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Thermal transfer ribbon doubles printhead life

Thermal transfer ribbon doubles printhead life

July 6, 2017

Caption: Label MI Ribbon’s back coating delivers a smoother ride for printheads and a smoother surface for content to be printed on decreasing cost and improving quality.

An innovative back coating that minimises the friction and drag between a thermal transfer ribbon and the printhead can double the life of printheads, compared to non-coated base layers.

The base layer coating on Markem-Imaje’s Label MI Ribbon also reduces the build-up of electrostatic which can damage a printhead and other printer components and avoids dust from labels, and the wider printing environment, from migrating onto the ribbon. This leads to higher print quality for a longer period of time as spotting and streaking become less likely.

The base layer in a print and apply (P&A) ribbon is a key component of ribbon structure and is typically seven times thinner than a human hair. It must resist heat while being thermally conductive.  These factors create significant manufacturing challenges. Poor quality base layers with inconsistent thickness and insufficient conductivity result in poor print performance, increased head cleaning and excessive printhead wear. They are also more susceptible to ribbon wrinkle resulting in poor code quality. 

This not only has cost implications in the printing process itself but also in terms of reprints which may be required to ensure labelling meets ever more stringent barcode requirements such as the increasingly mandated GS1-128 specification. 

The three types of thermal transfer ribbons in the Markem-Imaje Label MI range address basic to complex P&A applications. Each of the various ribbon types offers a high print finish and variations on heat tolerance, barcode quality, rub resistance, material versatility and speed versus energy performance.

  • The Premium selection is for use on all kinds of self-adhesive materials including coated and glossy papers and synthetics which require particularly high levels of rub or solvent resistance. Typically used in applications such as shipping and inventory, pharmaceutical and outdoor settings.
  • The Performance range provides ribbons for top-end print performance on high quality, coated and standard papers, ensuring durable codes and full barcode compliance. Common applications are cosmetics, healthcare and electronics.
  • The Prime choice is designed for entry level applications printing on coated or uncoated papers and targets existing print and apply labelers and desktop printers looking for a cost-effective way to ensure reliable code quality.

“Regardless of your choice of thermal transfer ribbon, you can rest assured that you get the best quality code, more production uptime, optimised cost and first class global support from Markem-Imaje,” says Mike Kirk, Product Marketing Manager at Markem-Imaje. “We seek to offer the right solution at the right price for any kind of customer.”

 

Categories : Products and Technology

Tags : Label Printhead Printing

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