Ribbon Types

Wax– Wide media perfomance, for coated papers, matte synthetics, and poly bags. Excellent durability.

Wax Resin– Wide print range. For paper, polypropylene, and polyester.

Near Edge Wax– High and low speed printer performance. For data coding and barcoding, film and paper.

Resin– Wide susbtrate range. General purpose Resin. Excellent durability with low print energy.

To determine the correct number of ribbons for an order:

1. Locate the label or card catalog number and determine how many cartons you are ordering.

2. Choose which class of thermal printer, if applicable, from the link list on the right, or scroll down to locate the printer class. Then, find the row holding your label or card catalog number. Alternatively, you can search by ribbon part number.

3. Multiply (# of cartons of labels or cards) x (Multiplier found at the end of your row) to determine how many ribbons you need. See example below:

 

HOW MANY RIBBONS DO I NEED TO PRINT MY JOB?

  1. First determine the repeat of the label you will be printing.
    • LABEL HEIGHT + GAP BETWEEN LABELS (typically 1/8″)
  2. Next determine the total label footage you will be printing.
    • LABEL REPEAT x LABELS PER ROLL x ROLLS PER CARTON
  3. Lastly determine the number of ribbon you will need.
    • TOTAL LABEL FOOTAGE /  LENGTH OF RIBBON (FT)

 

Example:

Label size: 4″ x 6″ (width x height)

Labels per roll: 1,000

Rolls per carton: 4

Gap between labels: 1/8″ (0.125)

Ribbon size: 4.02″ x 1,476′ (width x length)

Step 1: Determine the repeat: 6 + 0.125  = 6.125

Step 2: Determine the footage of the label roll: 6.125 x 1,000 = 6,125 ft

Step 3: Determine the footage of labels per carton: 6,125 x 4 = 24,500 ft

Step 4: Determine the quantity of ribbons you need: 24,500 / 1,476 = approx. 17 ribbons