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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.

How Can We Help You?

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thermal

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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qr codes

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.

How Can We Help You?

RECEIVE A QUOTE
ORDER SAMPLE PACK
EMAIL US