Printers have come a long way since they were invented and a printer has practically become an essential accessory for not only a personal computer, but also for scanners, machines and POS (Point of Sale) systems.
Besides duplicating what is on the screen, printers also provide readouts and statements for transactions that take place between 2 factions. Printers therefore are rudimentary to almost any enterprise as they provide details of transaction in physical form.
There are numerous types of printers that range from dot matrix, bubble jets, laser jets, ink jets and even Xerox machines that double as a printer.
However some of these printer types have been discontinued from production such as the bubble jet due to the high cost of ink as well as the type of paper that details are printed on that could be either standard foolscap, A4 that have different weight categories (60, 70, 80, 90, 120 GSM), 2ply, 3ply with carbon copy which are commonly used with dot matrix printers, and a whole wide range of other paper forms that allow users to retain details of what is on their screens or transactions.
Among them, the dot matrix printers has stood the test of time and are still used by enterprises due to its low cost factor, ease of use and lasting printouts that need copies to be distributed within departments such as invoices and purchase orders. These printers are still the preferred choice for cash registers or very high volume printing that use receipt paper rolls that are either carbon or carbonless.
The best thing about these printers is the fact they are easy to install to a POS system or network and be used even in places where other printing methods or printers are not viable or practical for these type of papers, however, it does seem that the dot-matrix printer era is slowly coming to an end as paperless environments and other types of printing technology replace the long standing dot matrix.
Nevertheless the industry has managed to recapture a significant size of its previous market share via the introduction of POS terminal printers that are not only compact but also robust and fast.
Hotels have been attributed for their re-emergence as the hospitality industry use these printers and eftpos paper rolls in kitchens due the convenience and hassle free nature of these systems that are not complicated in comparison to other ‘printing systems’.
The dot matrix printers coupled with these single, twin and triple multi-ply receipt paper rolls allow the users to print multiple copies at a press of a button and are able to provide copies of the printout to relevant parties quickly.
Added to that fact, these printers are also preferred due to the ability to print relatively high quality copies of text at160 to 320 dots per inch.
Other uses include printing barcodes and labels besides invoices, receipt paper printers and purchase orders.
Installation of these printers are also relatively easy as mentioned earlier based on the fact that these printers come with multiple connectivity capability which include serial ports, cash drawer ports or even USB ports.