So, you just bought your first thermal transfer printer and now you have to find the perfect label for your print app.
Thermal printers are ideal for printing shipping labels, warehouse shelf labels, barcode labels, asset labels, and product identification labels.
Choosing the right label material is probably one of the most important decisions you make.
If you are printing a shipping label or barcode identification label for retail, the shelf life of the label will not be that long.
A simple combination of thermal transfer labels and wax bands works well and can even be heated directly.
Keep in mind that the direct hot label is sensitive to heat and will fade and black over time.
Direct heating tends to be more expensive than thermal transfer labels, but you don't have to replace the ribbon or consider the cost.
Maybe you need to print the location or shelf label for your warehouse or the shipping label on the product outside.
Now, you are faced with the dilemma of finding a low-cost label material that will bring you the anti-smearing and waterproof properties of the barcode.
Polyester labels can be very expensive and overused for this app.
Consider using poly-blend materials such as polyethylene, polyethylene fen or Kimdura label stock.
These materials are more expensive than paper, but will not bankrupt your application.
Polyester labels are ideal for exposure to chemicals and high temperatures.
They are also perfect for accommodating these elements.
Many asset labels are printed in polyester because you want them to exist in the life cycle of the product.
If you still need more durability, consider the anode alumina label or label for the application.
The images are pre-printed on these materials and baked into materials.
You will pay a lot of money for these things, but if it can last forever, then the investment is worth it.