Direct thermal printers are popular printers used for a wide range of applications including printing shipping and logistics labels, inventory labels, supply labels, UPS labels, lab specimen labels, carton labels, restaurant and bar service labels, deli service labels, and barcode labels.
Because they do not require the use of a thermal transfer ribbon, direct thermal printers have an advantage over thermal transfer printers. There are no extra consumables to purchase, manage, and install beyond the direct thermal labels themselves. However, direct thermal labels do not have the longevity of their counterparts as they tend to fade over time, especially with exposure to heat or UV light. That said, they offer an inexpensive way to print black labels and barcodes for applications that do not require a long-lasting label such as shipping and food labels.
OptiMedia Labs sells Desktop and Industrial direct thermal barcode printers from Zebra, Toshiba, Datamax, Intermec, TSC, Printronix, GoDex and Seiko. Any of the direct thermal printers listed below will be an economical choice for printing a wide range of labels and barcodes.