Barcode ribbons are used in thermal transfer printers to transfer the image to the thermal transfer label with heat applied from the print head. Below are Zebra barcode ribbons, along with high quality wax, wax/resin and resin ribbons for use in Zebra, Sato, Intermec, Datamax and many other printers.
Thermal ribbons come in three main types - wax, wax-resin or pure resin and are almost always black (other colors sometimes used are red and blue). These different types are made to print onto different label materials and are used instead of direct thermal printing when the life of the label needs to be long or the labels needs to survive harsh environments. Wax ribbons are for printing onto paper labels, where the life of the label can be years but must be kept dry and must not be abraded or subjected to certain chemicals or oil, which would dissolve the wax image. Wax-resin ribbons produce a finer image on very smooth paper or coated paper labels. The printed image is much more durable than wax, but can still only stand slight contact with water. Finally pure resin ribbons are formulated to print onto plastic labels such as polyester, polypropylene and vinyl. The ink is designed to slightly dissolve into or adhere to the plastic surface of the label and becomes extremely durable, depending on the plastic material and ribbon make used. Most printer manufacturers offer ribbon/label combinations which are known to work well together, which is particularly important as some combinations produce no image at all. Plastic labels with resin ribbons will survive outside in full sunlight, can stand immersion in water and may be resistant to chemicals and oils dependent on type. Often used in Automotive and Aircraft parts manufacture, any items stored outside and essential for the labelling of hazardous chemicals which must remain identifiable, for example, after being submerged in sea water for extended periods.
Our High-Ribbon performance characteristics allow printing at lower temperatures and faster speeds resulting in reduced printhead costs and lower overall energy usage. Highly sensitive allowing for lower print temperatures. Delivers high-definition images at lower print temperatures. Prints on a wide variety of label stocks. Highly resistant to smearing and scratching. Weather resistant For use with thermal transfer labels on Zebra, Datamax , Sato and other brand printers.