Direct Thermal & Thermal Transfer are two methods of label printing and knowing which one you need is important.

 Direct ThermalThermal Transfer
DESCRIPTIONA 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 PrinterThermal Transfer Labels, Thermal Ribbons, & Thermal Transfer Printer (Thermal Transfer Printers can also print Direct Thermal)
REQUIRES RIBBON TO PRINTNoYes
HEAT RESISTANTNoYes
FRICTION RESISTANTNoYes
FREEZER RESISTANTNoYes
CHEMICAL RESISTANTNoYes
SCRATCH RESISTANTNoYes
SMUDGE RESISTANTNoYes
SHELF LIFE1 - 3 Months6 - 12 Months
ADDITIONAL NOTESNo 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 USESShipping Labels, Receipts, Parking Tickets, & Visitor Passes.Product Labels, Laboratories, Freezers, & Inventory Labels.

Find out all the Direct Thermal and Thermal Transfer labels we offer here. Printers can be found here.