Direct Thermal or Thermal Transfer Labels?
Direct Thermal No ribbon required Labels print only in black, unless they are preprinted with special thermo chromatic ink Labels have a shelf life of 1 year or less Labels not prone to sunlight or heat Labels not prone to friction or abuse
Thermal Transfer Requires a thermal transfer ribbon Labels can be printed in colors other than black Labels have a shelf-life of over 1 year Labels are subjected to heat or sunlight Labels are prone to abuse or surface friction
To help you decide, consider the following questions:
Will you ever need to print labels in colour?
Do the labels have a shelf-life of over 1 year?
Will you be printing high density bar codes taht require scanning?
Will the labels be subjected to heat or sunlight?
Will the labels be prone to abuse or surface friction?
Will you be printing on a variety of different substrates (i.e. papers, films and foils)?
If you answered 'yes' to any of the above questions then you should consider thermal transfer rather than direct thermal.
Which Adhesive Is Right For Me? Selecting an adhesive for labels seems like it should be as easy as just picking a label, but there are actually a number of factors that should be considered to ensure the correct adhesive for the long term.
All our labels are *FDA approved, this is especially important when using TPN and Oncology labels *(The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) examines, tests, and approves a wide range of items for medical use, including drugs and medical appliances. In the simplest terms, “FDA approval” means that the FDA has decided the benefits of the approved item outweigh the potential risks for the item's planned use).