Ribbon (thermal transfer tape)

It is material for the thermal transfer press which allows to receive the qualitative image with necessary characteristics, such as resistance to attrition, brightness, resistance to mechanical influences and hostile environment at the smallest expenses, also these properties have to will remain throughout the entire period of use of marking elements. It is necessary to select tt ribbon depending on necessary characteristics of the image. You can buy from us tt ribbons all the types presented in the sphere of the thermal transfer press. Generally ribbons to be divided by structure of the painting layer.

Main types of a ribbon (thermal transfer tape) is:


Ribbon on the basis of wax. This type of a ribbon is ideal for the press on paper labels and labels. It is necessary to carry the low temperature of the press to pluses of this ribbon (respectively longer service life of the thermal transfer equipment), the high speed of the press, high quality the image and the low price of this tape. But it wasn’t also without minuses from which main thing the low resistance to attrition and external influences in comparison with other types of a ribbon shows that reduces the sphere of its application.


Ribbon on the basis of pitch mix with wax has incorporated all advantages as WAX of a ribbon and a ribbon on the basis of pitch and became a universal ribbon. It is applied there where it is necessary big resistance to attrition but there is no need for big resistance to mechanical influences. The main pluses is the best quality at the press on synthetic materials, the increased resistance to attrition, high speed of the press and average cost.


Ribbon the main component is pitch. Best of all is suitable for the press on synthetic materials (on the basis of polyethylene, polypropylene, polyester). The image printed with this material or the text have good stability to mechanical to influences and influence of hostile environment (chemistry). Data the tape type well resembles for the press on textile labels which have to maintain repeated cycles of washing, processing steam and hot surfaces. Only with his help it is possible to apply the image to a sewn in label and it will remain qualitative for many years.

Table of basic parameters of ribbons (color ribbons, thermal transfer ribbons)

Ribbon Characteristics
Resistance to abrasion price
WAX *** * *** * *
WAX/RESIN ** ** ** ** **
RESIN *** *** * *** ***

Table of comparative characteristics of ribbon printing (ink ribbon, thermal transfer ribbon) on various materials

Ribbon Materials
Paper materials Synthetic materials Textile
matt semigloss glossy polyethylene polypropylene polyester
WAX + +
WAX/RESIN + + + +
RESIN + + + +

Upon purchase of a ribbon from us you can consult on is necessary for you to types and parameters of a ribbon. Of them are main:

  • Winding type:
  • IN (painting a layer is on internal to the party of a tape)
  • IN (painting a layer is on internal to the party of a tape)


  • Diameters of the plug and thickness of winding:
    • printers of initial level the plug with a diameter of 0,5 inches is usually used, and it is long windings you make from 74 to 110 meters.
    • for more expensive solutions and industrial printers the standard is the plug with a diameter of 1 inch, and is long windings makes 300 m, 360 m, 450 m, 600 m.
  • The technology of the thermal transfer press applied in printers of various producers:
    • — FLAT HEAD — technology of the press when using a flat thermal head, at this type of the press a heating element adjoins to a thermal transfer tape on a piece of 10-20 mm. This technology is applied in all Datamax printers and in some models Zebra, Proton, Toshiba.
    • — Near Edge – the technology of the thermal press which uses an angular thermal head it allows to lower a piece contact of a head with a tape to 1-5 mm. This technology is applied in some printers of Toshiba of TEC, SATO, Avery Denisson.


You remember that the correct selection of a ribbon will allow you to achieve the desirable quality of the press at minimum price and will allow to lower your costs of operation of the thermal transfer equipment (replacement and cleaning of the printing heads and other parts of the printer).