Thermal Transfer Printheads

Whether used on-line, or off-line, the thermal printhead is at the heart of all thermal transfer and direct thermal printers.

We offer a vast variety of printheads for desktop, mid-range and industrial thermal transfer overprinters in a manner of variations and brands.

What are thermal printheads

Thermal printheads are one of the core components to any thermal transfer or direct thermal printer. It contains the heating elements that once heated to correct temperature transfer the ink from the thermal transfer ribbon to the substrate (thermal transfer) or makes the heat-sensitive thermal paper turn black (direct thermal).

They are usually designed to fit a single, or select few, printer models. They can come in a variety of print qualities but most commonly 203 or 300 dpi and are always utilising either flathead or near-edge print technology.

You can learn more about thermal transfer printing and the technology behind it here on our online shop.

The printhead brands we can supply include…

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Bell-Mark logo

CAB logo

Carl Valentin logo

Citizen logo

Domino logo

Easyprint logo

Godex logo

Honeywell logo

Clearmark logo

kortho logo

linx logo

markem imaje logo

open date logo

Printronix logo

sato logo

Toshiba tec logo

tsc logo

videojet logo

zebra logo

How to care for your thermal printheads

The thermal printhead is undoubtedly the most crucial component of any thermal transfer printer. It contains the heating elements that heat and subsequently transfer the ink from the ribbon to your substrate.

With such a critical role to play in the coding process, it’s unsurprising that the cost of the printhead – and replacing it when needed – contributes highly to the overall running costs of the printer.

We wrote a whole blog on the process of caring for your printhead, check it out here!

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