How Do Thermal Transfer Ribbons Work?

Thermal transfer ribbons are heated to print/apply a barcode onto a label vs. direct thermal printing, which uses heat to directly image a coated material. Using a quality thermal transfer printer ribbon and premium ink results in a crisper bar code label on packaging. This means a clearer, more readable scan every time, thus fewer fines and headaches!

Get Thermal Transfer Ribbons and Other Products to Fit Your Needs

At Paper Roll Products, we’re experts at more than just paper rolls. We supply more than 150 sizes of thermal transfer ribbons. We offer POS receipt paper, scale labels, ATM & Kiosk rolls, toners, and, of course, colored and non-colored thermal transfer printer ribbons. Get the products you need at wholesale prices and avoid poor barcodes and scanning issues with a crisper bar code when using our thermal transfer printer ribbons.

Our Thermal Transfer Ribbons

Paper Roll Products is your source for the best thermal transfer printer ribbons in the industry. We offer a wide variety of widths, lengths, core sizes, colors and formulations that include wax and premium resin-enhanced options. From Datamax, Intermec, Sato to Zebra printer thermal transfer ribbons, we can find the right TTR Ribbon that best fits your specific application. We offer the following types of thermal transfer ribbons. Or you can view all of our brands.

  • Resin Enhanced Wax
  • Premium Resin Enhanced Wax
  • Wax-Resin
  • Premium Wax-Resin

Contact us for more information on orders and pricing options on thermal transfer printer ribbons or get a quick quote today!

Who Uses Thermal Transfer Ribbons?

Paper Roll Products supplies high-quality thermal transfer ribbons to a wide range of industries. Used in the printing process for labels, receipts and barcodes, they are most commonly supplied to:

  • Retail & Hospitality
  • Manufacturers
  • Financial Institutions
  • State & Local Governments
  • Food Service

Wax vs. Resin Thermal Transfer Ribbon: What’s the Difference?

Depending on what you are printing, you may want to consider the differences between wax vs. resin thermal transfer ribbon. Since thermal transfer ribbons are heated to apply a barcode between the printer head and the label, they are made up of a polyester film that is coated with either wax or resin, or both, to aid in the printing process.

Wax Thermal Transfer Ribbon

Wax ribbons are not as ideal for storage as they need to be kept away from other chemicals and stored in a dry environment. They are primarily used for printing on paper labels.

Wax-Resin Thermal Transfer Ribbon

Wax-resin ribbons are used to create a fine image on coated paper labels or smooth paper. More durable than wax, they are ideal for storing but must be kept away from water.

Pure Resin Thermal Transfer Ribbon

Pure resin thermal transfer ribbon is used to print on plastic labels that are usually made from polyester and vinyl. Made to dissolve into the service of plastic, the pure resin is extremely durable.

 

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