Recently, we talked about durable labels and how to achieve them for specific applications. One of the main ways is to choose the correct ribbon type for your thermal transfer printer.
As a review, the way that thermal transfer printers work is by using a carbon-based ribbon that is chemically transferred onto a label’s substrate when heat is applied.
It’s extremely important to choose the right ribbon type for your application.
Here’s how to do so!
Ribbon Types & Formulas
In general, thermal transfer ribbons come in three different formulations (ribbon ink):
The ingredients all have specific uses. You use carbon for the color, wax to stabilize the color, and resin for durability.
How to Choose the Right Ribbon
In order to select the best ribbon for your application, you need to evaluate the ribbon composition and characteristics.
See below to learn more about each formulation, why you’d want to choose them, and usual applications per each ribbon type:
–>To see the thermal transfer ribbons offered by Genuine TSC Supplies, check our catalog here!
Do you have any questions about thermal transfer printers, ribbon types, or ribbon formulations?