Learn the basics about thermal barcodes labels and be prepared when success arrives!
What is a barcode?
Products are assigned a unique number. This number is translated into a scan-able code. Barcodes may be 1D, organized horizontally, or 2D, organized horizontally and vertically. 2D barcodes, being multidimensional, can hold a much higher quantity of data.
How do I print and scan barcodes?
Both types of labels will come on a roll. To print your own - you will need a printer and barcode label design software. Barcode labels may be printed on a laser, inkjet, or dot matrix printer, but a thermal printer is designed to produce a high-quality image for labeling needs. 1D barcodes may be scanned with a laser scanner, but a 2D barcode requires an imaging scanner.
What is a thermal barcode label?
There are two types of thermal barcode labels, direct thermal and thermal transfer. The difference is in the type of printer and the type of label they're printed on.
- Direct Thermal - No ink is used to produce the image. An image is burned into a heat sensitive layer of the paper. This type of label will fade over time (1 year) and is not recommended for use in high temperatures or when there is exposure to sunlight.
- Thermal Transfer - A heated ribbon is used to print onto a label. The image produced is long-lasting and durable.