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Custom Ribbons

Supplyline ID only offers the highest quality ribbons from the market leading manufacturers that include Armor, ITW Thermal Films, Inkanto, Ricoh & Sony plus all the genuine branded ribbons from Zebra, Honeywell and Toshiba.  This enables us to meet any ribbon requirement with the perfect grade or ribbon type ensuring not only perfect print every time but also the correct resistance or protection to last the life of the product or application.

Buy Printer & Coding Ribbons from Supplyline ID, one of the largest resellers of Printer & Coding Ribbons in the Industry.  We sell at the most competitive price and carry by far the largest stock range in the UK.  Due to our expertise in the market, our buying power and our client base, we specialise in the medium to large users.

Challenge us to save you money, improve your print quality and increase the life of your printer or printhead!  We wont be beaten on price!


Supplyline ID has by far the biggest stock range of Printer and Coding ribbons in the UK.  So 9 times out of 10, we also have the perfect ribbon, either by size or grade to offer you, off the shelf ready to go!

We do however see more and more from market trends, the need to offer bespoke or custom ribbons for a variety of reasons.

Some manufacturers especially the coding companies are trying to come up with more and more complicated ribbon sizes, which makes offering an alternative or compatible match difficult, in terms of size or offer (this is because they charge so much for their products and try to blind the user from their true costs).

Some printer manufacturers like to use bespoke sizing so we can also match these, if you need something particular or a bit different.

Due to our direct relationship and buying power from the best makers of TTR ribbons across Europe, we can get a range of bespoke sizes and grades to match almost any combination out there.

Depending on the manufacturer, the lead time is up to 2 weeks with a minimum order Qty of 50 ribbons.  However we are more than happy to get sizes pre-made and we will hold the stock off our shelves, ready to go and be called off as and when you require it.

We supply ribbons for Desktop Label Printers, Mid Range Label Printers, Industrial Printers, Print & Apply Printers and Date & Batch Coding Machines.


What is Thermal Transfer Printing?

Thermal Transfer is the world’s most popular printing technology for the marking of variable information on labels and flexible packaging: barcodes, logos, text, expiry dates and batch numbers.  This data is important in order to identify a product, to ensure its traceability throughout its life cycle and to provide all important information for end users.

Thermal Transfer printing: a high performance solution

Robustness of printers well suited to the manufacturing environment

Thermal Transfer printer technology where the print head is positioned obliquely, the contact between the film and the printed substrate is quick.  Films for corner edge printers therefore require specific cooling properties, similar to Corner Edge technology.

Armor Printhead Technology

Simplicity of printing using Thermal Transfer

3 components are essential to guarantee a good printing quality: a Thermal Transfer printer, a print medium and an inked roll.  It is the multiple possible combinations between these three elements that make Thermal Transfer a print technology that is particularly well suited to meeting the demands of all the main industries: distribution, logistics, food processing, health, electronics, household appliances, automotive, machine tools, chemicals, cosmetics, horticulture, textiles and aeronautics.

Thermal transfer printing requires heating the ink of the ink ribbon such that it is deposited onto the substrate as it passes through the printer.  Once this ink deposited on this substrate, it dries quickly, thus allowing the formation of data such as bar codes, texts, numbering, etc.

Thermal Transfer printing

Thermal transfer is a fast printing process that allows the printing of variable data, controlled directly via dedicated software. This software connected to the printer transmits the data and printing information that will make each product unique.

Widely used for label printing, Thermal Transfer technology is compatible with countless surfaces and media.  Print quality and durability expectations depend on the perfect match between the ink ribbon and the selected label material.

The Armor Flat Head Ribbon Range:

ARMOR AWR®8 Enhanced Wax is the biggest selling Wax that Supplyline ID sells from the ARMOR wax range.  It doesn’t make any compromise to quality and printing performance and therefore matches all criteria expected by a traditional wax application.

AWR8 Ribbons Datasheet


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ARMOR AWR®1 Standard Wax is the most competitive wax ribbon of the Inkanto range.  The very high sensitivity of the ink allows printing with low levels of energy with less stress on the printhead.  AWR®1 is therefore the ideal solution for applications particularly sensitive to the quality/price ratio.

