Zebra Printers: Direct Thermal vs Thermal Transfer

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Zebra Printers: Direct Thermal vs Thermal Transfer

Postby gseadmin » Tue Apr 07, 2009 2:00 pm

1) What is the difference between direct thermal and thermal transfter printers?

2) Which is more durable and long lasting?

Re: Zebra Printers: Direct Thermal vs Thermal Transfer

Postby gseadmin » Tue Apr 07, 2009 2:01 pm

1) What is the difference between direct thermal and thermal transfer printers?
Direct thermal printers do NOT use a ribbon for printing. Direct thermal printing uses heat-sensitive paper that is heated when passed under the thermal print head to create the label.

Thermal transfer printers use a wax ribbon and do NOT require special heat-sensitive paper for printing. The thermal printhead heats the wax ribbon which is then transferred onto the paper to create the label.

2) Which type of printer creates more durable and longer lasting labels?
Direct thermal paper contains chemicals that turn black when heated. This type of paper is more sensitive to light and heat, which may reduce the label's lifespan. Thermal transfer printers heat wax onto the label which is then "absorbed" by the paper. Since heat-sensitive paper is NOT used in thermal printing, the label is not likely to fade or turn black when overexposed to heat or light. For this reason, thermal transfer printers create more durable and longer lasting labels.


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