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    Differences between direct thermal and thermal transfer barcode label printer

    • Author:Ella Zhang
    • Source:Original
    • Release on :2014-09-01
    I. Printing Method 
    1. Direct thermal barcode label printer: it uses a thermal printhead that applies heat to the surface being marked; 
    2. Thermal transfer barcode label printer: except for using thermal printhead, it also uses a heated ribbon to produce durable, long-lasting images on a wide variety of materials.

    II. Consumables
    1. Direct thermal barcode label printer: thermal label paper;
    2. Thermal transfer barcode label printer: sticky label paper, PET, PVC and other label media, can also use thermal label paper.

    III. Durable Time of the Labels 
    1. Direct thermal barcode label printer: it can't be saved for a long time, usually six months (depends on the specific storage location , luminosity , temperature and other environmental conditions);
    2. Thermal transfer barcode label printer: it can be saved for a long time, usually above two years
    (depends on the quality of the label paper and ribbon).

    IV. Cost
    1. Direct thermal barcode label printer: low cost of the machine , also the consumbles are low;
    2. Thermal transfer barcode label printer: cost of the machine and consumables is higher than the cost of direct thermal machines.


    V. Application Area
    1. Direct thermal: supermarkets, clothing stores, logistics, retail and other businesses which have no higher request for barcode; 
    2. Thermal transfer: manufacturing, automotive industry, textile industry, telecommunications, food sector, electronics industry, chemical industry, pharmaceutical industry, medical industry, utilities, retail distribution, transportation and logistics, government agencies and other enterprises.