Although laser, ink jet and dot matrix printers have the ability to output bar codes, thermal printers provide the highest quality and cost-effectiveness to users. Thermal printing is classified as either direct thermal or thermal transfer printing. Both direct thermal and thermal transfer printers provide:
- Crisp, clear lines and spaces for the best bar code read rates
- Long-lasting labels
- Reduction of waste
Thermal printing is also fast (up to 12 inches per second), making it the perfect choice for on-demand printing applications. As you can see from the comparison chart below, thermal printing beats out the competition and is the best option for bar code labeling.
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