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Color Resistive Ribbon Thermal Transfer Printing

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000063580D
Original Publication Date: 1985-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-18

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Authors:
Aviram, A Kuhn, L [+details]

Abstract

The incorporation of a multicolor ribbon into a printer or, alternatively, several ribbons of different colors, enhances the performance of a thermal transfer printer. If adapted in convenient packages such as cartridges, a user may change over easily from black and white to full color printing. The colors designed for a thermal transfer resistive ribbon (TTRR) should be transparent. The multicolor resistive ribbon is comprised of: (1) a flexible conductive support layer 15-20 microns thick, with surface resistivity of 300-500 L/sg, (2) one layer of metal, such as aluminum, 1000 ˜ thick, and (3) fusible colored inks layered 5 microns thick deposited on top of the metallic layer with each individual color in an 0.2" wide horizontal stripe. The inks produced for TTRR are fusible transparent inks.