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

Hot Foil Stamping Is Still In Style

Hot stamp coders, aka hot fail, may have lost some of their luster over the past years as digitally programmable printers have come into favor. Those programmable printers include thermal transfer coders, high resolution inkjets and continuous inkjet (CIJ) models. In some instances though, manufacturers state that hot foil stamping is still head and shoulders […]

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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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Thermal Ribbon

Thermal Transfer Ribbons Overview

When it comes to thermal transfer printing, the ribbon, substrate and printer all work together as one system.  It’s simple technology and works by melting ink from the thermal transfer ribbon onto the paper or film. TTP (thermal transfer printing) is very reliable and low maintenance.  TTP can be applied in a wide range of […]

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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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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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flexpackpro 130 series

FlexPackPro 130 Thermal Transfer Overprinter

A young specialty preserves maker from Vermont was growing fast and needed to begin automating their jar labeling process.  They found the perfect wrap-around label applicator system, but, they were at a loss when it came to choosing the right high resolution coder for printing batch codes and expiration dates on their prime labels.

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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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