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

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.

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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 […]

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5 Benefits of Thermal Transfer Systems

When considering the advantages of thermal transfer systems, there are some compelling reasons that make this type of package coding approach viable and strategically sound. Here are five of the more notable benefits to consider when comparing thermal transfer systems with other potential coding systems for your packaging operations:

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Thermal Transfer Printing: See the EasyPrint MLP at the Interphex Tradeshow

If you would like to understand all that is possible with thermal transfer printing, then you must stop by the Griffin-Rutgers booth number 3171 at the upcoming Interphex Tradeshow to see the EasyPrint MLP (the MLP stands for Multiple Lane Printing). We’ll showcase why this system is among the industry’s best and most reliable solutions for thermal transfer printing.

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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 […]

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