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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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Tim McClearan

Say goodbye to uline thermal transfer ribbons

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Better yourself by forgoing the bloated bs those top conglomerates own. It's hassle free to try with altro, money back guarantee. You'll be grateful.

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John Notion

Zebra ribbons

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Our organization was happy with this purchase. No slip in quality what so ever than those provided by zebra themselves.

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Ryan Holmes

Perfect for zebra printers

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These worked very well, no complaints!!!

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Austin Jeffries

Thermal Transfer Ribbons

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Love the way altro brands their commodities, it feels kinda fresh. The prices, service, and quality is on point so we recommend you at least give them a chance. thanks team ALTRO!

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Andrew Gorjas

Zebra Thermal Ribbon

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Great price. Great product. Great service. Give this new label company a shot, they are doing all the right things!