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Thermal Printer Printheads & Supplies

Printheads and Supplies

Label printers play a critical role in any business, allowing you to print barcodes, labels, tags, receipts, and other important items needed for your business to function. However, like any equipment, label printers require periodic maintenance, additional supplies, and replacement of parts.

DuraFast Label Company has everything you need to keep Zebra, SATO, Datamax, Printronix, TSC, Godex, Toshiba, and Intermec label printers running smoothly.


One of the most important components of a thermal label printer is the printhead. The thermal printhead creates the text, images, and barcodes on your labels. For direct thermal printers, the heated printhead reacts with specially formulated thermal paper. For thermal transfer label printers, the heated printhead melts the wax- or resin-based inks on the thermal transfer ribbon, which are then transferred to the media.

Over time, your Zebra, SATO, Datamax, Printronix, TSC, Godex and Toshiba printheads will become clogged with debris, wear down, or break. As a result, this part will eventually need to be replaced due to wear and tear or lack of maintenance.

Thermal printheads are typically expected to print millions of labels before needing to be replaced. However, you will need to clean it periodically to keep it running smoothly.

If your printer's printhead is too far gone, you can easily replace it with a new, compatible printhead for your printer. We offer all of the leading brands of replacement Zebra, SATO, Datamax, Printronix, and Toshiba printheads -- and more.

Signs Your Thermal Printhead Needs to Be Replaced

The expected lifespan of a printhead varies from one model to the next and is often dependent on the print volume and environment. If you notice issues with poor print quality, lighter than expected prints, missing sections of print, or frequent paper jams, it may be time to replace the printhead.

Printhead Supplies

To extend the life of your existing printheads and reduce downtime, we recommend cleaning all dust and debris from the printhead frequently using printhead cleaning sheets, wipes, or a printhead cleaning kit for thermal transfer printers. DuraFast Label Company has a variety of printhead cleaning supplies including wipes, swabs, cleaning sheets, and cleaning kits. Cleaning the printhead is simple and can be done in a few easy steps. Doing so will help ensure that your label printer is working properly and producing clean, crisp prints.

In addition to maintaining the printhead, it's important to use the right print settings as applying too much heat or pressure will wear down the printhead more quickly. Quality ribbons and label materials are also important to consider as they can help improve print quality and prolong the life of your printer. For example, low quality ribbons often require more heat and pressure to release the ink, resulting in excess wear and tear on the printhead.

Proper maintenance, cleaning supplies, compatible ribbons, labels, and replacement parts are all important to help maintain your thermal Zebra printers so they continue to run smoothly throughout their lifespan. We have everything needed for Zebra, SATO, GoDex, Printronix, Toshiba, Intermec, Datamax, and other thermal label printers.