Working directly within an array of thermal ribbon environments for over 35 years.
Why buy ribbon from us?
Precision Peripherals Ltd are your ideal Thermal Transfer Ribbon supply partner. We not only work with the major manufacturers but are trusted partners, working directly within an array of thermal ribbon environments for over 35 years. If you need advice, then our team of experts will work with you to ensure that you choose the most suitable ribbons for your application and if you are an experienced buyer then you know that you will get a competitive price.
We provide inside and outside wound and near edge flat edge ribbons which are compatible with all the major manufactures including Zebra, Honeywell, Intermec, TSC, Cab, Toshiba, TEC, Datamax and Microplex.
As with all our products the ribbons purchased from Precision Peripherals Ltd are covered by our onsite guarantee.
Wax thermal transfer ribbon is coated with a wax-based ink. Being the most economical choice of thermal ribbons, they are ideal for basic, general uses such as shipping and retail labels. This material requires a lower melting temperature resulting in a lighter print. It’s less durable but also less expensive.
- Most common type material
- Recommended for coated and uncoated paper stock
- Softer image durability
- Good for shipping, retail, and warehouse labels
- Ideal for short-term use
WAX – RESIN
Coated with a combination of wax and resin, Wax-resin thermal transfer ribbons are more durable than the full wax. They create sharp and clear images on a wide range of media types, whilst also providing excellent resistance to scratching, moisture and abrasion. They are the perfect choice for printing labels that will be exposed to extreme conditions such as industrial refrigerators and freezers, as well as for applications that involve heavy or frequent handling.
- Ideal for both standard and weatherproof labels
- Resistant to occasional heavy handling, moisture, and temperature changes
- Intermediate cost bracket
- Good for barcode, shipping, pharmaceutical and shelf labels
- Ideal for medium-term/standard use
Full resin ribbon is coated with a resin-based ink and made of pure resin. They dissolve into the printed on material and melt at a much higher temperature, which results in extreme durability. Determining if your project or requirement necessitates their durability is vital, as full resin ribbons can have overkill and in certain cases the more economical materials are more suitable for what you require.
- Most expensive
- Non-paper use, use on synthetic stocks
- Most durable
- Used for medical, chemicals, textiles, automotive and flexible packaging
- Ideal for long-term/permanent use
- Best to endure extreme environments and exposure
Coated side out ribbons have the ink coating facing outwards. The ink is on the outside of the ribbon roll and that it unrolls from the bottom before making contact with the printhead and label.
Coated side in ribbons have the ink facing inwards. The ink is on the inside of the ribbon roll and that it unrolls from the top before making contact with the print-head and label.
Label width. Being conscious of ribbon waste and picking the ribbon width closest to that of your most commonly used label, will save you money through unused ink wastage.
Ribbon length. Typically, ribbons with a shorter length are intended for desktop printers with the longer lengths intended for industrial use.
Core size. Small printers tend not to have much space to accommodate large ribbon cores. A 1 inch core is usually standard, smaller printers use a 0.5 inch core.
Are your label sizes fit for purpose? We also specialise in providing labels. So why not see if we can make you more efficient or save you money.