Thermal transfer printers work by applying heat to a ribbon made of wax or resin-based ink. The heat applied by the thermal printhead melts that wax or resin onto the paper or label surface, creating your printed image. Below, we outline the properties of each ribbon type and which jobs they're best suited for.

Types of Thermal Transfer Ribbons

What you use the labels for determines the strength and durability you need from your thermal transfer ribbon. Finding the right printing ribbon can be an important step in ensuring your labels are scannable, readable, and reliable. There are three categories available, each serving a different purpose. They are: full wax, wax/resin, and full resin.

A full wax thermal transfer ribbon is coated with a wax-based ink, requiring a low melting temperature.
 

Key Facts

  • Most common type of thermal transfer ribbon
  • Recommended for coated and uncoated paper stock
  • Softer image durability
  • Inexpensive
  • Good for shipping, shelf, bin, retail, and warehouse labels
 

Durable Wax-Resin Thermal Transfer Ribbons (aka Wax-Resin)

 

The hybrid of wax and resin-based thermal transfer ribbons have a melting temperature between that of full wax and full resin ribbons. They create sharp and clear images on a wide range of material types, and have been tested extensively with our thermal transfer products.

Key Facts

  • Ideal for both standard and weatherproof thermal transfer labels
  • Harder printed area than full wax; more resistant to occasional heavy handling, moisture, and temperature changes
  • Intermediate price bracket
  • Good for barcode, shipping, prescription pharmaceutical, and shelf labels

Full Resin Thermal Transfer Ribbons

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Full resin thermal transfer ribbons are made of pure resin. They melt at a much higher temperature, dissolving into the material on which they're printed, resulting in extreme durability.
 

Full resin thermal transfer ribbons are made of pure resin. They melt at a much higher temperature, dissolving into the material on which they're printed, resulting in extreme durability.

Key Facts

  • Most expensive ribbon type
  • For use on non-paper, synthetic stocks
  • Most durable of the ribbon types
  • Good for labeling very sensitive medical applications and chemicals, textile or garment labels, automotive labels, and flexible packaging
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