Quick Tip: Labels and Thermal Ribbons

Always evaluate the purpose of a label when choosing type.
Thermal transfer labels require a ribbon. For paper labels a wax based ribbon is generally sufficient and the most cost effective.
However for labels made with synthetic materials such as polyester and polypropylene, a wax/resin or full resin ribbon will be required to produce the desired print quality.
An incorrect ribbon choice can produce flaking, voids and poor visual print quality. It may take a little experimentation to decide which ribbon performs the best. However the long term result will be worth the time.

Courtesy of guest commentary Steve Brookshire