Looking to purchase a product that uses a technology you don’t fully understand can be a scary experience. Not to mention how that imbalance of knowledge can leave on the back foot in the purchasing process.
Thermal Printing is a simple technology so today LabelWorxs will talk you through how it worxs and how this applies to choosing the right printer.
This paper is drawn through the printer and the Thermal Printer Head heats specific parts of the paper to create the text or image you require.
This means no faffing with ink cartridges or toner just fit the paper into the media and print. Though there are a few downsides to this technology. Direct sunlight or other heat sources can cause the paper to turn black, before or after printing. The fact it is just treated paper also affects its longevity.
Thermal Transfer works a little differently. There is a second consumable to worry about, past the paper. This is the Ribbon which holds the ink. Both the paper and the Ribbon are drawn through the printer.
Specific parts of the Ribbon are heated by the Thermal Print Head; which ‘melts’ the ink onto the paper.
While loading the printer with a Ribbon & your paper can be a bit more tricky, and there is added cost to purchase the ribbon, the end result is a better quality of print. Not only does the print look better but heat doesn’t affect the print quality. Thermal Transfer can have a wide array of materials for labels & ‘paper’ which can give you the look and feel you require.
- Easy to Maintain
- Shorter Life Span of Printed Material
- More Expensive than Direct Thermal
- Added Complexity to Loading the Device
- Wider Variety of Material to Print on
- Longer Life Span of Printed Material
Due to the smaller form factor Mobile Printers only use Direct Thermal.
Most of our Desktop Printers can operate in Direct Thermal or Thermal Transfer, for example, the LK-B24. Though there are some Desktop Printers which can only use Direct Thermal; this is always prominently displayed on the product page