AWR1 Datasheet


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ARMOR AWR®470 Standard Wax SolFree® is the only ribbon in the world to be coated without using solvents, including for the backcoating.  SolFree® represents a saving of 365g of CO2 compared to the same ribbon (with average dimensions) produced with a traditional process for the backcoating.  AWR®470 SolFree® is well known for its high coverage ability which is essential for printing the rough materials widely used in logistics.

AWR470 Datasheet


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ARMOR AWX®FH Premium Wax is a resin enhanced wax ribbon.  Intrinsically, it is the highest performance wax ribbon of the Inkanto range, enabling it to answer the requirements of all wax applications, including the most demanding ones, with very good resistance.


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ARMOR APR®6 Wax/Resin is Supplyline ID’s biggest selling wax/resin ribbon of the Inkanto range: very versatile.  It has been conceived to print all kinds of self-adhesive labels at the lowest heat setting and also provides a higher level of mechanical resistance compared to the wax ribbons.

APR6 Datasheet And Icons


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ARMOR APX®FH+ PREMIUM WAX/RESIN is a high-end wax/resin ribbon providing a printing quality and mechanical resistances exceeding the market standards.  It ensures an excellent quality of transfer at low energy on all smooth materials, coated papers as well as synthetics.

APXFH Datasheet And Icons


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WAX Products From ITW

B220 ITW

ITW B220 Resin enhanced wax ribbons are the most common general purpose bar code ribbon.  Wax ribbons work well on coated and uncoated paper stocks, and print at higher speeds and lower temperatures than wax/resin or resin ribbons.

PrintheadSaver® B220 resin enhanced wax ribbon is a multipurpose bar code ribbon that yields excellent results on a broad range of media.  An economical solution for most general use applications, B220 utilizes our proprietary anti-static coating and high sensitivity inks, operates at low print energy, prolonging printhead life, and produces high quality, sharp, crisp bar codes and variable images.  In addition, B220’s ink coating is solvent-free, making it an eco-friendly bar code ribbon solution.

Ideal applications for PrintheadSaver B220 resin enhanced wax ribbon include:

Healthcare General Purpose Labelling Inventory (shelf and bin labels)
Retail labelling Transportation Warehouse and Logistics


WAX/Resin Products From ITW

ITW B121 Flexible ESM™ WAX/RESIN is designed to give outstanding print density on the widest range of label materials at high speed while using minimal printhead energy.  Designed for flathead thermal transfer printers, B121 is an excellent all around flexible wax/resin ribbon that produces dark, crisp bar codes and images and offers durability and scratch/abrasion resistance above a wax ribbon making it ideal for a wide assortment of applications including:

B121 Datasheet

Compliance labeling Fresh fruit and produce General labeling
Healthcare Horticulture/nursery Inventory (shelf and bin)
Retail tags and labels Transportation Warehouse and logistics
Drug Master File

ITW B128 Durable ESM™ WAX/RESIN thermal transfer ribbon for flat head technology printers provides super-sharp imprints and clean edge definition.  B128 is a logical choice for applications where extra durability of the printed image is required, as it is UV-resistant and offers strong abrasion and environmental resistance.

B128 Datasheet

B128 is an ideal choice for your demanding environments including:

Chemical Compliance labelling Fresh fruit and produce
General labelling Healthcare Horticulture / Nursery
Industrial Inventory (Shelf and bin) Lumber
Pharmaceutical Retail tags and tickets Transportation
Warehouse and Logistics



Near Edge printhead technology is used in a range of industrial printers from Toshiba and Avery & Novexx and most Coding Printers from Markem Imaje, Clearmark ICE, Domino and Videojet.

Supplyline ID offerS over 10 different Near-Edge Ribbon grades from the market leaders ARMOR & ITW.  We guarantee we have the right ribbon for your application.

