The difference between thermal and thermal transfer of barcode printers
Supplies for thermal machines: Thermal paper, thermal printers can only use special thermal paper, and thermal paper is coated with a layer of coating that changes color when exposed to heat, similar to photographic film. However, this layer of coating is discolored when exposed to heat. This feature of the heat-sensitive coating has led to the development of thermal printing technology.
Supplies used in thermal transfer barcode printers: label paper, PET, PVC, wash labels, hangtags, and other label media, as well as thermal paper printing.
Different shelf life:
Label paper shelf life: The media printed by the thermal printer does not last long, generally half a year!
The media printed by the thermal transfer machine has a longer shelf life, generally more than two years (depending on the quality of the label and ribbon used)
Different application scope:
Applicable place: Thermal machine: supermarkets, clothing stores, logistics, retail and other companies that do not require high bar code;
Thermal transfer machines: manufacturing, automotive, textile, telecommunications, food, electronics, chemical, pharmaceutical, medical, utilities, retail distribution, transportation and logistics, government agencies and etc.
Different cost levels:
Cost comparison: The cost of thermal machines is lower and supplies are lower. The costs and supplies costs of the thermal transfer machine are higher than the cost of thermal machines.