There are a number of factors to take into consideration when looking to purchase thermal printers. There are two types: direct thermal and thermal transfer printers. Each method uses thermal print heads that apply the head to the surface being marked.
We explain the difference between the Thermal label printer types.
Thermal transfer printers use a digital thermal printing method that produces durable, long-lasting printed images on a wide variety of media by applying heat & melting a coating of thermal transfer ribbon onto the printed material.
With the ability to accept a wide range of heat sensitive media including paper, polyester, and polypropylene materials, these devices can print durable wristbands, asset tags, specialised labels, barcodes, tickets, and more. This thermal transfer technology process, method or technique is used for all long life/long-term markings like asset tags, inventory labels, durable labels, outdoor, freezer applications, and more.
Direct thermal printing is where the inked ribbon is removed from the process so media is more light sensitive, heat sensitive and sensitive to abrasions thus reducing its life expectancy of the printed product. This is mainly used where the low shelf life is not a disadvantage and it is especially important to print at low cost. Typical areas of application are tickets, cash register receipts, luggage tags, event tickets, shipping labels, pic labels, name tags, and visitor passes in hospitality and many different industries.
BIXOLON’s range of 2” and 4” desktop label printers offer either thermal transfer printing or direct thermal label printing to produce labels of high-quality for printed tickets, wristbands, and more.
Our range of POS printers, Label printers and Mobile print devices allow high-quality printing of tickets and receipts. Producing high-quality text and graphics including logos, barcodes, QR codes and more in up to 203dpi print resolution. A number of our range of printers include Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity.
To find the perfect thermal printer for your organisation, simply browse below or call our European team on +49 211 68 78 54 0. You can learn more by contacting us online.
Bixolon Printer Brand Range of Thermal Printers: both Direct Thermal and Thermal Transfer Printers
A premium linerless label printer with Linerless Pro™ technology and LCD colour display, the SRP-S3000 provides both linerless and liner label printing. A feature rich printing solution which is ideal for a variety of applications from food safety, e-commerce and order labelling.View Product
A super compact, linerless printing solution, the SRP-S200 is the world’s first 2-inch linerless printer with print speeds of up to 150mm/sec to create 203dpi printing resolution on re-stick media. The SRP-S200 also features a specialised back-feed function alongside a paper saving mode to create a cost effective labelling solution.View Product
The XD3-40 series is a 4-inch (118mm) Direct Thermal or Thermal Transfer Desktop Barcode and Label Printer featuring a compact design, key industry features and competitive pricing, ideal for labelling applications within Manufacturing, Retail, Warehousing and Logistics markets.View Product
The XD5-40 series is a 4-inch (118mm) mid-level direct thermal and thermal transfer desktop barcode and label Printer series. Featuring compact, clamshell designs, comprehensive software features and high performance which is ideal for asset labelling, shipping labelling, document management and more within the Manufacturing, Transport and Logistics, Retail and Healthcare.View Product
The STP-103III is a 2-inch (58mm) thermal printing solution. Producing 80mm/sec print speeds at 203dpi high quality print resolution, this is a super compact, cost-effective printing solution which is ideal for low volume receipting, summary report and more in Retail, Hospitality and Healthcare.View Product
The SRP-S300 is BIXOLON’s high performance, economical 3-inch (80mm) thermal linerless label and receipt printer. Providing high performance printing up to 203dpi to product high quality printed media for a range of industries including Retail, Hospitality, Food Delivery, Logistics, Lottery and more.View Product
B-gate is a 3-inch (80mm) mPOS hub printing solution connecting traditional POS peripherals with tablet-based application. A cost-effective printing solution ideal for a range of applications including Retail, Hospitality, Ticketing, Supply Chain and more.View Product
The SRP-E300 is an cost-effective 3-inch (80mm) direct thermal receipt and ticket printer. Offering entry-level features and high print reliability. Its ergonomic design and competitive price point makes it the perfect solution for entry-level Retail, Hospitality and Ticketing applications.View Product
The SRP-Q200 is 2-inch (58mm) super compact thermal printing solution with front and top exiting printing configurations. Combining fast print speeds, high reliability and value added features making it ideal for couponing or ticketing applications.View Product
The economic SRP-QE300 is an entry-level printer with USB and Ethernet connectivity. Producing print speeds up to 200mm/sec with a print resolution of 180dpi to produce high quality texts, graphics, barcodes and QR codes.View Product
