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Printer Ink Ribbons

Chemical Industries

Chemical  
Bar code labels that are used to identify chemicals within drums must be able to withstand the extreme environments they are routinely exposed to, and remain durable and readable throughout the life of the label.  As these label/ribbon combinations are exposed to some of the harshest environments, it is critical that the information printed on the label stays on the label and is able to withstand salt water, solvents, UV exposure, and varying weather conditions. Typically resin ribbons are required.

PrintheadSaver® ribbons for chemical applications include:

Extreme Series Midrange™ (ESM™) Ribbons

Extreme Series Resin™ (ESR™) Ribbons

Electronics Industries

Electronics  
Thermal transfer ribbons used in electronics applications need to be durable enough to withstand numerous manufacturing processes, high temperature extremes, soldering, chemicals, as well as shipping and assembly environments.  Typical electronics applications where thermal transfer ribbons are used include:  computers, printers, circuit boards, audio/video equipment and components, cell phones and other electronic mobile devices, toys and many other types of equipment that require a ribbon/label combination to support anti-static labeling requirements while delivering consistent print quality and performance.  Generally resin thermal transfer ribbons meet these labeling requirements.

PrintheadSaver® ribbons for electronics applications include:

Extreme Series Midrange™ (ESM™) Ribbons

Extreme Series Resin™ (ESR™) Ribbons

Flexible Packaging

Flexible Packaging  
The flexible packaging market requires a durable ribbon that can print clean, smudge-free print and images at high speeds on a variety of flexible materials including BOPP, metalized polypropylene as well as coated and uncoated paper stocks.  nly used in these packaging applications including: food, snacks and beverage bags, pharmaceutical, pre-packaged items and much more.  In addition, we have a full line of ribbons that have received recognition and authorization for use in food contact label applications. 

Typically wax/resin for near edge technology printers and resin ribbons are used in the flexible packaging market.

PrintheadSaver® ribbons for flexible packaging applications include:

Extreme Series Midrange™ (ESM™) Ribbons

Extreme Series Resin™ (ESR™) Ribbons

Techno-Edge™ Near Edge Wax/Resin Ribbons

Techno-Edge™ Near Edge Resin Ribbons

Fresh Fruit and Produce

Fresh Fruit & Produce  
With increasing requirements like those published in the GS1 guide on food traceability, the food industry must have a reliable way to identify their products for safety and efficiency, as well as maintaining visibility of their products throughout the supply chain.  Generally, flexible resin enhanced wax and wax/resin thermal transfer ribbons are used in this high volume sector where legibility and durability such as scratch, abrasion and UV resistance may be required.  PrintheadSaver® Extreme Series Midrange™ (ESM™) wax/resin products offer a flexible, durable and extreme solution for these applications including ribbons that have received recognition and authorization for use in fresh produce and food contact label applications that may or will have direct food contact.

PrintheadSaver® ribbons for fresh fruit and produce applications include:

Resin Enhanced Wax

Extreme Series Midrange™ (ESM™) Wax/Resin Ribbons

Extreme Series Resin™ (ESR™) Ribbons

Healthcare

Healthcare  
Bar code labels used in healthcare applications need to be reliable, durable and remain scanable. These thermal transfer ribbons need to be durable enough to withstand a number of conditions including autoclave resistance, solvents found in clean rooms and within the manufacturing process while maintaining legible print.  Thermal transfer ribbons used in the healthcare environment contain critical information needed to assure proper and accurate identification of medication, blood bags, medical devices, and patient identification to improve safety and traceability in the healthcare environment.  In addition, these bar code ribbons often need to meet a number of FDA guidelines and/or have specific certificate of compliances to meet the demanding performance characteristics required in this market sector where patient well being is critical.

PrintheadSaver® ribbons for healthcare applications include:

Extreme Series Midrange™ (ESM™) Wax/Resin Ribbons

Extreme Series Resin™ (ESR™) Ribbons

Horticulture and Plant Nursery

Horticulture/Nursery  
Horicultural/nursery labels must be tough enough to make it through the various horticultural processes from beginning to end.  That means the bar code ribbon and label must have excellent resistance to outdoor elements including humidity, UV, moisture, dirt, fading and mechanical destruction, so plants can be identified and tracked from the supplier, to the reseller, to the end user.  Thermal transfer ribbons for horiticultural/nursery applications can be printed on tag stocks like Valeron® V-Max, or polyester self adhesive labels used on plant stakes, tie-on tags, hang tags, flats and pot labels.

PrintheadSaver® Extreme Series Midrange™ (ESM™) wax/resin ribbons offer a flexible, durable and extreme wax/resin product formulation that can withstand the environments that they are exposed to in horticultural/nursery settings. 

PrintheadSaver® ribbons for horticultural/nursery applications include:

Extreme Series Midrange™ (ESM™) Wax/Resin Ribbons

Extreme Series Resin™ (ESR™) Ribbons

 

Industrial  
Industrial applications for thermal transfer ribbons can range from logistics, to tracking inventory, to tracking work in process, to product identification on name plates, serial tags, asset identification, warehouse racking, to durable goods.  Thermal transfer ribbons used in these environments must be able to withstand harsh environments where chemicals, water and humidity, heat, scratch and abrasion resistance are required.
To find a PrintheadSaver® ribbon/label combination for your specific industrial application, log on to our ITW Thermal Films Extreme Solutions™.

