Many people might think they know all the differences between these two labels, but we’ve found that some people still get them mixed up.
Direct thermal labels do not require a ribbon to print, making it ideal for applications in which confidentiality is critical. Direct thermal media is coated with a heat-sensitive layer that is imaged through direct contact with the print head. This process uses heat to start a chemical reaction within the label itself and the result is a pattern of black dots forming text, barcodes, or graphics.
Thermal transfer labels are great to use in environmentally demanding applications, where labels must stand up to conditions such as heat and sunlight. Thermal transfer printing technology uses thermally sensitive ink ribbons to produce bar codes that are both visible light and infrared scannable.
Each method uses a thermal printhead that applies heat to the surface being marked. Direct thermal printing uses chemically treated, heat-sensitive media that blackens when it passes under the thermal printhead, while thermal transfer printing uses a heated ribbon to produce durable, long-lasting images on a wide variety of materials.
DIRECT THERMAL PRINTING ADVANTAGES
THERMAL TRANSFER PRINTING ADVANTAGES
ValuTrack offers a full line of high-quality and cost-effective Zebra direct thermal and thermal transfer labels. Let us help you out in figuring out which thermal label application best suits your business needs. For more information contact a ValuTrack specialist at 877-484-8187 or [email protected]. We ask. We listen. We solve.