Direct thermal labels offer high-quality barcode printing for numerous applications. Unlike thermal transfer printing, direct thermal printing does not require a thermal ribbon. Instead, the process uses heat to start a chemical reaction within the label itself. This reaction creates the printed image.
Direct thermal printing does not require ink, toner, or thermal ribbon. The only media that passes through the printer is the label paper. The chemical composition of the label paper and the thermal print head take care of everything.
Direct thermal printing is ideal for most barcode and identification needs. However, direct thermal prints do degrade over time, especially with exposure to light, heat, or reactive chemicals. In cases that require archival-quality, permanent identification, thermal transfer printing is the best choice. However, for barcodes that must remain readable for 6 months or less, direct thermal printing offers an ideal choice as far as efficiency, quality, and cost-effectiveness.
At Smith Corona, we coat, slit, and cut our thermal paper in-house. Our vertical integration of manufacturing and supply chain allow us great savings—which we pass on to you, the customer. That means we bring you the absolute lowest price on the market.
If you aren't sure which direct thermal label is right for your machine, give us a call at 800-875-7000 or email us for assistance. Our trained customer service staff will help you determine which products you need.