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Ribbons

Realstar has the right ribbons for almost every thermal transfer printer. Great service and most popular ribbons available "off the shelf" enables Realstar to fill many orders the same business day.

Realstar is ready to meet all your needs for:

Wax: Inexpensive media suitable for many indoor applications.

Wax Resin: Resists smudges, smears and scratches.

Resin: Reliable in most every environment.

Zebra/Eltron: Barcode Printer Labels

Cognitive: Barcode Printer Labels


Thermal Transfer Ribbons Primer

Thermal transfer ribbons are typically made with pigment-based colorants that are mixed within a coating applied to one side of the polyester based ribbon. Thermal transfer ink coatings usually contain one or more fusible substances (i.e. waxes and/or fusible synthetic materials), a coloring substance, color pigments, and varying additives. Carbon black is the most desirable pigment in black ribbons. Carbon black is a very light-stable pigment. Images produced with carbon-black based colorant will not fade readily when exposed to either indoor or outdoor UV light.

With the advent of colored ribbon use, more and more thermal transfer printed bar codes are being printed in color. This can potentially cause a problem due to the contrast ratio requirement of bar code scanners. Acceptable combinations include: black, blue, green, and dark brown ribbon images on white, yellow, or red colored substrates. Other combinations may result in poor contrast ratio and unreadable bar codes. As with other printing colorants, blue and green colors are more stable when exposed to UV light than yellow, red and orange colorants.

Types of Ribbons

There are three types of thermal transfer ribbons. Each type of ribbon has a range of grades providing different levels of suitability with substrates. These materials contribute to the melting point of ribbons that affect the amount of energy necessary to print. Confer with a Realstar representative to determine the specific suitability of each particular ribbon available to you. It is crucial that the ribbon used is compatible with the properties, both chemical and physical, of the substrate surface. The following lists general guidelines about ribbon suitability and performance:

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Wax Ribbons

Wax ribbons typically contain a high percentage of wax-based materials in the colorant substance. Since waxes generally have lower melting points than resins, printing with wax ribbons typically requires less energy than printing with wax/resin or resin ribbons. Since most waxes used tend to be softer than resins used, image durability is typically less with wax ribbons than wax/resign or resin ribbons. Most wax ribbons are made with only one colorant layer.
Wax ribbons are appropriate for general-purpose applications with uncoated substrates, matte coated substrates, and low-end films like polyethylene and polypropylene films. These ribbons are acceptable for applications where little physical contact with the printed image is likely to occur or where image life is short term (i.e. when durability isn't an issue). Generally wax ribbons have a print speed range of 8 to 12 inches per second. They are best considered for use in general purpose labeling, shipping labels, address labels, warehouse applications including shelf and bin labels, retail tag and label applications, compliance labeling, and textile/apparel applications. Wax ribbons are the least expensive of thermal transfer ribbons. The absorption capability of the substrate surface is a prerequisite for good ink anchorage with wax-based ribbons.

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Wax/Resin Ribbons

Wax/resin combination ribbons usually have a higher percentage of resin materials. Resin content contributes to a higher melting point of the ribbons. Printing with these ribbons requires more energy than printing with wax ribbons. Since resins are harder than waxes, image durability and chemical resistance for wax/resin ribbons better than that of wax ribbons. Wax/resin ribbons are usually made up of two or more layers. These ribbons are most suitable with matte coated and gloss coated paper and synthetic including polyethylene, polypropylene, polyester films. Wax/resin images will perform satisfactorily where moderate scratch, abrasion resistance, or mild chemical durability is required. Wax/resin combination ribbons have a print speed range of 8 to 12 inches per second. They should be considered for use in all of the applications in which wax ribbons are used as well as outdoor applications such as lumber and nursery tags. Wax/resin combination ribbons are midrange price ribbons.

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Resin Ribbons

Resin ribbons contain the highest percentage of resin materials. Most resin ribbons are made of two or more layers. Printing with resin ribbons requires more energy than printing with other ribbons. Most resin ribbons work best within a maximum print speed of 6 inches per second. Since resins are harder than waxes, resin images have excellent abrasion, scuffing, heat, and chemical resistance. They provide the best performance in harsh environmental conditions. They are best suited for use with gloss-coated materials. Resin ribbons are best for retail applications, textile/apparel uses, tags and labels used outdoors (i.e. lumber and nursery applications), chemical exposure uses (i.e. drum labels), medical and pharmaceutical labeling, as well as industrial and automotive applications. Resin ribbons are the most expensive of thermal transfer ribbons.

Thermal transfer ribbons perform differently with true edge, corner edge, near edge and flat-type print heads due to different peel-off times. This can impact printing performance. Furthermore, different ribbons may perform at different print speeds. This can be a critical issue, particularly in high demand environments.

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Zebra/Eltron Ribbons

Part #

Description (width x length)

Rolls per case

Type

 

Zebra Desktop Media

 

 

800008-002

5319 Ribbon (2.5 x 298’)

12

Wax

800008-004

5319 Ribbon (4.3” x 298’)

12

Wax

800130-004

5319 Ribbon (4.3” x 244’)

12

Wax

800130-102

3200 Ribbon (2.5” x 244’)

12

Wax/Resin

800009-002

3200 Ribbon (2.5” x 298’)

12

Wax/Resin

800009-004

3200 Ribbon (4.3” x 244’)

12

Wax/Resin

 

Desktop Zebra Ribbon

 

 

05319BK06409

5319 Ribbon (2.52 x 298’)

12

Wax

05319BK11009

5319 Ribbon (4.33 x 298’)

12

Wax

05586BK06409

5586 Ribbon (2.52 x 298’)

12

Wax/Resin

05586BK11009

5586 Ribbon (4.33 x 298’)

12

Wax/Resin

05095BK11009

5095 Ribbon (4.33 x 298’)

12

Resin

 

