Thermal printers have two available options for Houston, TX manufacturing companies: Thermal Transfer and Direct Thermal. The best match for your environment will depend on your print application(s). Call Barcode Southwest at 1-888-764-9965 to learn more about your options!
Types of Thermal Printers
There are two types of printers. The first is a direct thermal printer. The second type is a thermal transfer printer.
Direct Thermal Printers
This type of printer is reliable in applications where the imaging requires only a short shelf life.
There are three reasons your company may choose this printer.
The first reason is that it is user-friendly. It requires no ribbon or toner refills.
Secondly, this printer uses the printhead to heat. The labels react by producing a black image on two types of labels:
- First are chemically treated paper labels.
- Second are synthetic or polypropylene labels.
A third reason is the image produced is crisp and clean.
The only disadvantage is that the chemically treated label material can be affected by other heat sources.
Thermal Transfer Printers
A second type of printer is the thermal transfer printer. This printer also uses a printhead and heat to “transfer” an image on the label. However, the “transfer” occurs differently from direct thermal printers. Thermal transfer printers use an ink-coated ribbon that transfers the image onto the label (media). This type of imaging will last longer. Additionally, this means of printing may be more cost-efficient than direct thermal printing. Finally, it is critical to ensure the ribbon is compatible with the printing surface. Without this compatibility, the thermal ink will not adhere.
Both printers have the following four options:
- The first option is an external rewinder.
- The second option is an internal rewinder.
- Third, is a cutter.
- Finally is a peeler.
Thermal printers image individual labels that are placed on product packaging. The labels are available in different material (media) types suitable for different imaging and environmental needs. There are three reasons to match label material with the correct type of printer:
- First, these printers are user friendly.
- A second factor is cost effectiveness.
- Lastly, is the image longevity.
With these options, deciding on the best type of printer-direct thermal or thermal transfer- requires Houston, TX manufacturing companies to analyze their label printing needs. Companies should also consider expectations and limitations associated with their unique applications.
Barcode Southwest is a premier supplier of barcode printers and labels for a wide range of industry applications. We supply to clients all over the Southwest region of the U.S., including, but not limited to, Houston, Austin, Dallas and San Antonio. Contact Barcode Southwest at 888-764-9965 or fill out this contact form!
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Posted 06/24/2019 By Lucy
Thermal Barcode Printers for Houston, Austin, Dallas and San Antonio.