Label Info - Direct Thermal and Thermal Transfer

Finding the right label for applications or printing projects is important yet sometimes confusing.  In order to help our customers navigate the maze of finding the right label, Able Label created fact sheets for the following products to help you decide which label best suits your needs. We welcome you to call our Label Specialists to answer your questions or for free advice. Be sure to request sample labels and ribbons to determine the product’s suitability for all aspects of the application.​

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Direct Thermal (no ribbons required)

Ribbons are not required for Direct Thermal Labels.  Applications in which the label life is short works best with Direct Thermal Labels. Discoloration of the paper and fading print is common, therefore, Direct Thermal Labels should be used and stored away from direct sunlight or heat.  At Able Label, we carry the following Direct Thermal Label types:
Top Coated, Non-Top Coated (Uncoated), All Temp (Chill AT®), Removable Adhesive, Ultra-Removable Adhesive, Piggyback, Polypropylene

Thermal Transfer Paper

Intended for thermal transfer printing, Thermal Transfer Paper Labels are the most economical and common choice for your thermal transfer printer. Thermal Transfer Paper Labels will tear and require ribbons to print with.  At Able Label, we have the following Thermal Transfer Paper Label types:
Coated Permanent Adhesive, High-Tack Adhesive, Removable Adhesive, Ultra-Removable Adhesive, Piggyback, Opaque (Black Out), Kraft Block Out, Dissolvable

Thermal Transfer Polypropylene

This synthetic material is often known by the brand name of Kimdura®. Able Label carries comparable material that is resistant to tearing, dirt, grease and water in most applications. Recommended for applications requiring durability. Thermal transfer polypropylene labels require ribbons to print. At Able Label, we offer the following types of Polypropylene Labels:
All Temp Adhesive, Acrylic Adhesive, DURA Adhesive, Removable Adhesive, Jewelry Labels

Thermal Transfer Polyester

Our Polyester Label materials offer excellent tear strength and superior durability. Ribbons are required to print with these materials. Able Label carries multiple types of polyester labels.
Glossy White, Matte Silver, Flood Color with Clear Polyester Laminate, Clear (Transparent) Polyester, Platinum Silver with Heavy Coat Weigh Adhesive, OilTak Glossy White, Tamper Proof (Void)

Circuit Board Label

At Able Label, we offer both Polyester and Polyimide materials for Circuit Board Labels; both are an excellent choice for thermal transfer electronic labeling, including electronics barcoding, yet each with its own distinct features. Ribbons are required to print with these materials.
Glossy White Polyester, Glossy White Polyimide

Thermal Transfer Vinyl

These matte top-coated, white, flexible, vinyl labels are durable and come with aggressive permanent acrylic adhesive. Designed for use in nameplate, durable equipment, drum, and battery label applications. Ribbons are required to print with these materials.

Kraft Block Out

Our Kraft Block Out Labels are most ideal for blocking out unwanted information on corrugated cardboard. Kraft Block Out Labels can also be printed with Thermal Transfer Ribbon using a thermal transfer printer with limited print quality. The natural organic look with limited thermal transfer print quality is great for specific product applications.