Impact printers use a mechanical printhead with print wires that strike a ribbon to print on paper. Impact printers are common in many offices and techs need to know how they work for maintenance and service. Mike describes the pieces and processes involved in taking care of impact printers.
- What I have in front of me is the granddaddy … of all printers. … This is a dot matrix or impact printer. … These printers are so old they predate PCs … and were used back in the old mainframe days. … So, what I want to do is talk about some of the parts … that we're going to see here. … So, first of all, let me get some of this … out of the way. … (printer parts clunking) … Let's see if we can take a look at this … way inside here. … So, this is the print head. … Now, the print head actually has lots of little, tiny pins … that push through this ink. … This is actually... … (printer parts clunking) … Let's see if I can get this out. … This is an ink ribbon, … so this actually has ink in it like an old-time typewriter, … and the little pins push through this little, tiny head, … and it actually makes impact on paper. … Let me see if I can get this guy back in. … So, we've got a print head. … We're got our ribbon. … It goes back and forth on this traverse mechanism. … Then we have the platen. …
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