We supply 100’s of the largest manufacturing & distribution companies across all sectors in the UK and we can offer our larger clients a full range of contract options.  These include large stock holding facilities, pre scheduled call off orders, full manufacturer support or we can supply off the shelf on demand from our own stock if we know your usage.

Our range covers all Product Coding, Case Coding, Pallet Coding and Print & Apply machines. As well as stand alone industrial label printers.

We can supply a standard stocked range in Black, White and Red with many more colours available made to order.  This offers a unique look for your product to help it to stand out more on the shelf or suit your own company colours.

All of our near-edge or coding ribbons are made to the highest quality using the most advanced films you can get.  All are supplied with double plastic core.

Free full length sample ribbons are available on request.   Contact our sales team or fill out our ribbon enquiry form and we can advise you which products will suit your machine and discuss your options.

The range of sizes and types Supplyline ID can offer either off the shelf or made to order, is un-rivalled by anyone in the UK. All are supplied with double plastic core and we offer a life-time guarantee on all Armor ribbons.

coding ribbons

With our unique knowledge of these printers and coders, we offer you the best advice for your print quality and management and also offer you the full service: selling the parts, printheads and offering on-site maintenance via our network of engineers.  So you not only save money on your ribbons but you also save money on the running of your machines.

Armor Printhead Technology coding ribbons

Thermal Transfer printer technology where the print head is positioned obliquely, the contact between the film and the printed substrate is quick.  Films for corner edge printers therefore require specific cooling properties.  Similar to Near Edge technology.

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The Armor Near Edge Ribbon Range:

ARMOR APR®400 WAX/RESIN is the newest ARMOR wax/resin ribbon for Near Edge and Corner Edge printers.  It is dedicated to print rough label materials like uncoated papers or tags, a challenge for TT ribbons.

APR®400 achieves a very good printing quality on these materials thanks to its superior coverage capacity.  Its high sensitivity enables the highest printing speeds in labeling applications.

APR400 Datasheet and icons


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ARMOR APR®600 WAX/RESIN is the worldwide reference of premium ribbons for Corner Edge and Near Edge printers.  It is the standard ribbon in Inkanto’s wax/resin range.  Its performance (speed, sensitivity, versatility, blackness) provides a perfectly adapted answer to a large majority of applications.

APR600 Data Icons


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ARMOR APX®650 WAX/RESIN is a high performance wax/resin ribbon for Corner Edge and Near Edge printers, providing a printing quality and mechanical resistance exceeding the market standards.  These high performances contribute to secure your applications.


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ARMOR AXR®600 FULL/RESIN is the standard resin ribbon of the Inkanto range for Corner Edge and Near Edge printers.  It has become a reference for its sharpness.  It is also unequalled as regards to its high level of mechanical resistance and its ability to print at high speed.


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ARMOR AXR®800 FULL is a high performance resin ribbon for Corner Edge and Near Edge printers, designed for the most demanding applications regarding resistance to mechanical aggressions and/or temperature and/or solvents.  It is fully compatible with the label materials dedicated to the same high performance applications.

AXR800 Data Icons


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ARMOR AXR®900 FULL/RESIN is a resin ribbon for Corner Edge and Near Edge printers designed for the textile label printing market.  It can also represent a relevant solution for niche resin applications (involving for example sterilization or resistance to some solvents) which are not satisfied by other resin ribbons.

AXR900 Data Icons


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Near edge products from ITW

B112 Wax Resin Datasheet P110 Wax Resin Datasheet P110W Wax Resin White Datasheet P310 Resin Datasheet

Flexible, high speed wax/resin and resin ribbons designed specifically for near edge or corner edge technology printers

PrintheadSaver® Techno-Edge™ ribbons are developed specifically for use on near edge or corner edge technology printers.  Featuring quick release, these PrintheadSaver® ribbons are designed to get the maximum efficiency out of near edge printheads.  Techno-Edge™ ribbons combine our proprietary anti-static coating and high sensitivity inks that enable you to maintain and sustain the life of your printheads, use less energy and print at faster speeds.  Techno-Edge™ thermal transfer ribbons produce sharp, crisp print and clean edge definition for all your labelling and bar coding needs.

