Knowledge Base

IMP offers a complete line of “plug and play” thermal transfer printer ribbons manufactured to meet or exceed the OEM specifications at significant cost savings. IMP’s mission is to provide the highest quality ribbon solutions, at competitive price levels, combined with the sales tools and support resources our reseller need to increase ribbon sales and profitability.
  • Z200+ The Right Ribbon Solution for Today

    Introducing the most most competitively priced wax/resin ribbon - Z200+ - general purpose wax/resin ribbon.
  • IMP update...Increasing Capabilities and Support

    2021 was a difficult year for all of us in the label and ribbon business. Despite resurgences in Covid-19, raw material shortages, supply chain constraints, and price increases, IMP reported record results for 2021, continuing our trajectory as the fastest growing ribbon supplier in North America.
  • Thermal Transfer Printing Problems and Solutions

    In this review of thermal transfer printing problems and solutions, we outlined the common problems, possible causes and solutions. Burn temperature guide and ANSI print quality samples are also included for your reference.
  • Premium Wax? General Purpose Wax? Which Wax is Right For You?

    When it comes to wax ribbons, there are a lot of options out there. IMP offers two grades thermal transfer wax ribbons, general purpose and premium. This article walks you through how to choose the appropriate grade of wax ribbon for your printing needs.
  • Bar Code Basics!

    Understand what is barcode and the different types of barcode. IMP offers a complete product lines of different ribbon formulation to meet your barcode printing needs.
  • High Yield Thermal Transfer Ribbons

    Like all of IMP's near edge ribbons, the skinny ribbons offer excellent heat, abrasion and chemical resistance as well as excellent image density and edge definition.
  • Thermal Transfer Ribbons – Lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)

    As the world’s only vertically integrated producer of PET film and ribbon (PET film makes up over 50% of product cost) IMP provides the best price/performance value in the market. Learn how IMP's ribbons can help you reduce hidden cost and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).
  • Label Applicators and Automatic Baggers

    The Printer Applicator and Automatic Bagging Systems markets are expected to be a high growth segment for thermal transfer printing over the next several years on a global basis. IMP provides faster, better and cheaper thermal transfer ribbons solutions for label applicator and automatic bagging systems.
  • Thermal Transfer Printing vs Direct Thermal Printing

    Understand the defintion of Thermal Transfer Printing vs. Direct Thermal Printing, its printing method's advantages and disadvantages and how Thermal Transfer Printing can can bring you significant cost saving.
  • IMP's Z107plus Resin-Enhanced Wax Thermal Transfer Ribbon Outperforms the Competition

    IMP conducted a ribbon benchmarking comparison for Z107plus versus one of the industry leading resin enhanced wax formulations. The report shows that Z107plus provides a darker, more legible image, particularly at the higher speeds of 12, 14, and 16 ips.
  • Z201 Premium Wax Resin passed Pres-On’s autoclave test

    Our Z201 Premium Wax Resin just passed Pres-On’s autoclave test, meeting specs that require a “100% resin ribbon.” A great win for our R&D team, and a great win for our customer’s who want resin performance at a reasonable cost.
  • What is Hot Stamping and Hot Stamping Foil

    This article walks you through the definition of hot stamp printing process, what is hot stamp dies, different kinds of hot stamp foils as well as an overview of the hot stamp market. Then we clarify the differences between hot stamp printing and thermal transfer overprinting. Finally a versatile line of coding foils are...
  • Near Edge Printing vs Flat Head Printing

    Confused about flathead printing and near edge printing? Read along and you will get a clear understanding of what flat head and near edge printing are how each of the process works. No matter what you need, IMP has you covered. As the thermal transfer ribbon manufacturer, IMP carries a complete line of thermal transfer...
  • What is Thermal Transfer Overprint (TTO)?

    Everything you need to know about Thermal Transfer Overprint (TTO), including how the process work, the benefits of thermal transfer overprinting, the market, industries, applications, the TTO trends and how to sale to this exciting market.
  • How Thermal Transfer Printing Works

    This article answers all the questions you might have about thermal transfer ribbon, including basics of thermal printer, the mechanism of thermal transfer printing process, advantages of thermal transfer printing as well as the complete line of thermal transfer ribbon offering by IMP, the world's only vertically integrated...
  • Looking to Increase Thermal Transfer Barcode Ribbon Sales and Profit Margins in This Increasingly Competitive Market?

    IMP, as the fastest growing thermal transfer barcode ribbon supplier in North America and the "Go to" partner for TTR, offers the best Price/performance value for thermal transfer ribbon products in the market today. We provide the opportunity to present a cost savings to your customers, while also improving your gross...