Direct Thermal & Thermal Transfer are two methods of label printing and knowing which one you need is important.
|Direct Thermal||Thermal Transfer|
|DESCRIPTION||A direct thermal printer prints information by directly heating the label.||A thermal transfer printer prints information by heating a ribbon, which transfers the ribbon material onto thermal transfer labels.|
|WHAT IS REQUIRED?||Direct Thermal Labels & Direct Thermal Printer||Thermal Transfer Labels, Thermal Ribbons, & Thermal Transfer Printer (Thermal Transfer Printers can also print Direct Thermal)|
|REQUIRES RIBBON TO PRINT||No||Yes|
|SHELF LIFE||1 - 3 Months||6 - 12 Months|
|ADDITIONAL NOTES||No ribbon means less cost for printing labels. It also frees up time since no ribbon change is necessary. For short term projects, Direct Thermal is the best choice.||For long term projects, Thermal Thermal is the best choice for its extreme durability.|
|BEST USES||Shipping Labels, Receipts, Parking Tickets, & Visitor Passes.||Product Labels, Laboratories, Freezers, & Inventory Labels.|