Wax/resin combination ribbons have a higher percentage of resin. Printing with this type of ribbon requires more energy than wax. Since resins are harder than waxes, image resilience and chemical resistance for wax/resin ribbons are better than that of wax. These ribbons are more appropriate with matte coated, gloss coated paper including synthetic material such as polyethylene, and polypropylene. Wax/resin images will perform better where scratch, abrasion resistance, or mild chemical durability is required.
Resin ribbons contain the highest percentage of resin materials. Since resins are more durable than wax, resin images have excellent abrasion, scuffing, heat, and chemical resistance. They provide the best performance in harsh environmental conditions. They are best suited for use with gloss coated materials and are superlative for retail applications, textile/apparel uses, tags and labels used outdoors. Chemical exposure, medical and pharmaceutical labeling, as well as industrial and automotive applications.