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Thermal Transfer Printing

What it is/how it works:

Thermal transfer printing technology uses heat to transfer an image (text, images and barcodes) using an ink

ribbon onto a label. Heat from the print head melts the ink on the ribbon which is deposited onto the label surface to create the image.

What it’s used for (Ideal uses):  


  • Ability to use materials that are weather / chemical resistant.
  • The drying time of the ink is very fast enabling high speed printing.
  • The price range makes high quality label printing affordable to smaller businesses.
  • Available in a rugged metal construction for warehouse environments.
  • Larger label rolls making for fewer label changes.
  • Most thermal transfer printers also have the ability to do direct thermal printing.


  • Added consumable cost, due to ribbon requirement. More user training involved in loading the consumables.


Thermal Transfer Label Materials

(These are our online stock sizes, if the size you are looking for is not listed please contact us via the form, email, phone or live chat and we will arrange you a quote).

Thermal Transfer Ribbons

Thermal Transfer Printing also requires the use of a ribbon to view our range click on the image below, alternatively click here for more information.


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