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WHAT THERMAL PRINTERS DO

WHAT THERMAL PRINTERS DO

Things have evolved a great deal, and all thanks to science, we don't have to climb great heights to get things printed. Engaging thermal printers, especially from Paperang have been a source of relief to many users; however, some folks don't even know what thermal printers do, and what they are!

This article will intimate you on a step by step process, into the functionality of Paperang thermal printers and what it does, and how you can maximize benefits to a lot of advantages for yourself!

Let's get started.   

THERMAL PRINTERS- WHAT THEY ARE.

Thermal printers are one big move in the world of printing. Although it has been around since the 1940s, it has been around since then evolving and getting upgraded. It essentially engages technological innovations for quicker printing. Commonly known as TT or DT, thermal printing entails the use of a heated print head which in turn activates a heat-sensitive direct thermal material to achieve the desired image, mostly in black.

Although digital printing is known to have recently come in clean to establish a presence in the world of printing, thermal printing still establishes and sticks to its strong presence. Thermal printers have become an indispensable tool for many workers in the warehouse factory, industrial facilities who require some form of bar code production and printing for business purposes.

 We don't have to look too far to relate to the products from thermal printing because Paperang has got you covered. Most movie tickets are generated through the thermal printing process, receipts form shopping malls are also a great example of thermal printing. Lottery tickets and labels from your favorite grocery store are also great examples of items generated through thermal printing.


THERMAL PRINTERS- HOW THEY WORK

Thermal printers functionally operate with personal computers and laptop for a great print out. However, the computer has to have a label design software application for effective communication between it and the thermal printer.  This design software also gives room for a wide range of activities such as 

  • Font revision
  • Sequential numbering 
  • Barcode crafting
  • Typeset copying
  • Black and white image inclusion.

This labeling software also mostly comes with a specifically defined area for the inclusion for numbers as well as a product name on items. Most times, the printed labels are not just produced like that, they undergo some form of scrutiny through a thermal transfer printer for specifications to be generated and uniquely crafted.


But this is not all there is to thermal printing.  There are two main methods of thermal printing, which are:

  • Thermal transfer printing
  • Direct thermal printing.

Since we have established that thermal printing utilizes heat to imprint images unto materials and items, in thermal transfer printing, the images imprinted are created through the melting of a coating that comes with generated heat. When the coating melts, the image(s) becomes glued to the target material and a high-quality image is produced. It has been established that thermal transfer printing is the most ideal type of thermal printing method for environments which often require variety in their printing processes. 

Due to the effectiveness and high-quality imaging generated from thermal transfer printing, and its ability to produce mouth-watering images on paper, polyester, wall sign tag and pretty much anything; it is recommended for use by large industrial companies, malls lottery factories and others. It can also be used to perform a wide variety of functions which range from instructive label print to certification labels and instruments identification.

A ribbon is utilized by this printing process to generate the desired images. So when determining the type of material to switch to for your label productions and other essentials in business, with thermal transfer printing, you just have to make sure that your chosen material is compatible with the ribbon of your thermal printer. The compatibility of both materials ensures the longevity of the print generated and its durability against harsh environmental conditions as well.

One advantage of being enjoyed by thermal transfer printers is the print capabilities in addition to its affordability and effectiveness. It is an easy way to cater to printing needs in your company and serve your customers. It is a better alternative than digital label printing. However, depending on the quality of the print head, the quality of the image produced might be affected. The printing speed could also be limited thereby serving as a form of restriction printing needed to be done in large quantities.


Direct thermal printing

The difference between direct thermal printers and transfer thermal printers lie in the media applied to the thermal print head. For this type of thermal printers, chemically treated, heat-sensitive media is the right fit. Due to the absence of ribbons, direct thermal printers are easy to operate than the transfer thermal types but the results which they generate vary. 

The durability and readability of this printing vary a great deal when compared to transfer thermal printing. When exposed to heat and light over time, the printing might turn darker and become less readable as time passes. As a result of this, it is usually utilized by cinema houses for ticket printing, shopping malls for printing receipts, companies that deal with shipping labels and barcode application.

Depending on the descriptions and services your business renders, opting for a direct thermal printer will best fit the descriptions given above.

At Paperang, we also have for you, suitable papers and stickers to print your photos, texts and many awesome things which you desire. Interestingly, with our thermal printers, you don't need to go through any form of hassle to get what you desire. With just a click from your phone, tablet or Bluetooth connections, you would be able to feed your eyes with pretty printed images and texts in no time.