WelldenBenefits of Direct Thermal Why switch from Dot Matrix to Direct Thermal? Better Scanning : Direct thermal can print precise barcodes in both orientations. You will see higher read rates with better scanning accuracy. Fewer Consumables : Dot matrix cartridges are expensive. With direct thermal, the “ink”/image is built into the paper. There is no cartridge to buy and stock. More Productivity : Direct thermal is just faster. You will get more output per hour and cut short the queue at the cashier counter Less Maintenance : Dot matrix printers have more mechanical parts that may break down. Why switch from Laser to Direct Thermal? Fewer Consumables : Toner cartridges are expensive. With direct thermal, the "ink"/image is in the paper. So there are no cartridges to buy, stock, replace or refill. Increased Productivity : Direct thermal is faster than laser printing. You will get more output per hour. Plus, direct thermal runs from continuous rolls, not stacked sheets. Why switch from Thermal Transfer to Direct Thermal? Simpler Operation : With only one consumable, there are fewer changeovers and fewer chances for mistakes. Better Productivity : Direct Thermal delivers clean, sharp characters and bar codes that scan smoothly. Forget mis scans and rework due to bad print or barcodes from ribbon wrinkling. Less Waste : Do you ever change ribbons just because it is time for new label stock? With direct thermal, you will never waste material for the sake of convenience. Speed : Both can print at the same speeds, but direct thermal requires less upkeep and that means more labels per hour. Security : The information on your thermal transfer label is also on the ribbon you throw away. An invitation to fraud and privacy violations that can not happen with direct thermal.