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Thermal Transfer Label Printers

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Thermal Transfer Label Printers | 29 April, 2013

I'm looking into labeling solutions for our PCB's. I've got it narrowed down to the label and the ribbon to match our thermal and cleaning processes, now I'm looking into the best overall industrial style printers.

What brand and model thermal printer are you guys using? I'm looking into both Brady and Zebra but I'm not sure if there are any real advantages to be had by going with one over the other.

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Thermal Transfer Label Printers | 30 April, 2013

We are using a Zebra S4M (soon to be discontinued) for our larger labels, not for PCBs. For very small labels that would fit well on a PCB, we use a Brady BMP71 which is small, versatile and does not require a PC. If you are running mid to larger volumes it may not be adequate and you may have to go to a standard size desktop thermal printer that can handle very small labels, but much more expensive.

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Thermal Transfer Label Printers | 2 May, 2013

We use Zebra 2824 for small labels. It's a decent printer and we have been using this style for years. I don't know anything about Brady, but they might be worth looking into.

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