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dpi

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Number of Colors:

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RoHS Compliant?

WEEE Compliant?

Color Printing?

Copying / Scanning Capabilities?

Industrial Metal Housing?

Memory / Storage?

Programmable?

Application Software Included?

Cutter?

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Printer Type
   Printer Type       
   Your choices are...         
   Daisy-Wheel       Daisy-wheel printers or letter-quality printers use a small wheel with a single pin for each character. The wheel is rotated to the correct pin when marking each character on a page. 
   Direct Thermal       Direct thermal printers output sharp, clear text and graphics. They use heat to set images on non-curling, smudge-proof, heavy-stock thermal paper. 
   Dot Matrix       Dot matrix printers produce characters and illustrations by striking pins against an ink ribbon to print closely-spaced dots in the appropriate shape. Dot matrix printers can print multi-page forms (carbon copies). 
   Flexography       Flexography is a rotary-press printing technology that uses water-based inks. Flexographic printers are often used to print on plastic, paper or cardboard. 
   Hot Stamping       Hot stamping machines use heat and pressure to apply an image onto a surface from a film that carries a thin leaf of color. 
   Ink Jet       Ink jet printers spray ink droplets through a nozzle onto the page. There are two basic types of ink jet printers: thermal and piezo. 
   Laser Printer       Laser printers use a laser beam to produce an image on a drum. The light of the laser alters the electrical charge on the drum, and the drum is then rolled through a reservoir of toner. In turn, the toner is picked up by the charged portions of the drum. Finally, the toner is transferred to the paper through a combination of heat and pressure. 
   LED / LCD       LED printers and LCD printers are similar to a laser printers, but uses light-emitting diodes (LED) or liquid crystal displays (LCD) to produce an image on the drum. 
   Letterpress       Letterpress printers are simple printing presses that use a die with raised type to press text onto the page. 
   Line Printer       Line printers contain a chain of characters or pins that print an entire line at one time. They are very fast, but produce low-quality print. Line matrix printers use the same technology as dot matrix printers, but are much faster over greater workloads. 
   Offset Printer       Offset printers use a rubber cylinder to transfer an inked image from a printing plate to paper or other media. 
   Pad Printer       Pad printers use silicone pads to print on contoured or difficult plastic surfaces. They are used for relatively small images, text and graphics. 
   Plotter       Plotters use a pen to produce line art and images on paper or other media. 
   Rotary Press       Rotary presses are similar to letterpresses, but place the raised type on a roller instead of a flat die. 
   Rotogravure       Rotogravure printers engrave photographic images on a cylinder that is then used in a rotary printing press. 
   Screen Printer       Screen printers transfers an image onto a mesh screen by blocking out the surrounding area or areas. 
   Thermal Transfer       Thermal transfer uses heat and pressure to transfer resin-based ink from tiny ribbons directly onto the paper. 
   Other       Other unlisted, specialized, or proprietary technologies. 
   Search Logic:      All products with ANY of the selected attributes will be returned as matches. Leaving all boxes unchecked will not limit the search criteria for this question; products with all attribute options will be returned as matches.
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Printer Applications
   Printer Applications       
   Your choices are...         
   Graphics       Printers can produce graphics. 
   CAD / Engineering       Printers produce computer-aided design (CAD) outputs for architectural, engineering, or construction applications. 
   GIS / Mapping       Printers can produce maps and outputs from geographical information systems (GIS). 
   Bar Codes       Printers produce bar codes, an optical translation which encodes numeric or alphanumeric data in vertical bars and alternating spaces. Bar code bars vary in terms of boldness. Typically, bar codes are printed on labels and then attached to products. 
   Commercial / Office       Printers are designed for commercial use. This category includes document printers and printers for general-purpose office applications. 
   Date Stamp       Printers can print or mark the manufacturing date, expiration date, packaging date, or other date on products, materials or other media. 
   Labels       Printers are designed for labels or adhesive stamps. Most label printers can print barcodes.  
   Forms       Printers are designed for use with forms, special documents that contain blank spaces for the insertion of required or requested information. Often, forms often have multiple pages. 
   Receipt / POS / Kiosk       Printers are designed to print receipts in retail applications such as point-of-sale systems (POS) and kiosks. Receipt printers can also be used in gaming machines and to print barcodes. 
   Mail Pieces (Envelopes)       Printers can print address information on mail pieces such as envelopes. 
   Checks / Financial Documents       Printers are used with checks or other financial documents. Check printers are used by financial institutions, as well as payroll and accounting departments. 
   ID Cards       Printers output identification (ID) cards on materials such as paper and plastic. Examples of ID cards include employee identification cards, health care cards, and membership cards. 
   Other       Other unlisted, specialized, or proprietary applications. 
   Search Logic:      All products with ANY of the selected attributes will be returned as matches. Leaving all boxes unchecked will not limit the search criteria for this question; products with all attribute options will be returned as matches.
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Media Handling
   Maximum Media Length       This is the maximum length of the paper for single sheets and continuous webs. 
   Search Logic:      User may specify either, both, or neither of the "At Least" and "No More Than" values. Products returned as matches will meet all specified criteria.
   Maximum Media Width       This is the maximum width of the paper for single sheets, continuous-feed stock, and rolls or webs. 
   Search Logic:      User may specify either, both, or neither of the "At Least" and "No More Than" values. Products returned as matches will meet all specified criteria.
   Maximum Media Thickness       This is the maximum thickness of the media that the printer can handle. 
   Search Logic:      User may specify either, both, or neither of the "At Least" and "No More Than" values. Products returned as matches will meet all specified criteria.
