A look Into The Thermal Printer Vs. The Thermal Transfer Printer

The advances in information and communications technology have certainly lent truth to the saying “the best things come in small packages.” Just think back to a few decades ago, when analog mobile phones were first launched. With protruding antennas and an overly thick shell those hulking behemoths could not even fit in your pants pocket.

Mobile phones have definitely come a long way in the last ten years. Even the trusty printer you use every day to print important documents now comes in sizes you wouldn’t have imagined possible. One of our favorite smaller sized printers is the Epson TM-T88IV-101 Printer Thermal T88IV USB/AC PS180.

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A thermal printer uses heated elements instead of traditional ink or laser print heads and is of much higher quality. You encounter thermal printing every day in the form of receipts from automated teller machines and retail point of sale (POS) terminals at your local supermarket. Bus and train services also use thermal printing technology to print tickets for commuters. Is it too much for us to say that thermal printers are becoming the norm?

Thermal printers come in two varieties: direct thermal and thermal transfer. Direct thermal printers heat chemically saturated thermal paper that changes color when heated. Thermal printers such as the Epson TMT88IV-084 POS Thermal Printer(m129h) usually come in portable sizes and are used to print receipts and tickets, as well as employees’ daily time records.

Thermal Transfer

Thermal transfer printers are similar to the standard printers used at home or in the office. However, instead of ink cartridges, thermal transfer printers have inked ribbons that transfer the ink to a surface that needs to cool before it can produce texts or images. On the plus side, thermal transfer printers produce documents that are long-lasting, smudge-free, and can withstand extreme conditions. For these reasons, thermal transfer printers are great.

Over time though, a thermal printer may develop various kinds of mechanical problems.  When this happens, be sure to replace it with parts from reliable suppliers of quality computer equipment that are hard to find, like Code Micro.

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