- Does not require a ribbon to print
- Sensitive to heat
- Can be printed on by a direct thermal label printer
- Estimate shelf life 2 years
- Storage Temperature: – 20ºC / +70ºC
- Minimum Application Temperature: -5ºC
Thermal labels are heat sensitive labels that do not require a ribbon when printing with a barcode label printer. It has good short-term resistance against moisture, fat, oil, alcohol etc.
The Special Nature of the thermosensitive coating requires that minimum heat should be used unless directly printing on the label. Thermal labels have excellent tack and adhesion performance on a wide range of substrates including a polar, cardboard, plastic films and slightly rough and curved surfaces.
Thermal – direct thermal label stock will change colour (usually black) when heated. A heating element in the shape of numbers or letters can be used to create an image on the label. Custom labels can easily be made on location in this way. A disadvantage is a durability, because another heat source can ruin or obscure the image, or it may fade completely over time.
The typical life span of the Direct Thermal Label is around 2 years (depending on the application or environmental conditions) is a limitation, however, in the right application, it can be a cost-effective solution as in most cases.
Direct Thermal Only printer models are available at a better price than thermal transfer printers and no ribbon is required to print on the thermal label material type.