Thermal Ribbon

We hold a small amount of black thermal printer ribbons of various grades and sizes in stock to save you effort and time. Printer ribbons come in a range of sizes, grades and lengths which suit a variety of materials and various label printers. If you’re not sure on what you need, we can ask some basic questions and we will happily find out for you.

Here’s some grade information:

Wax is the most economical ribbon, mainly printing on matte paper and using low printer energy. As the wax ribbon is made with one layer of colourant and has a lower melting point they can be used as a general purpose type of printing ribbon. Due to the ribbon being much softer than the other grades the trade off is that the images printed using this ribbon are less durable against smudging, abrasion and chemicals.Typical uses are for printing short term shipping labels, address labels, price labels where the printed label will not need to be long lasting.

Wax Resin is known as premium, this gives a smudge and scratch free resistance to your labels. It works at medium print energy. This can be used on semi-high gloss paper and some plastics and vinyls. Compared to general wax ribbon it is much more durable even against chemicals. This is used when reliable high-quality prints are required. Typical uses for printing higher definition labels.

Resin is designed for printing onto synthetic materials, it works at a high print energy and gives a high scratch heat and chemical resistance. As the Resin ribbon is made up of two or more layers it gives the most durable print and typical uses are for printing Chemical labels, Medical and Pharmaceutical Labels along with being used in the Automotive Sector.

Coloured ribbons are available on request and our team are on hand to give you the most cost-effective prices. Simply drop us an email via our contact form or call 01384 264700.