Thermal labels are extremely important to fulfill the basic requirements of a business and ensure proper marking, organizing, receiving, and shipping of products correctly. Companies extensively use thermal labels in warehouses, offices, and shipping departments to ensure the provision of correct and clear information attached to the products. Thermal labels can offer the right solution to print valuable information like barcodes, dates, and ingredients.
There are two types of thermal labels and these are thermal transfer and direct thermal and both these options have advantages of their own. It is essential to have the right printers for the type of thermal option selected. Here you can find a brief of two types of thermal labels.
Direct Thermal Label: Materials for direct thermal labels come with a chemical layer applied to a synthetic base or paper that gets activated when heated. During printing with a direct thermal printer, the elements in the printer get heated and in turn activate the chemical layer of the label to create the required image.
Ø Typical applications: Direct thermal types of labels are used in short to medium life applications. The paper type labels can be best for logistics, retail, and other industries where these are not subjected to moisture or high heat after the application of labels. The direct thermal synthetic labels can be a very good choice for retail pack or carton labeling in the frozen or chilled food sectors and can sustain rough handling and high level of moisture.
Ø Advantages of use: No ribbon is required as images can be produced directly in the label and it can be used easily in most printers. It is also highly cost-effective and due to no ribbon changeover there is greater productivity. Suitable for 1D as well as 2D barcodes and produce consistent and clear images that provide good scan ability and readability.
Thermal Transfer: For printing thermal transfer labels, a thermal transfer printer is used and a ribbon layer is placed on the top of a label at the print head point. The elements in the print head when heated transfer the carbon pigments of the ribbon onto the label and create the required image.