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Thermal Transfer Ribbon for healthcare and pharma product labelling and marking

What Thermal Transfer Ribbon should we choose for applications within the pharma and healthcare industry? Medication, samples, instruments and the packaging and labelling of these products. Where should one start?

Change is driven by increased traceability through pharmaceutical and healthcare product serialisation

Serialisation requirements of pharmaceuticals are increasing within the supply chain. What is more, new technologies are enabling medical professionals to not only increase treatment efficiency, but also patient safety. When it comes to traceability, adequate traceability measurement systems belong to one of these new technologies. Such tools for pharma and healthcare make use of labelling and coding of:

  • Medication,
  • Laboratory samples,
  • Medical devices,
  • Patient wristbands or other tags.


For this reason, readable codes are essential for this industry segment. Above all, data should be scannable during and after shelf life, and throughout the processing and sterilisation process.

Products recommended for the pharma and healthcare industry

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Laboratory tube labelling

Minimize risks in printing codes and product information for pharma and healthcare

As variable information on pharmaceuticals, medicals and other healthcare items should remain secure during any possible exposure, the right printing technique should be selected. Yet, the durability of prints is tested by exposure to certain factors such as:

  • Extreme temperatures e.g. for cryogenics or sterilisation processes,
  • Liquids like blood, alcohol and cleaning products,
  • Frequent abrasion or scratching due to handling procedures.


Throughout the past decades, Thermal Transfer Printing has proven to be a robust printing technique against such hazards. Therefore, it is able to deliver print results that meet the compliance standards in the industry.

Bloog and infusion bag labelling and traceability

Thermal Transfer Ribbons meeting pharmaceutical and medical requirements

Selecting the right TTR can be challenging at first. This being said, with careful consideration of the following factors, not only readable but also durable prints can be achieved:

  • What do I need the Thermal Transfer Ribbon for e.g. blood bags, medicine labels or laboratory tests?
  • Do I have specific requirements such as isopropyl alcohol or ethanol or low-temperature durability?
  • What is the substrate I need to print on e.g. PP, PE, PET, Tyvek®?
  • Do I have a near-edge or a flat-head printer at my disposal?
  • What settings does my printer type allow me for?


The combination of ribbon, substrate, printer type and printer settings and application, allows one to produce the ultimate result.

Pharma and medicine labelling with Thermal Transfer Ribbons

Secure compliance in variable code printing with DNP Thermal Transfer Ribbons

Since the early ’80s, DNP Thermal Transfer Ribbons have established a proven track record for variable printing in pharmaceutical and medical applications. Owing to high Japanese standards, DNP Thermal Transfer Ribbons are produced using strict quality measurement systems to ensure high-quality products to all our customers. DNP offers wax, wax resin and resin ribbon, to cover the different requirements of medical prints.


Pharma and medicine serialisation and scanning

Peace-of-mind for your ribbon selection with DNP’s in-house lab and on-site testing support

When it comes to selecting the optimal TTR, DNP experts offer both in-house lab testing and on-site support. That way, you can reduce your risks of picking a Thermal Transfer Ribbon that is not suited for your specific needs, and choose the testing support that best works for you. By all means, we are here assist you in harmonising ribbon with your printer, substrate and application requirements by analysing your specific needs. As a result, we aim to enable compliance with internal and regulatory standards.

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