thermal transfer printing

Zebra TLP 3844-Z Thermal Transfer Printer Review

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zebra-tlp_3844-zCompany: Zebra
Product: TLP 3844-Z
Price Range: $660 – $680
Where To Buy: Penguin Express, Dell , POS Micro

Zebra TLP 3844-Z Thermal Transfer Printer Overview

The TLP 3844-Z is the elite of thermal transfer bar code/label printers. It produces high resolution graphics (300dpi) at remarkable speeds. The TLP 3844-Z prints super quality, crisp, clear two dimensional bar codes, fine text and composite graphics up to 4” wide. This helps enhance the scanning and reading of small labels such as laboratory vials and jewelry tags. Zebra has top the charts with this incredible printer that will keep your bar codes/labels intact in extreme environmental conditions. The TLP 3844-Z is a perfect solution for any retail point of sale industry.
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Zebra TLP 3842 Thermal Transfer Printer Review

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zebra-tlp_3842Company: Zebra
Product: TLP 3842
Price Range: $500 – $650
Where To Buy: PC Nation, National Bar Codes, Keenzo

Zebra TLP 3842 Thermal Transfer Printer Overview

Zebra’s TLP 3842 is an affordable thermal transfer printer that provides crisp, clear printing on small labels. The TLP 3842 has a 300 dpi printhead enabling the printing of two dimensional bar codes, fine text or composite graphics. Comparable to the other Zebra thermal printers the TLP 3842 offers a variety of connectivity options and easy integration into applications. The high quality, small print is ideal for jewelry tags, labeling of electrical components, mechanical part labeling and much more.
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Zebra TLP 2824 Bar Code Label Printer Review

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zebra-tlp_2824Company: Zebra
Product: TLP 2824
Price Range: $410 – $500
Where To Buy: POS Guys, Provantage, BarCode Giant

Zebra TLP 2824 Bar Code Label Printer Overview

Zebra’s TLP 2824 is the answer for an ultra compact thermal transfer printer that will fit in any small space. The TLP 2824 prints up to 2.2” and ensures remarkable speed combine with long lasting print solutions. Zebra has met today’s demand for label printing applications that offers many flexible connectivity choices. The TLP 2824 is perfect for low volume bar code/label printing including retail point of sale, shelf labeling, patient tracking and a variety of shipping solutions.
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Direct Thermal Printing vs. Thermal Transfer Printing

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Direct thermal and Thermal transfers are two methods for printing. These methods use a thermal printhead that applies heat to the surface being printed, but the process is different.  This affects the longevity and durability of the printed material.

Direct thermal is the method used in the Zebra LP series of printers. This method has no ink, toner or ribbon which helps lower the costs of the printing process. Direct thermal printing uses chemically treated, heat sensitive media that blackens when passed under the thermal printhead. This may cause fading over time if the label is exposed to heat or light it will darken and make the print unreadable. Direct thermal printing should not be used for lifetime identification applications and the conditions in which the print will be in should be taken into consideration.

Thermal Transfer is the method used in the Zebra TLP, which we will be reviewing next week. This method uses a heated ribbon to produce long lasting, durable images. Thermal transfer printers accept a vast amount of different materials including paper, polypropylene and polyester. The label material must be matched with the ribbon type to ensure performance and durability. Thermal transfer is ideal for applications that need to withstand extreme temperatures, ultraviolet exposure, sterilization and chemicals.
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