The Domino V-Series Thermal Transfer printer range saves time and money, offering up to 60% lower running costs through its unique i-Tech Ribbon Drive. Its improved coding quality offers a broad range of capabilities, with 300 DPI print resolution, variable print data from one code to the next, and the ability to print text and logos over a larger area. Domino’s thermal transfer printer ensures reduced downtime and running costs, and has the added option of adding secure passwords to prevent unauthorised access. Quick and easy to install, the V-Series is compact, and there is no need for factory air.
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Printing is achieved by placing a thermal ribbon between a heated printhead and the substrate to be marked. With the three items in contact, the printhead is moved over the length of both the ribbon and the substrate. Heat from the printhead is passed throught the ribbon, causing ink to melt and be released from its underside. The ink adheres to the substrate and then cools rapidly, resulting in a permanent print.
The printhead typically comprises 300 individually controlled, miniature heating elements per inch across its width. A printed image can be created by rapidly turning these elements on (hot) and off (cold) as the printhead moves over the ribbon. Software is used to convert the printed design into signals to control the printhead. Thermal transfer overprinters can operate in two modes depending upon how the printhead is moved relative to the ribbon and substrate. These are intermittent and continuous modes.
In this printing mode the substrate is moved intermittently. The printhead is moved over the substrate by the printer while the substrate is stationary.
In continuous mode the substrate is moved continuously. The printhead is stationary and prints while the substrate is moving.