Productivity is paramount for shipping labelling operations, where workers are on tight schedules to meet pickup deadlines. It is important your Thermal Printer is able to perform at optimum speed. The 'time to first label out' or also referred to as 'first label out' is an important measure when considering the speed of your printer. This method measures the amount of time workers will have to wait for printed labels after hitting print. If speed is a critical value point, consider thermal printers that are specifically designed to print labels instead of documents, as they excel at first label out and will increase efficiency within your supply chain. There is a wide variety of high quality Thermal Printers on the market, leading Thermal Printer brands include Datamax-O'Neil, Honeywell, Zebra, Bixolon, Intermec and CV Valentin.
Choosing the correct Thermal technology can heavy impact the speed of your printer. Thermal Transfer technology uses a ribbon which melts onto the surface to form an image on the label. This technology must be run at a lower speed to reduce the risk of ribbon wrinkle issues. Alternatively, Thermal Direct technology prints directly onto the adhesive label without the need for a ribbon, allowing the printer to be executed at high speeds. Thermal Direct technology is most appropriate when the label's life is short or the product is stored at low temperatures, away from direct sunlight, making it a popular choice within the transport and logistics industry.
For high-speed, high-volume applications an Industrial Model printer makes good economic sense. When compared to models in the Economy Model range, Industrial Range printheads heat up faster and work for longer at higher print-speeds (also referred to as maximum speed) increasing speed and efficiency within your supply chain.