Monday, May 18, 2009

Thermal Labels designed for Overprinting

swift Labels has a long established status in producing labels for thermal label printers.
Having represent Zebra thermal printers in New Zealand while 1989, and now addition Datamax in October 2008, we are satisfied to present a vertical offer of thermal printers, parts, service, ribbons and of course – the labels which run in the printers.

There are two types of thermal labels – direct thermal and thermal transfer.

Direct thermal is a more luxurious base stock but is a lower cost label on the whole because it does not need a ribbon when printing. The thermal printer images using heat directly onto the label face, in the same way the original fax equipment used to do. Direct thermal labels are fine apart from labels which have to stay alive a long time, or if they are likely to be exposed to direct sunlight or high temperatures. The printed image can and will become paler over time or beneath these circumstances.

Thermal transfer is a less posh base stock but a ribbon is vital for printing. Thermal transfer labels are tougher, last longer and are not responsive to light or heat.

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