Desktop Eltron Labels

 

 

800522-075

2.25”x.75” Direct Quick Print 3000 with perfs, 1” core 4”OD 1780 lpr

12

 

800522-125

2.25”x1.25” Direct Quick Print 3000 with perfs , 1” core 4”OD 1135 lpr

12

 

800540-405

4”x4” Direct Quick Print 3000 with perfs  1” core 4”OD 377 lpr

12

 

800540-605

4”x6” Direct Quick Print 3000 with perfs  1” core 4”OD 250 lpr

12

 

800222-125

2.25”x1.25” Trans Matte 2000 with perfs  1” core 4”OD 1135 lpr

12

 

800240-155

4”x1.5” Trans Matte 2000 with perfs 1” core 4”OD 960 lpr

12

 

 

Desktop Zebra Labels

 

 

56001

2”x1” Direct 2000 1” Core 4”od       1,280 lpr

8

 

556005

4”x1” Direct 2000 1” Core 4”od       1,280 lpr

4

 

56006

4”x3” Direct 2000 1” Core 4”od         460 lpr

4

 

56008

4”x6” Direct 2000 1” Core 4”od         230 lpr

4

 

800999-011

1.18”x1 Direct Quick Print 3000 1” Core 4”od  2,260 lpr

12

 

95639

4”x6” Direct Near IR 2000 1” Core 4”od       260 lpr

4

 

 

Zebra Tabletop Ribbons

 

 

2000BK11045

2000 Ribbon 4.33”x1476’

24

Wax

2100BK10645

2100 Ribbon 4.16”x1476’

24

Wax

2100BK11045

2100 Ribbon 4.33”x1476’

24

Wax

2100BK13145

2100 Ribbon 5.16”x1476’

24

Wax

5319BK11045

5319 Ribbon 4.33”x1476’

24

Wax

3200BK11045

3200 Ribbon 4.33”x1476’

24

Wax/Resin

 

Zebra Tabletop Labels

 

 

72284

3”x1” Trans Matte 2000, 3” Core 8”OD

6

 

72286

3.25”x5.5” Trans Matte 2000, 3” Core 8”OD

6

 

72290

4x2.5” Trans Matte 2000, 3” Core 8”OD

4

 

72353

4”x6” Trans Matte 2000, 3” Core 8”OD

4

 

72294

4”x6” Trans Matte 2000 w/perfs, 3” Core 8”OD

4

 

73298

4”x6.5” Trans Matte 2000 w/perfs, 3” Core 8”OD

4

 

 

Eltron Tabletop Labels

 

 

800722-125

2.25”x1.25” Direct Quick Print 3000 w/perfs 3”core 8”OD

4

 

800740-605

4”x6” Direct Quick Print 3000 w/perfs 3”core 8”OD

4

 

800622-125

2.25”x1.25” Trans Matte 2000 w/perfs 3”core 8”OD

4

 

800640-305

4”x3” Trans Matte 2000 w/perfs 3”core 8”OD

4

 

800640-405

4”x4” Trans Matte 2000 w/perfs 3”core 8”OD

4

 

800640-605

4”x6” Trans Matte 2000 w/perfs 3”core 8”OD

4

 

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 Cognitive Ribbons

Thermal Transfer Ribbon

Del Sol 2” & 4”, Solus, Solus II

Type

DT24

DT42

ST42

04-00-0044-01

2.4”W x 458’L

Wax

 

 

04-00-0044-03

2.4”W x 458’L

Wax/Resin

 

 

04-00-0044-02

2.4”W x 458’L

Premium Resin

 

 

04-00-0041-04

2.4”W x 458’L

Wax

 

 

04-00-0041-06

2.4”W x 458’L

Wax/Resin

 

 

04-00-0041-05

2.4”W x 458’L

Premium Resin

 

 

04-00-0041-01

4.25”W x 458’L

Wax

 

04-00-0041-03

4.25”W x 458’L

Wax/Resin

 

04-00-0041-02

4.25”W x 458’L

Premium Resin

 

Thermal Transfer Ribbon

Blaster Classic, Advantage

Type

BT24

BT42

04-00-0031-01

2.4”W x 263’L

Wax

 

04-00-0031-02

2.4”W x 263’L

Wax/Resin

 

04-00-0031-03

2.4”W x 263’L

Premium Resin

 

04-00-0028-04

2.4”W x 263’L

Wax

 

04-00-0028-08

2.4”W x 263’L

Wax/Resin

 

04-00-0028-06

2.4”W x 263’L

Premium Resin

 

04-00-0028-01

4.25”W x 263’L

Wax

 

04-00-0028-07

4.25”W x 263’L

Wax/Resin

 

04-00-0028-03

4.25”W x 263’L

Premium Resin

 

Thermal Transfer Ribbon

Barcode Blazer

Type

TT42

 

04-00-0044-01

2.4”W x 8000”L

Wax

 

04-00-0044-03

2.4”W x 8000”L

Wax/Resin

 

04-00-0044-02

4.25”W x 8000”L

Wax

 

04-00-0041-04

4.25”W x 8000”L

Wax/Resin

 

Thermal Transfer Ribbon

Code Courier

Type

PT42

04-00-0029-01

4.25”W x 1000”L

Wax/Resin

04-00-0039-01

4.25”W x 1000”L

Premium Resin

 

 

Please call Realstar at 800-554-9111 or e-mail us at

kevinc@real-star.com 
 

for information and the lowest, up-to-date price on any of our products .

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