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Direct thermal labels

Direct thermal labels are a cost-effective type of label made using a thermal print head to selectively heat specific areas of coated, thermo-chromatic paper. The paper runs over the thermal print head then turns black where it’s heated, producing a desired image. Two-color direct thermal printing can create both red and black images by applying heat at two temperatures.

Direct thermal labels have long been used for meat, poultry and dairy products. Today, improvements in thermal papers and direct thermal printers have made the technology a better fit for more products in nearly any market. Common applications now include barcodes, coupons, GHS-compliant labels and event tickets.


Our direct thermal label capabilities

Lower costs

Print on continuous reels or sheets that are highly cost effective for creating simple labels in large quantities

Environmentally friendly

Use thermal transfer labels instead of thermal ribbons, which are made partially from crude oil products

Cleaner print runs

New, BPA-free and phenol-free thermal papers are available

Time saving

Thermal printing eliminates the need to monitor and reload ribbons

Fewer materials

No ink, toner or ribbon, only chemically treated, heat-sensitive materials

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