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Unveiling the Hidden Impact: How Ribbons and Labels Affect Printer Reliability

The Effect of Quality Consumables

The quality of industrial barcode and RFID printer consumables, such as ribbons, labels and tags, are often overlooked when purchasing new thermal printers. Many businesses focus solely on the features and functionality of printer itself, forgetting to consider the impact that the quality and type of media may have on the reliability and lifespan of the printers.

The fact is, it’s important to understand that the ribbons and labels you choose directly affect the performance of your printers. As experts in servicing direct thermal and thermal transfer barcode label printers for decades, MSM Solutions has gained valuable insight into achieving optimal performance and long life.

Ribbon Quality Counts

One important factor to consider is the quality of thermal transfer ribbons. Using inferior ribbons can have a negative impact on the performance of your thermal transfer printers. Poor quality ribbons may result in low print resolution which can result in hard-to-read barcodes, and even cause damage to the printhead.

To ensure excellent print quality and consistent performance, we have established partnerships with manufacturers of high-quality thermal transfer ribbons. This is particularly important when it comes to barcode printing applications, as it helps eliminate the risk of non-compliance (and the fees that go along with it).

The same principle applies to your choice of labels and other print media. Opting for quality media not only extends the lifespan of your thermal printers but also reduces the total cost of ownership.

Types of Thermal Ribbons

Wax Ribbons:

Wax ribbons are an excellent choice for high-volume applications that require fast print speeds. They are suitable for both coated and uncoated labels and RFID tags, offering broad performance capabilities. These ribbons provide a cost-effective solution without compromising on quality.

Wax/Resin Ribbons:

If your application calls for abrasion and chemical resistance, then wax/resin ribbons are the way to go. They are designed for printing on top-coated and matte synthetic materials, making them ideal for demanding applications like automotive labels, for example. Wax/resin ribbons strike a balance between durability and print quality.

Resin Ribbons:

When durability and resistance to abrasion and chemicals are crucial, resin ribbons are the go-to option. They are best suited for synthetic materials and excel in high-temperature and extreme environments. Resin ribbons provide exceptional print longevity and ensure that your labels can withstand harsh conditions.

Choosing the Best Ribbon for your Application

By understanding the different types of thermal transfer ribbons and selecting the appropriate type for your specific needs, you will most certainly be helping to optimize the performance and lifespan of your industrial label printers. Choosing products manufactured by experienced, respected industry leaders who have spent decades researching and developing quality products based on real-world usage will not only benefit you from a print quality standpoint, but also contribute to long-term cost savings.

Don’t overlook the significance of consumables – they are essential components that contribute to the overall efficiency and longevity of your labeling operations. When purchasing thermal label printers, it is important to consider the quality and type of media used. Lower-cost supplies may be attractive from a financial perspective but consider the fact that the ribbons and labels you choose directly impact the performance of your printers. By prioritizing quality thermal transfer ribbons and labels, you can achieve outstanding print quality, ensure compliance with barcode standards, and extend the lifespan of your thermal printers.

For information and recommendations on the best printers and supplies for your particular environment and workload, contact us today.

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