What are resin thermal transfer ribbons? 

Thermal Transfer Ribbons come in 3 main groups. This animation explains the specifics of Resin ribbons.

Resin ribbons are named after the synthetic organic compound, or resin, which carries the ink. These ribbons are used for the most durable applications, for example for the printing of chemical containers, pharmaceutical items, engine parts, and outdoor applications. For instance on piping and machinery on offshore platforms.
Resin prints are made to endure the ravages of time.
DNP Thermal Transfer Ribbons - Resin

How to print with resin ribbons?

Printing with a resin ribbon requires a ‘higher heat setting’ on the printer. This is needed to activate the binder that fixes the ink to the substrate. Additionally, resin ribbons also have a protective layer, to shield the print from the elements.
This results in a highly resistant print, able to withstand large amounts of abrasion, heat, solvents, and other chemical agents.
Resin ribbons are available for both flat-head and near-edge printers. Typical printing speeds are between 2 and 6 IPS on flat-head printers and 4 and 10 IPS on near-edge printers.
Some specific resins for inline printing reach speeds of 30 IPS and more.

What substrate should you print on with a resin ribbon?

Resins are mostly used on smooth substrates, usually synthetic materials like PE, PP and PET.
But can also print on matte, synthetics, and coated paper; while some resins are even able to print on uncoated paper.
Special products are available for materials such as textile, rubber, Teslin®, and Tyvek® Brillion.
Barcodes printed on labels

What kind of resin formulations does DNP offer?

DNP provides a complete range of resin ribbons that enable you to easily print high-quality coding on a wide range of materials depending on your exact needs.

The DNP range includes qualities for flexible packaging such as the general-purpose resin, R390 or R396 for high-speed printing or a range of high-quality resin formulations for flat-head printers as wellm such as the well-known R300, DNP’s versatility defined resin V300 or the ultra-durable R510HF and R550.

Are you in need of technical support in finding the right resin Thermal Transfer Ribbon formulation? Our experts are specialised in securing the best possible print result for you. We are here to help!