Friday, 11 May 2018

Comparing Direct Current Transfer To Thermal Transfer Ribbons

By Robert Cole

The main difference between the two is that thermal transfer ribbons as the name suggests use ribbons while direct thermal transfer does not use any conductor to transfer. The thermal transmission involves the current print head elements melting the back part of the ribbon and transferring the front side to the label material and thus creating a print image.

As you go into the market for the product, you will have to have done your research. Learn everything you can about it so that you do not incur unexpected problems in the future. In the case of these thermal printers, the direct one faces the risk of a lot of wear and tear and may need constant maintenance. The thermal transfer, however, has a protective back-coat thus lasting longer.

With the direct current transmission, it is not the same. The dust and debris that may be present in the labels are in direct contact with the print head. In the process of being pulled across the print head, they may burn or physically damage the elements. In the long run, you will have printed out poor quality or premature print head failure.

You can choose to use current transmission or direct current transmission depending on which you are most comfortable with. There are machines made separately for both processes while there are those that are combined and can carry out both. The purely direct current transmission printer is cheaper as it does not have as many mechanics as the other two.

There are both coated and uncoated direct thermal printers. Many people assume that the coated ones are of the best quality and therefore consider only this factor when purchasing the machine. They forget that there are some inferior brands that also have coated printers. In the long-run, they end up spending a lot more on repairs than they would have on an original high-quality printer.

All these labels have various specifications. Each model of the different printers is different. They have different speeds and use different amounts of heat. The best thing is to avoid a lot of heat and go for maximum speed. A lot of heat may cause damage to the readability of the material. A bar code on a product may be undetectable therefore buying the product is harder.

Before settling for one of the print methods, consider their life. This means the amount of time they are good for. You should be keen on the amount of time your product is likely to last in the market. If it will be there for a while, you should consider the current transfer techniques. It can withstand even the harsh weather conditions. Therefore, there is no risk of the consumers being unable to read the contents.

You may be thinking of going to current transfer printers. Surprisingly, they are a danger to the environment compared to the direct printers. The current printers have a lot of machinery thus using a lot of chemicals. The direct printer does not have the ribbon changing process and is even easier to operate.

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