The industry leading SRP-350plusIII 3-inch (80mm) direct thermal printer provides powerful printing performance paired with a user friendly design. Offering a range of functions and multiple connectivitiy options, it’s a solid solution for Retail, Hospitality, Ticketing, mPOS and Kiosk printing applications.View Product
The SRP-350III is a highly reliable 3-inch (80mm) direct thermal printer. Combining powerful printing performance and a user friendly design, at prints at speeds up to 250mm/sec at 203dpi making it ideal for a range of applications including Retail, Hospitality and Ticketing.View Product
The SRP-380 is BIXOLON’s premium, ultra-reliable, next generation 3-inch (80mm) direct thermal POS printer. A feature rich, reliable printing solution producing high quality texts, graphics and barcodes at up to 350mm per second, the solution is ideal for a range of applications including Retail, Hospitality, Ticketing and Self-Service Kiosk and more.View Product
The SRP-F310II 3-inch (80mm) thermal printer, offers a front exit, splash proof design, featuring BIXOLON’s Liquid-Barrier™ technology and built-in power supply. Producing 180dpi or 203dpi printed media at an impressive 350mm/second supported by a comprehensive range of connectivity options making it suitable for a number of applications in Retail, Hospitality, Healthcare, Warehousing and more.View Product
The SRP-330II is a 3-inch (80mm) cost-effective direct thermal POS printer providing exceptional value and reliability. Offering an ergonomic design, multiple connectivity options and high print reliability, it’s the perfect solution for Retail, Hospitality and Ticketing operations.View Product
The multi-functional SRP-Q300 Series is a 3” (80mm) front-exit ultra-compact receipt and ticket printer with flexible mPOS configuration capabilities. Designed to free up counter space and compliment the the latest mPOS system, the cost effective solution is ideal for Retail and Hospitality receipting and ticketing operations.View Product
The XQ-840 is a two-in-one stand alone label printing solution, featuring an 8-inch Android tablet embedded on a 4-inch (118mm) direct thermal desktop label and barcode printer offering flexibility to fixed or cart-based printing requirements. This space-saving, high performance hardware is ideal for Hospitality, Retail, Manufacturing and Healthcare.View Product
The XL5-40 is a 4-inch (114mm) desktop direct thermal linerless label printer featuring an ergonomic clamshell design with economical linerless labelling to allow the printing and cutting of various paper lengths for a range of applications within the Manufacturing, Retail, Hospitality and Healthcare.View Product
The SLP-TX400 series is a robust and powerful 4-inch (112mm) thermal transfer or direct thermal printer ideal for verticals such as Government, Transport and Logistics, Healthcare, Manufacturing and more. This premium labelling solution is ideal for asset, information and patient identification needs.View Product
The SLP-TX420 is a compact, robust 4-inch (110mm) thermal transfer printer with multiple connectivity options, providing the perfect solution for applications which require a high performance, consistent printing output. Ideal for asset marking, manufacturing labelling and more where a robust, quality output is required.View Product
The SLP-DX420 is a premium yet compact, 4-inch (110mm) direct thermal label and barcode printer. Offering highly reliable, consistent printing for various types of labels, it’s the ideal solution for mission critical barcoding labelling applications in Retail, Manufacturing, Transport and Logistics, Government and more.View Product
The SLP-DX220 is a slimline, 2-inch (60mm) compact direct thermal label and barcode printer. Capable of printing a variety of widths for label, tags and wristbanding. It’s the printer of choice for a number of industries.View Product
The SLP-TX220 is a super compact, 2-inch (60mm) thermal transfer printer, offering multiple levels of connectivity paired with high reliability. This is compact solution is ideal for Retail, Hospitality and Manufacturing printing requirements.View Product
The SLP-DL410 mid-range 4-inch (116mm) label and barcode fan-fold printer is ultra-compact and economical. Ideal for a range of mobility needs from tag printing to larger shipping labels thanks to its compact external holder design. Coupling connectivity with smart performance, speed and quality, the SLP-DL420 is the ideal solution for Logistics, Manufacturing, Warehousing and more.View Product
The SRP-E770III is an economic 4-inch (106mm) direct thermal label and barcode printer.This entry-level cross-vertical desktop printer is ideal for shipping, document or product labelling needs within Retail, Warehouse or Healthcare settings.View Product
The SLP-TX400R is a robust and powerful RFID print-encoder label printer. Supporting UHF RFID data carrier as well as industry standard 1D and 2D barcode symbologies. Wired and wireless connectivity, plus fine resolution option with easy setup, use and encoding of EPC Class 1, Gen 2 RFID labels (ISO18000-06C) tags to a minimum pitch of 25mm with permalocking, serialisation and RFID error handling.The SLP-TX400R is a performance solution for all of your label encoding needs.View Product
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