This process is patented and illustrates the innovation capability of ARMOR, as well as its willingness to invest in long term strategy. SolFree also demonstrates the will and capability to offer unique solutions to the market, in anticipation of today's and tomorrow's environmental requirements.
A commitment to both environmental preservation and people safety was recognized in 2006 by ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certifications: SolFree is a tangible result of these commitments.
SolFree is a patented production process, the only one in the world which enables to make Thermal Transfer ribbons with absolutely no solvent, even for the backcoating.
Traditionally, TTR manufacturing uses solvents during the coating process. With the SolFree innovation, for the 1st time, a ribbon is coated without using solvents.
SolFree reduces your carbon footprint.
With one SolFree ribbon, you save at least 365g of CO2* compared to other ribbons produced with a traditional process.
SolFree ribbons will also meet the requirements of the increasing number of end-users committed to sustainable development. SolFree ribbons are more environmental friendly and improve end-users' carbon footprint.
*calculation for a roll with market average dimensions
SolFree improves printhead life.
SolFree is a 2 step manufacturing process (instead of 3, see "SolFree®, what is it?"), this is an additional guarantee for the quality of the product. The backcoat (ribbon surface in contact with the printhead) is improved, and the printhead more protected.
SolFree: printing quality and printer settings unchanged.
Applied to ribbons traditionally coated using solvents, the SolFree process does not impact on the initial printing characteristics: printing quality, resistances, sensitivity, there is absolutely no effect on the quality.
Changing a ribbon for its SolFree equivalent will not generate any modification on the printer settings: they work seamlessl!
Armor Asia Imaging Supplies | Thermal Transfer Ribbons
ARMOR Asia is a subsidiary of the ARMOR group in charge of converting and selling ARMOR Thermal Transfer ribbons on the Asia Pacific area.
ARMOR is an international group whose ICP division designs and manufactures inked films used in Thermal Transfer technology, with production sites in France, the USA, Brazil, Singapore and China.
Since its founding in 1922, ARMOR has been a pioneer in its principle area of business: printing inks. ARMOR was one of the first companies to manufacture carbon film, then to launch ribbon cassettes for typewriters and subsequently printers, and finally to introduce Thermal Transfer technology into Europe in the early 1980s.
Since, ARMOR has rapidly become a major supplier to the auto-ID and tag & label industries worldwide. Providing a comprehensive range of Thermal Transfer ribbons constantly updated to match your current and future automatic identification applications, meeting and often exceeding market expectations.
Driven by a strong commitment in Sustainable Development, ARMOR is the only TTR manufacturer in the World to produce a ribbon 100% coated without using solvents, AWR 470 SolFree.
ARMOR has ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certifications. ARMOR has recently been granted the newly created ISO 50001certification on energy management.