct type and size of labels. We can produce both direct thermal labels and transfer printing thermal labels. These can be supplied blank or as pre-printed thermal labels with the design of your choice.

Direct Thermal Labels

Direct thermal labels are printed by applying heat to the thermal print head, which then activates the direct thermal media. Direct thermal labels are made from a heat-sensitive material which then turns the label dark where the heat is applied to create the image, so only black can be printed with this method. No ribbon is used in direct thermal printing, which creates the image directly on the printed material and explains why direct thermal labels are known for their simplicity. Large and small thermal labels can be produced quickly and easily to save your company time.

Opting for direct thermal printing is a better option when the label is only required for a short-term use. Common uses include a shipping label or a receipt as they can be produced in bulk and do not require much maintenance. These labels are not scratch-resistant and will likely start losing colour contrast when exposed to bright lights, or extreme heat, which makes them harder to read. This is why direct thermal labels are only recommended for labels which do not need to last very long.

Transfer Printing Thermal Labels

Thermal transfer printing creates labels by melting wax or resin-based “ink” onto paper.  You can often tell if a label has been created using thermal transfer printed labels due to the glossy, crisp print.

The thermal printhead is the main component, which is made up of miniscule heating pins, each of which represents a single pixel. The key material used in thermal transfer printing is wax or resin-based ink, which comes in the form of a ribbon and in a solid state. This is applied in a very thin layer to a backing of polyester film. This ribbon is drawn through the printer between the label and the printhead.  When sent to print, signals are sent to the selected pins, causing them to heat and cool at a fast pace against the ink ribbon whilst melting and transferring ink off of its backing film and onto the blank label surface.

If the label material correctly matches with the ribbon, great quality pre-printed thermal labels are produced which unlike direct thermal labels, can withstand extreme temperatures, UV exposure and chemicals. Because of these characteristics, thermal transfer labels are a more appropriate choice for inventory ID, certification labels, laboratory specimens and outdoor applications to name just a few.

Big or small thermal labels can be produced with high quality transfers for maximum readability. With the long lifespan being the obvious benefit, thermal transfer labels can also be printed on different materials to suit your requirements. Pre-printed thermal labels can be batch produced with virtually no waste but a collection of high-quality labels to use.

Top 3 Reasons to Choose Thermal Labels

Durability
When placed up against a traditional ink on paper label, thermal transfer labels can’t be beaten for durability and fade resistance.  Regular inks can bleed easily and fade when exposed to sunlight, where thermal transfer images offer a greater stability withstanding the light exposure and facing destructive elements.

Barcoding
If you are looking to print barcodes you want to make sure they are accurate and readable.  Because of the precise printing with thermal transfer, it can offer exact widths for each fine line, making this the best option for a superior barcode.

PC Compatible
Many thermal transfer printers are compatible with your PC, allowing you to quickly import your own images and text direct from your computer to the label printer in a click of a button.

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Choose the Right Thermal Labels for your Printer

Labelnet are specialists in manufacturing blank white thermal printer labels or pre-printed thermal labels with a bespoke printed design of your choosing in up to 8 colours. We offer benchmark quality roll-fed labels for thermal and thermal transfer variable information print machines such as;

  • Zebra Technologies
  • Toshiba TEC
  • TSC
  • Sato
  • Star Micronics
  • Bizerba
  • Herbert
  • Avery
  • Datamax
  • Citizen
  • And many more!

If you have a printer for thermal labels that is not listed above, contact Labelnet and we will work with you to ensure you are provided with thermal labels that work with your machine. We work to any specification to ensure that our customers receive the very highest quality labels that fit with their specific printer. We are also able to provide free sample packs so you can trial our transfer or direct thermal labels with your printer.

Why Choose Labelnet for Thermal Labels?

Labelnet are a major supplier to some of the UK’s biggest producers of goods. We offer a sampling service and have an extensive variety of materials and colour options. We are also proud to be an ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified company, recognition that we believe defines our ability and expertise in the labelling sector.

Whether you are looking to create some small thermal labels or invest into a solution to bulk create pre-printed thermal labels, our team of experts are on hand to help you meet your requirements. We have over 20 years of experience pairing companies with the ideal solution for them so get in touch today to see how we can help you.

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