Which type of printing technology are you using now that italics (Near Edge) or Flat Head, how are they different? Are you interested and want to learn? Join Nam Viet Barcode to learn more about the differences between these two printheads.
The difference between the print head with (Flat Head) and italic (Near Edge) is in the way the print head is in contact with the ink ribbon and other media such as decal paper, labels, tags …
With Flat Head technology, the print head will lie flat and parallel to the media and ink ribbon, with this technology the print head and ribbon will be parallel to each other for a long distance. when separated.

With Near Edge, also known as near edge printing, near edge edge, print head is in contact with ribbon and media in a very short position before separating, print head position is tilted at an angle of 45 ° against ink ribbon and media. With this technology, the thermal transfer printing ribbons, also known as barcode inks, must be specially designed to handle communication between the angled print head and the quick links of the ribbon and media. This is the reason why you need to know and distinguish between italic and flat print heads and choose the right ink ribbon.
In the field of heat transfer printing information encoding, the flat print head is often considered slow and old, while some companies such as Avery Dennison, Toshiba and Source Technologies have used quality, fast and stable italic technology. more determined.


Both printheads use similar technology, where the image printed on the label, the stamp is generated from the heat and pressure of the printhead on the ribbon ink and the printed label surface. When the heat at the printhead is large enough, the print head will contact the ink on the label and melt the ink firmly on the label.
The print head is made of caremic material – a material that is 4 times stronger than steel, has good thermal conductivity, has thermal particles, the number of particles per inch of the print head will be the resolution of the printer. When the ribbon and labels move through the print head, these elements are turned on and off by the print signal from the computer to print the image onto the printed label.

While the print technology is the same, there are important differences in print head setpoint. As its name implies, the print head equals (Flat Head), set equal to the printed label. The thermal element is designed to ensure light and fast contact with the ink. This causes toner to stick to the printed label for a short while after it passes the print head position.
The print head is tilted (Near Edge), at an angle to the printed label and ribbon, thermal elements in the straight line of the print head, and the ink ribbon sticks to the label right at the print head position.
Note: Ribbon ink needs to respond faster to release ink with italic printers. Heat transfer ribbon ink manufacturers make special ink ribbons designed for these applications – don’t try it on a tilt printer with regular ribbons