Quest offers a variety of barcode labels and tags, including different sizes, densities, shapes, orientations, and – depending on the usage – a few different adhesives are offered for our self-adhesive labels. Our barcodes ensure accurate scans, and we provide an inline barcode verification system for quality assurance purposes. When printing barcode labels, tags, or ribbons, there are several labeling technologies available, including:
The printing of direct thermal barcode labels and tags involves the use of a printhead applying heat to the material as it passes by. Heat causes the label stock to darken, producing an image. Direct thermal printing doesn’t require a ribbon or ink, making it a cost-effective way to print labels. Direct thermal printed labels and tags are usually meant for temporary use and excel in mild environments, like retail settings.
Much like direct thermal barcode labels, thermal transfer barcode labels require heat in order to be printed. Heat bonds a coating of wax or resin from the ribbon to the label, producing an image. This printing method produces a durable, high-quality image. The longevity of thermal transfer labels makes them ideal for harsher environments, including those with moisture and direct sunlight.
Wax ribbons are ideal for applications that utilize paper labels and high speed printers. These ribbons are not meant to come in contact with water, oils, or other chemicals because moisture will often dissolve the wax image and ruin the label. Common applications for wax ribbons include shipping labels and various retail applications.