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.
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Thermal Transfer Ribbon Comparison
There are three types of ribbon ink: wax, wax/resin, and resin.
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.
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 ribbons offer the highest degree of scratch resistance. Resin ribbons are needed where harsh chemicals and extreme temperatures are present. Resin ribbons are designed to adhere to pre-treated polyester, polyimide, polypropylene, and polyethylene labels. Typical applications include appliance labeling, circuit board labeling, and labeling of chemical drums. If you need UL/cUL approved labeling you need to use resin thermal ribbons with an approved label face stock.