PermTherm: What is it, and what are the benefits? October 31 2016

In a nutshell, PermTherm is a direct thermal film with thermal transfer attributes. 

PermTherm is a printable polyolefin film that provides an innovative substrate for thermal printing, replacing both traditional Direct Thermal (DT) substrates and the use of Thermal Transfer Ribbons (TTR). Sharp, durable, fade-proof images are created on PermTherm using standard thermal/barcode printers.

Key Features

No ribbons. No coatings. Exceptional performance.

Innovative PermTherm film revolutionizes thermal / barcode printing  with a user-friendly and cost-effective design that displays exceptional resistance  to heat, UV light, water and chemicals.

  • Image permanence, with no image fade from heat, light or time.
  • Image is UV light-resistant, and is estimated to last 18 months outdoors.
  • Unlike Direct Thermal (DT) technology, there is no pre-imaging; film is heat-stable for any period of time, up to 130˚C (266˚F).
  • Print surface and printed image are not affected by water. Volatile solvents such as IPA, Xylene and some household solvents do not irreversibly darken the print surface or printed image.
  • Durability is comparable to Thermal Transfer (TT) films using wax/resin ribbons.


PermTherm can be used for pressure-sensitive labels, tickets and tags, and point-of-sale applications. It is ideal for both indoor and outdoor applications, where chemical or water resistance is required.

  • Nursery tags & labels
  • Pharmaceutical labels
  • Price tags & labels
  • Chemical labels
  • Office products - binder labels
  • Retail apparel tags & labels
  • Medical labels / medical graphing
  • Consumer products
  • Meat/food packaging
  • Industrial, plumbing fixtures, parts
  • Logistics, inventory, shipping, warehouse, pallet labels
  • Variable tracking data
  • Retail shelf marking