If you are researching ribbon printers, you've probably already come across these two options - Thermal Heat Transfer and Hot Stamping. Both are currently used for printing on ribbon but are very different from one another. Here's a little history and a comparison so you can decide which one is right for you.
Thermal Transfer - This is the newest method where you create a design on your computer through a specialized software program that then prints on the ribbon using a bar code printer.
Hot Stamping - This method has been in existence for a while. You manually set type and then apply pressure for a "stamp" to be adhered to the ribbon.
There are pros and cons to each system. Below is a chart outlining the differences so you can determine which will best fit your needs.
Any other questions on these systems? Just ask in the comment section below.