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Labeling Glossary: Flange Side

When loading ribbon in a thermal transfer printer, you may hear the term "flange side." This refers to the spool on which the ribbon core is loaded. The ribbon spool will have a smooth side and a flange side; the flange side has a lip, and a notched area that links into the printer. When the "flange side" is referenced it will usually be with a direction, right or left, and is mentioned to help the user load supplies in the proper direction. Loading supplies with the flange side facing the wrong direction can result in print errors.

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