What is the role of thermal printers?
Printer is a peripheral device which is used to produce hard copy documents. Printers are available in different varieties. Dot matrix printer, ink jet printer, thermal printer etc. are some examples of different types of printers. Printers are classified according to the technology used to print documents. You could also use your printer over a local network. Thermal printer is one of the most successful printers used nowadays. To produce hard copy, thermal printers use tiny pins. The thermal printers are used in many applications such as retail stores, ATM machines, and gas stations etc. To install a thermal printer in your system, you need to install its compatible device driver. Installation of incompatible device drivers might trouble you while making hard copies. You could get the device drivers of your printer when you purchase the printer. Otherwise, you could download it freely from the website of the manufacturer.
Description about thermal printers, features and its various components are listed below:
- Thermal printer
Thermal printers are printers which use heated pins to print images in a heat sensitive paper. Thermal printers are commonly used in calculators and fax machines. Paper used for printing in thermal printer is thermal transfer paper. It is a heat sensitive paper and reacts during impacted with heated pins. Thermal printers are cheaper compared to other printers.
Most striking feature of a thermal printer is that it provides high quality hard copy. In thermal printer, the image produced when the paper passes over the thermal print head. Thermal printers print faster than other printer and it is also smaller compared to dot matrix printers and ink jet printers. For Some applications thermal printers are more economical.
Major components of a thermal printer include thermal head, platen, spring, controller board. Thermal head in your thermal printer is used to generate heat to prints on paper. The thermal transfer is impregnated with a mixture of dye and appropriate matrix. When matrix is heated, dye reacts with the acid and shifts to its color. Controller board in a thermal printer is embedded to manage the mechanism of printer.
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