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Thermal Ribbons

Thermal Ribbons are made from polyester PET film and carbon layers that transfer ink to your label. They produce durable barcodes ideal for many on-demand applications and are compatible with Zebra, Datamax, Intermac, Sato printers and more. Browse now and filter by options below.

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Understanding Thermal Ribbons

Thermal Transfer Printing: Getting Started

What Do You Need To Know?

A. Material & Durability - there are three grades for your ribbons.

B. Coating Side - there are two ways and it depends on your printer.

A. Material & Durability:

1. Full Wax

The most common choice and versatile for any application. They’re ideal for a wide range of shorter term use such as shipping and retail labels with great print quality. These synthetic materials are work with both coated and uncoated paper stock.

2. Resin Enhanced Wax

More durable and they provide smudge resistance to moisture, scratching, abrasion, sunlight, and moderate temperature change. They’re ideal for medium term uses such as pharmaceutical, and archival labels. Use them with paper and film to get a clean start.

3. Full Resin

Wax resin ribbons offer the highest resistance to moisture, scratching, abrasion, sunlight, extreme temperature changes, water, chemicals, machinery, outdoors, and UV exposure. They’re ideal for long lasting/permanent in harsh environments uses such as medical, chemicals, textiles, automotive, and flexible packaging. Use them with film labels.

Black colored ribbons are the most common but you can find others if needed.

B. Coating Side:

Your ribbon coating side depends on your high speed thermal printer.

Coated Side Out - Zebra® Thermal Transfer printers use this.

Coated Side In - Datamax®, Intermec®, and SATA® printers use this.

Customer Reviews

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Willa Pham

Excellent B2B Company

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I'm the regional purchasing manager for a retail chain and we've now switched to Altro after the test purchase. Solid B2B operations these guys are known for. 5 stars.

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Rukhsar Lacey

Premium Ribbons at Value Cost. PERFECT!!!

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Great premium thermal ribbons for matte synthetics and film - passed the test.

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Leslie Valquez

Awesome custom labels brought me here!

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We've had some bad experiences with zebra compatible thermal ribbons in the past so we're always skeptical of new companies but the low prices here charmed us. We chose to buy since Altro Labels is well known and respected for their custom labels too - they're instagram page is awesome. CHEERS.

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Fatma baber

Ecommerce labels for shipping

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Shipping labels and thermal transfer ribbons might seem very standard but when your business relies on them the quality is key - but so is price. Our ecommerce company uses these and were happy to buy from a modern label company.

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Dania Squires

Office Supplies from Altro Labels

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Happy to buy our office supplies from Altro Labels. Free shipping to our offices in Vancouver was soild. SHOP LOCAL! Canadian made too!