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Printing: Thermal Printers and Print Mechanisms

Thermal Printers

Thermal Printers and Print Mechanisms

Printed receipts and documents are all around us in our everyday lives. BVM provides all types of thermal printers, including printer mechanisms for use in ticketing and vending machines, lottery terminals and ATMs. Panel Printers and Kiosk Printers to build into your product, Receipt Printers for retail applications, Label Printers, and Battery Powered Portable and Vehicle-powered mobile printers for printing up to A4-width on the move.

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What is Thermal Printing?

Thermal printing involves a heat transferred from a thermal print head to a chemically treated thermal paper. As the heating elements form text and graphics, a thermochemical reaction takes place, so the text and graphics can be seen. Because there are only a few moving parts, thermal printers offer years of reliability, minimal maintenance and consistent operation. One of the most distinctive benefits is its inherently quiet operation.

A thermal printer comprises these key components:

  • Thermal Head: the print head generates heat which causes a thermochemical reaction and prints on the paper
  • Platen: the platen is a rubber roller that feeds paper
  • Spring: the spring applies pressure to the thermal head, keeping it in contact with  the thermosensitive paper

 

How do Thermal Printer Mechanisms work?

Chemically treated thermal paper is inserted between the thermal head and the platen. The printer sends an electric current to the heating elements of the thermal head, this generates heat. The heating elements used in thermal printers are usually arranged as a line of small closely spaced dots. The heat activates a thermo-sensitive coloring layer of the thermosensitive paper, which changes color where heated.

 

Direct Thermal

Direct thermal printers are widely used in everyday life, including medical devices, self-service technology, point-of-sale, mobile applications, and more.

Direct thermal technology produces an image by applying a heating element to specially treated thermal paper. Unlike other printing formats, it operates with few moving parts and does not consume toner or ribbons. This translates into reliable long-life performance and reduced maintenance costs.

With precision engineering Seiko Instruments continues to build on direct thermal’s advantages. We offer a complete line of reliable high performance printers with flexible, small footprint designs that help streamline the integration process. Rely on dependable Seiko Instruments printers and components to tackle even the toughest thermal printing requirements.

Reliable Seiko thermal printers are the best matches with the KIOSK terminals printing receipt and ticket and so on!
SII’s wide-variety of product line helps any printing demands on self-service terminal / ATM / ticketing applications..

Applications

Thermal printers and thermal print mechanisms are small, light and consume little power, making them ideal for portable and retail applications. Commercial applications of thermal printers include petrol station pump receipts, information kiosks, point-of-sale systems, voucher printers, ticket machines, hospital cardiac monitors and more.

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BVM are an appointed official distributor for Seiko Instruments’ printer mechanisms and portable printers for the UK and Ireland.

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Whether we’re utilising our own manufacturing & production facilities here in Southampton – or our ecosystem of partners in Asia, BVM can cope with any size or complexity of batch manufacturing. Our production team are highly motivated with a flexible “can do” attitude ensuring consistent quality and on-time delivery.