The 4x6 label is the most popular thermal label used in the world. This is because of its versatility and low price point. Many companies use the 4x6 label for a variety of different applications. Some companies use it for their shipping labels, while others barcode inventory, identify bins / totes and many other applications.
In addition to its many uses, the 4x6 label is popular because of its price point. If a company needs a large label at a relatively low price, the 4x6 label is perfect. It’s for that specific reason that Smith Corona has dedicated it’s manufacturing facility to producing this size at the lowest price possible. From the way that we source our raw materials to how our equipment is run, everything is focused on producing the lowest priced 4x6 label possible.
There are many different types of 4x6 labels available for purchase. Just knowing you use a this sized label isn’t enough to choose the one right for your printer, application, and environment.
Application (Material & Environment)
The first thing to consider when choosing your label is what your application and environment is. If for example your labels are going to be used indoors and for a relatively short amount of time (1 year or less) then the disposable paper 4x6 label is perfect for you.
Conversely, if your application calls for your labels to last a long time and be exposed to the the outdoors, then you might want to consider a polypropylene label. These labels are much more weather and water resistant than their paper counterparts.
After you have determined if you need a paper or polypropylene label, you need to look at the printer you are going to be using to create your barcodes to make another determination.
If your printer is an industrial sized printer, you will have a couple of options to consider. This size thermal printer will allow you to use either a 3” core roll or fanfold style labels. These printers can also use both thermal transfer and direct thermal style labels.
Similarly, if your printer is a desktop model printer, you can also use roll and fanfold style labels. However, the roll labels that you would be using would be on a 1”core.
Finally, for those companies using the mobile, hip style printers, your only choice would be to use the ¾” core direct thermal labels.
Ribbon or No ribbon
The final thing to consider is if you are going to print your labels with or without a ribbon. If you haven’t considered the pro’s and con’s of direct thermal vs thermal transfer, read this.
For those companies that want a more crisp barcode that won’t be scratched or smudged, thermal transfer is your best bet. If instead you want to only worry about inventorying one item and you aren’t worried about your labels getting damaged, then direct thermal will work just fine.
Our 4x6 labels are compatible with every major thermal printer brand. Our labels were made specifically for your Zebra, Datamax, Sato, Intermec, Printronix, Rollo, TSC, Monarch, and many more brands. If you are unsure, feel free to reach out to our support staff and we would be more than happy to assist.