The difference between the thermal and thermal transfer printing methods of barcode printers

- Mar 10, 2021-

The difference between the thermal and thermal transfer printing methods of barcode printers

Barcode printers can be divided into thermal printing and thermal transfer printing according to the different printing methods. Both methods use thermal print heads to heat the printing surface. Thermal transfer is to heat the ribbon to print on the printing paper and make it durable. Pattern, thermal printing is not suitable for ribbon, but directly printed on the label label paper.

The principle of thermal transfer printing:

In thermal transfer printing, the thermal print head heats the ribbon, and the ink is melted on the label material to form a pattern. The ribbon material is absorbed by the medium, and the pattern forms part of the label. This technology provides pattern quality and durability unmatched by other on-demand printing technologies

Thermal printing principle:

For thermal media with chemically treated label paper, select the thermal printing method. When the media passes under the thermal print head, it turns black. Thermal printers do not use ink, toner, or ribbon. The simple design makes the thermal printer durable and easy to use. Because there is no ribbon, the operating cost of a thermal printer is lower than that of a thermal transfer printer.


The difference between thermal printing and thermal transfer printing:

1. Different consumables

Thermal printing can only use special thermal paper, which is coated with a layer of coating that changes color when exposed to heat to achieve thermal printing. Thermal transfer consumables: self-adhesive label paper, PET, PVC, wash label, tag and other label media, and thermal paper can also be used for printing.

Although the thermal transfer printing method can also use thermal paper, the corresponding printing method should be selected when the product label is designed with barcode software and connected to a barcode printer, otherwise, the printing may be blank. In the barcode software, you can quickly open the preferences of the barcode printer, according to the type of label paper you purchased, and then select the thermal or thermal transfer printing method.

2.Different label shelf life

Thermally printed labels are not stored for a long time, usually half a year, depending on the luminosity and temperature of the storage location.

Thermal transfer printing media has a longer warranty period, generally more than two years, depending on the quality of the label paper and ribbon.

3.The cost is different

Thermal printing costs and consumables are lower, and thermal transfer printing costs and consumables are higher than thermal printing.

4.Different scope of application

Thermal printing is suitable for industries that do not require high bar codes, such as supermarkets, clothing, logistics, and retail.

Thermal transfer printing is suitable for many companies in the manufacturing, automotive, food, electronics, transportation and logistics, textile, and chemical industries.


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