Coated Side In (CSI) – the base material of the ribbon that’s coated with ink is wound inside. Therefore; a CSI ribbon will unroll from the top.
Coated Side Out (CSO) – the base material of the ribbon that’s coated with ink is wound outside. Therefore; a CSI ribbon will unroll from the bottom.
Direct Thermal – a thermal printing method which burn images directly on the printed material. It is more sensitive to light, heat, and abrasion. It is applicable to one-time or short-term print.
DPI (Dots per Inch) – are the number of dots of ink per inch that a printer deposits on a piece of paper. For a high resolution output, 300 DPI is the standard print resolution. This means that the images should be a minimum of 300 dpi x 300 dpi or 90,000 dots per square inch to produce a high resolution print.
IPS (Inches per Second) – the speed measurement of Thermal printers.
Thermal Transfer – a thermal printing method which uses thermal print head that applies heat to create the markings. It uses a ribbon process to melt the ink so the image becomes part of the labels resulting to a durable, long lasting image.
Wax Ribbon – a general purpose ribbon coating that is suitable for coated and uncoated paper materials and some low-end synthetics where lifetime needs are relatively short. It is commonly used for printing retail, warehouse, and shipping labels.
Wax-Resin Ribbon – a type of ribbon coating that have a blend of wax and resin which increases durability, providing resistance to water, abrasions. It is commonly used for barcodes, pharmaceutical labels, shipping labels, and labels likely to encounter moisture or scratches.