Jim Michales in Office Administration May 29, 2019 · 1 min read · ~100

Thermal Labels: Types and Information

Thermal Labels: Types and Information

With the introduction of thermal printing, the printing process of labels and other stationary material for the office has significantly become facilitated and convenient. The thermal printer produces prints that are long-lasting, of high-quality and convenient in terms of labour time and costs. Here are the different types of thermal labels that exist and their most common uses as well some other important information and specifications.

General Info about Thermal Labels

They are used for applications where labels need to be printed regularly and individually and with different information on each of them. That is why, they find a vast range of uses across various industries and most commonly they are used as barcodes, addresses, product prices and descriptions.

There are two general types of thermal labels: direct thermal and thermal transfer.

Direct Thermal Labels

The direct thermal labels are recommended for short term use. Even though they are made of high-quality materials, they are heat activated and do not require a ribbon to be printed, which means their legibility is significantly decreased when exposed to the elements or other outdoor conditions. They are not expected to last over a year so that is why they should be used in mailing, small parcel delivery and in retail and food industries where their use serves its purpose in a rather short period of time.

Thermal Transfer Labels

As the name suggests, the thermal transfer labels are printed with the help of a thermal printer and they require a thermal ribbon in order to be printed. The ribbon is, in fact, a wax carbon that transfers on the label when the heat is applied from the printer. They are much more durable than the direct thermal labels and are best to use for barcodes or product information that needs to stay intact for a longer period of time. They are ideal to use as thermal label sticker solutions on goods that will be transported for a longer time.  

Other Specifications

When it comes to size, both of the types can be found in different sizes and even can be tailor-made to serve individual business purposes. In addition, they are available in many colours, so you can pick the one that resonates to your business’ colour palette.

All of the labels have adhesives that can be either permanent or easily removable. The permanent adhesive will ensure that the labels stay in place for the whole delivery process, and the easily removable adhesives will not leave a glue residue on the goods.

There are also synthetic thermal labels that are excellent to use in harsh conditions as they are usually weatherproof and waterproof. They can withstand freezing temperatures and high temperatures over 100 degrees like in ovens and similar places. Also, they can be used in laboratories or warehouse where the goods might come in contact with chemicals or oils and you can rest assured that their condition will stay intact.

Choosing the right type of label should be done based on your business needs. You should research well before buying the labels because you might need to make sure that the sizes, type and the properties are suitable for the printer you have.