So you haven’t really decided what kind of label printer you could use. Don’t worry. We’ve prepared quick information about these two types of labels rewinders to help you decide just the one that suits you and your business better.

The first thing you should do is define which type of label printer is more convenient: a direct thermal or a thermal transfer type.

In order for you to make that decision you should understand all the qualities both of the label printers have and the differences between them.

  • About the description:

The main difference between them both is that the label printer with direct thermal works by heating a label to print barcodes and text while the thermal transfer printer heats wax and transfer the wax onto thermal transfer labels to print barcodes and text.

  • About the supplies:

The direct thermal label printer consists in a: Direct thermal printer, the direct thermal labels and the label printing software, while the other one’s got a thermal transfer printer, thermal transfer labels, wax ribbons and a label printing software.

  • About the Life Span:

The direct one (1) has from one to three (3) months before direct thermal labels start to fade depending on the place where it’s placed, while the thermal transfer one has from six (6) to twelve (12) months.

  • About the Uses:
    1. The suggested uses for the direct thermal label are:
      1. Shipping Labels.
      2. High Turnover Product Labels.
    2. The suggested uses for the thermal transfer label are:
      1. Product Labels.
      2. Laboratory Labels.
  • Hospital Labels.
  1. High/Low Temperature Labels.

It is depending on the way it works, the supplies, the time is lasts and use one can decide whether a direct thermal label printer is better or worse than a thermal transfer label printer.

Difference between direct thermal or thermal transfer label printers.

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