POSpaper.com carries a full line of SATO Compatible Thermal Transfer Ribbons including standard black wax, wax/resin, resin and ultra durable thermal transfer ribbons. Thermal transfer printing produces dense, high resolution images with Thermal Transfer Ribbons - color or black-and-white - and can be used on a wide variety of substrates.
Since thermal transfer printing uses ribbon as the transfer agent, images produced by the process are highly resistant to chemicals and extremely durable. Thermal transfer printers work at high speeds and require little maintenance. As the thermal transfer ribbon and substrate come into contact with the print head, heat from the print head melts the ink in the ribbon and releases (transfers) the ink directly onto the substrate. Ink used in the thermal transfer process is generally composed of wax, resin, or a wax/resin compound, according to the requirements of the project. Wax thermal transfer ribbons are less expensive and less durable, and are more suitable for short-term projects; resin ribbons are premium quality transfer agents, and are optimal for long-term, highly durable printing needs.