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Barcode Printers

Thermal transfer printers: Thermal transfer printers require the use of a carbon ribbon which gets transferred onto the substrate via heat, hence the name "thermal transfer." The printing is very crisp and durable so this method is excellent for high density bar-codes and labels that require longevity.

Direct thermal printers: Direct thermal printers require the use of heat activated thermal papers and films, but require no ribbon. The printing is not as crisp as thermal transfer, and over time the labels will darken and fade, particularly when subjected to heat and sunlight. Direct thermal printing is a more cost effective alternative when labels are stored away from heat and sunlight, and the label shelf life is less than 1 year. It is a time saving alternative also, as you do not need to change ribbons.