Embedded Thermal Printer Mechanisms

Embedded Thermal Printer Mechanisms

Thermal Printer Mechanisms

Compact, reliable low voltage thermal printer mechanisms are thSeiko Embedded Thermal Printer Mechanismse answer for portable printing applications, offering low power consumption to enable long battery life. The innovative small footprint designs free up critical design real estate.

New low voltage LTPD and CAPD series thermal printer mechanisms tackle the challenges of designing smaller, faster, more reliable mobile devices. These new mechanisms deliver exceptional value with dramatic advances in design flexibility, reliability and print performance.

CAPM series direct thermal printer mechanisms are ideal for high performance, heavy-duty embedded printing applications. 300 mm/second print speed means exceptional performance, for a better user experience. Service life ratings of up to 200 km printing and 2 million cuts ensure long-life, trouble-free operation. Extended operating temperature range and thick paper support provide additional application options such as outdoor ticket printing. Units are available in both EZ-OP paper operation and auto-loading designs.

Seiko Fast 3″ Embedded Printer Mechanism – CAPM347


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.


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.

Thermal Printer Mechanisms


CAPM : 300 mm/s and 2M cuts * 24V range – Paper width 80mm/3″ – EZOP or Automatic Loading

  • Max. printing speed: 300mm/s
  • Build-in auto paper cutter
  • Head open design for easy paper operation
  • Heavy duty: 200km, 2mil. cuts
  • Wide operating temperature: -20 to 60° C
  • Various Drivers
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Max. 300mm/s, an extremely high reliability of 200km abrasion resistance and 2 million cuts: the CAPM347 series meets the state of the art in heavy duty thermal printing. The front paper exit structure leaves enough space above the printer for other purposes and prevents e.g. liquids from dropping into the printer. The gears are completely covered to avoid dust entering the printer.

The user friendly mechanism offers models different models: easy paper load, auto paper load as well as models for thick paper applications.

This compact 24V high speed heavy duty thermal printer series supports a wide range of applications in markets such as: Lottery, Ticketing, Parking, Point of Sales and Kiosk.

Serial and USB interface boards are available.

CAPD347 012 released platen


24V range mechanism incl. Auto Cutter – Paper width : 56mm and 80mm – Easy Paper Operation

  • 2-inch and 3-inch model available
  • Maintaining the compact size including the auto cutter part (height <30mm)
  • Printing speed up to 200 mm/s
  • Cutting frequency of 30 cuts/minute
  • Cutter lifetime of 1.000.000 cuts or more (in specified environment)
  • Paper insertion by easy paper operation
  • Latch function to secure unchanging pressure between thermal head and platen
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The combination of the 24 Volt printer mechanism LTPD247 (horizontal version) plus auto cutter results into this highly reliable, robust, fast and cost oriented printing solution. In addition to the benefits of the LTPD 24 Volt series, the cutter offers a reliability of 1.000.000 cuts minimum ensuring a continuously reliable paper output. With a height of less than 30mm including the auto cutter part this product makes the grade where space is limited.

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Compact sized and high speed printing, 24V range, Paper width 58mm and 80mm, Easy Paper Operation

  • 2- and 3-inch models available
  • Compact size (max. height of 30mm)
  • High speed printing up to 200 mm/s
  • Horizontal and vertical version available
  • Easy paper operation paper insertion
  • Latch function to secure unchanging pressure between thermal head and platen
  • Version with built-in auto cutter available (CAPD Series)
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These 24 Volt printer mechanisms are our response to the challenges applications might point during design phases. These mechanisms are very small, fast, robust and reliable. Furthermore we did not forget the orientation to cost targets.

LTPD247/347 are specified for a maximum speed of 200 mm/s. These printers can manage 100 km abrasion resistance and 100 million activation pulse resistance minimum. Considering design flexibility, each model is available as horizontal and vertical type. Paper rolls can be replaced by easy paper operation or automatic paper loading.

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Embedded Thermal Printer Mechanisms

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POS Receipt Printers

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Panel Mount Printers

Printers Panel
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In-Vehicle Printers

Printers Vehicle
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Portable Printers

Printers Portable
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