Direct thermal printable film

Delhi-headquartered Cosmo Films, with plants in Maharashtra and Gujarat in India, the US, Korea and Japan, is the only BOPP film manufacturer who has been coating films for the direct thermal printing. One of the specialty films offered by Cosmo Films, direct thermal label films are used for multitude of applications, including information labelling (airport baggage tags, etc), manufacturing tracking, weight and price labeling and so on.

15 Dec 2014 | By Dibyajyoti Sarma

Proprietary coating

The film has a proprietary coating which enables image/impression formation upon contact with the printhead of the thermal printer. A protective layer is generally applied to protect the coated surface from mechanical abrasion, climatic factors, chemical products, and so on. The film, thus, offers good scuff and water resistance. The film also lends an excellent paper like matte finish and produces a dark image on printing.

The film is available in thickness varieties of 50 and 75 microns in single layer structure and 100 microns and above in laminated structures. The direct thermal printing method, generally used for short-term indoor use, is being extensively used because of its ease of use, low cost and tamper proof nature. Because of its non-tear quality, the film is becoming increasingly popular substrate vis-à-vis paper.

Ease of use

Anyone can print direct thermal labels, by just placing the labelstock in the printer and print. Moreover, direct thermal printing (DTP) is cost-effective, with a comparable cost of ownership (TCO) to thermal transfer.

With sensitive data imaged directly onto the BOPP DTP film, there are no data-filled ribbons to dispose of. Information is released only upon printing, protecting the privacy and primacy of sensitive information.

Direct thermal printing labels do not use ribbons, inks or toners, allowing companies to order only the label stocks they need for their initiatives. Simplified ordering and product requirements save inventory and label costs, as well as valuable warehouse space.