PrintheadSaver® ribbons for industrial applications include:

Extreme Series Midrange™ (ESM™) Wax/Resin Ribbons

Extreme Series Resin™ (ESR™) Ribbons

Lumber  
Thermal transfer ribbons used in lumber applications must offer high UV, scratch and abrasion resistance, as the boards are subject to rough handling, movement and harsh environments.  Lumber tags are used to identify the type, grade and size of the lumber, and must remain readable and scanable from the time they leave the lumber yard to the checkout counter in order to meet the quality specifications that the major home improvement stores require for identification of these products.
PrintheadSaver® Extreme Series Midrange™ (ESM™) wax/resin ribbons offer a flexible, durable and extreme wax/resin product formulation that can withstand moisture, chemicals, hot and cold temperature extremes that lumber is typically exposed to and provide the long-lasting durability needed for these types of applications.

PrintheadSaver® ribbons for lumber applications include:

Extreme Series Midrange™ (ESM™) Wax/Resin Ribbons

Extreme Series Resin™ (ESR™) Ribbons



Metals  
Thermal transfer ribbons used in metal applications (i.e., aluminum, steel, copper, brass, etc.) need to be able to withstand UV exposure, as well as be durable enough to avoid scratching and smudging during the loading, unloading, handling and transportation of these products.  In addition, the thermal transfer ribbon/label combination has to resist chemicals, cold, water, snow and other temperature extremes that metal products are routinely exposed to while maintaining legible print.

PrintheadSaver® ribbons for metal applications include:

Extreme Series Midrange™ (ESM™) Wax/Resin Ribbons

Extreme Series Resin™ (ESR™) Ribbons

Pharmaceutical  
Bar codes used in the pharmaceutical industry need to identify the product throughout the supply chain, and continually be able to access different levels of information that is carried within the bar code.  These thermal transfer ribbons need to be durable enough to withstand a number of conditions including autoclave resistance, solvents found in clean rooms and within the manufacturing process while maintaining legible print.  Thermal transfer ribbons used in pharmaceutical applications contain critical information needed to assure proper and accurate identification and often need to meet a number of FDA guidelines and/or have specific certificate of compliances to meet the demanding performance characteristics required in this market sector where patient wellbeing is critical.

PrintheadSaver® ribbons for pharmaceutical applications include:

Extreme Series Midrange™ (ESM™) Wax/Resin Ribbons

Extreme Series Resin™ (ESR™) Ribbons

Retail  
Today’s demanding retail environment requires retailers to be able to quickly identify, track and manage their inventory of products from the supplier to the point of sale.  Thermal transfer ribbons used in these settings need to produce sharp text, bar codes, batch numbers, date codes and other imagery on a broad range of materials, including papers and films.  Good durability is also required so the retail pricing labels or tags information stays legible and remains scanable at the checkout.  ITW Thermal Films offers a full line PrintheadSaver® resin enhanced wax and wax/resin products especially well-suited for the needs of retail businesses including: inventory management, price management, markdowns, order picking and staging, replenishment, store transfers, receiving, returns, stock management and much more.

PrintheadSaver® ribbons for retail applications include:

Resin Enhanced Wax

Extreme Series Midrange™ (ESM™) Wax/Resin Ribbons

Extreme Series Resin™ (ESR™) Ribbons

Textile  
Thermal transfer ribbons used in the textile industry need to withstand a variety of extreme conditions including steam from dry cleaning, home and/or industrial washing, drying from laundry care, ironing and other rigors associated with textile tags.  ITW Thermal Films offers extreme ribbon formulations for the textile industry that are water resistant, and provide excellent smear and chemical resistance at high temperatures.  Tags and labels used in the textile industry include:  carpet labels, UPC labels, compliance labels, care instructions and fabric content information.

PrintheadSaver® ribbons for textile applications include:

Extreme Series Midrange™ (ESM™) Wax/Resin Ribbons

Extreme Series Resin™ (ESR™) Ribbons

 

Transportation  
Automotive, trucks, buses, airplanes, motorcycles, and recreational vehicles all use hundreds of thermal transfer ribbon/label combinations for just-in-time manufacturing, tracking and identification of each new vehicle.  Applications for thermal transfer ribbons in the transportation market include:  component labels, emission labels, parts tracking, certification labels, warranty labels, serial number plate labels, recall information, agency UL or CSA labels, aftermarket replacement parts and much more.  Each application requires a specific ribbon/label combination that is durable enough to last the life of the vehicle and withstand a number of extreme conditions that it will be exposed to including:  salt spray, brake fluid, battery acid, grease, high temperatures while also meeting a number of OEM label requirements.  Typically resin ribbons are required.

PrintheadSaver® ribbons for warehouse applications include:

Extreme Series Midrange™ (ESM™) Wax/Resin Ribbons

Extreme Series Resin™ (ESR™) Ribbons

Warehouse  
Keeping track of goods through the entire warehouse distribution process is essential to control costs, increase productivity and improve customer satisfaction. Bar codes allow you to track goods at each stage as they are received, stored, moved and removed, and helps streamline your distribution, warehouse and logistics from the beginning to the end. Thermal transfer ribbons used in these types of applications need to remain readable and scanable in the most demanding environments as they are routinely exposed to dust, cold, heat, moisture, mild detergents and rough handling.

PrintheadSaver® ribbons for warehouse applications include:

Extreme Series Midrange™ (ESM™) Wax/Resin Ribbons

Extreme Series Resin™ (ESR™) Ribbons

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