Direct Thermal Labels
Direct Thermal label printers print without a ribbon. Direct thermal printers are known for their simple operation and typically have a clong shelf life. Unfortunately, they are not well suited for environments that expose them to heat, long periods of direct sunlight, or abrasion. Direct thermal printers use no ink, toner, or ribbon.
If a direct thermal label is overexposed to heat or light, the surface will darken and could make the text or barcode unreadable. Because of this, direct thermal printing is not used for long life identification applications. Direct label technology yields ample lifespan for barcode printing applications including shipping labels, patient and visitor identification, receipts, and ticket printing.