Thermal Labels

Unlike traditional printing methods, thermal labels use heat to create an image. Being a popular choice for offices, warehouses and shipping departments to produce barcodes or simple instruction labels, thermal labels are used for their smear-proof images which are resistant to fading. Our capabilities allow us to produce both direct thermal labels and transfer printing thermal labels which can be supplied blank or as pre-printed thermal labels with the design of your choice.

To find a solution that works for your business needs, we will work with you to create thermal labels that suit your model of desktop printers. We have created a variety of labels to suit the majority of printers but if you have a machine we have not come across previously, we are more than happy to create thermal labels that are compatible with your machine.

Direct Thermal Labels

This method is recommended when labels are required for a short-term use such as a shipping label or receipt. Being a popular choice thanks to their low maintenance characteristics and bulk capabilities, both large and small thermal labels can be produced quickly to increase production capabilities.

By applying heat to the thermal print head, the direct thermal media is activated to turn the label dark in the areas of the design where you want to be printed to replicate your design. The heat-sensitive material turns the label dark which means that only black can be printed with this method.

With no ribbon needed in direct thermal printing, the simplicity of this method creates an image directly on the material for rapid results. Please note that these labels are not scratch-resistant and can start to lose their contrast when exposed to bright lights or extreme heat, making them less clear to read.

Thermal Transfer Labels

Thermal transfer labels create a glossy, crisp finish which unlike direct thermal labels, can withstand extreme temperatures, UV exposure and chemicals for long lasting results. The high quality finish of thermal transfer labels makes them a great choice for uses including inventory ID, certification labels, laboratory specimens and outdoor applications to name just a few. Once setup, pre-printed thermal transfer labels can be batch produced with virtually no waste to create a collection of high-quality labels.

The process of thermal transfer labels involves melting wax or resin-based “ink” which comes in the form of a ribbon and a solid state. It is applied in a very thin layer onto a backing of polyester film which is drawn through the printer between the label and the printhead, a range of miniscule heating pins each of which represents a single pixel. When sent to print, signals are sent to the selected pins which causes 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.

Both large and small thermal transfer labels can be produced using this technique, creating high quality transfers for maximum readability. Alongside the long lifespan, thermal transfer labels can also be printed onto a range of different materials to best suit your usage needs.

The Benefits of Thermal Labels

  • Keep costs low
    There is no need to buy expensive ink cartridges with thermal labels, saving costs on replenishing ink supplies as thermal labels are printed using heat. As well as this, thermal printers have less parts than conventional printers so there is a smaller likelihood of things going wrong and requiring maintenance.
  • Speed up the process
    Printing speeds are much quicker than traditional ink printing, making it an effective way to bulk print either large or small thermal labels and speed up the printing process for maximum return.
  • Consistency every time
    With traditional ink printing, you are often faced with smudged ink or inconsistency when the cartridge is running low. With thermal labels, the precise printing method can offer exact widths for each fine line, making this option far superior for printing barcodes as they need to be accurate and readable.
  • Unbeatable durability
    In comparison to traditional ink on paper labels, thermal transfer labels can’t be beaten for durability. Unlike the regular inks which can bleed easily and fade when exposed to sunlight, thermal labels are great for withstanding light exposure and facing destructive elements.
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Big Or Small Thermal Labels Compatible With Your Printer

Many printers for thermal labels 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. The Labelnet team are specialists in manufacturing blank and white thermal transfer labels or pre-printed thermal labels with a bespoke printed design of your choosing. 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 your printer for thermal labels is not listed above, we can work with you to provide big or small thermal labels which are compatible with your machine. To get the most from your printer and achieve the best results possible, we will work to your specification to find a solution that fits. If you would like to trial our direct thermal labels or thermal transfer labels for yourself to see how they work with your printer, feel free to request free sample packs today.

Trusted Providers of Thermal Labels

Having undergone countless big and small thermal label projects over the past 20 years, we are on hand to work with you to produce the best results for your situation. Whether you want some ready to use thermal transfer labels for a new project or are looking for a long-term solution to create thermal labels, get in touch today to see how we can help you. We are proud to be an ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified company so you can be assured that you are working with the best in the labelling sector to produce top of the range thermal labels.