Applications

Common Characteristics

Barcode Ribbons are generally reserved for special applications. Designed for harsh environment labeling applications where resistance to extreme abrasion, heat and / or chemicals is imperative.

They are best suited for use with gloss-coated materials.

Common Applications

  • Textile and apparel applications
  • Nursery and lumber applications
  • Chemical drum labeling
  • Medical and pharmaceutical labeling
  • Outdoor applications
  • Industrial applications
  • Automotive applications

Recommended Substrates

  • Polyethylene films
  • Polypropylene films
  • Polyester films
  • Polymide films
  • Vinyl

Comparison

Ribbon Materials Common Characteristics Common Applications Common Substrates
WAX The least expensive ribbon and is typically used with thermal transfer paper labels. General Purpose Labeling, Inventory Control Labels, Shipping Labels, Garment Tags, Shelf Labels, etc. Coated / Uncoated paper, synthetic paper
WAX / Resin Wax / Resin is typically used on Thermal Transfer printable paper and synthetic labels and tags when added moisture and smudge resistance is required. It also prints superior rotated and ladder barcodes. Extreme Environment Labeling, General Purpose Labeling, Inventory Control Labels, Healthcare Labeling, Asset Tracking, Garment Tags, Textile Labeling, Shelf Labels, Automotive Labeling, Horticulture Labeling, etc. Coated / Uncoated paper, synthetic paper, polyethylene, polypropylene, polyolefin, flood coats
Resin Resin is typically used on Thermal Transfer printable synthetics for conditions of high scratch and moisture resistance. Extreme Environment Labeling, Automotive Labeling, Asset Tracking, Chemical Drum Labeling, Hazardous Materials Labeling, Healthcare Labeling, Pharmaceutical Labeling, Electronic Components Labeling, Shelf Labeling, etc. Synthetic paper, polyester, polyethylene, polypropylene, polyolefin, PVC cards, vinyl