ITW Thermal Films Products Overview  


Keeps printheads clean from the start of each roll to the finish

PrintheadSaver® is a proprietary thermal transfer ribbon (TTR) that is designed to maximize your uptime while producing sharp, crisp print and clean edge definition for all your labeling and bar coding needs. PrintheadSaver® thermal transfer ribbons are available in a resin enhanced wax, PrintheadSaver® Extreme Series Midrange™ (ESM™) wax/resin and Extreme Series Resin™ (ESR™) formulations for flat head technology printer applications requiring a higher level of performance and versatility.  For near edge or corner edge technology printers, our PrintheadSaver® Techno-Edge™ wax/resin and resin ribbons are designed to get the maximum efficiency out of near edge printheads, providing you with the superior performance characteristics you need for abrasion and environmental resistance.

All PrintheadSaver® ribbons feature our advanced technologies such as an anti-static coating and high sensitivity inks that enable you to maintain and sustain the life of your printheads, use less energy and print at faster speeds.

No matter what the application, substrate or end use – we’ve got you covered!

PrintheadSaver® thermal transfer ribbon features:

  • Superior image quality
  • Trouble-free operation
  • Longer printhead use
  • High speed printing
  • Smooth continuous runs
  • Exceptional image durability

Current ribbon products include:

Resin Enhanced Wax Ribbon
Resin enhanced wax ribbons are the most common general purpose barcode ribbon. Wax ribbons work well on coated and uncoated paper stocks, and print at higher speeds and lower temperatures than wax/resin or resin ribbons.

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Extreme Series Midrange™ (ESM™) Wax/Resin  Ribbons
PrintheadSaver® Extreme Series Midrange (ESM™) wax/resin ribbons are the most versatile performing thermal transfer ribbons, and can be used to print on paper and synthetic labels. Wax/resin ribbons produce more durable print images, and offer superior scratch and abrasion resistance when compared to wax ribbons, but less than that of a resin ribbon. Available in our Flexible, Durable or Extreme ESM™ grade, we have the wax/resin thermal transfer ribbon solution you need to produce higher durabilty images that can withstand rough handling, abrasion, occasional chemical exposure or outdoor elements.

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Extreme Series Resin™ (ESR™) Ribbons
PrintheadSaver® Extreme Series Resin (ESR™) ribbons are the preferred bar coding ribbon for many of the toughest applications and are best suited for today’s high-end market segments where excellent physical properties and durabilty are required to withstand harsh work environments. Resin ribbons image at slower speeds and higher temperatures, but provide superior abrasion and solvent resistance. The best print results are on synthetic stocks.  ITW Thermal Films has a Flexible, Durable, Extreme or Extreme Plus ESR™ resin TTR ribbon grade to meet these demanding applications.

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Techno-Edge™ Near Edge Wax/Resin Ribbons
PrintheadSaver® Techno-Edge wax/resin ribbons are specifically designed to run on thermal transfer printers with near edge printheads.  These wax/resin ribbons provide consistent print quality, and clean dot edges for bar codes that are dark, dense and readable on a wide range of media at high print speeds.  Techno-Edge wax/resin ribbons offer outstanding performance and superior durability, especially in high speed applications like flexible film and print and apply applications.

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Techno-Edge™ Near Edge Resin Ribbons
PrintheadSaver® Techno-Edge resin ribbons offer excellent performance in harsh labeling environments, and are the preferred resin ribbon for near edge technology printers.  Designed with our proprietary anti-static coating and high sensitivity inks, Techno-Edge resin ribbons allow you to print at high speeds and lower energy settings while delivering crisp graphics and bar codes.  Techno-Edge near edge resin ribbons are ideal solutions for inline printing on flexible films and high speed print and apply applications.

PrintheadSaver® Techno-Edge Resin Ribbons

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