Customers often need to fight Advisory label, tag, sticker, and so what kind of printer you want to buy, I believe that array of printers so that we are confused Which printer is best for them. a Today HPRT with you together to understand how to choose our thermal and thermal transfer printers.
1. supplies different:
Thermal machine supplies: Coating thermal printer can only use the special thermal paper, thermal paper coated with a chemical reaction when exposed to heat and will produce color, similar to photographic film, which is the case of the coating layer heat, discoloration, the use of heat-sensitive coating of this feature, the emergence of thermal printing technology. Thermal printer does not use ink, toner or ribbon, the pattern is printed directly on the label material, simple design makes thermal printers durable and easy to use. Such as the HPRT LPQ118, LPQ58, LPQ80,HT100 etc;
Direct thermal printers require heat-activated thermal papers and films, without the transfer ribbon print color black so limited, unless there are special. Paper is using direct thermal paper so as time goes on, the label will darken, especially when surface scratches, excessive exposure to light and heat may cause the bar code can not be read, thermal labels can be read sex with the conditions of use vary greatly. But the technology is rated labels and many other common bar code printing applications provides sufficient life. Direct thermal printing is popular in the food industry, as most items are stored away from heat and sunlight, the label shelf-life of less than one year. The main advantage is the overall lower cost, easier replacement media.
Thermal transfer bar code printer supplies: Label Paper, Water and other standard labels, but can also use thermal paper to print; such as the HPRT HLP106D HD2000.
In thermal transfer printing, a thermal print head to the ribbon heating, melting the ink on the label material to form a pattern. Ribbon material is absorbed by the medium, the pattern constitutes a part of the label. The technology offers other on-demand printing technology can not match the pattern of quality and durability.
Compared with thermal printers, thermal transfer printers accept more varieties of media, such as adhesive paper, coated paper,Color thermal transfer ink ribbon and the label printer may be different, and therefore, the user is not limited to black. Printing is very clear and durable, so this method is very suitable for high-density bar codes and labels longevity. Rated as labels, UL / CSA labels, tags and notes, shelf labels and other identification.
Please note that the correct selection and matching the overall quality and performance of labels and ribbons print media is crucial.
Thermal printing and thermal transfer barcode printing technology is the best, because they can easily apply adhesive labels in a variety of materials, and the excellent edge definition of print out accurate, high-quality design. Each of these technologies can be the same print resolution and speed, resulting in a one-dimensional, two-dimensional bar code symbol with a pattern and text font.
Please note that some users in order to save money, buy online cheapest medium to low-cost sales provider. This approach may be able to save the limited cost, but often lead to higher overall costs, because of inferior materials will reduce the life of the printer head. Good printer maintenance is also very important !
2 different lengths of time:
Labels Life: thermal machine printed medium holding time is not long, usually six months! (Depends on the specific storage location, luminosity, temperature and other environmental determine the actual shelf life)
Thermal transfer machine printed media storage time is longer, usually more than two years (depends on the specific quality of the label paper and ribbon)
3 different operating range
Thermal equipment: supermarkets, clothing stores, logistics, retail barcode demanding enterprises, the thermal printer has been widely used in POS terminal systems, banking systems, medical equipment and other fields.
Heat transfer machine: manufacturing, automotive industry, textile industry, telecommunications industry, the food sector, the electronics industry, chemical industry, pharmaceutical industry, medical industry, public utilities, retail and distribution, transportation and logistics, government agencies and other enterprises, because you can print out photos of nearly continuous tone images to, generally used for prepress and professional graphics output.
4. The cost of high and low:
Cost Comparison: thermal machine costs low, and lower supplies; heat transfer equipment cost, material cost is higher than the cost of thermal machines;