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Thermal Technology

Thermal Printers can either print directly onto heat sensitive paper (Direct Thermal printing) or use heat to transfer ink from a ribbon to the media (Indirect or Thermal Transfer printing).

These printers are ideally suited for printing bar code labels. They can be very fast and have an almost instantaneous time to first print.

Thermal Printers come in varying shapes and sizes ranging from small battery powered units that can be worn on a User’s belt for mobile applications such as labels or reiceipts. Then there are the desktop printers these roughly can be split into two groups. Firstly the small desktop printers, used in application like health care or smaller labelling applications. Then there are larger more rugged desktop printers, used for larger volume label printing applications. Finally there are the print engines that can be integrated into applicators or production line equipment.

Popular Desktop Brands Sourced and Supported By Datatrade Include:

  • Printronix
  • Intermec
  • Epson
  • IBM
  • Ricoh Infoprint
  • Sato
  • Toshiba Tec
  • Zebra
  • Datanax O’neil
  • AMT Datasouth
  • Microplex
  • Tally Genicom

These printers can be used to print a wide range of labels and receipts some examples would be:

  • Pallet Labels
  • Shipping Labels
  • Picking Labels
  • Industry specific labels such as Hazchem or Automotive Labels
  • Customer Receipts

Ideal Locations:

  • Worn by the User
  • Mounted onto Forklifts or vehicles
  • Warehouses
  • Retail service environemnts
  • Healthcare applications
  • Pretty much anywhere a barcode is needed

Popular Mobile Brands Sourced and Supported by Datatrade Include:

  • Zebra
  • Datamax O’Neil
  • Intermec
  • Sato
  • Toshiba Tec
  • Epson

These devices can be used for:

  • Receipts
  • Tickets
  • Proof of delivery

Ideal Locations or situations include:

  • Warehouse
  • Shop floor
  • Customer engagement pocesses
  • Law Enforcement


Repair: We demonstrate an extremely high level of technical expertise and service for a wide range of Printer Products. We can repair onsite or in our workshop. We can also select and help install printers for our customers.

Maintenance: Datatrade offer a flexible approach to maintenance and can tailor a contract to suit your needs.

Hardware: We can supply printers, printheads, print servers etc… For further information on finding the right printer please use our Hardware Selector or contact us using the details below.

Consumables: We can provide a lagre range of cost effective consumables for your printers, whether Thermal Impact or Laser.

In addition to supplying these items, we will also work with you to ensure you are using the correct balance between quality and cost effectiveness.

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