Thermal Printers and Supplies

Labels can be printed “in-house” using different print technologies. One of the most popular methods is called thermal transfer printing which uses materials that has a thermal transfer coating and is to be printed with thermal transfer printer ribbons of various formulas.  This technology requires heat to transfer a printed image, unlike other printing methods such as laser toner or ink jet process.  Thermal Transfer printers may also print via Direct Thermal which does not require a thermal transfer ribbon. Direct thermal printer uses a special coating on the label or tag material that changes to black when in contact with the heated thermal print head.  One printer may be able to do either Thermal Transfer or Direct Thermal through changes made in the software and/or on the printers settings.

With the popularity of variable printing and the need for durable labels, the number of thermal printer manufacturers have grown as have the number of printer models. They range from small desktop units to heavy-duty industrial systems. Fortunately, the mechanisms that drive the printing media are somewhat consistent in the use of the thermal print head. Thermal Transfer does require a printing ribbon wound on a core, either 1/2″ or 1″ inner diameter.  To make their printers more unique, some manufacturers deliberately designed their printers to use unique cores. Some require extra take-up cores, while others have special notches to lock the cores onto the printers correctly. Ribbons are usually wound on cardboard cores, but plastic cores are also available which are usually needed in clean room environments. Some printers require specific leader strips to feed into the printer while others have special trailers at the end of a roll to alert the printer’s sensors that you are about to run out of ribbon. Some ribbons are wound coated side out while some are wound coated side in and must be properly fed through a printer to get an image. The choices can be confusing and overwhelming!

Let Eagle Wright help you with choosing the correct printer and supplies, we have a wide variety of paper and film label materials, thermal ribbons, and Printers available.

  • Fabric Care Ribbons

    Fabric Care Ribbons (16)

    Fabric Care Thermal Ribbons are a resin ribbon that is designed to print on coated fabric materials and are able to withstand laundering, steam pressing and dry cleaning. Eagle Wright offers a variety of thermal transfer ribbons to meet your application requirements. We provide inks from different manufacturers so we have the widest formula selection of Wax, Wax/Resin, and Resin Ribbons to meet the needs of printing your materials. Thermal Transfer Ribbons are available in black as well as a selection of colors. Use the tool bar on the side to narrow your search. There are hundreds of different sku's available, if you do not see the size, type of ink, or color, please call, 800-875-6411.
  • Fabric Label Printing Systems

    Fabric Label Printing Systems (8)

  • Printable Fabric Care Labels

    Printable Fabric Care Labels (16)

    Eagle Wright offers care label thermal printers, fabric material and printing supplies.  Care instructions and care labels are an important part of completing your product. Care and content labels are required by law in some cases and are an integral part of your product because they provide your consumers with at least one safe method of care.  They can also contain information such as size, fiber content, and information about where your product was made.  
  • Stock Labels & Tags

    Stock Labels & Tags (78)

    Use the tool bar on the side to narrow down your search. If you do not see what you are looking for, we have hundreds of stock items.  Please send a request with the label information to csc@eaglewright.com or call 1-800-875-6411.  Generally, all stock labels have Permanent Acrylic Adhesives, and all roll labels are wound out and on 3” Cores, unless otherwise specified. Paper Labels:  Premium coated bright white matte finish paper, provides smudge resistant face for excellent print quality.  Paper Tags:  7 mil standard thickness, premium coated ultra smooth bright white matted finish paper tag stock, provides smudge resistant face for excellent print quality. Other thicknesses available. Flood Coated Paper Labels:  Face tinted, premium coated matte finish paper, provides smudge resistant face for excellent print quality.  Fan Folded Paper Labels:  Premium coated bright white matte finish paper, provides smudge resistant face for excellent print quality.

    Synthetic Labels:  Polypropylene film in Matte white providing good strength and durability. Good moisture and chemical resistance. Stronger than paper but less strength than kimdura® Kimdura® Labels or BOPP:  White Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene, recommended for high degree of durability.  Withstands a wide range of environmental conditions including water, oil, dirt, alcohol and blood. Polyester Labels:  Glossy white 2 mil Polyester, for toughest indoor and outdoor applications, including circuit boards.   Excellent resistance to Oil, dirt, alcohol, blood and water, UL recognized.  

  • Thermal Printers

    Thermal Printers (188)

    Direct Thermal, Thermal Transfer, Portable, Industrial & More Eagle Wright has barcode printers for every business size and print volume. Whether you're printing asset labels  from your desk or in the warehouse making shipping labels, we have a printer that meets your needs and budget.  While we feature the Cab printers, others brands are available for different applications or as a replacements to your current model.  
  • Thermal Printheads

    Thermal Printheads (156)

    Near-Edge & Other Common Printer Thermal Transfer Printheads

    Readily Available, Economically Priced, Compatible Printheads

    Printheads made in the USA with a hard protective coating that extends the abrasive life of our printheads up to four times longer than other Printheads.

    Eagle Wright can provide OEM Brand Datamax, Intermec, Monarch 9800, Printronix, Sato, Tec and Zebra Printheads with OEM Warranty.  The only OEM Printheads available to order via website are CAB and some Zebra.   Please use our General Contact Form or email csc@eaglewright.com for your price.

    Use the tool bar to narrow your search.

  • Thermal Transfer Ribbons

    Thermal Transfer Ribbons (104)

    Eagle Wright offers a variety of thermal transfer ribbons to meet your application requirements. We provide ribbon inks from different manufacturers so we have the widest formula selection of Wax, Wax/Resin, and Resin Ribbons to meet the needs of printing your materials.  Thermal Transfer Ribbons are available in black as well as a selection of colors. Use the tool bar on the side to narrow your search.

    There are hundreds of different sku's available, if you do not see the size, type of ink, or color,

    please call, 800-875-6411.

    Thermal Transfer Ribbon Comparison There are three types of ribbon ink: wax, wax/resin, and resin. Wax Different types of hard and soft waxes are used in wax ribbons. They are generally used for short term applications where the image is not required to stand up to repeated scratching, contact with chemicals, or high temperatures. Wax ribbons can be printed on a wide range of label stocks, but the most common and economical match is coated paper. Typical applications include compliance labeling, and shipping labels. Wax/Resin Waxes and resins are mixed together to produce ribbons that show improved scratch and smear resistance, as well as improved solvent and heat resistance over wax ribbons. Wax/resin ribbons can be printed on a wide range of label stocks, but are particularly good matches for coated papers and coated synthetics such as Kimdura®. Typical applications include bin location labels, and labeling for horticultural and health care applications. Resin Resin ribbons offer the highest degree of scratch resistance. They are also resistant to a wide range of solvents and can be used in applications in which very high temperatures are encountered. Resin ribbons are designed to adhere to pre-treated polyester, polyimide, polypropylene, and polyethylene labels. Typical applications include agency recognized labeling, circuit board labeling, and labeling of chemical drums.