|Thermal Transfer Printing
The components of thermal transfer printing are a thermal transfer print
head and a thermal transfer ribbon with either resin or resin wax
The print head is a semi-conductor in which a miniature row of printing
elements is encapsulated within a ceramic coating. The print line (the
area of the print head that is used to create the print) has between 203
and 300 individual imprinting "elements"
per inch. Each element is turned on and off in rapid succession and in
turn melts ink from a thermal transfer ribbon, transferring
it to the surface of labels, tags, and paper which is typically delivered
from 8" diameter rolls.
The components of thermal
printing are virtually the same as thermal transfer printing with a single
exception. The print head is in direct contact with a heat sensitive
coating on the face of labels, card, tag, and paper stock which turn black
when heated by the print head elements.
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