   Media Handling       
   Your choices are...         
   Single Sheet       Devices can print or mark single sheets of paper or other material. They may have several trays for different paper sizes. 
   Fan Fold (Continuous)       Fan fold paper (e.g., business forms or tape) is made from a web and folded lengthwise or crosswise, like a fan. 
   Roll       Rolls are continuous webs of paper or fabric, wrapped (rolled) around a cylinder or ball. 
   Other       Other unlisted, specialized, or proprietary media. 
   Search Logic:      All products with ANY of the selected attributes will be returned as matches. Leaving all boxes unchecked will not limit the search criteria for this question; products with all attribute options will be returned as matches.
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Mounting Options
   Mounting Options      Some of the following definitions may differ from those used by manufacturers.  Since manufacturers tend to use these terms interchangeably, we have attempted to create clear delineations between them to help you find the product(s) you need.
   Your choices are...         
   Panel Mounted       Devices fit a depression within a panel so that they are flush or nearly flush with the panel. 
   Rack Mounted       Devices mount in racks and come with hardware such as rail guides, flanges, or tabs. Some rack-mounted devices fit in a standard 19” telecommunications rack. 
   Stand Alone       Devices are benchtop or floor-standing units with a full casing or cabinet and an integral interface. 
   Portable / Handheld       Devices are portable and/or designed to be operated by hand. 
   Other       Other unlisted, specialized, or proprietary mounting options. 
   Search Logic:      All products with ANY of the selected attributes will be returned as matches. Leaving all boxes unchecked will not limit the search criteria for this question; products with all attribute options will be returned as matches.
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Performance Specifications
   Resolution       Printer resolution is the number of dots per square inch (dpi) a printer can output. Generally, printers with a higher dpi have a higher resolution. 
   Search Logic:      User may specify either, both, or neither of the "At Least" and "No More Than" values. Products returned as matches will meet all specified criteria.
   Printing Width       Printing or marking width is the width of the characters produced by the printer. This is not the width of the media on which text or images are printed. 
   Search Logic:      User may specify either, both, or neither of the "At Least" and "No More Than" values. Products returned as matches will meet all specified criteria.
   Number of Colors       This is the number of colors used for printing and marking. 
   Search Logic:      All matching products will have a value greater than or equal to the specified value.
   Digital Interface       
   Your choices are...         
   Serial / Digital       Devices can provide outputs in serial, parallel, Ethernet or other digital formats. 
   Network / Fieldbus       Devices output signals that are formatted according to an industrial fieldbus protocol such as CANbus, PROFIBUS®, or SERCOS; a networking protocol such as Ethernet; or another industrial automation protocol. PROFIBUS is a registered trademark of PROFIBUS International. 
   Other       Other unlisted, specialized, or proprietary digital interfaces. 
   Search Logic:      All products with ANY of the selected attributes will be returned as matches. Leaving all boxes unchecked will not limit the search criteria for this question; products with all attribute options will be returned as matches.
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Features
   RoHS Compliant       Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) is a European Union (EU) directive that requires all manufacturers of electronic and electrical equipment sold in Europe to demonstrate that their products contain only minimal levels of the following hazardous substances: lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyl, and polybrominated diphenyl ether. RoHS will become effective on July 1, 2006. 
   Search Logic:      "Required" and "Must Not Have" criteria limit returned matches as specified. Products with optional attributes will be returned for either choice.
   WEEE Compliant       Waste Electrical and Electronics Equipment (WEEE) is a European Union (EU) directive that is designed to encourage the reuse, recycling and recovery of electrical and electronic equipment. WEEE establishes criteria and requirements for the collection, treatment, recycling and recovery of this equipment. It also makes producers responsible for financing these activities. For their part, retailers and distributors must provide a way for consumers to return used or obsolete equipment without charge. WEEE became effective on August 1, 2005. 
   Search Logic:      "Required" and "Must Not Have" criteria limit returned matches as specified. Products with optional attributes will be returned for either choice.
   Color Printing       The printer is capable of color output in addition to monochrome output. 
   Search Logic:      "Required" and "Must Not Have" criteria limit returned matches as specified. Products with optional attributes will be returned for either choice.
   Copying / Scanning Capabilities       The printer is a multifunction system for printing, copying, and/or scanning. 
   Search Logic:      "Required" and "Must Not Have" criteria limit returned matches as specified. Products with optional attributes will be returned for either choice.
   Industrial Metal Housing       The printer is housed in an industrial metal cabinet for protection. 
   Search Logic:      "Required" and "Must Not Have" criteria limit returned matches as specified. Products with optional attributes will be returned for either choice.
   Memory / Storage       The printer has storage capacity or memory for custom settings, programming, and processing tasks. 
   Search Logic:      "Required" and "Must Not Have" criteria limit returned matches as specified. Products with optional attributes will be returned for either choice.
   Programmable       The printer is programmable to facilitate custom printing and marking applications. 
   Search Logic:      "Required" and "Must Not Have" criteria limit returned matches as specified. Products with optional attributes will be returned for either choice.
   Application Software Included       The printer is equipped with application software. 
   Search Logic:      "Required" and "Must Not Have" criteria limit returned matches as specified. Products with optional attributes will be returned for either choice.
   Cutter       The printer has a cutter to separate media from continuous forms or rolls. 
   Search Logic:      "Required" and "Must Not Have" criteria limit returned matches as specified. Products with optional attributes will be returned for either choice.
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