Thermal Transfer Printer for Flexible Packaging

Produce crisp and durable printing for your flexible packaging films and self-adhesive labels with Thermal Transfer Overprinters (TTO) from Matthews.  

By allowing you to print easily onto generic film packaging, TTOs are an extremely cost-effective printing solution – especially for snack foods, confectionary and fresh produce.   
Linx TT5 in action

If you need high-density barcodes and labels with longevity, a thermal transfer printer is an excellent option. When using the thermal transfer overprinting technology you can print everything from simple date codes and batch codes to logos, product descriptions, ingredients lists, nutritional panels and fully compliant barcodes. 


Advantages of a Thermal Transfer Printer

Thermal transfer printers use a high-resolution thermal printhead, which melts a wax and/or resin-based ink from a very thin thermal transfer ribbon (or “foil”) coating onto the surface of your product.

  • Efficient printing: TTO printers are designed for reduced downtime and maximised ribbon economy keep your business running smoothly.

  • High quality print results: The smooth, waxy surface of the thermal transfer ribbon creates less friction when applying your code onto the product, making it ideal for high-speed production lines 

  • Long print-head life: Print-head life is frequently doubled with a thermal transfer barcode printer compared to a direct thermal barcode printer

  • High-resistance codes: A thermal transfer barcode printer is highly resistant to any chemicals, humidity, UV rays, abrasion and climatic changes that your packaging may encounter on its journey through the supply chain.



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TT5 Washdown 


 Printer Dimensions (LxWxH)  160x167x158mm 185x205x175mm 235x205x175mm 181x215x183mm
Controller Dimensions (LxWxH) 97x119x191mm 95x245x175mm 95x245x175mm 92x244x230mm
Printhead Width 35mm 55mm 110mm 55mm
Printhead Resolution 300 dpi 300 dpi 300 dpi 300 dpi
Maximum Ribbon Width 33mm 55mm 110mm 55m
Maximum Ribbon Length 600m 1000m 600m 1000m




 Contact Matthews to find out how Thermal Transfer Overprinters can give you cost-effective and durable coding, dating and marking.


Linx TT10: Easy, flexible coding
Tap into the efficiency and ease of the Linx TT5 Thermal Transfer Overprinter (TTO). Everything about the Linx TT5 is designed to be easy to use and flexible, delivering high quality coding for flexible film packaging (flow wrap), labels or gloss car ...
Linx TT3: Maximum economy, minimum fuss
The Linx TT3 is ideal for simple date and batch coding with variable information onto flexible film packaging. Easy to use, with maximum ribbon economy, the printer provides precise quality for even the smallest characters.
Linx TT5 Washdown (IP65)
Speed up your washdown processes with the Linx TT5 Washdown (IP65). Designed to make cleanup easier, the Linx TT5 Thermal Transfer Overprinter offers a high quality coding solution for flexible film packaging, labels or gloss card.
Linx TT5: Easy, flexible coding
Tap into the efficiency and ease of the Linx TT5 Thermal Transfer Overprinter (TTO). Everything about the Linx TT5 is designed to be easy to use and flexible, delivering high quality coding for flexible film packaging (flow wrap), labels or gloss car ...


Branding and marking solutions, built to last
Take advantage of high quality, durable branding & marking solutions from Matthews. From medical equipment to heavy industrial goods to timber, Matthews can provide flexible, advanced technology that works for your products.
Date and batch codes you can count on
Get precise, easy-to-read and indelible date codes and batch codes for your products. With Matthews’ years of experience and technology expertise, you have everything you need to implement compliant coding solutions you and your customers can count o ...
Next generation 2D coding
Pack more product information into less space with 2D coding. Take advantage of the latest two-dimensional codes for your business. With Matthews’ 2D coding solutions, it’s never been easier.
Primary GTIN barcodes that scan first time, every time
Whatever your retail product, Matthews has the coding or labelling solution to make sure you have primary barcodes that scan first time, every time. As a GS1 Strategic Alliance Partner, we can help you implement the right technology to apply barcode ...
Print and Label Ingredient Lists & Nutritional Panels
With Matthews coding & labelling solutions, you have everything you need to add ingredient lists and nutritional panels to your products, clearly and precisely.
Unlock the power of Promotional Coding
Boost sales and generate brand loyalty with promotional coding solutions from Matthews. Find out how to print QR codes and alphanumeric codes onto your products. Matthews makes it easy and cost-effective to tap into the power of on-pack promotions fo ...


Coding, Labelling, and Inspection for Meat & Small Goods
Get the advantage with tailored coding, labelling and inspection solutions for meat and small goods. With an advanced range of technologies and deep industry expertise, Matthews can help you achieve the benefits of streamlined coding, labelling and i ...
Coding, Labelling, and Inspection in Food & Grocery
Looking for ways to streamline and improve your coding, labelling and inspection processes? With our vast experience in the food and grocery industry, Matthews can provide a custom solution to give your business the competitive advantage.
Coding, Labelling, Inspection in the Dairy Industry
Streamline and improve coding, labelling and inspection processes in the Dairy industry. With advanced coding, labelling & inspection technologies and with years of experience in the Dairy industry, Matthews provides everything you need to transform ...
Coding, Labelling, Inspection in the Fresh Produce Industry
Find out how Matthews can help you streamline and improve your coding, labelling & inspection processes. With our extensive experience working with fresh produce businesses, together with our advanced technologies, Matthews has everything you need to ...


Primary Coding for every Product
Print retail barcodes, date codes, batch codes and 2D codes onto your primary product packaging. With deep experience implementing primary coding solutions across all industry sectors, Matthews can help you find the most efficient and cost-effective ...

Case Studies

The Gourmet Nut Company
With their business growing significantly, The Gourmet Nut Company needed to improve the efficiency and flexibility of their packaging identification.
R Ceravolo & Co
South Australian fruitgrower, packer and wholesaler, R Ceravolo & Co, has cut downtime, saved costs and increased throughput by installing a Linx TT5 thermal transfer overprinter from Matthews Australasia. Find out how.

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Choosing cost effective coding, labelling and inspection systems
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Thermal Transfer Overprinting on cheese slices packaging
Thermal Transfer Overprinting on cheese slices packaging (youtube 0:30)
Using thermal transfer overprinting technology to print best before dates on film. We even have coders for washdown environments like this one.



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