Thermal transfer printer for industrial-grade printing

Thermal transfer printer for low to high volume industrial-grade printing

Thermal Transfer Printer TT4030

Thermal transfer printers use heat and ribbons to produce long-lasting print results with high resolution up to 300 dpi. Texts, logos and barcodes can be printed as well as information from Excel databases. The range of printable materials includes heatshrink tubingcable markers and industrial labels.

All HellermannTyton printers are optimized for use in industrial environments. Thanks to up to 300 meters of ribbon length, there is less standstill due to downtime. And costs associated with ribbon refills and production changeovers are minimized.

Our thermal transfer printers are not only robust and powerful, they are also versatile.With the built-in network driver and automation capabilities, you can control multiple printers from one source. Above all, our printer solutions are easy to use: select from stored print designs via the user interface or create your own templates.

TT431 thermal transfer printer for low to medium volume applications

TT431 thermal transfer printer for low to medium volume applications

The TT431 is the ideal entry-level model: perfectly suited for small to medium print volumes for all standard applications such as printing bar codes, warning symbols, logos and text. The TT431 is very easy to set up like it’s predecessor model shown in this short tutorial video below.

User-friendly, compact and multifunctional

Thermal transfer printer TT431

Possible materials that can be used for printing with the TT431:

  • Self-adhesive labels
  • Shrinkable tubing
  • Identification tags

One of the most important aspects of this printer is: user-friendliness. The TT431 can be easily and conveniently transported from workstation to workstation thanks to its low weight and compact design.

Thermal transfer printer TT431

In addition, printing is easier than ever before: especially thanks to the 4.3-inch colour touch display, which allows uncomplicated and intuitive working with the printer – including clear status messages.

But it's not just printing that's user-friendly, thanks to TagPrint Pro 4.0 software, marking design is also extremely convenient.





Benefits at a glance:

  • Medium volume single sided printing
  • Intuitive handling via coloured 4.3 inch touch display
  • New, optimised firmware
  • Print on HellermannTyton cable markers and labels
  • Uses standard ribbons
  • Barcodes: standard and 2D
  • Print speed up to 150 mm/s (30mm/s recommended for Ladder Style products and tubing)
  • Multiple language selection
  • Optionally available with wireless module (WLAN Stick)
  • Windows drivers: 32/64 bit for Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, 8, 10, 11

Useful add-on: The optional cutter and perforator make this printer ideal for a wide range of applications.

TT4030 thermal transfer printer for medium and heavy duty industrial applications

HellermannTyton premium printer TT4030 prints high definition graphics such as 2d barcodes, standard bar codes, numbers and text on adhesive labels and thermo plastics such as heat shrink and cable markers (Tiptags).
A colour LCD Touchscreen with modern user interface helps intuitive operation.

How to install a thermal transfer printer? And how does it work? Questions like these will be answered in the short tutorial video below. Watch now how to use the TT4030 thermal transfer printer easily:

The 300 dpi print head fulfils all standard requirements for printing bar codes, warning signs, logos and written information.

Optional premium quality accessories such as a perforator and cutter are designed to work seamlessly with the printer and will suit the most demanding needs.

Creation of professional looking industrial identification is simplified by the use of HellermannTyton label creation software TagPrint Pro 4.0.

Whether in stand-alone mode, as a PC application or in a network - the robust TT4030 printers can meet every requirement.

thermal transfer printer TT4030

Benefits at a glance

  •  High volume single sided printing
  •  Print on HellermannTyton heatshrink tubing, cable markers and labels
  •  Uses standard 300 m ribbons
  •  Barcodes: standard and 2D
  •  Print speed up to 300 mm/s (30 mm/s recommended for ladder style products and tubing)
  •  Multiple language selection
  •  Windows drivers: 32 / 64 bit for Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, 8, 10, 11

Please have a look at our quick installation guide here.

TT4030DS: A high volume thermal transfer printer for double-sided printing

Thermal transfer printer TT4030DS

The TT4030DS is a high-performance printer ideal for double-sided printing on HellermannTyton shrinkable tubes. With two print heads mounted one above the other, the TT4030DS prints on both sides of the material simultaneously. In addition, its high reliability and multiple peripherals enable applications and solutions tailored to specific customer requirements.

Another very innovative feature of this printer is the ribbon saving option, which optimises printing. Undoubtedly, the versatility of this printer makes it ideal for maintenance and assembly tasks in markets where identification requirements are high, such as the railway, aerospace and defence markets.

This printer is also very easy to use thanks to its colour touch screen display and clear status messages that can be displayed in multiple languages. In addition, its 300 dpi resolution ensures that barcodes, warning symbols, logos and text are as sharp as possible.

Benefits at a glance:

  • High volume double sided printing
  • Colour touchscreen display
  • Prints perfectly on HellermannTyton heatshrink ladder style products
  • Print heating can be assigned separately to each print head
  • Uses standard 300 m ribbons
  • Print speed up to 200 mm/s (recommended print speed for TagPrint Pro Software)
  • Multiple language selection
  • Windows drivers: Windows 10, Windows 11
  • Max. Printing Width: 105.7mm    

Thermal transfer ribbons for adhesive labels, heatshrink and cable markers (Tiptags)

Thermal transfer ribbons

The thermal transfer print technology is based on heating up certain dots in the print head then transferring the ink very precisely from the ribbon on to the surface of the printed material.

All HellermannTyton thermal transfer ribbons consist of a special resin composition to maximise print performance.

In combination with HellermannTyton printers the ribbons ensure the highest print quality on all HellermannTyton thermal printable identification materials.




