The choice of label printing material and consumables is crucial to ensure correct printing, durability and optimal labelling. With the right printer ribbon, you can increase printing efficiency, improve the performance of your printer and extend its life.
When selecting the right ribbon, consider these five key aspects:
Taking these factors into account when choosing the ideal ribbon can be tricky. For this reason, Tecnipesa's technical team is in continuous training to advise you on the choice of printer ribbons and labels. Contact us and we will study your needs in detail.
The printer Ribbon, also known as thermal transfer ribbon, is a synthetic ribbon that, by means of the heat applied by the printer’s printhead, adheres the intended information to print to the surface of the label.
By means of the thermal ribbon, it is possible to print on all types of labels as long as they are not made of heat-reactive material. Ribbon rolls are available in different widths and lengths, as well as in a variety of colours to suit different needs.
These thermal ribbons can be made of different materials depending on the needs to be covered. Thus, thermal transfer ribbons such as wax ribbon, resin ribbon or a mixture of these two materials, known as mixed ribbon, are available on the market.
Ribbons are used in thermal transfer printers, while direct transfer printers do not require the use of ribbons. These thermal printers are widely used in sectors such as logistics, manufacturing, healthcare and food.
For example, in the logistics sector, thermal printers are used to label products and packaging, facilitating the identification and tracking of shipments. In the manufacturing industry, they are used for product marking, inventory control and supply chain tracking. In the healthcare field, they are used for sample identification, labelling of medicines and tracking of medical devices.
When it comes to choosing the right type of ribbon, you need to consider the durability of the label, the type of application and the material you are printing on.
Here are the different types of ribbon and what to consider when choosing them.
This type of ribbon is ideal for paper or cardboard labels, as well as some synthetic labels with low gloss.
It is recommended for ephemeral applications, such as the transport of goods, as it has a short life span.
It is an economical and basic option for thermal transfer printers.
Resin ribbon tape is the strongest option. It offers extremely durable print quality on any type of surface.
Resin ribbons are able to withstand extreme temperatures, dust, water and even contact with chemicals. It is especially useful in industries with high temperatures, such as electronics, chemicals and security labelling.
It is the perfect choice for synthetic labels that require long life and must coexist in the most extreme environments.
The mixed ribbon is composed of a mixture of wax and resin, offering slightly more strength and durability compared to the wax quality.
It is mainly used on synthetic materials and paper labels that require a longer life.
It is a suitable choice for activities such as warehouse labelling or product traceability, as it withstands friction and moisture well.
Once the quality of the ribbon has been selected according to the labels and their application, it is important to consider which printer it will be used in. Therefore, do not forget to check:
Here are some of the things to consider when selecting the right ribbon for your printer. Remember to consult the specifications of the printer and, if in doubt, count on our advice to ensure a compatible and optimal choice.
No matter what the sector or the characteristics of your business.
There is a ribbon to suit your needs.
|Printed on matt paper
|Printed on coated paper
|Printing on synthetics
|Cold printing (0º)
|Hot printing (90º)
|STRENGTH OF THE LABEL PRINTED WITH RIBBON
|Resistance to rubbing and smearing
|Resistance to alcohol, petrol and grease resistance
|High temperature resistance
|60°C | 140°F
|150°C | 302°F
|180°C | 356°F
|Maximum print speed
|16 ips (400 mm/s)
|15 ips (380 mm/s)
|10 ips (250 mm/s)
"Thanks to the durability and strength of our ribbon tapes, your labels will remain legible and stay intact even in harsh environmental conditions"
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