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Direct Thermal (Thermal Direct)

Direct Thermal (Thermal Direct) is a printing method that reproduces texts or images directly on the material. It uses heat-sensitive paper that blackens as it passes the thermal printhead 

Direct thermal printing uses chemically treated, heat-sensitive material (e.g., a label or Eftpos receipt) that blackens when it passes through the printer.

To print direct thermal labels, you do not need a thermal ribbon (ink/toner). However, direct thermal labels are not suited if they will be exposed to heat, sunlight, or friction, as the print will deteriorate (fade). So, they tend to be used when the labels are not needed for very long such as shipping, logistics & courier labels. They work well as chiller or freezer labels, so long as the correct adhesive is being used (standard adhesive labels can peel and come off if frozen or refrigerated).

Many thermal printers can print both direct thermal and thermal transfer methods. However, some printers can only print using direct thermal method and not thermal transfer.

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Direct Thermal Labels

Direct Thermal Labels are labels that have a heat-sensitive surface which allows printing without the need for thermal ribbons

DPI – label definitions

DPI stands for “dots per inch”, denotes the resolution of digital printing machines (e.g. laser printers, ink-jet printers, thermal printers)

Dry Peel

Dry Peel are labels put together using a dry adhesive

EAN (EAN Barcode)

EAN (EAN Barcode) is a 13-digit number code by International Standard Book Numbers (ISBN) explicitly for publishers, universities, libraries, and book retailers


Embossing is a technique that achieves a raised image or design in paper and other materials

Eyemark (Black Mark)

Eyemark (Black Mark) is a rectangular area, commonly found near the edge of the label material, which automatically controls the position of the material for separation and cutting

Face Perforation

Face Perforation is a perforation that includes the top layer of the face stock only and stops when it reaches the liner

Face Slit

Face Slit is a slit located in the top layer of the face stock only and ends when it reaches the liner

Face Stock Material

Face Stock Material is the general term for any paper, film, fabric, foil, or plastic ideal for pressure-sensitive labels


Fanfold is another form of a label packaging method that folds the labels into an accordion-style


A film is a face material made out of either acetate, polyester, polyethylene vinyl, and other polymeric