How to Select the Right Type of Thermal Transfer Ribbon (Barcode Ribbon) for Your Business

how to select the right type of thermal transfer ribbon
Summary
A walkthrough of the different thermal transfer ribbon products, including wax, wax/resin and resin and how to select the correct ribbon for your printing needs. A printing substrate chart is also provided so you can match the ribbon with your existing print media.

At IMP, our services goes beyond just selling products and providing technology solutions.  We share the best practices we have accumulated over the years to help our customers grow their business.  Today we would like to share how to select the right type of thermal transfer ribbon for your thermal printing application.  Every type of thermal transfer ribbon product has different levels of printing quality, durability and hence different price.  The key of choosing the correct type of thermal transfer ribbon (barcode ribbon) lies in a clear understanding of required printing quality and durability of your thermal printing job. 

Please find in below a map of our key product offering categories along with corresponding applications/usages and industries.  We hope this information will help you navigate through our product portfolio and choose the right type of thermal transfer ribbon for your needs.  If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.  You can also request free samples for review.

Thermal Transfer Ribbon by Ribbon Formulation

Wax Ribbon

Wax/Resin Ribbon

Resin Ribbon

Near edge TTO

Thermal Transfer Barcode Ribbon by Printing Substrate Material

This chart below provides a high-level overview on the print material compatilibity for each of our barcode ribbon formulations, wax, wax-resin and resin. 


  WAX WAX-RESIN RESIN
TAG STOCKS      
Uncoated Tag  
Coated Tag  
       
PAPER LABEL STOCKS      
Coated Face Sheets  
Unocated Face Sheets  
Gloss Sheets  
       
ECONOMY SYNTHETICS      
Polypropylene  
Vinyl (Topcoat)  
Polyethylene  
Polystyrene  
Polyolefin
       
HIGH-END SYNTHETICS      
Polyesters (Gloss Topcoat)    
Polyesters (Matte Topcoat)  
       
SPECIAL MATERIAL      
Tyvek
Tyvek Brillion
Valeron
Polyimide    
PVC Shrink Wrap  
Fabric Care Labels