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Can my thermal transfer (TT) printer print on any label?

The answer is no. The labels must be specifically coated with a thermal transfer overprint. Most flexo printed labels have a UV varnish to protect them, that does not print very well in a thermal transfer printer. You must let your label printer know before the labels are made that you need a thermal transfer overprint and no UV coating.

Also, see my tip "How to determine the formula of ribbon you need"

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Will not print onto the label. but can see it on the black ribbon reel.


Perhaps your darkness is set too low, or your labels are not coated to accept thermal transfer printing. Let me know if this helps!

Aug 28, 2011 | Zebra ZM400 Thermal Label Printer -...

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Hi, i have a TLP 2844 printer Thermal, but i cant print labels. I have read the manual and follow the instructions. Every time i put labels on the printer, only send me blanks. Can you help me, please


Are you trying to print in thermal or thermal transfer mode? If thermal transfer mode, do you have the ribbon install correctly with the coated side facing towards the label? If using thermal mode, are you using thermal paper and are you trying to print on the coated side? Hold the feed button down and turn the printer on. Hold it down until the light stops flashing. At this point the printer will print a diagnostic dump. If nothing prints then either you have the media loaded wrong or something else is wrong with the printer.

Jul 19, 2011 | Zebra LP 2844 Thermal Printer

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In the past when film was still king and I was using it I had always used a UV or a Polarized lens cover. Now in the DSLR world I've been told that I should not use a non rated DSLR lens cover. Is there something out there that I should know???? Rick


Without specific reference to the D90, the following applies to almost all dSLR's: Skylight filters (UV) are fine, but avoid using auto white balance. Polarisers can prevent the autofocus system from working, but the more expensive circular polarisers are usually OK although don't produce quite the same effect as linear polarisers.

Oct 08, 2010 | Nikon DSLR D90 Digital Camera

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In the barcode printer showing ribbon out. I change the print method from " THERMAL TRANSFER TO DIRECT TO DIRECT THERMAL " and saved. Again come the same problem RIBBON OUT. How I solve the problem. Please guide me.


You need to change the print method from thermal transfer to direct thermal. There are three places to do this:
- on the printer itself - in the printer driver (this will override the setting in the printer and be the default setting for any new labels crested) - in the print properties of a specific label (this will override the two settings previously listed) The last option works best if you are switching label stock or ribbon in and out for different labels.

Sep 21, 2010 | Zebra 105SL Thermal Label Printer

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Have been using Samsung Label printer SRP 77011since last one year. Of late we have been observing that the print on the labes fade in a few days. What could be the cause and the possible solution for the same. The label being used are still the same


Most likely it is a quality issue with the label you are printing on. As long as the image is printed good initially onto the media(thermal paper), the printer/software portion of it is done.

Thermal paper has a special coating and protective layer to prevent it from fading from exposure to heat, including light. But if the coating is bad then it'll show problesm like you describe

Apr 29, 2010 | Samsung BIXOLON® SRP-770II Thermal Label...

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