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direct thermal printer

A low- to medium-resolution printer that uses a type of coated paper that darkens when heat is applied to it. The paper is passed by a line of heating elements that burn dots onto the paper. This is typically used in barcode printers and other small specialty printers. It was widely used in early fax machines. See thermal wax transfer printer and printer.


Direct Thermal Printer
This earlier printer from Datamax was designed to print barcode labels and other point-of-sale tickets and tags. The unit handled media up to 4.6x12" and thermal wax transfer capability could be field installable. (Image courtesy of Datamax.)
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Fact.MR finds that technology-wise, direct thermal technology as well as thermal transfer technology witness equal penetration, however, higher demand for direct thermal printing has resulted in greater volume share of thermal papers made for direct thermal printing.
It delivers enhanced direct thermal printing performance even on non-top coated thermal papers.
The initial launch includes TD 4-inch printer models using direct thermal printing technology, which will be closely followed by thermal transfer printing models with similar high- performance specifications.
The device features IP54-certified construction to remain impervious to water or dust and survive 6-foot drops, easy-to-load media, intuitive interface controls, direct thermal printing without use of ink or toner, and wireless connectivity.
The paper used is the type of direct thermal printing paper found in old fax machines and POS units for printing sales receipts.
Direct thermal printing of bar codes, text and graphics on demand and batch printing; scalable or condensed bold scalable fonts.
The print engine is available in thermal transfer printing for long-life labels, or direct thermal printing for short duration labelling.
The label printers are also Windows- and Mac OS-compatible, and feature direct thermal printing technology, eliminating the need for costly inks, ribbons, and toner.
A single system can easily be changed between: 40 and 60 print head configuration; 200 and 300 dpi print resolution; blow, tamp and wipe applicators and thermal transfer and direct thermal printing. The built-in keypad and display make operation simple.
Choose direct thermal printing, thermal transfer printing, internal rewind, and peel and present as options to optimize process speeds.
Initial products made with Silicone C material include a drive roller for a direct thermal printing application and a linerless label roller that achieved volume resistivity down to E9 [OMEGA]-cm and successfully eliminated a static buildup problem that caused periodic shutdowns of the of the machines.