Direct Thermal Labels

Direct thermal labels DO NOT require ribbons and are used primarily in applications where the label life is short. Depending on the environment, the print may fade, and discoloration of the paper is common. Direct thermal labels should be used and stored away from heat or direct sunlight.

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Top coated Paper Label

Direct thermal top coated paper labels come in a bright white face top coated for optimum environmental resistance, an optimal wavelength range under 660nm, and designed for standard speed printing.
  • Adhesive
    • Permanent acrylic adhesive with aggressive initial tack, excellent adhesion, and mandrel hold.
    • Considered latex glove friendly in most applications.
  • Applications
    • Used for barcode and human readable labels in healthcare, retail and industrial markets, as well as shipping labels.
  • Application Temp.
    • Min. Application Temp. +25°F, Service Temp. Ranges –75°F to +200°F.
  • Shelf Life
    • Top coated paper labels have a one-year shelf life when stored at +72°F and 50% relative humidity.
Direct thermal top coated paper material is converted to multiple product categories at Able Label. For complete price lists, visit these pages: White Paper Label, Color Border Paper Label, Circle Paper Label, and Mobile Printer Label.

Non-top coated Paper Label

Non-top coated direct thermal paper labels are ideal for short duration applications where the label is not exposed to extreme environmental conditions, solvents, water, oils, fats, or other similar materials. Recommended for standard speed thermal printers.
  • Adhesive
    • A permanent all temp non-tackified cold-temperature acrylic adhesive that works with a wide variety of packaging materials.
    • Considered latex glove friendly in most applications.
  • Applications
    • Used for barcode and human readable labels in shipping, retail and industrial markets.
  • Application Temp.
    • Min. Application Temp. -20°F, Service Temp. Ranges –65°F to +180°F.
  • Shelf Life
    • Non-top coated paper labels have a one-year shelf life when stored at +72°F and 50% relative humidity.
Non-top coated direct thermal paper material is converted to a range of label product categories at Able Label. For complete price lists, visit these pages: White Paper (Economy) Label, Flood Color Paper Label, Mobile Printer (Economy) Label, Shipping Label, and Dymo Compatible Paper Label.

All Temp (Chill AT®) Adhesive Paper Label (DTW)

All Temp adhesive paper labels are converted with a medium sensitivity top coated direct thermal paper with excellent environmental resistance to plasticizers and an optimal wavelength range under 660nm. This label material is designed for standard speed thermal printers and is suitable for cold, damp labeling applications.
  • Adhesive
    • Permanent rubber-based hot melt adhesive with excellent tack and ultimate adhesion to polystyrene, polypropylene, polyethylene, paper, and corrugate.
    • Performs well in normal to freezer temperatures.
  • Application
    • All Temp labels are used for barcode and human readable labels in deli weigh scale, bakery label, packaging, and shipping labels in the foodservice industry and retail markets.
  • Application Temp.
    • Min. Application Temp. -10°F, Service Temp. Ranges –65°F to +150°F.
  • Shelf Life
    • All Temp labels have a one-year shelf life when stored at +72°F and 50% relative humidity.
For a complete price list, please visit our All Temp Paper Label page.

Removable Adhesive Paper Label (DT-R)

Removable adhesive paper labels come in a medium sensitivity bright white direct thermal paper that is top coated for optimum environmental resistance with an optimal wavelength range under 660nm. Designed for most temporary labeling applications and use in standard speed thermal printer.
  • Adhesive
    • A general-purpose acrylic based removable adhesive with excellent removability from a wide variety of surfaces, including corrugated substrates.
    • Pretest removable adhesives in each end-use application for suitability is highly recommended.
    • Not recommended for mandrel applications.
  • Applications
    • Used for barcode and human readable labels in packaging, shipping, retail and industrial markets.
  • Application Temp.
    • Min. Application Temp. +25°F, Service Temp. Ranges –40°F to +200°F.
  • Shelf Life
    • Removable adhesive paper labels have a one-year shelf life when stored at +72°F and 50% relative humidity.
For complete price lists, please visit our Direct Thermal Removable Paper Label and Dymo Compatible Removable Paper Label pages.

Direct Thermal Ultra-Removable Paper Label (DT-UR)

Direct thermal ultra-removable paper labels are converted with a high sensitivity direct thermal paper coated for more demanding applications and higher imaging speeds. Recommended for standard speed thermal printers.
  • Adhesive
    • Non-toxic paper ultra-removable adhesive with good clean removal and multiple reposition properties.
  • Applications
    • An excellent choice for business forms, pricing stickers, windows, glass, and wood products.
  • Application Temp.
    • Min. Application Temp. +20°F on most surfaces, Service Temp. Ranges –10°F to +120°F.
  • Shelf Life
    • Ultra-removable paper labels have a one-year shelf life when stored at +72°F and 50% relative humidity.
For a complete price list, please visit our Direct Thermal Ultra-Removable Paper Label page.

Direct Thermal Piggyback Paper Label (DT-PB)

Direct thermal piggyback paper labels come in bright white paper top coated for optimum environment resistance. Optimal wavelength range under 660nm. The unique piggyback construction with a printable face on the top layer and two layers of liner, providing a transferable label when required.
  • Adhesive
    • Permanent acrylic adhesive with aggressive initial tack, excellent ultimate adhesion, and mandrel hold.
    • Excellent adhesion to corrugated, glass, and various plastic substrates.
    • Considered latex glove friendly.
  • Applications
    • Used for barcode and human readable labels in retail industries and an ideal choice for the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries.
  • Application Temp.
    • Min. Application Temp. +25°F, Service Temp. Ranges –75°F to +200°F.
  • Shelf Life
    • Piggyback paper labels have a one-year shelf life when stored at +72°F and 50% relative humidity.
For a complete price list, please visit our Direct Thermal Piggyback Paper Label page.

Direct Thermal Polypropylene Label (DTP)

Direct thermal polypropylene labels are converted with durable high sensitivity direct thermal polypropylene film with synthetic substrate that exhibits good environmental resistance. White polypropylene label material can be color coated for high-quality printing.
  • Adhesive
    • Permanent acrylic adhesive with aggressive initial tack, excellent ultimate adhesion, and mandrel hold.
    • Excellent adhesion to corrugated, glass, and various plastic substrates.
    • Considered latex glove friendly.
  • Applications
    • Used for barcode and human readable labels in retail, industrial, and healthcare markets where a film face and tear resistance is required.
  • Application Temp.
    • Min. Application Temp. +25°F, Service Temp. Ranges –75°F to +200°F.
  • Shelf Life
    • Polypropylene labels have a one-year shelf life when stored at +72°F and 50% relative humidity.
Direct thermal polypropylene label material is converted to multiple product categories at Able Label. For complete price lists, visit these pages: Direct Thermal Polypropylene Labels and Dymo Compatible Polypropylene Labels.

Can I get samples?

Due to the type of printers, variable printing content, application, and environmental conditions, customers are strongly encouraged to conduct thorough testing with all label products to ensure satisfaction. Able Label is glad to provide free samples.