Choose from a large selection of branded wax and resin thermal transfer ribbons for Zebra, TSC, SATO, Citizen, Honeywell, Datamax, Printronix, and many others.
Barcode Ribbons - Choose from wax, wax/resin, or resin formulations to meet the durability requirements of your application when paired with our thermal transfer materials.
All popular widths and quality are in stock and ready to ship, with hundreds of additional widths available by special order.
Barcode ribbons or Thermal transfer ribbons, come in many ink formulations. Choosing the wrong one can result in useless labels. Print quality can be poor, the ink can smear or fade, and choosing the wrong ribbon can reduce the speed of the printers & damage the printhead.
The proper barcode ribbons formulation depends on the material being printing on. If you would like help choosing a label material, please email us on [email protected] or check out the different labels offered by us HERE.
There are three types of ribbon ink: Wax Ribbons, Wax/Resin blend Ribbons, and Resin Ribbons.
Wax ribbons have a high percentage of wax based substance in the colorant. Most wax ribbons are made with a single colorant layer. Since waxes have lower melting points than resin substances, printing can be done at lower heat settings or energy levels. As waxes are softer image durability is less against smudge, scratch, chemical and environmental resistance.
Wax ribbons can be used for general purpose labeling, shipping labels, address labels, garment tags, price tickets, warehouse applications, compliance label printing, including shelf and bin labels, retail tag and label applications.
WAX RESIN RIBBONS
Wax / Resin ribbons are a combination of wax and resin based colorant substances in which resin substances hold a greater percentage. Wax / Resin ribbons are made of two or more layers. Resin substances have a higher melting point thus increasing the melting point of the ribbon. Printing with Wax / Resin ribbons takes place at a higher heat or energy setting then wax ribbons. As resins are harder then waxes image durability ,chemical resistance and abrasion smudge scratch resistance is more than that of wax based ribbons.
Wax / Resin ribbons can be used for all purposes where wax ribbons are used but where there is a chance of abrasion or scratch due to contact. These ribbons are better suited for healthcare & other such applications
Resin Ribbons contain the highest percentage of resin materials. Most Resin ribbons are made up of two or more layers. Printing with resin ribbons is done at high energy levels or heat settings as resins have a high melting point. Low print speeds can be achieved due to the high energy levels required for printing. But the resultant printing images bear a very high resistance to chemicals, heat, abrasion resistance and other environmental conditions.
Resin Ribbons are best suited for use with textile apparel or garment labels like (taffeta / satin), high gloss coated materials like polyesters, polyolefins, destructible vinyl, warranty void labels, labels which are to be exposed to harsh environments like chemical drum labels, medical and pharmaceutical labeling, as well as industrial and automotive applications.