Barcode labels from Zebra ensure reliable, high-quality printing. Our barcode labels are performance-matched to Zebra tag and label printers for crisp, dependable output. Choose from:
Over 100 paper and synthetic label and tag materials
Stocked ZipShipSM products
Thermal transfer and direct thermal options
Below we have listed out the various different label sizes available. Choose a label size for the list of the Part Codes and their description.
Direct Thermal Zebra Labels will change color (usually black) when heated. A heating element (such as a print-head) can be used to create an image on the label. Custom labels can be easily made on location in this way. A disadvantage is durability, because another heat source can ruin or obscure the image, or it may fade completely over time.
These Zebra Labels are printed on via a Thermal Transfer Ribbon. The cost of the ribbons plus the thermal transfer labels is similar to that of the direct thermal labels on their own. This material has the advantage of a much longer readable life and does not fade with time or heat.
Most Zebra Thermal Printers can be used for either Zebra Thermal Transfer (TT) or Zebra Thermal (DT) labels.
Various Plastics such as acetate, vinyl, and PET allow a variety of features, such as greater strength, flexibility transparency, resistance to tearing, etc. They typically require special equipment and printing methods (ultra-violet curing is common) as they do not normally print well with conventional ink. A car sticker is usually a vinyl label with a very strong, durable adhesive and lightfast inks. Embossing tape is "printed" by pressing raised elements similar to printing type onto it, which produces raised glyphs that look white due to discoloration of the plastic. A type known as 'Destructible Vinyl' is commonly used for asset labels. It combines a very thin frangible face stock with a very strong high tack adhesive, thus making the label impossible to remove without damaging it.
Foil - has the shiny properties of a metal foil.
Permanent - Typically not designed to be removed without tearing the stock, damaging the surface, or using solvents. The adhesion strength and speed can also be varied. For example, full adhesion can be nearly instant, or the label can be almost removable for a short period with full adhesion developing in minutes or hours (known as respositionable adhesives).
Peelable - Adhesion is fairly strong and will not fall off in normal circumstances, but the label can be removed relatively easily without tearing the base stock or leaving adhesive behind on the old surface. The adhesive is usually strong enough to be applied again elsewhere. This type is frequently known as 'removable'. There are many different types of removable adhesives, some are almost permanent, some are almost 'ultra peelable'.
Ultra-peelable - Designed principally for use on book covers and glass, when removed these adhesives labels do not leave any residue whatsoever. Adhesion is weak and only suitable for light duty applications. Normally these labels have very little adhesion to anything once they've been removed.
Cryogenic - Most permanent and peelable adhesives have a service temperature limit of -10 degrees Celsius, whereas freezer (otherwise known as frost fix) adhesives have a service temperature -40 degrees Celsius and are suitable for deep freeze use.
High Tack - A type of permanent adhesive that exhibits a high initial grab to the application surfaces, and is commonly used at higher coat weights to enable labels to adhere strongly to difficult, rough or dirty surfaces. Standard Self Adhesive.
Attaching your Zebra Labels
Pressure sensitive adhesives (self-stick) are applied with light pressure without activation or heat.
Rivets used to attach information plates to industrial equipment
Shrink wrap for printed shrinkable labels placed over packages and then heated to shrink them
Sewing for clothing, tents, mattresses, industrial sacks, etc.
Wet glue or water moistenable gummed adhesive
Yarn or twine for tying on a label
Pressure sensitive label adhesives are commonly made from water based acrylic adhesives, with a smaller volume made using solvent based adhesives and hotmelt adhesives.