Direct Thermal Labels

An Inkless Label

Request A QuoteDirect thermal labels are a cost-effective labeling solution frequently used by grocers to print food information for meat products or items to be frozen. Shipping, receipt and barcode labels are often printed on direct thermal paper. Without the use of ink, the direct thermal printer instead uses heat-sensitive material that turns black when exposed to the thermal printhead. Direct thermal labels are a great addition to home offices, small businesses, retail stores, warehouses and more because it can be quickly printed and applied to an item.

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3″ Core

1 x 1/2″ 2,400 12
1 x 1/2″ 2-Up 4,800 12
1 x 1″ 2-Up 2,600 12
1 x 3″ 500 12
1 1/2 x 1″ 2-Up 2,600 12
1 1/2 x 3″ 500 12
2 x 1″ 1,300 12
2 x 2″ 700 12
2 x 3″ 500 12
2 x 4″ 350 12
2 x 6″ 250 12
3 x 1″ 1,300 12
3 x 2″ 700 12
3 x 3″ 500 12
3 x 5″ 300 12
4 x 1″ 1,300 12
4 x 2″ 700 12
4 x 3″ 500 12
4 x 4″ 350 12
4 x 5″ 300 12
4 x 6″ 250 12
4 x 6″ w/5″ OD 475 6

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About The Material

Direct thermal printers can only “print” in black and should be kept in an environment that won’t cause the ink and material to deteriorate. Backed with an all-temperature adhesive, our direct thermal labels are printed on a bright white paper stock with a high sensitivity thermal coating. Available on 1” or 3” cores, direct thermal paper doesn’t require a ribbon to print, unlike thermal transfer printing. Direct thermal labels are ideal for warehouse, shipping and barcoding applications.

Why You Should Minimize Certain Exposures

Direct thermal labels are designed for short-term use when heat and UV exposure is minimal. Since images and text are “burned” onto direct thermal material, it’s best to keep your labels in a cool and dry environment for optimal use. Thermal media images and text can fade if they become overexposed to heat and light. Direct thermal labels are ideally suited for food retailers because they don’t tend to be overexposed to heat and light, and have a shorter shelf life.

Thermal Transfer Direct Thermal
Bright white paper that can handle heat or sunlight Bright white paper with a high sensitivity thermal coating
Resistant to fading and smearing All-temperature adhesive
Ideal for barcode applications Cost-effective material for grocers
More durable & longer shelf life Warehouse, shipping, barcodes
Can print colors other than black Great for on the go labeling