What is a thermal label?

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What is thermal label?

A thermal label is a type of label that is printed using thermal transfer or direct thermal printing technology. These labels are commonly used for shipping, product labelling, and other applications requiring durable and reliable labels.

Thermal labels are made from thermal paper or synthetic material with a heat-sensitive surface coating. When the label is passed through a thermal printer, the printer heats the coating, causing it to darken and create the image or text on the label.

There are two types of thermal labels: direct thermal and thermal transfer. Direct thermal labels are printed directly onto the label material using heat, while thermal transfer labels require a ribbon to transfer the ink onto the label material.

Thermal labels are known for their durability and resistance to fading, smudging, and tearing. Many businesses also prefer them for their high-speed printing capabilities, which can help to increase productivity and efficiency in labelling and shipping operations.

How long do thermal labels last?

The lifespan of thermal labels depends on various factors, such as the quality of the label material, storage conditions, and exposure to heat, light, and other environmental factors.

In general, thermal labels can last several years if stored properly and not exposed to harsh conditions. However, the specific lifespan of a thermal label can vary depending on the type of label and its intended use.

For example, direct thermal labels, which are heat-sensitive and do not require a ribbon, typically have a shorter lifespan than thermal transfer labels, which use a ribbon and are more durable. Direct thermal labels can last up to a year or two if stored in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and heat sources. Thermal transfer labels can last for several years if stored under similar conditions.

It’s important to note that the lifespan of a thermal label can also be affected by the quality of the printer, as well as the printing process and settings used. To ensure the longest possible lifespan for your thermal labels, following the manufacturer’s recommendations for storage, handling, and printing is best.