Ribbon-based printers have somewhat different working principle from more common laser and inkjet printers. The printhead of a thermal-transfer printer is wide and has special elements lengthwise, which determine the pattern that is printed. Special ink-covered ribbon is placed between the material and the printhead, and temperature alteration causes the ink to separate from the ribbon and melt into the material. This method is considered to be efficient at creating images that are not susceptible to smearing and do not fade, therefore heat-transfer printing is often used in printing barcodes and identification information on labels. Labels are usually standardized in sizes, so ribbons match these parameters as well.

Another type of ribbons you can buy on our website is laminating ribbons. These heat-sensitive ribbons are used in special laminating devices that create a protective layer over a document. Lamination is widely used to protect important documents from damage or maculation.