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Flat Head 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, the UK’s biggest seller of compatible coding ribbons, with the best prices, We wont be beaten on price!  We specialise in the medium to large users due to our expertise in the market, our buying power and our client base.

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.


Flat-Head printers are the most popular on the market.

The print head is flat, meaning that the pressure must be applied to the medium for relatively long time without applying too much force. A cooling time is required before separating the ink ribbon from the printed label.
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Supplyline offer over 15 different Flat Head Ribbon grades from the market leaders ARMOR and ITW we guarantee we have the right ribbon for you application.

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

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, allowing you to offer a unique look for your product which can help it to stand out more on the shelf or suit you 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 supplied with double plastic core. All supplied with a complimentary printhead cleaning wipe to help maintain the life of your printhead.

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

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

Lifetime guarantee

Our unique knowledge of these printers and coders not only allow us to offer you the best advise for your print quality and management, but we can also offer the full service selling the parts, printheads and offering on-site maintenance via our network of engineers, allowing us to not only save you money on your ribbons but also save you money on the running of your machines.

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

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 Flat Head Ribbon range

ARMOR AWR®8 Enhanced Wax is the biggest selling Wax that Supplyline sell 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 APR®6 Wax/Resin is Supplyline’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 settings. It also provides a higher level of mechanical resistance compared to the wax ribbons.

APR6 Datasheet And Icons


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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 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

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 Inventory (shelf and bin)
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
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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

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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