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What is Thermal Transfer Printing?

A Thermal Transfer Printer is an electronic device for printing text date, batch and price code changes, real time coding, barcodes and/or graphics on to a wide range of substrates.

How Does Thermal Transfer Work?

At the core of a Thermal Transfer Printer is an electronic print head containing an array of tiny heating elements. The print head elements generate enough heat to release pigment from an impregnated ribbon, which is then pressed on to the substrate to create an image.

Typical Applications

The printer is ideal for installing onto most forms of packaging and labelling machinery and is used in a wide range of market sectors including food, pharmaceutical, electronics and automotive, in fact wherever variable or fixed printed information is required.

Online Thermal Transfer Printers


A range of high quality Thermal Transfer Coders manufactured by Open Date provides the ideal solution to your printing needs.  With 40 years of experience these industrial machines offer high quality engineering with proven reliability, durability and speed.

All of our machines are manufactured to the highest engineering standards. Using our industry experience and our in house design team, we can easily integrate on to an extensive range of packaging machines.

If you require a coding device that provides maximum up time for your production line with minimal down time, minimal maintenance and a history of success, you found it!



Online Thermal Printers

The latest addition to the Intermittent Thermal Transfer printer range has a host of unique features to offer 'state-of-the art' thermal printing.READ MORE


Online Thermal Printing

Intermittent and Continuous Thermal Transfer Printers offering complete solutions for in-line coding onto most packaging materials.Read More


Online Thermal Printing

An ideal first step into intermittent Thermal Transfer coding technology where regular changes are required to date, batch, price code and so on.Read More

Intermittent Motion Thermal Transfer Printers

The most common application for an on-line thermal transfer printer is to print or code on to a web, label or other item that is stationary. This is referred to as intermittent. They are suited to packaging, labelling and other machinery where the web material or item to be printed stops once per machine cycle. Intermittent printers print during this stop time.

Continuous Motion Thermal Transfer Printers

On some parent machines continuous printing is required as the substrate is always moving. On a flow wrapper for example, the film moves continuously while the machine is operating. To allow for this it is necessary to fit a printer that has been adapted to print on to a continuously moving substrate.

Continuous Thermocodes use an encoder device to measure the speed at which the substrate is moving. The printer then uses this information to calculate how fast to lay down the print image and to feed the thermal ribbon. This ensures consistency of print quality and position irrespective of whether the substrate is accelerating from start up, decelerating to a stop or running at a constant speed.