SATO thermal transfer ribbons

Thermal transfer ribbons for optimal performance, durability and economy.

SATO offers a comprehensive portfolio of competitively priced thermal transfer ribbons. Genuine SATO branded ribbons are designed to provide consistent print quality and maximize print head life.

All of SATO’s thermal ribbons are halogen-free, which is consistent with the company’s commitment to eco-friendly initiatives.

To order ribbons for your printers, complete the ribbon purchasing request and one of our customer service representatives will contact you within 24 hours (excludes weekends and public holidays).

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Thermal ribbon formulations

SATO is committed to bringing a wide variety of ribbons to the market, all designed to meet the unique needs of customers. The goal is to develop premium products, and SATO ribbons offer high-resolution printing for virtually any application. Furthermore, users don’t need to increase the temperature setting on their thermal printers, as the thermal ribbon is formulated to print at low energy.

Multi-color ribbons are available in wax, wax-resin and resin formulations. The most common sizes are in-stock and ready for immediate shipment.

Premium wax ribbons

An exclusive line of wax ribbons offers excellent print quality for a variety of applications. Wax is ideal for general-purpose use and offers the best possible value.


  • Fine definition at the highest scan rates, this ribbon is useful in barcode printing
  • High-speed printing capabilities
  • Clean barcode and text at low darkness setting
  • Most affordable ribbon
  • Perfect for labels and tags that are coated or uncoated

Wax-resin ribbons

Wax-resin is a versatile, multi-purpose ribbon for challenging environments requiring high-quality, durable images with protection against chemicals, smudge and smearing. The mix of wax and resin gives the printer the ability to print on other materials such as synthetics, coated or glossy paper stocks.


  • Top-rated smudge and chemical resistance
  • Sharp and reliable result with each speed rate
  • FDA compliant
  • Effective on many different types of materials


This is the best ribbon for extreme environments where high-quality images and resistance against scratch, smudge, heat, liquid or chemicals are required. Resin ribbons are usually used with synthetic labels, but they do not print well on paper labels.


  • Stands up in the most demanding environments
  • Highly resistant against solvents and chemicals
  • Complies with FDA, but is also recognized by UL and CSA
  • Synthetic labels and tags are a great match for resin

Available ribbon models

To get the best performance, choose the ribbon that matches your needs. The following information can assist you in selecting the right one:

T101A ribbon

Standard wax ribbon provides an alternative that is especially effective on paper materials with rough surfaces.

T110A ribbon

High-quality ribbon that combines resin and wax to deliver excellent print quality on a wide range of paper and synthetic materials.

R335D ribbon

The resin ribbon is dedicated to applications requiring a perfect printing quality and exceptional solvent resistance. R335D features outstanding backcoat technology, ensuring excellent printhead protection and preventing clogging or static buildup.

R135B ribbon

A high-performance ribbon is a full resin ribbon with excellent environmental and chemical resistance and a lower transfer temperature especially selected to help extend the life of printers.