A barcode printer is designed to produce barcode labels which can be attached to other objects.
The most common barcode printers employ one of two different printing technologies: Direct thermal or thermal transfer. Direct thermal printers use a printhead to generate heat that causes a chemical reaction on specially designed paper that turns black where heat is applied. Thermal transfer printers also use heat, but instead of reacting with the paper, the heat melts a waxy or resin substance on a ribbon that runs over the label or tag material; the heat transfers ink from the ribbon to the paper. Direct thermal printers are generally less expensive, but they produce labels that can become illegible if exposed to heat, direct sunlight, or chemical vapors.
Barcode printers are designed for different markets. Industrial barcode printers are used in large warehouses and manufacturing facilities. They have large paper capacities, operate faster and have a longer service life. For retail and office environments, desktop barcode printers are most common.
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