Zebra Labels for Any Application

Posted December 3, 2015

Label printing isn’t rocket science by any means but knowing what label to use for your specific application can be challenge at first. Zebra has been the leading manufacturer of printers and labels with a wide range of offerings to meet the needs of any environment from very short term temporary shipping labels to rugged, outdoor asset labeling.

Following these simple guidelines it’ll be easy to determine which type of label you need and the most suitable Zebra options.

Direct Thermal Paper Labels  Direct thermal labels have a heat-sensitive layer on them that blackens as it passes under the printer’s printhead. Because they print without a ribbon, direct thermal printers are noted for their simplicity but are not well suited for environments that expose them to heat, long periods of direct sunlight or abrasion. Direct thermal paper labels are the most cost effective solution for applications that require a temporary label like shipping labels or short term product labeling.

Thermal Transfer Paper Labels – Thermal transfer labels use a ribbon to print on top of a variety of materials which are impervious to heat and moisture making the printed labels the most durable, long-lived available. In the case of a standard paper material, these labels can last years without issue but, being paper, should be used indoors in environments. Paper labels are perfect for long term labeling of retail products, documents, and assets that don’t experience rugged use.

Thermal Transfer Polypropylene Labels – Polypropylene labels are similar to standard paper labels but are more physically rugged since they are made of plastic. These labels will not tear or rip and can handle being abused a bit more. Ideal for asset labeling, polypropylene labels are rugged but still have some temperature limitations so they may not be suitable for outdoor use depending where you are located.

Thermal Transfer Polyester Labels – At the end of the rugged spectrum are polyester labels. Polyester is extremely rugged and can be used outdoors in the most extreme applications. The ruggedness does come at a cost though but for the most demanding environments you can rest assured a polyester label will hold up to anything you put it through.

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