Thermal transfer printing requires special thermal transfer labels. Thermal transfer printers and films are commonly used by those who make labels. Our thermal transfer labels are produced as roll labels.
Good thermal transfer labels offer an excellent print image with resistant to the elements, have a high contrast, and are durablee. The use of coloured thermal transfer films produces a coloured print image. Thermal transfer labels are also suitable for many industrial printers.
The potential applications for the papers and films are described in detail in the calculator. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our customer support team.
Here you can find our thermal labels for supermarkets, petrol station receipts, etc.
Thermal or temperature-dependent printing always requires a hot print head with the dots - special semiconductor resistors - and a specially coated, heat-sensitive material. There are essentially three different printing processes.
Thermal transfer printing method is somewhat more intensive than thermal direct printing, but it generates a better printed image and higher quality colours. This technology requires a thermal transfer ribbon. The heat transfers the colour from the thermal transfer ribbon to the label. The disadvantage of this process is the cost of the thermal transfer film. But this allows any normal label material to be printed with the thermal ink. The print quality and resolution are much better and the materials used are more durable.
The applications for thermal transfer printing are extensive. A thermal transfer printer is used to print permanent thermal transfer labels with serial numbers on parts contained in durable goods, for example, industrial machines, electrical systems (CE markings), or automobiles. Industry requirements for very high resolution printed images (especially since the introduction of barcodes) has led to an increased use of thermal transfer printing systems. Another plus is their flexibility. Since the printer can be controlled directly via the PC, the layouts and label data can be changed quite rapidly.
Almost no other printing process delivers such a high quality print result for such a wide range of materials. Since all printouts remain permanently legible on the used thermal transfer film, this creates a concrete security riself-adhesive for critical applications in banks, industry, and government. With thermal transfer labels, however, you are always on the safe side.
The difference is that the dyes applied to the carrier film are evaporated by adding heat. Here the dye passes directly from a solid to a gaseous state (sublimation). The gaseous dye penetrates the material being printed (paper) or coats it (plastic cards).
Depending on the amount of energy supplied to each printing point, the amount of ink to be transferred (up to 64 gradations per colour) is also controlled, resulting in high ink resolution and brilliant colours. However, disadvantages are a slow printing speed at high costs, since only one colour can be applied at a time.
But the printing results are of the highest quality and very similar to a colour photo print. In the early days of digital photography, the main users were photo studios. Today, due to their outstanding print quality and compact and inexpensive design, they are mainly used for private purposes and are increasingly giving way to cheaper inkjet technology. Some devices can connect directly via Bluetooth or an infrared interface to digital cameras and used as a mobile printing solution on the go.