|There are all sorts of types of printing out there, including the kind that MAX International uses to put those pretty logos, like yours, and sense marks and such on their rolls (that's called "flexographic"). But that's not what I'm going to tell you about. The kinds I'm going to talk about are used in those roll applications. And there are only two principal types: "impact" and "direct thermal."|
Impact printing is exactly what it sounds like.
Something solid like a key or a small needle (dot matrix) either hits a piece of
fabric or other material that has been saturated with or coated by some form of
ink (i.e. a ribbon) or provides enough pressure to activate a special coating
(carbonless and self-contained).
Printing With Ribbons Using a ribbon usually means that you can use an inexpensive grade of paper such as form bond or tablet.
These grades tend to be available in colors as well as white.
The paper also can be easily printed both front and back with marketing material, return policies, phone numbers or any other information your customers would find useful.
Multiple plies can be used using a carbonless coating on mated sheets. In most applications a ribbon is still required to image the first ply of a multiply roll, but the coatings will transmit the image from the impact to subsequent plies.
Advantages of Using Ribbon technology
Ribbonless impact printing uses the same technology for equipment, but uses one of the specialty coatings on the paper to create an image instead of a ribbon.
Single ply ribbonless or carbonless is known as self-contained. Here is what it looks like in 1ply.
This is true ribbonless printing. It, too, can be combined with subsequent plies. This is a diagram of self-contained-coated-back.
Advantages of using Ribbonless technology:
|Direct Thermal Printing||
Direct thermal is a specialty form of ribbonless technology. It
utilizes a heat-sensitive coating that, when brought in contact with a thermal
printhead generates a deep black image. Here is what a thermal printhead looks
Thermal printers and papers come in a variety of heat sensitivities designed for specific applications.
Advantages of Direct Thermal printing: