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This stand-alone label stock needs no ribbon or ink to print. The magic here lies in the print process using only heat to cause a chemical reaction resulting in the final product. The sections of the label that received the heat during the print process will darken to reveal the desired information. You can usually spot a direct thermal label by holding it over a heat source, and it will darken; or simply scratch the surface, causing gray lines to appear where the contact was made.
Thermal Transfer Ribbons serve as the “ink” in the only thermal transfer print process. Different ribbons are required for different materials. Label stock material type, ribbon type and printer compatibility is crucial to obtain the maximum quality and results of your final printed product. Inability to select the correct ribbon type for your material will result in degradation in overall print quality that could lead to an inability to scan barcodes, or even read fine printed text. The key here is to get the best possible results in edge definition.
Both label types have their pros and cons, and each serves their specific intended purpose. Thermal Transfer labels tend to stand up to wear and tear and scratching; whereas Direct Thermal labels don’t require a ribbon, causing overall printing costs to stay relatively low in comparison. These are broad comparisons, and results will vary based upon final material selections and usage preferences, but serve as a good starting point to think about when deciding which label type is best for you.