What are thermal label made from?
For a more durable application, thermal labels can be made of Bi-Oriented Polypropylene, BOPP, rather than paper for a very long-lasting label. Labels are readily available in a wide range of colors from pastel to fluorescents, which can be helpful for product identification or warehouse applications.
Are all thermal labels the same?
Different labels will image at different temperatures resulting in varying quality of print at different printer speed and heat settings. Choose media that can image at the printer speeds necessary to meet the production line’s throughput requirements while minimizing the printer’s heat setting.
What is thermal Labelling?
Thermal labels use heat to create an image. Thermal transfer uses a thermal ribbon where heat from the printhead releases the ribbon attaching it to the label surface. Direct thermal images are created when heat from the printhead causes components on the label surface to mix causing them to (usually) turn black.
How do you identify a thermal label?
There is one simple test that you can use to tell if a label is direct thermal. Take the label and scratch it quickly with your fingernail as if you were lighting a match. It may take a couple of hard strikes. If a dark mark appears on the label, it is direct.
Are thermal labels plastic?
Direct Thermal Plastic These synthetic direct thermal labels offer better durability, longer-lasting print and resistance to abrasion, moisture, and chemicals.
How long do thermal labels last?
around six to eight months
Because it uses heat-sensitive materials, direct thermal labels do not have a long shelf-life, usually lasting around six to eight months. They have a tendency to scratch easily, and overexposure to direct sunlight or high temperatures will cause the print to fade faster.
Do thermal printed labels fade?
Thermal print labels fade because of print material degradation, abrasion, sunlight exposure, contact with chemicals, and improper storage, among many other possible reasons. And even in the absence of these factors, most thermal prints will eventually fade. They are generally not built to last forever.
What is a thermal label printer?
In a nutshell, thermal printing utilizes heat to duplicate an image into a specific material. Thermal label printers work like standard printers. However, the only difference is that rather than using ink, a thermal label printer uses special media such as label rolls that are reactive to heat.
Can you write on thermal labels?
Can you write on thermal labels? You can write on thermal labels with permanent markers and gel pens. But if you use the common ballpoint pens to write on thermal labels, it will smear.
How do I know if I have a thermal printer?
Scratch with Your Fingernail As mentioned above, thermal paper has a chemical coating on its surface, when you scratch the paper surface with your fingernail, there is heat generated in this process, and the thermal paper can show the black marks on its surface. It’s the easiest way to identify if it is thermal paper.
What are direct thermal labels?
Direct thermal labels are a cost-effective type of label made with the direct thermal printing process. In this process, a thermal print head is used to selectively heat specific areas of coated, thermo-chromatic (or thermal) paper.
Is thermal label waterproof?
Thermal transfer printing can be extremely durable – making it scratch, chemical and water proof.