Can you imagine a retail business that can sustain without reliable printers?
We must never underestimate the importance of selecting the right printer for our business. An inkjet printer, for instance, may print high-quality photos but lack the capability of printing barcodes.
Let’s examine inkjet and thermal receipt printers, two of the most common types of printers of the point-of-sale system.
As the name suggests, Inkjet printers use ink for printing text, images, and graphics using a different set of papers. Most commercial companies use inkjet printers to print high-quality brochures, flyers, and other pieces for home and small offices.
How do Inkjet Printers work?
Inkjet Printers release a thousand droplets of ink onto the paper, where the colors infuse to form an image or text. For producing sharp or photo-realistic images, the colors and sizes of these droplets can be altered.
You can check the printer’s resolution through advertised dots per inch (DPI) that tells you how many tiny droplets can fit along a single inch on the page. A higher DPI means the printer makes smaller individual dots and a sharper image.
Advantages of an Inkjet Printer
Businesses mostly go for an inkjet printer because of the benefits attached to it.
Cost: Inkjet Printers’ cartridges and supplies are worldwide available, and therefore they’re available at much cheaper rates than their thermal counterparts.
Image Quality: Low-end inkjet printers can also produce sharp photo-quality images.
Thermal Printers does not release liquid ink through a nozzle to produce images, unlike inkjet printers. Instead, thermal printers use tiny heating elements to activate or transfer pigments to print text, images, and graphics. They’re most commonly used to generate labels, safety signs, wayfinding markers, barcodes, shipping labels and other heavily-used items.
How do Thermal Printers work?
Thermal printers can majorly be classified into two categories :
Direct thermal printers:
These printers use chemically treated paper for printing through the print head. Direct Thermal printers are most commonly used by shipping companies to print a receipt. These printers are very economical because they don’t use ink, toner or ribbon supplies for printing.
Thermal transfer printers:
Thermal transfer printers use their print head for transferring a solid ink from a ribbon onto a label supply (usually made from vinyl, polyester, nylon, or other thicker materials) to create a permanent print. These ribbons are typically made from wax, resin or a combination of both the elements that are eventually mixed together with the label supply surface through heat and pressure.
Advantages of a Thermal Printer
There are several reasons for investing in a thermal printer:
Durability: Labels printed with thermal printers last longer and can withstand extreme weather conditions.
Versatility: These printers can produce documents, labels and signs for durable arc flash labels, text- and graphics-based floor marking, and labels that work well in harsh weather conditions. A cold store, for instance, have been using thermal printers for printing identification labels of products for years.
Less Maintenance: If you’re looking for a printer that is durable and requires less maintenance, thermal printer are your heroes. Thermal Printers are easier to maintain and have a longer life when compared to other printers.
With so many printer choices available in the market, it makes it difficult for the user to choose the right one. Let’s see which printer suits your business requirements:
Use an Inkjet Printer for:
- Office print jobs, such as contracts, manuals, and emails.
- Printing high-quality photographs.
- Printing short-term notices, announcements, and reminders
Use a Thermal Transfer Printer for:
- Printing durable signs and labels for extreme weather conditions.
- Meeting OSHA and NFPA requirements, including arc flash labels, marine signage, safety signs, and more.
- Printing for your facilities such as magnetized shelving labels, wire wraps, low-light visual communication and more.
- Efficiency and safety with custom floor marking signs that can be modified to create pathways, cordon off areas, and alert pedestrians to forklift traffic.
Wish A POS helps you find a comprehensive series of thermal receipt printers and inkjet printers that cater to all your needs.