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How to Choose the Right Thermal Printer

Printing | September 28 2021

If your operation requires a large quantity of barcode labels, it may be worth investing in a high-quality thermal printer. With so many options available, it can be difficult to determine which unit is right for your needs. From the thermal print method to the volume of labels required, there are many factors to consider when choosing a printer. As leading providers of quality labels and printer supplies, the team at West Coast Labels understands how important it is to choose the right equipment. That is why we have provided some information outlining how to choose the right thermal printer for your specific needs.

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4 Things to Consider When Choosing a Thermal Printer

To choose the best printer for your needs, be sure to consider the following:

1. Print Method

Thermal printers are available in two different configurations: direct thermal and thermal transfer. Direct thermal printers directly apply heat to a specially coated label to activate the ink and produce an image. Thermal transfer printers utilize heat to melt the coating of a transfer ribbon to produce a durable image in a wide range of colours. Direct thermal printers are great for barcode labels, but thermal transfer printers are often better for more detailed labels or environments with extreme heat or cold.

2. Quality and Resolution

Barcodes require a certain level of clarity to be scanned and read. When choosing a thermal printer, it is important to consider the print resolution. Most thermal printers offer print resolution between 203 dots per inch (dpi) and 600 dpi. Lower resolutions are suitable for larger labels, but small labels will require higher resolution to ensure that every detail can be scanned and read.

3. Print Volume

Some thermal printers are designed to handle a heavy print volume while others are best suited for small runs. If you are going to use a thermal barcode label printer for occasional, on-demand printing, print speed will not matter much. For operations that require a steady supply of labels, you will need to choose a thermal printer designed for heavy use and faster speed.

4. Label Size

All thermal printers are designed to handle different label sizes. A small printer will typically accommodate labels up to four inches wide. If you need a thermal barcode label printer that can produce wider labels, it will likely make more sense to choose a larger unit. Large thermal printers can usually take rolls or sheets of labels smaller than the maximum width, allowing you to print labels in various sizes.

To learn more about our selection of thermal printers and other label solutions, get in touch with the team at West Coast Labels. We can be reached through our online contact form and will work with you to determine the perfect solution for your needs.

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