Nowadays, thermal printed labels have become a key product identification factor. They are now regarded as a vital mechanism to maintain compliance, improve operational efficiency, ensure brand consistency and support business growth.
The thermal ribbons and labels act as the final connection with the key stakeholders which include consumers, customers, caregivers, regulators and patients. In this case we would need to look for the best of all choice.
While you choose a thermal label or thermal ribbons supplier, be sure to work only with a vendor that has the needed certifications to work in your industry. Suppliers with certifications have standard, consistent procedures and processes in place to ensure high-quality products are produced.
You need to ensure that the provider utilizes the system of automated color mixing, which includes software for color matching. This will enable that provider in matching your requested color and in storing that particular formulation in their color mixing system. You need to make sure that the provider has an automated system of vision inspection. It will ensure that your text is placed properly all through the process of manufacturing.
Problems of print quality can also rise if there is excessive dust in label rolls. Accumulation of dust can result in barcode quality and text issues. Also, it can increase the need to replace print head. Hence you need to ensure that the provider has taken enough measures of dust reduction.
If an applicator is to be used this must be known up front as the label must be cut differently so that it peels off properly from the liner. In addition, perforations are also not recommended as they change the stiffness characteristics of the label making the label difficult to release from the liner.
When you have wide range of requirements you should be definite about the requirement. You can be able in knowing how long the label will need to be readable. Environmental factors will help you identifying the optimal solution. For example, if the label requires six months readability or so. You can also know if will need to resist chemicals, abrasion or moisture. A label of direct thermal paper would be the best to meet your needs. However, if the label will be subjected to moderate chemicals and be on an item that will be stored outside for over three years, a specialty thermal transfer synthetic label would be required. In this case the supplier should be able to provide the wide range with all the specifications without compromising on the basic definitive.