Fairfield can supply thermal transfer ribbons for virtually any printer brand, carrying a wide range of stock for quick delivery and offering advice and recommendations  for the best ribbon to ensure optimal printing onto your label. Common printer brands include:

Which Ribbon?

There are three types of ribbon formulation to choose from, depending upon your application and material you wish to print on:

Wax Ribbons can be manufactured with a hot melt process or a solvent-based process and are best for coated and uncoated paper stocks. Wax ribbons will print at higher speeds and lower temperatures than wax/resin or resin ribbons. These ribbons tend to be the lowest cost option of the three types.

Wax/Resin Ribbons (sometimes called hybrid ribbons) are coated with a combination of wax and resin ink formulations. These ribbons offer more durable print than wax ribbons. They offer superior scratch and abrasion resistance when compared to wax ribbons, but less than that of a full resin ribbon. Wax/resin ribbons are best suited for printing onto coated papers and some synthetic materials.

Resin Ribbons are manufactured with a pure resin coating. Resin ribbons create the most durable image and they withstand heat and most chemicals. They must image at slower speeds and higher temperatures than wax or wax/resin ribbons. Resin ribbons have the highest degree of scratch, smudge and abrasion resistance and are ideal for use on matt or gloss synthetic materials.

In addition to black ribbons, colour variants are available in some grades, for example, red ribbons for GHS applications using a two colour thermal transfer printer.

Contact us with your requirements and for a quotation.

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