What are Thermal Labels and Tags?

20 May 2021 Labels

If you own a business that sells a wide variety of products, thermal labels and tags may be the perfect solution for barcodes and price tags. Thermal labels and thermal tags use heat to create detailed images or lines of text. This makes them an efficient and economical choice for retail locations, warehouses, and many other types of operations. As leading providers of thermal roll labels and thermal printers, the team at West Coast Labels has compiled some important information on thermal labels. Understanding what thermal labels and tags are can help you determine if they are the right choice for your needs.

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Types of Thermal Labels and Tags

Though thermal labels and tags may seem identical, there are many different types available. Thermal labels are available in a variety of sizes, can be printed via different methods, and utilize different materials. Knowing the differences between each type can help you make an informed decision for your specific needs. West Coast Labels offers the following types of thermal labels and tags:

Thermal Transfer

These labels use heat from the printhead to release sections of the ribbon, attaching it to the label surface. A printer ribbon is required for thermal transfer labels and tags. Thermal transfer labels can be printed quickly and are highly resistant to abrasion and smears.

Direct Thermal

Images for these labels are created when heat from the printhead causes components on the label surface to mix, causing them to turn black. A printer ribbon is not required for thermal transfer labels and tags. Direct thermal labels are highly durable and can withstand harsh environmental conditions.

Where are Thermal Labels and Tags Used?

Thermal labels and tags can be used for receipts, barcodes, product labels, and price tags on shelves or individual products. Thermal labels are an efficient and effective solution for a variety of businesses and industries including:

  • Retail stores—electronics retailers, grocery stores, hobby shops, clothing stores, and more.
  • Warehouses—fulfillment centres, product storage, and more.
  • Pharmacies—medical labels, shelves, cabinets, and more.

If you are considering thermal labels for your business or facility, contact the West Coast Labels team to determine which option is best for your needs.

To learn more about thermal labels and tags, get in touch with the team at West Coast Labels. Their experts can be reached through their online contact form or at 1-888-674-4412 and will be happy to assist you.