Thermal printers use heat to mark text on special thermal paper. They’re used in many point-of-sale systems and kiosks. Mike describes the features of thermal printers and what techs need to know to maintain and service the machines.
- Thermal printers are the unsung heroes … of the printing world. … Anybody who's ever got a sales receipt … from a point-of-sales system … has probably enjoyed the benefits … of a thermal printer. … Thermal printers work through a very simple mechanism. … What we have is paper … that is thermally-sensitive. … Wherever you hit it with heat, … it changes colors. … That's all there is to it. … So a thermal printer is really … only going to have two parts to it. … It's going to have some kind of feed mechanism … that keeps the paper moving up, … and then it's going to have a heating element … which can actually, … it's got zillions of little spots on it … and it will put little spots of heat … onto the paper, and the paper turns black or blue, … and there you go. … Thermal printers have a few benefits. … One of the things that we could run into with those is, … number one, a lot of times you'll see multi-part forms. … What you're looking at is usually a white sheet … and a yellow sheet, …
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