1. Direct Thermal or Thermal Transfer Label

    Need help trying to determine if you should use a Direct Thermal or Thermal Transfer Label for your Zebra Printer?  Both printing technologies have their benefits!
    Direct Thermal Labels have a clear heat sensitive coating on them. When the heat from the printhead comes into contact with the heat sensitive coating, there is a chemical reaction that turns the label black.  Direct Thermal labels are convenient because you do not need to use a ribbon!  If your application is short term, you may want to choose the convenience of Direct Thermal!  You will not want to use Direct Thermal if your labels are exposed to a fair amount of direct sunlight or heat.
    Thermal Transfer Labels require the use of a ribbon.  When the ribbon is passed beneath the printhead, the heat softens the ribbon ink while in contact with the label or tag, resulting in the transfer of the ink to the surface of the label or tag. With Thermal Transfer Labels, you don’t need to worry about your labels turning black if exposed to heat and sunlight like Direct Thermal Labels!  There are three general classes of ribbons that are used in thermal printers: Wax, Wax/Resin, and Resin.
     • Outstanding print performance on coated stocks
     • Prints at lower energy settings
     • Specially formulated backcoat protects the printhead
     • Recommended stocks include Coated and uncoated paper tag & label stocks • Synthetic papers (i.e. Kimdura, Polyart)

     • Excellent scratch and smudge resistance

     • Withstands multiple scans, outdoor elements, rough handling
     • Dark black images
     • Notable performance on glossy papers
     • Specially formulated backcoat protects the printhead
     • Recommend stocks include Coated paper, Polyethylene, Polypropylene, and Polyester

     • Maximum durability for harsh environment labeling

     • Excellent mechanical durability
     • Good resistance to typical chemicals
     • Very dark black images with exceptional sharpness
     • Prints on a wide range of synthetic receivers
     • Recommended Stocks include Top coated and print-treated polyester, Polyimide films, Polypropylene, Polyethylene, Vinyl, and Nylon
    Please contact us today for assistance!
  2. Zebra Technologies Introduces the ZQ500 for Field Based Applications

    Posted: April 15th, 2015

    LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. – March 23, 2015 – Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA), a global leader in products and services that provide real-time visibility into organizations’ assets, people and transactions, today announced the launch of the new ZQ500 mobile printer series for field-based applications. Zebra will debut the ZQ500 series this week in booth #1552 at the ProMat 2015 conference in Chicago.

    Extreme environments and bangs and bumps are no match for these lightweight, compact printers. Zebra’s ZQ510™ and ZQ520™ printers are the most rugged printers available. They perform in the widest operating temperature range in the industry and can withstand repeated drops to concrete from up to 6.6 feet. Water spray is no match with their IP54 rating. Featuring Zebra’s Link-OS® environment, these premium printers are easy to integrate, manage and maintain. With large buttons and a user-friendly interface, they are easy to operate, even when wearing gloves.

    For additional information regarding the Zebra ZQ500 Series printers, contact Media Source today!

    Full Specifications (PDF)