printer ribbon

printer ribbon

A printer ribbon is a spool of alternating colored dyes housed in a cartridge. Used in dye sublimation printers, the four CMYK colors are used for each print. A CMYKO ribbon refers to CMYK plus the clear overlay used at the end. For ID card printers that print on both sides of the card, a CMYKOK ribbon is used, which prints black on the second side (last K in CMYKOK). See CMYK and dye sublimation printer.


Printer Ribbons
Each print has its own set of CMYK colors on the ribbon. Unlike inkjet cartridges, which run out at different times depending on how much ink is used, printer ribbons have a fixed number of prints regardless of which colors dominate in the image.
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Text, bar codes and photos are printed using a simplified thermal-based printing process that does not require toner or a printer ribbon. The Personal ID wristbands can be integrated into existing HIS, LIS or administration information systems for simplified on demand printing.
The printers include a 32-bit processor, a clamshell design that uses easy-to-load printer ribbon cartridges, and a self-cleaning card-handling mechanism.