Thermal Transfer Labels


What are Thermal Transfer Labels made of?

Thermal transfer labels are mostly converted with coated materials designed to print with thermal transfer printers using thermal transfer ribbons. The three main components are face, adhesive, and liner. The most common types of face are paper, polypropylene or polyester, backed with acrylic, rubber-based, hybrid or other forms of pressure-sensitive adhesive.

How long do Thermal Transfer Labels last?

Most label manufacturers suggest a shelf life of one year when stored in the recommended environment. Some specialize materials provide longer life. However, once the label is being printed and used, its shelf life depends on the application and the elements it may get exposed to. Our label specialists are here to answer the concerns you may have.

Able Label stocks a wide range of thermal transfer labels that are compatible with most popular printer brands and models including Zebra®, Honeywell Datamax™, Intermec®, Sato and more, as well as desktop printers such as Zebra® ZD420t, ZD500, ZD620t, GK420t, GX420t, GX430t, and TLP2844.

What Core Size Do I Need for My Desktop Printer?

We stock our thermal transfer labels on default sizes on rolls of 6” or 8” O.D. x 3” core but they can be converted for desktop printers. After selecting your product, you will be given the option to convert the roll from the default size to 4” O.D. x 1” Core. When selecting the quantity, the number you enter will reflect how many 3” core rolls will be converted into 4” O.D. x 1” core rolls. In the following example, the order quantity of 2 rolls on a 3” core, equates to 8 rolls of 4” O.D. x 1” core or (2 of 4-Roll Pack).


To find the specification of labels or ribbons for your Zebra® or Honeywell Datamax-O’Neil™ industrial or desktop printers, please visit the following pdf files.For printers of other make and model, please contact us and one of our Label Specialists will be happy to assist you.

Thermal Transfer Label Features

Able Label’s thermal transfer labels are perfect for creating your next detailed thermal transfer label printing project. Request a quote for large orders of discount thermal transfer labels. The features of our thermal transfer labels include:
  • Premium Quality Materials: Paper, Polypropylene (BOPP), Polyester, Vinyl and Polyimide
  • White, Color Coated, White with Color Border Options
  • Choose from Permanent, High-Tack, Removable or Ultra-Removable Adhesive
  • Made in the USA
  • Ribbon Required
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