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Thermal printing, using heat to produce an image on paper, continues to grown in popularity. Many retail businesses have turned to thermal printers to help them ensure a more efficient point-of-sale (POS) experience for their customers. Not only are they more efficient than impact (traditional) printers, but thermal printers are proving to be more cost effective, and reliable for grocery stores and other retailers. Thermal printers are also ideal for businesses that require POS transactions, and are great for a number of other functions, like printing receipts, ID badges, shipping labels, and price tags, to name a few.

How can a thermal printer benefit your business?

Increased Print Speed – Thermal printers are able to print at much faster rates than other printers. Their printing heads create images in milliseconds, resulting in much faster lines per second (lps) and images which dry extremely quickly. This increased speed enables faster printing of labels for shipping or packaging, and receipts for checking out customers.

Reduced Printing Costs – Thermal printers are inkless, using heat to react with the paper to create images, forgoing ribbons or cartridges in the process. Without the need for these consumables, businesses can save money on supplies. The only consumable needed for thermal printing is the paper.

Reduced Maintenance Costs – Thermal printers contain fewer moving parts than their impact counterparts, which in turn makes them more durable and reliable. There are fewer things that can go wrong, leading to less down time for thermal printers. Additionally, maintenance costs are significantly lower as complicated repairs are unnecessary and service required less frequently. All of this leads to a reduced total cost of ownership.

Improved Print Quality – Thermal printers create higher quality, more durable images than impact printers. They produce clear, long-lasting images that are more resistant to factors such as oils, climate, UV rays, etc. The images created by thermal printers are also more legible because there is no ink to smudge.

Increased Print Functionality – Because they contain fewer moving parts and no consumables besides paper, thermal printers can be used continuously by employees with fewer interruptions. Jams and breakdowns are less frequent, and ribbons and ink cartridges never need to be replaced (because there aren’t any).

Greater performance, better quality, reduced operating costs, and fewer pit stops…all good reasons why thermal printing can benefit your business! Contact us today to learn more.