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A Guide to Choosing the Perfect Thermal Paper: Top-Coated vs Uncoated Thermal Paper

Thermal paper is a special type of paper that is coated with a chemical that changes color when exposed to heat. This makes it ideal for use in thermal printers, such as those found in cash registers, credit card terminals, and other devices. There are two main types of thermal paper: top-coated and uncoated.

POS Rolls used for receipts
Thermal Paper

Top-coated thermal paper is coated on the top side of the paper with the heat-sensitive coating. This type of paper is typically more durable and resistant to smudging or smearing, making it ideal for use in environments where the paper may be handled frequently, such as in retail or restaurant settings. Top-coated thermal paper is also known for its high image quality and brightness, which makes it perfect for printing detailed graphics and text.

One of the most common application of top-coated thermal paper is in point of sales systems, such as cash registers and credit card terminals. This type of thermal paper is also commonly used in the printing of shipping labels, barcodes, and other types of labels that are frequently handled.

Uncoated thermal paper, on the other hand, is not coated on the top side, and it has a glossy finish on the print side. This type of paper is best for situations where the paper will not be handled frequently, such as in a printing press or for printing barcodes, receipts, or tickets. The uncoated thermal paper is commonly used in printing barcode labels, receipts, and tickets as well as in label printing equipment.

Uncoated thermal paper is also known for its ability to produce clear, high-resolution images, making it perfect for printing text, graphics, and barcodes. This type of thermal paper is typically more cost-effective than top-coated thermal paper, making it a popular choice for applications where cost is a major consideration.

In summary, when choosing thermal paper, it is important to consider the specific application and how the paper will be used. If the paper will be handled frequently, top-coated thermal paper is a good choice due to its durability and resistance to smudging or smearing. If the paper will not be handled frequently, uncoated thermal paper is a better choice due to its cost-effectiveness and ability to produce clear, high-resolution images.


In addition to the information provided above, it is important to note that the quality and source of thermal paper also play a significant role in the performance of the paper. PLG Impex is an importer company based in Delhi, India that has established relationships with top-quality mills in Europe and Asia. As paper experts, we can suggest the right type of thermal paper for your specific project based on the application and usage. We ensure the best quality of thermal paper to the clients by importing from reputable mills. By working with PLG Impex, you can be confident that you are getting the best quality thermal paper for your needs.

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