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Armor Thermal Ribbons

Armor has over 75 years of Ink Mastery and is a pioneer of Thermal Ribbon Technology. They have developed a range of innovative technical solutions to solve unique problems faced in every day applications. They have over 50 dedicated technicians in R & D and their quality department, all working to bring to you the best and most reliable product. DataCol Solutions has been a distributor of their products since 2003. In that time we have found that their products generally produce a better quality and consistent result, than any comparable product on the New Zealand market. In may cases the only ribbon that worked well on a particular product, was the ARMOR one. From DataCol, Armor ribbons are also very competitively priced. We keep a range of widths in stock, for all 3 basic ribbon types. At present these are only available wound Face IN (or INK IN) for Datamax printers.

Standard Roll Sizes & Materials

Material Types - DataCol Solutions holds 3 types of ribbon material for use with Datamax printers, and their uses are:

  • Wax - For general purpose printing on matt paper
  • Wax/Resin - For quality printing on Matt & Gloss paper, and some plastic materials.
  • Resin - For high quality printing on a wide range of plastic & synthetic materials.

Ribbon Selection

  • When selecting a ribbons for a print job, you should ensure that the ribbon is 5mm wider than the label backing glassine by at least 5mm.
  • Also, during manufacture, the label surface can be treated in a range of ways that totally change its performance. The printer will do this to make it easier for the thermal ribbon to key to the material. Therefore the suggested applications above MAY just not apply. We strongly suggest that you trial a single roll of the ribbon before you place a large order.

Material Types

Printer Series Ribbon Type Material Data Sheet
E-Class Mk 1 & 2 WAX AWR 470
on 12.5mm cores WAX/RESIN APR 6
ALL Other Printers WAX AWX FH
on 25mm cores WAX/RESIN APX FH

FACE IN (or INK IN) Standard Roll Sizes. For Datamax Printers. All of the above materials are available in the following widths and lengths.

Datamax E-Class - E4203/4204/4205e (E-Mk1 & E-Mk 2)

  • 64mm wide x 110M long
  • 110mm wide x 110M long

Note: As the ribbon is thicker, Wax/Resin rolls are only 100M long

Datamax E-Class - Mk 3 The E-Class Mk 3 can take the E-Mk1 & 2 ribbons above, and also, with the supplied adapters, the 300M ribbons below.

  • 55mm wide x 300M long
  • 110mm wide x 300M long

ALL Other Datamax Class Printers

  • 40 mm wide x 450M long
  • 55 mm wide x 300M long
  • 64 mm wide x 450M long
  • 89 mm wide x 450M long
  • 110 mm wide x 300M long
  • 114 mm wide x 450M long
  • 170 mm wide x 400M long
  • 220 mm wide x 400M long

Note: As the ribbon is thicker, Wax/Resin rolls over 114mm wide are only 400M.

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