POS Thermal Printing solutions
POS Thermal Printing solutions,POS Thermal Printing solutions,Dayari technologies is the leading supplier of quality Thermal Transfer as well as Direct Thermal technology in Nairobi Kenya.
5 Benefits of Thermal Printing in Retail
Thermal printers offer so many benefits that it’s understandable why most large-scale retailers have already switched to highly reliable, extremely efficient and cost-effective Thermal printing technology.
Thermal printing is incredibly flexible, allowing it to be integrated with different kinds of labeling and printing systems already being used by retail businesses.
Also, for the many retailers that are embracing RFID technology for their inventory management systems, advanced RFID printing and encoding systems are essential for getting the full benefit of their RFID deployment.
Let’s take a closer look at five of the most important benefits associated with thermal printing in retail:
#1 Lightning-Fast Printing Speed
With ink printers, it takes time for the printer to physically put the ink on the page. Although it might not initially seem like much, the wasted seconds can really add up when customer after customer is waiting in line for their receipt to print.
With a thermal label printer, the ink is taken out of the equation, which allows for lightning-fast images in a fraction of the time.
This leads to faster customer checkouts, faster shipping label printing, more customers served, more goods sold and more work done by fewer employees.
#2 Thermal Printing is Cheaper
Anyone who’s owned a printer knows how expensive it is to replace the ink cartridges. A thermal printer, however, is inkless.
They use heat to print images on the paper, which eliminates the need to spend money on ink cartridges and printing ribbons that tend to run out of ink at exactly the wrong time. By eliminating the need to replenish ink supplies, retailers save big on operational costs.
#3 Less Need for Maintenance
Every retailer knows what it’s like when there’s a massive amount of work to be done or a long line of customers waiting to check out and the workflow suddenly gets interrupted by a receipt or label printer that malfunctions or stops working. Experienced employees might know how to get the printer back online if it gets jammed or breaks down in many situations, but sometimes, an expensive technician is required to quickly resolve the situation.
Because thermal printers don’t have as many moving parts as conventional printers, there is less opportunity for them to break.
Also, with fewer moving parts, if something does go wrong on a thermal printer, they are usually a lot easier, faster and cheaper to repair.
#4 Improved Workflow Efficiency
Even when conventional printers work perfectly, they aren’t free from ink-related interruptions. Employees will regularly need to stop and replace ink ribbons or cartridges from time to time, which represent another opportunity for workflow delays.
A thermal printer, on the other hand, will print continuously without ink-related interruptions.
#5 Better Quality Images
Have you ever removed a label or receipt from a conventional printer and noticed ink smudges as soon as it’s touched? Or maybe the ink was running low, so the image is faded or not even legible.
Because there is no ink to smudge, thermal printers create clear and long-lasting images that are easier to read and better capable of enduring damaging factors like UV rays, extreme weather environments and water damage.
With so many cost-saving, time-saving and efficiency-promoting benefits associated with thermal printers in retail, it’s no surprise why so many retailers are moving beyond conventional printers.
Although the initial expense of updating one’s printing technology could represent a significant investment, the long-term benefits are as clear, crisp, and easy to see as a thermal-printed image can be.
At MSM Solutions, we offer a large variety of thermal printer solutions that help retailers quickly print clear and legible receipts, barcode tags, high-quality apparel tags, RFID tags and other items.
Once you’ve implemented thermal printing, or if you have your system up and running already, MSM’s Portal-Track solution can be integrated with your thermal label printers to help you verify electronic product codes.
Call us today and buy Thermal Transfer and Direct Thermal enable POS Thermal Printing solutions systems at affordable price at our shop in Nairobi.
Most label printers use thermal technology to print with. They are fast, reliable and well suited to barcodes – which are often printed on labels. You’ve seen the phrase, now let’s explain what it means.
Thermal printers use heat to produce very high quality barcodes and other text on labels, tags, tickets, wristbands or receipt paper. Compared to laser and inkjet printing technologies, thermal-printers:
- Need less maintenance,
- have lower cost labels, tickets and ink,
- can print single labels or receipts (not whole A4 sheets) and print faster (up to 450mm per second)
- Near instant printing
- While not suffering bleed as you find with some inkjet printers or fade with some lasers.
Thermal printers can print in two different ways –Direct Thermal or Thermal Transfer. Which method of printing is decided by?
- How long the labels (or other printing materials) need to last
- What material you plan to print onto.
What do Direct Thermal and Thermal Transfer mean?
All ‘thermal’ printer, as the name suggests use heat to print. Direct thermal printers print onto special heat-sensitive media that darkens as it passes under the heated sections of the print-head.
Because they print without needing an ink ribbon, direct thermal printers are simple – no need to change inks and no ribbon mechanism built into the printer.
Direct thermal printed labels usually have a good shelf life but are not well suited to situations where they’ll experience heat, long periods of direct sunlight or abrasion. Thermal labels, tags or tickets can be ‘top coated’ to provide heat and scratch protection.
Not all materials are available to buy with a thermal coating. Plastic (synthetic) labels and tags are not widely available for thermal printing.
In summary, direct thermal printing produces sharp print quality with good barcode scanning ability but without the need for ink.
If you don’t need long life labels, i.e. for printing address labels, fresh food or tickets, direct thermal is a low cost, easy way to print.
Thermal transfer printers use an ink ribbon which is melted onto the label by the print-head.
What does it mean for you?
- Thermal transfer makes it easy to print onto a wide range of different materials like polypropylene and polyester, for outdoor and harsh environments.
- Thermal transfer printing can be extremely durable – making it scratch, chemical and water proof.
- Labels printed using thermal transfer has a very long life making them perfect for asset labels, product labels and outdoor wristbands.
- Since you are using an ink ribbon, you also have the choice of a range of colors to print with.
With the right combination of labels and ribbon, you can make a label for any environment or application.
Though it does cost a little more to print thermal transfer media, the added benefits ensure your label or tag is readable throughout its life without ever needing to reprint.
Do you use Direct Thermal or Thermal Transfer?
We introduced you to Direct Thermal and Thermal printing. Here’s where you’d use it.
|What am I printing?||Direct Thermal||Thermal Transfer|
|Address or shipping Labels||yes|
|High temperature labels||yes|
Direct thermal printers are easier to use.
These printers tend to be more compact, easier to use and cost a little less than thermal transfer printers because they don’t have the ink ribbon mechanism built into them.
They are more specialists because they’re not able to print on materials other than direct thermal paper. Don’t expect to start using it for printing waterproof labels – only thermal transfer printers are able to print to waterproof materials.
Do expect them to be easy to use – the users only need to load paper. With fan fold labels that feed from a box through a slot in the back of the printer, it’s possible to leave your label print for months without attention.
Labels and paper for these printers usually print black
Finally, direct thermal labels and receipts can discolors over time. Depending on the grade of paper they can turn brown over a matter of months, especially if they are left in the sun or other hot places.
Thermal Transfer Printers tend to be more versatile. If you decide you want it to print onto different materials, such as plastic or print with a different colored ink then you’re able to do this with a TT printer.
Thermal Transfer printers tend to produce a sharper image. They’re also capable of producing labels and tags which are scratch and water resistant.
Expert Help and Advice
Expert Labels also support you with replacement parts, optional extras, accessories and software and service. Ask us about service options on desktop printers. When you buy a new printer you’re able to get three year service cover, which includes replacement print-heads on certain printer brands.