We ensure you get quality printouts with high quality barcode ribbons for any application.
Thermal transfer barcode printers are only as valuable as their supplies. That’s why Imprint only offers high quality barcode ribbons, so your barcodes always scan properly. We offer a wide variety of barcode ribbons to fit any printer. Whether you need wax, waxresin, or resin ribbons, we have a solution for you. If you aren’t sure what ribbon is best for your application and fits in your printer, our barcode experts can help you select the quality product you need.
What Type of Barcode Ribbon is Right for Me?
Thermal ribbons come in three main materials: wax, waxresin, and resin.
These ribbons are available in a variety of colors, though black is most popular. Thermal transfer ribbons are made to print onto paper as well as synthetic label materials, and to outlast direct thermal printing when exposed to light, heat or chemicals.
Wax ribbons are best for printing on paper labels that need to last and abstain from moisture, oils or other chemicals that would dissolve the wax image. These barcode ribbons are commonly used for printing shipping labels, carton labels, and retail bags. They work well in high speed printers.
Waxresin ribbons are more durable than wax ribbons against water and chemicals, and create a finer image on smooth, coated paper, synthetic, or colored labels. The increased resin in these barcode ribbons makes them smudge and smearproof.
Pure resin ribbons work best with synthetic label materials and are extremely durable against chemicals or heat. In addition to being waterproof, these barcode ribbons are grease, chemical, and solvent resistant. Resin ribbons must be used with polyester and synthetic labels.
Thermal Printhead Protection Program
Businesses that use Zebra barcode printers may qualify for free printhead replacement.
If you use Zebra Genuine Supplies exclusively, Zebra will replace old, worn out printheads at no charge if you’re enrolled in the Zebra printhead protection program. The high quality supplies from Zebra will reduce unnecessary wear and tear on your barcode printer. They’ll also prevent downtime due to inconsistent print quality, reprints or scannability issues, so you’ll have complete peace of mind.