Plain Labels

Many types of plain or blank labels, for a very diverse range of applications and industries. Most of the labels we manufacture are over-printed by customers using the own label printing equipment. Below is a summary of the common methods for printing on plain or blank labels. We hold some common sizes of plain labels in stock, other requirements are made-to-order, call or email us for a fast quotation and fast delivery.

Plain or Blank Label Printing Methods Thermal Transfer Printing Thermal transfer ribbons transfer ink to the label surface when passing over the print-head to achieve a permanent printed image. Types of thermal transfer ribbons include wax, wax-resin and full resin. The three main types of thermal transfer ribbons provide different degrees of print quality, scratch resistance, and durability depending on the label face material being printed. The Paperchain has many years experience in matching thermal transfer ribbons to label face materials to provide the best possible print quality, scratch resistance and durability. Direct Thermal Printing A thermal coating is applied to the surface of a label face material during manufacturing. When the paper passes over the thermal print head. The coating turns black in the areas where it is heated, producing an image. Because the un-printed surface of the label remains thermally sensitive after printing direct thermal imaging has certain limitations. The paper will turn black when exposed to heat so plain labels will fade under certain environmental conditions. Different grades of thermal coating are available including economy, semi-top and top coated. Thermal Economy will provide standard images and the least amount of scratch resistance. Semi-top and top-coated grades provide higher print quality and improved scratch resistance.


Dot Matrix printing is impact printing and was once a very commonly used printing technology. However it is now regarded as a special-purpose printing technology and is now mainly used for multi-part business forms and some special security-related applications. Dot matrix printers have a print head that runs back and forth, or in an up and down motion, on the page and prints by impact, striking an ink-soaked cloth ribbon against the paper, much like the print mechanism on a typewriter. Some label face materials are well suited to dot matrix printing, The Paperchain is experienced in supplying plain labels for dot matrix printers.

Inkjet Printing
Inkjet printers create printed images by propelling droplets of ink onto paper. Inkjet printers are very commonly used for mono and colour document printing in business and in the home. In recent years ink jet printers designed specifically for printing labels and the technology has been developed for use with high speed digital production printing presses. Special label materials have been developed specifically for use with inkjet label printers. plain labels for use with standard and industrial inkjet printers.