Receipt printers are high speed thermal and impact journal, slip, or validation printer that are used primarily at the Point of Sale (POS) in restaurants, banking, and retail industries. Receipt printers allow both the customer and the store to have a print record of their transaction. Some retail stores prefer to use the serial dot-matrix printers for it has a more affordable cost. Pins and ink ribbons that are used for receipt printers make it more costly but also give this type of printer a longer lifespan. The special paper used for receipt printers also adds to the expense on this type of printer. Receipt printers are faster and quieter as compared to a serial dot-matrix type of printer. Magnetic Ink Character Recognition (MICR) is an added feature to some receipt printers. It is used to describe the numbers and symbols that appear at the bottom of the checks. With this added feature, the printer can read, print, and endorse a check in a single pass.
One of the largest designers, manufacturers, and marketers of receipt printers is the Axiohm Transaction Solutions Inc., which manufactured the Axiohm Printers. Axiohm Transaction Solutions Inc. is currently the only transaction receipt printer manufacturer that manufactures its own thermal and printheads. Industrial dot matrix printers, high-end thermal transfer and direct thermal receipt printers that can be used for retail, banking, and other industries are the products offered by Axiohm. One of the fastest two-color hybrid printers in the market is the Axiohm A760. This printer features an integrated MICR and check flip. The flat slip table of this printer makes printing of checks accurate and user friendly. This type of printer costs $575. Axiohm A795 is designed primarily for retail applications. It is the fastest and most reliable printer in its class. This printer costs $386 in the market.
The Epson Printer Team keeps on leading the company into the next century with its innovations and technology along with their product development philosophy and commitment for service and support for their customers. Epson TM-T88iv, which costs $301, is designed for high volume retail industries and hospitality environments that need fast and quiet printing of receipts. This type of printer can produced text or graphics in two colors at nearly 8” per second. Epson TM-H6000ii is recommended for retailers which consider speed as a major consideration in their industry. This model is the fastest and most reliable printer of receipts, graphics, and validations through a single compact unit. This printer costs $638 in the market.
Ithaca Printers are used primarily for retail POS environment, which includes grocery, clothing, retail, fast food, and drug store chains. Fast printing and high quality receipts is its major feature in their products. Ithaca 610 is a printer that offers reliable, affordable, and core-functionality thermal printing. This affordable (costs around $236) and cost-effective model is the latest in the growing line of Ithaca value printers. Ithaca 93Plus printer offers features which includes 12.5 lines per second print speed, dual cash drawer drivers, 71 mm print zone width, and 6k data buffer. The speed of this printer is the industry’s leading speed. However, this printer is costly, having a price of $770.
Price, speed of printing, and functionality are the major considerations in choosing the brand and model of receipt printer suited for your industry. Whichever model you choose to buy, you should make sure that correct related supplies for the receipt printer, such as receipt paper and printer ink and ribbons, are on hand.
This Article is written by John C Arkin.
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