Zebra Thermal MediaZebra Thermal Ribbon Grade Classifications: Choose the Right Thermal Ribbon

2000 Standard
A standard thermal transfer wax ink formulation for printing high-quality, durable bar codes on Zebra’s coated paper sticker label stock.  This thermal transfer wax ribbon can print at speeds up to 12 inches per second.

Zebra Thermal Ribbons2100 Enhanced
A thermal transfer wax ribbon formulated that provides excellent print quality for normal and rotated bar codes on coated and uncoated labels and tags.  Its low printhead energy requirements for image transfer make it the ideal choice for high-speed printing, up to 12 inches per second.

5319 Performance
A best-in-class performance thermal transfer wax ribbon formulated for high-quality printing on both Zebra coated and uncoated paper facestocks.  Offers unmatched printing for both visible light and infrared scannability.  Recommended for use on tough-to-print uncoated and uneven tag stocks, including Tyvek.  Prints at speeds up to 8 inches per second.  UL recognized and CSA component acceptable when used with Zebra approved sticky labels.

5049 High Speed Premium
A premium thermal transfer wax ribbon used for high-quality printing.  Designed for print speeds up to 12 inches per second.  UL recognized and CSA component acceptable when used with Zebra approved labels with a sticky back.

5555 Enhanced
A thermal transfer wax/resin ink formulation for printing bar codes on Zebra coated paper.  Provides a clear image under harsh conditions.  Prints at speeds up to 6 inches per second.

3200 Performance
A special ink formulation for use with Zebra thermal transfer printers.  Provides outstanding bar code print quality.  Chemical  resistant when printed on Zebra paper and synthetic adesive label stocks.  Smear- and scratch-resistant, this thermal transfer ribbon offers excellent staying power and durability in harsh environments.  UL recognized and CSA component acceptable when used with Zebra approved labels with a sticky back.

5586 Premium
A premium thermal transfer wax/resin ribbon that provides outstanding print quality in a variety of environmental conditions.  Provides outstanding smear and scratch resistance on Zebra paper, many Zebra synthetic materials, a variety of coated paper, and matte synthetics.

4100 Enhanced
An enhanced resin ribbon for printing extremely dense bar codes and high-resolution graphics on a wide variety of materials.  Provides excellent edge definition and offers exceptional abrasion and solvent resistance on gloss synthetic adhesive thermal label stocks.  UL recognized and CSA component acceptable when used with Zebra approved thermal labels.

5095 Performance
A performance thermal transfer resin ribbon for printing high-density bar codes and high-resolution graphics on a wide variety of materials from matte to gloss synthetics.  Offers exceptional print quality, durability and chemical resistance.  UL recognized and CSA component acceptable when used with Zebra approved sticker labels.

5100 Premium
A premium resin thermal ribbon for printing images in harsh environments.  Provides unparalleled resistance and dense black images.  Produces images resistant to the harshest environments.  This thermal transfer ribbon is recommended for use with Z-Supreme products in printed circuit board applications.  UL recognized and CSA component acceptable when used with Zebra approved sticker labels.

3200 Clean Room
A special ink formulation that provides outstanding bar code print quality.  Chemical resistant when printed on Zebra paper and synthetic adhesive label stocks.  Smear- and scratch-resistant, this thermal transfer ribbon offers excellent staying power and durability in harsh environments.  UL recognized and CSA component acceptable when used with Zebra approved labels with a sticky back.

4000 Clean Room
This thermal transfer resin ribbon is ideal for printing on a wide variety of synthetic substrates.  Features special ink formulation on a synthetic core.  Provides excellent edge definition and offers exceptional abrasion and solvent resistance.  Smear- and scratch-resistant, this thermal transfer ribbon offers excellent staying power and durability in harsh environments.