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Labeling Glossary: Ribbon, Thermal Ribbon

When you hear about "ribbon" or "thermal ribbon" in relation to labeling, the reference is usually to the ink-bearing material that is used in the thermal transfer printing process. "Ribbon" is generally a long sheet of very thin plastic, with a resin ink coated onto one side. The ink is transfered onto a substrate during the printing process, and the ribbon is discarded after an entire roll is completely used.

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