Direct thermal printing provides many advantages for companies. One of the most important advantages of direct thermal printers is that they allow companies print on demand. The printers are also typically smaller, lighter and consume much less power than your standard printer. Direct thermal printing also helps companies eliminate ink usage and requires little maintenance.
So how does a printer work without ink you may ask? Well, direct thermal printers use a thermal print head and chemically treated labels or paper. The printer sends a current of electricity to the thermal print head, which generates heat in specific areas on the print head. The heat then activates the heat-sensitive dye in the paper or labels, which changes colors when heated and gives you your imprint. This means that there is no need for ink, toner or ribbons!
Direct thermal labels, paper, and printers are typically used in retail locations. Some examples that you may encounter in your everyday life are gas station pumps, voucher printers in slot machines, at the movie theaters for movie tickets, and at shipping desks everywhere.
Although there are many advantages to direct thermal printing, the one disadvantage is that the imprints are not suited for long-term use. The dye in the paper is highly sensitive to light, heat and heavy contact, which inevitably leads to fading over time. Fortunately Nev's Ink is able to provide you with a quick turn around time on your direct thermal labels, so when the imprint fades you can promptly reorder without worry! And if you are interested in a long-lasting thermal print option, please check out our Thermal Transfer labels!
Contact us today and we can help you build your perfect direct thermal label solution.