A Thermal Transfer ribbon is the consumable that contains the ink required for printing. With a nearly identical exterior appearance, ribbons vary by the properties of the Thermal Transfer film (back coating, polyester film, ink layer(s)) and also by all of the components that make up the roll (core, ribbon end trailer and ribbon start leader).
When selecting a thermal transfer ribbon one must consider the following,
Unless these requirements are met, the purpose of using a bar coding system has no value. Therefore, it is extremely necessary to keep in mind to choose the right ribbon for your job knowing well the ability of your printer.
A good quality ribbon should possess the following characteristics;