3 Printing Technologies Uncovered
Author: zhuoli Time: 2017-02-20 16:20:35
Thermal transfer printing uses a thermal printhead to apply heat to a material that is being marked. The printhead applied heat to a thermal ribbon which produces an image on the material. Common applications: product identification, permanent identification, asset tagging, certification labels, cold storage, outdoor applications.
Direct thermal printing also uses a thermal printhead, but there is no ribbon used in this process. Instead, the media that is run through the printer is chemically treated and heat-sensitive which blackens when it passes under the printhead. Common application: shipping labels, receipts, pick tickets, name tags.
The laser printer uses electrostatic charges to:
- Create an image on the drum
- Adhere toner to the image
- Transfer the toned image to the paper
- Fuse the toner to the paper
The laser produces high-quality text and graphics by "painting" a negative of the page to be printed on the charged drum. Where light falls, the charge is dissipated, leaving a positive image to be printed. Common applications: document printing.
Commonly used laser printer manufacturers: HP, Oki Data, Brother
An Inkjet printer is a computer printer that recreates a digital image by using drops of ink (black, cyan, magenta, yellow) onto a substrate. Inkjet printers are the most commonly used type of printers and range from small consumer models to larger professional machines. Common applications: document printing, product labeling.
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