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What is the difference between Direct Thermal and Thermal Transfer?

Direct Thermal
Direct thermal is chemically treated, heat-sensitive paper that blackens when it passes under the thermal print head and does not require a ribbon. The print head together with heat produces a durable image on the paper. Direct thermal printers have no ink, toner, or ribbon.

Thermal Transfer

In thermal transfer printing, a thermal print head applies heat to a ribbon, which melts ink onto the material to form the image. The ink is absorbed so that the image becomes part of the media. This technique provides image quality and durability that is unmatched by other on-demand printing technologies.

What is a Die-Cut label?

Labels which have a gap or space (normally 1/16" or 1/8" or the equivalent 0.2cm or 0.3cm respectively). There are many die shapes available in square corner, round corner, circle, rectangle and other special shapes.

What is a Butt Cut label?

Labels separated by a single cross-direction cut to the liner. No matrix area exists between labels. Butt cut labels are not suitable for automatic dispensing.

Is the label applied by Machine, Hand, or Customer Imprinted?

Determine whether the label is being machine applied, hand applied, or customer Imprinted.

If machine applied or imprinted:

• Determine the width and length of the label on the roll
• Are labels rewound outside or inside?
• What is the core size? (3" is our standard)
• What is the maximum diameter size of a roll?
• Are missing labels permitted?

What are the different finishing formats?

There are generally 3 types of finishing formats: Roll form, Sheeted, or Fan-Folded.

Rolls: Labels finished spooled or rolled on a core.

Sheeted: These are individual single sheet labels usually containing a back or top score.

Fan-Folded: Die-Cut labels with a perforation across the liner are folded back and forth along the perforations creating a stack of labels.

What is the Rewind Position?

After completion of printing and die-cutting, the converted label roll is taken from the press to the rewind department to be finished.

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