ITW B112 Flexible Techno-Edge™ wax/resin ribbon is specifically designed to work with near edge technology printers in high volume labeling applications.  B112 can be used on a wide range of paper and film media, and offers superb scratch resistance, is UV resistant and produces sharp, clean print density and edge definition while using low print energy.

B112 Wax-Resin Datasheet

Ideal applications for B112 Flexible Techno-Edge™ include:

Flexible packaging Fresh fruit and produce General labeling
Healthcare Horticulture/nursery Industrial
Lumber Metals Pharmaceutical
Retail Transportation Warehouse and Logistics

ITW P110 High Speed Techno-Edge™ wax/resin is a thermal transfer ribbon that is designed especially for the flexible packaging printing market where optimum printing performance at high speeds is required.  Developed for near edge technology printers, P110 produces excellent print density and definition on a wide range of substrates, producing high resolution bar codes, texts and graphics.  P110 prints at 20-31 inches/second (500-800mm/second), and has a high resistance to scratching, smearing, abrasion and heat for superior scan rates in high volume applications.  P110 high speed wax/resin is also available in white providing a quick visual recognition of price codes, date codes, lot codes and other variable imagery that is printed on flexible packaging, and other labeling applications that require a color differentiator.

P110 Wax Resin P110W Wax Resin

Ideal applications for P110 and P110W High Speed Techno-Edge™ include::

Flexible packaging Fresh fruit and produce Healthcare
Pharmaceutical Retail

ITW P310 durable resin is formulated for online coders and some near edge desktop applications where excellent performance in harsh labeling environments, and high volume labeling applications is required.  P310 is a high speed, flexible resin made for flexible packaging applications that require increased smudge and scratch resistance. This Techno-EdgeTM resin ribbon offers outstanding performance characteristics on synthetic paper film (PET, PVC).
P310 Resin datasheetP310

Ideal applications for P310 Durable Resin Techno-EdgeTM include:

Flexible packaging Fresh fruit and produce Healthcare
Pharmaceutical Retail

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Our ribbons can meet the following certifications :
Food Contact Europe RoHS Halogens
Heavy Metals Marine shipping (BS5609) California Proposition 65
REACH/SVHC Food Contact USA Print durability (UL)
Drug Master File

3M Polyester Ink Jet Receptacle Recyclable Labels
A4 Laser Labels Jet Gloss 90 Sheet Labels
Anodised Aluminium Laser Labels Sprocket Fed
Blockout / Blackout Loop Tags Tags
Clear laminates Metallised Silver/Polyester Tamper Evident
Clear PE Oven Proof Tactile
Clear PP Paper Direct Thermal (Eco or Topcoat) Tickets
Domed Paper Thermal Transfer (Matt Vellum or Gloss) Vinyl
Dot Matrix Labels Polyester (PET) Void
Fabric & Woven Labels Polyethylene (PE) Ultra Destruct
Fan Fold Labels Polypropylene (PP) Window Stickers
Fan Fold Tags & Tickets PVC
Garden Centre Tags Peel & Reveal


Acrylic based High Tack Ultra High Tack
Blockout / Blackout Peelable Ultra Low Tack
Chilled Permanent Void
Fastyre Rubber Based Water Resistant
Freezer Tamper Evident


Chemicals Handling Scuff Proof
Extreme High Temperature Moisture Sea & Salt Water (BS5609 Standard)
Extreme Low Outdoor Exposure Solvents
Grease Scratch Proof UV Exposure


Coding Ribbons Colours Full/Resin Ribbons
Coding Ribbons Full/Resin Hot Foil Ribbons
Coding Ribbons Wax/Resin Near Edge Wax/Resins Ribbons
Cold Stamping Ribbons Near Edge Full/Resins Ribbons
Colour Ribbons (Primary & Metallic) Premium Wax Ribbons
Chemical Ribbons (chemical resistant) Standard Wax Ribbons
Enhanced Wax Ribbons Washable Ribbons (Textile / Clothing Printing