Thermal Labels on Rolls for Thermal Printers.

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Material Code: DTU

Key Facts
  • Material: Uncoated Thermal Paper
  • Printer Compatibility: Thermal Printers or Thermal Transfer Printers (set to thermal mode)
  • Adhesive: Permanent
  • Waterproof: No
Product Information

Our thermal roll labels are designed for use with both direct thermal and thermal (transfer) printers operating in direct thermal mode. We supply one core size (25.4mm) with maximum roll sizes of 127mm or 203.2mm. These sizes were selected to ensure that we could provide compatible products for almost all thermal printers and we have produced a Compatibility List, which you can view here. This includes printers that are produced by Citizen, Datamax, Intermec, Sato, Toshiba Tec, TSC, and Zebra.

Each label is 102mm wide and available in one of five lengths commonly used for packaging labels. The rolls also have a perforation between each label, which allows them to be printed and applied one at a time, providing a highly effective way to print despatch labels or small batches of labels, which can be a problem when using A4 sheets of labels. Thermal roll products are despatched with five rolls per box with a minimum order quantity of two rolls per size.

Direct thermal printing uses special thermal papers, which are heat sensitive and turn black when heated. Thermal printers have a thermal printhead, which contains a series of heating elements (usually pins) that are heated selectively to cause the thermal paper beneath to react and turn black in selected places to form the image or text being printed. These labels do not require any ribbon or ink to be used when printing. As thermal labels are made with heat sensitive coatings, they remain sensitive to heat and do tend to fade eventually. This means that they tend to be used as short life labels, for short term tracking purposes in warehouses, distribution centres, and during transportation of goods. For example, they can be used to identify items in storage (during stock taking or picking), and to track items through a delivery process as they arrive at and are despatched from key checkpoints. Often, thermal labels are printed with barcodes, which can store information about the product and any relevant delivery or order information, and are scanned at each checkpoint that the item goes through (such as a scanner at a warehouse or distribution centre or a point of sale terminal in a shop or store) to identify the item and check or update its status. They are also used to add data and/or information to products and supplies; this includes adding pricing information, general product information, serial or batch numbers, or point of application data.

Common Uses
  • Barcode Labels – thermal printers have always been a popular way to print barcode labels. Barcodes can be used to hold all kinds of information such as identifying information about the item they are applied to (including product or item codes, product description etc), product information (including price information, item numbers, product specifications, manufacturer codes), and any relevant tracking information (such as a storage location, delivery information, order numbers etc).
  • Product Information Labels –fresh produce (such as fruit, vegetables, dairy products, eggs, meat, confectionary, bread etc) has a short life span and low cost. This means that they require a cost effective label that doesn’t need to provide the durability of a long life label; thermal labels are ideal for these requirements.
  • Point of Application Data Labels – in some applications labels need to be printed with unique data and applied immediately to the corresponding product. For example, products with serialised numbers, products with variable quantities such as weight (vital for food products including cheese and meat), items with time critical information that must be clearly identified on an item, or critical batch information (on, for example, medical supplies).
  • Shipping Labels – any item that is delivered to another location needs to be labelled. Shipping labels can be used to identify a product, to indicate its destination, to display important delivery and handling instructions, and to display relevant order information. Shipping labels are used by retailers of all sizes and are particularly popular with online retailers and traders. Many traders who sell through online retail sites such as Amazon and Ebay use small thermal printers to print shipping labels for the products they are selling.
  • Tracking Labels – tracking labels are used to track items (usually products) through a number of stages, from manufacture and initial storage, through delivery to warehouses or shops and stores, and on through delivery to a final user or customer. These labels are used to identify items at each stage, to ensure that the item is the correct item, that the item is in the correct place, that the item is despatched to the correct destination, and to track the item through a number of checkpoints to indicate its location and status (for example, that it has arrived at or has been despatched from a particular checkpoint).
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Sample Requests: click here to request samples of our thermal labels. Simply fill in the form with your contact details and the samples you would like to try. You can also use this form to request advice/further information about the labels you are interested in.

Compatibility Chart: click here to view our thermal labels compatibility chart and check if your thermal label printer is compatible with our labels.

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