Thermal transfer barcode labels always use a ribbon to imprint the image onto the label. The way it works is that the printer has a print head. The print head heats up as the label and ribbon pass through. As the printer print head heats up, it melts the wax from the ribbon, onto the label. This makes a more permanent image on the label because it thermally transfers the wax to the label and will not fade. These labels are used for product labeling, location labels, asset labeling and any other type of labeling where the label will still be in use 6 months to a year from application. You can find these thermal transfer bar code labels by clicking here.
Barcode Labels: Direct Thermal
Direct thermal barcode labels do not use a ribbon. These labels are placed in a printer by themselves and usually cost a little more that thermal transfer ribbon. There are 2 main types of direct thermal bar code labels. There are coated and un-coated direct thermal labels, where the coated labels will not fade a quickly as the un-coated. These labels get the image directly from the print head on the printer. The heat from the print head heats the label to have the label react and make a black mark where the print heads temperature marked the label. Because the label reacts to the heat of the print head, it will also react to heat from other sources. That is why this label is used for more temporary applications, like shipping labels where the label is only used for a few days. Over time these direct thermal labels will fade. To find our direct thermal bar code labels go to this page by clicking on this sentence.
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Here at Adazon we stock many brands of labels and we also custom make labels for barcode use or just product branding with 4 color process. We can also put your logo on any thermal transfer bar code label or direct thermal bar code label to help your company make a statement. Take a look at our site at http://www.adazonusa.com and you will see we have tag stock for printing barcodes on tags that have no adhesive, we have label and ribbon kits, Laser Labels, and even the old fashioned pinfeed labels. This provides the wides options for our customers. Also, let us know if you would like us to custom make your labels for product marketing or barcode labels to make your products compliant with the major distributors you may be selling to.