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How to determine the formula of ribbon you need

Not all thermal transfer ribbon formulas print on all materials, the key is to match the label material with the proper ribbon. There are three main types of ribbon formulations used in most thermal printers.
Wax -

  • the least expensive
  • works best on thermal transfer paper labels (it may print on the other materials to some degree but will easily scratch off)
  • looks the darkest (more opaque) when unrolled and held in front of a light

Wax / Resin
  • this is a very wide ranging category, some formulas are the same price as wax, others can be almost the same price as resin
  • works best on thermal transfer labels paper, preprinted thermal transfer labels, and many polypropylene materials

Resin
  • the most expensive
  • the most durable
  • is UL approved when matched with a compatible material
  • works best on polyester and polyolefin
  • looks the lightest (more translucent) when unrolled and held in front of a light

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Can a Zebra S600 printer print labels without using a ribbon?


Yes it can but you have to use DIRECT THERMAL MATERIAL. That eliminates the need for a ribbon but what most people don't realize is that a ribbon is almost like "Oil" in your car. Direct Thermal material is more abrasive and will wear out your printhead much faster. Now if you don't print lots of labels that may not be a big deal but if you print 500+ labels a day then thermal transfer may be a better choice in the long run. Printheads are one of the most expensive components of these printers.

Regards,

mikeo@acebarcode.com

Feb 24, 2011 | Zebra Stripe S600 Thermal Label Printer

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won't print


This printer is Thermal Direct (DT) only (ie it does not use a ribbon, the paper is thermally sensitive).

Check your labels are DT material by quickly running the edge of your fingernail across the surface. If it leaves a black mark then it is the right material, if no mark then it is not the right material, contact a label reseller for DT labels.
ie www.lancerlabels.co.uk

Sep 30, 2009 | Zebra Eltron Orion LP2443 Thermal Printer

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datamax dmx-i-4208 (ribbon fault)


Re-calibrate the printer. If still not working, take out the ribbon assembly by removing 3 screws and check the sensor ( "L" shaped plastic glass). If still not working, buy a new ribbon assembly.

May 15, 2009 | Datamax DMX-I-4208 Label Printer

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