Thermal Ribbon

At Funktion, we specialise in providing high-quality thermal ribbons for a wide range of thermal printers, including popular brands like Honeywell, Zebra, and many more. Our commitment to excellence ensures that you receive reliable, durable, and efficient thermal ribbons that meet the demands of your printing needs.

Our quality Thermal Transfer Ribbons are designed to bring out the best in your printer and prolong the life of your printhead. Our thermal printing and labelling experts can help you match an appropriate ribbon to your label material or application, as well as providing advice on the correct label printer temperature and print-speed settings.


Thermal Transfer Ribbon 

Thermal transfer technology uses a heat-sensitive carbon ribbon, which gets melted onto the label when heat is applied through the thermal printhead. It delivers a permanent, crisp print, ideal for long-life product labelling and labels that are exposed to direct sunlight, heat or outdoor conditions. 

We stock three different formulations of ribbon including wax, resin and wax/resin depending on if you need to make your label more economical, durable or provide a more detailed print. All Funktion ribbons are designed to meet strict quality specifications and have a unique coating on the back of the ribbon to protect your printhead. Find out more about our range of ribbons below or shop now.




Wax ribbons are suitable for general purpose printing on paper stocks, making it for ideal carton labelling applications. The high ratio of wax in the formulation means these ribbons have a lower melt point, so a lower heat setting can be used on the printer and high print speeds are achievable. Wax ribbons are the most economical ribbon.

Wax Ribbon Codes F001 to F049




Wax/Resin ribbons provide a finer image on very smooth or coated and gloss paper labels and some synthetic stocks (e.g. polypropylene, polyethylene, polyolefin). The printed image is more durable than wax, ensuring excellent resistance to scuffing or rubbing which can be a common problem for freight.

Desktop wax/resin Codes F050 to F099

Near Edge Codes F100 to F149



Full resin ribbons provide excellent performance with a sharp clear print and higher print speeds, together with outstanding resistance to smudge and scratch in harsh conditions (high temperatures, corrosive or UV applications). They are suitable for a wide range of materials including synthetic and specialty label stocks.

Resin Codes F150 and up


Choosing the right ribbon for your printer

When choosing your thermal ribbon, it's essential to consider the orientation of the carbon-side (ink side) - it can face in or out. Different printer makes and models have specific requirements for the ribbon style. Additionally, the roll length of the ribbon (outer diameter of the roll) must be compatible with your printer model.

At Funktion Australia, we understand the critical role that thermal ribbons play in your printing operations. That's why we offer a diverse range of high-quality ribbons and provide expert guidance to ensure you find the perfect match for your printing needs. Explore our extensive selection of thermal ribbons below or shop now to elevate your printing experience!

Printer Brand Model Carbon Side IN Carbon Side OUT
Zebra All   Y
Datamax-O'Neil Since 2010 Y Y
Pre-2010 models Y  
Honeywell PC Range   Y
RM Range Y


Bixolon All   Y
Intermec PC Range   Y
PD, PM, PX Ranges Y Y
Carl Valentin Micro & Pica   Y
Bita, Compa, Spectra & Duo Print Y Y