Benefits at a glance

  •   Thermal transfer ribbons for highest quality and performance of printed labels, on heatshrink tubing and Tiptag identification tags
  •   Ribbons are specifically designed to maximise print performance for the recommended material

Thermal transfer technology

Good print quality, high print speeds and the option of printing almost all backing materials permanently – these are the critical advantages of thermal transfer printing.

Its good readability, resistance and abrasion resistance allow thermal transfer printing to be put to use in applications where the print results from laser, inkjet or dot matrix printers are not satisfactory.

The advantages at a glance

  •   High print quality with a resolution of 8-12 dots/mm (12 dots/mm corresponds to approx. 300 dpi)
  •   Barcode printing in excellent quality, hence good optical readability
  •   High print speeds of between 30mm/sec and 150mm/sec
  •   Individual graphics capability
  •   Problem free and rapid realisation of self-designed drafts
  •   Quiet and service friendly printers
  •   Prints are UV fast and permanent with high definition and contrast and good resistance to mechanical and chemical influences.

More about our thermal transfer printing system solutions can be found here in this brochure.

How do thermal transfer printer work?

How do thermal transfer printer work? How do thermal transfer printer work?

Heated dots strike a special colour ribbon, the thermal transfer film, which transfers liquified colour ink at exactly that point onto the backing material (labels, tubes, rating plates).

HellermannTyton printers use what is known as “thin film technology”, in which the very brief liquid phase of the ink produces faster print speeds and better and more precise images than with the “thick film technology” formerly used.

Moreover, the linear orientation of the labels or of the heatshrink tubing makes it possible to print on demand. The printing is then carried out as required. This is especially useful in the production of rating plates in series production.

In thermal transfer printing, the print image is defined by the three components: printer, label material and thermal transfer film (colour ribbon).

What is the difference between direct thermal transfer and thermal transfer printers?

Direct thermal and thermal transfer uses a thermal printhead that applies heat to the surface being marked.

Thermal transfer printing uses a heated ribbon to produce durable, long-lasting images on a wide variety of materials.
No ribbon is used in direct thermal printing, which creates the image directly on the printed material.
Direct thermal media is more sensitive to light, heat and abrasion, which reduces the life of the printed material.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is thermal transfer printing?

Thermal transfer printing is not the same as direct thermal printing. We show you what the difference is and what advantages thermal transfer printing has. We also introduce you to our newest family member, the TT431. Learn more now, here in this video:

Why is the thermal transfer ribbon tearing when I print?

Check the heat settings (darkness) in the software. If the temperature is too high it may tear the ribbon.

The print head is dirty and I am getting poor print?

Print a large black field on a high heat.This will help to remove all of the dirt.

My thermal transfer printer is missing some lines on labels?

The print head is damaged or dirty.  Use spot clean pen or an alcohol solution.  Refer to the printer manual.

Why is the ribbon tearing when I print (error message saying “No Ribbon”)?

Check that the reel of material is not sitting on the base of the printer and causing drag. If the reel is too big it can rub against the ribbon. Also if the reel is fixed too tight it can contribute to this issue. For large reels please use an external reel holder.

I’m using TTRC+ and my ribbon rips off if I print?

There is too much heat or too much pressure on the print head.

When I use a new material I do not know how to create the design?

Refer to the user manual for a new label design.

I connected the printer via USB and now I have more than 1 printer in my list (copies). How can I prevent this?   

 Before disconnecting the printer from PC please “Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media”. Best option is to use an Ethernet connection. 

When I print the material just feeds and there is no print?

This is probably caused by selecting “continuous sensor” when you really need the gap sensor.

The print is not in the correct place on the TipTag?

This is probably caused by selecting the incorrect sensor.

I printed with one template and then created another and sent to print. The printer fed a few empty labels.  Why?  I did not open the print head?

This may be an issue with the template. Please check the label and page dimensions. Refer also to the properties box in TP3.

Printer troubleshooting made easy!

A detailed guide to solve problems with our TT430 and TT4030 printers is summarized in our FAQ printer troubleshooting document.

Labeling Software


To complement the range of printers and various marking materials in different sizes HellermannTyton offers the intuitive label design software TagPrint Pro. With the help of TagPrint Pro you can quickly and easily design your labels from scratch or per implemented Wizard. You can print single jobs but also batch print to either one or more printers at the same time.

Labelling Software TagPrint Pro 4

Benefits at a glance:

  • Manipulate bar codes, text and graphics with ease
  • Design Wizards easily guide you through the addition of text, images, and barcodes to create a label
  • What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) label creation with practical pull-down menus and a wide array of design options
  • All HellermannTyton labels and markers are already preconfigured in database
  • Connect or import directly from other databases including Excel, Access, text files


Expanded Import Capabilities

TagPrint Pro has a wide range of data import capabilities, including XMT, CSV and ODBC, which will refresh automatically, or in the case of Excel, just open directly in the program. With TagPrint Pro, you can view object properties, data and actual label layout at the same time.


Eliminate errors and work more efficiently with Print Automation

TagPrint Pro 4 Print Automation

HellermannTyton Print Automation is the powerful workflow assistant built into TagPrint Pro label design software. It allows one-step printing of label jobs – even multi-label groups – to one or more printers simultaneously.

Instead of manual data entry, the individual print jobs are simply sent by the scan of a barcode. This ensures less susceptibility to errors and speeds up your production significantly: Compared to traditional workflows, you can print your labels up to 23 times faster.

Software & Drivers

For software & drivers please see our download area: