WAX RIBBONS are for printing onto paper labels (either matte or semi-gloss). Here the labels can survive unsmudged for many years. However, the labels must be kept dry, must not be abraded or subjected to chemicals/oil—all of which would melt the wax image.
WAX / RESIN RIBBONS produce a finer image on very smooth paper or coated paper labels (either semi-gloss or high-gloss). The printed image is much more durable than wax, yet can still only stand incidental contact with water or moisture.
RESIN RIBBONS are formulated to print onto plastic labels—such as polyester, polypropylene and vinyl. The ink is designed to slightly dissolve into the plastic surface of the label. The tight adhesion of the ink to the surface of the label renders the printing extremely durable. Plastic labels with resin printing will survive outside in full sunlight, can withstand immersion in water, are highly scratch-resistant and may be resistant to chemicals and oils (depending on the formula). When you need to meet the challenge of a demanding application—such as chemical-resistant identification or high-temperature PCB soldering—then a super-durable resin ribbon will be the clear choice. -