Thermal Transfer Overprinters

Thermal transfer printing is a digital printing process in which material is applied to paper or other packaging substrate by melting a coating (ink) of ribbon so that it stays glued to the material on which the print is applied. It contrasts with direct thermal printing where no ribbon is present in the process.

In simpler terms- just look at the product variable information code (price, expiry date, lot code, etc.) that is printed, generally in black, on a snack food bag in the local grocery store – if the characters printed are solid the code has been printed vis thermal transfer, if you see the characters made up of individual dots they have been printed via an ink jet system and if they are a smudgy blue they have been printed via a wet ink printer.

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Thermal Ink Jet Printers News

Thermal Ribbon

Thermal Transfer Printing Understood

Understanding the process and benefit of thermal transfer can help decide if the solution is right for your needs. Thermal transfer printing is the process of passing a ribbon between a heated print head and the label surface. The wax, resin or combination of the two is heated, transfers as an image to the label […]

Thermal Transfer overprinter

How To Choose A Thermal Transfer Overprinter

When it comes to deciding what type of TTO (Thermal Transfer Overprinter) to choose there are some valuable points to consider. The two different types are direct thermal and thermal transfer.

Digital Thermal Transfer Printing on Cardboard

When it comes to tracking down the best systems for digital thermal transfer printing on cardboard, there are a number of options to choose from based on specific applications and operational environments. Listed below are two of the leading-edge solutions in the marketplace today for digital thermal transfer printing on cardboard.

Markoprint Ijet Thermal Ink Jet Printer

Thermal Printer and Feeding Systems

Are you printing pouches, Tyvek lid stocks, sleeve, cut labels or garment tags? If you answered yes, then you just might need an Xxtreme/64 desk top system in your facility. These flat-product thermal transfer printer and feeding systems are ideal for use in many industries. When you’re talking with a printing professional from our office […]

flexpackpro 210 series

Why Pay More for a Thermal Transfer Overprinter (TTO)?

Since the inception of thermal transfer overprinters (TTOs) in the early 1990’s, Griffin-Rutgers has been there. That’s why we know that all TTOs function in the same manner, based on the identical operating principles – energize the print head, heat the ink on the mylar carrier,  and with a little head pressure leave an image […]

The Benefits of Thermal Transfer Overprinting & Coding (TTO)

Thermal transfer overprinting and coding, also known as TTO, is a technology that combines a thermal print head and ribbon transport device that – in terms of performance and reliability – are unbeatable if it fits the rest of your overall printing requirements. A TTO coder is capable of printing variable data including bar codes […]

Understanding Food Labeling

Pick up any food item in the supermarket and you’ll find coding on the package designed to help the consumer, store owner and packager alike. You may notice a sell-by, best-if-used-by, use-by and pack dates but how do they get there and what do they really mean? First, let’s examine some of the different codes and what […]