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Thermal transfer printing

smart-LABEL High Temperature | © RATHGEBER GmbH & Co. KG


Thermal transfer printing is a form of digital printing. In the printer, in a similar manner to heat embossing printing, the ink is heated on an ink ribbon and transferred to the printing substrate. Unlike heat embossing printing, however, no printing plate with fixed motif is used. Instead, small heat cells in the printer are controlled on an individual basis. This means that different information can be custom-printed on each printing pass. 

The benefits for you

  • Perfect barcodes with a high print resolution (making even very small codes possible)
  • Low costs for printing plates
  • The use of different ink ribbons broadens the range of possible uses
  • Subsequent lettering of labels possible
  • At RATHGEBER, customised printing can also be sealed under a laminated film


  • Various films and laminates on a roll
  • Security films (e.g. VOID film, RPS) on a roll

Possible uses

  • Suitable for labels on a roll
  • Barcodes

  • QR codes

  • Customisation
  • Consecutive numbering
  • Inventory work
  • After testing, also suitable for automatic dispensing