There are many aspects we encounter on our daily life that we pay very little towards or no attention at all, accumulated aspects that helps us create the sophisticated life style that many of us live today. Thermal transfer is one of those aspects that are encountered on a daily basis in various situations from the beginning of a day to the end of the night.

So what is this thermal transfer? Thermal transfer is a printing technology used by the printing industry. It involves printing on paper and other materials by melting a coating of ribbon so it stays glued onto the surface where it is applied. The quality of labels varies depending on the nature of the labels usage. This varies from day to day commercial use such as postage and packaging to industrial hazardous chemical use.

In the morning when checking the post, the labelling used on the letters are encounters of thermal transfer printing. Some labels have different durability purposes, whereby the post stamp itself is designed to be able to survive weather with minimal exposure to rain and water before the item is distorts. The material of the printing is determined by the type of thermal ribbon and the surface material used.

The stamp can be used with wax-resin ribbons where it is designed to last a long time, but should not be in direct contact with liquids such as water, oil or chemicals which would dissolve its image. Thermal transfer printing uses three different types of ribbons which are wax ribbon, wax-resin ribbon and resin ribbon.

During the rest of the day, encounters of thermal transfers will continue as the vast majority of packaged products today have used complex printing methods. Other products such as magazines will also use thermal transfer printing for various samples. Packaging is a vital part of a successful product in today’s competitive market where consumers are short on time and laden with choice.