Thermal printing uses a special paper that turns black when heat is applied to it. Therefore, no ink ribbon is needed. Please note that the paper gradually changes its colour over time, especially when exposed to sun and heat. As a consequence, printed texts may fade out and become no longer legible after some time.
Thermal transfer printing uses an ink ribbon to print on the labels. Heat will be applied to the ink ribbon and as a consequence, the ink will be transferred to the label surface. Thermal transfer printers can also print very small fonts with brilliant resolution. The printouts are water and scratch resistent.
Our printers can print either way. If you need further information, we will be happy to provide you with more details.