Thermal transfer ribbons

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  • Print technology

Thermal transfer ribbons

Since introducing our 4U brand of thermal ribbons, they have found a loyal customer base worldwide. And that’s no surprise. They are high-quality alternatives for the more expensive brands in the market.

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RT4U 930

  • High resistance to chemicals and heat
  • High resistance to scratching and smudging

R4U 631 NE

  • Made for flexible packaging aplications that require high smudge and scratch resistance
  • Anti-static coating for printhead protection

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R4U 600 NE

  • Great combination of speed and performance
  • Durable images

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R4U 350

  • Very dark black images with exceptional sharpness
  • Anti-static backcoat extends printhead life

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R4U 330

  • Heat resistance (150 ºC on polyester, 330 ºC on polyamide)
  • Delivers excellent blackness definition at higher speeds
  • Print at lower heat settings than many comparable resins (ink melting point 80ºC)

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R4U 310

  • Extreme resistance to harsh chemicals
  • Micro labels and asset tags in electronics and automotive industries
  • Chemical labels on drums and containers

R4U 300

  • Extreme abrasion resistance
  • Anti-static backcoat extends printhead life

WR4U 451 NE

  • High smudge resistance
  • High scratch resistance
  • High UV resistance

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WR4U 431 NE

  • Good resistance to high temperature
  • Compatible with flexible packaging films

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WR4U 421 NE

  • Abrasion resistance
  • Substrates: coated, uncoated, card, synthetics polyester, polyethylene, polypropylene, PVC

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WR4U 410 NE

  • Great overall cost savings for inline and packaging printing
  • Anti-static back coating and low energy requirements prolong the life of the printhead

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WR4U 250

  • Best quality scratch resistance, withstands heat up to 100 ºC
  • Superior back coating extends printhead life

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WR4U 200

  • Printhead protection with low print energy and anti-static formulation
  • Barcoding, shipping & freceiving, inventory, shelf labeling, horticulture, and more

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W4U 120

  • Highest resistance to scratching in its range
  • Compatible with a large variety of materials

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W4U 100

  • Efficient & cost-effective ribbon
  • High blackness & fine definition barcoding

Which 4U ribbon fits your requirements?

Wax (W4U) is the most common and economical type of thermal transfer ribbons. It is recommended for coated and uncoated papers and typically used for shipping labels, warehouse labels and retail labels. Wax ribbons are coated with a wax-based ink that requires low transfer temperatures. They are not suitable for near-edge printers.

Wax/resin (WR4U) ribbons have increased durability against humidity, scratches and abrasion because of the addition of resin. They use a transfer temperature between wax and resin ribbons and they provide crisp and clear image on a wide range of materials. Wax/resin ribbons are also suitable for near-edge printers.

Resin (R4U) are ribbons with high abrasion resistance and are especially suitable for chemical applications, extreme heat and UV exposure. This type of ribbon uses a very high transfer temperature and is commonly used in textile labels, medical and chemical applications because of its durable print. Resin ribbons are also suitable for near-edge printers.