Ink Jet Printers Information

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Printers are portable or stationary equipment used to output industrial data in printed form. Ink jet printers project electrically charged droplets of ink onto a page.


Applications for ink jet printers include graphics, CAD or engineering, GIS or mapping, bar codes, labels, forms, receipt or POS or kiosk, mail pieces (envelopes), checks or financial documents, and ID cards. 


Types of ink jet printers include thermal and piezo.


General performance specifications, printer specifications, bar code symbologies, and features are important to consider when searching for ink jet printers.


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Performance Specifications


Important performance specifications to consider when searching for ink jet printers include:


  • Printer resolution is measured in dots per inch (dpi) and refers to the number of dots per square inch the printer is capable of achieving.  Generally, more dots per inch mean a higher resolution.
  • The printing width is the width the printer can print characters, not the width of the media it is printing on.
  • Memory choices include RAM, Flash, and EPROM.
  • Memory capacity is the amount of information the printer can store in memory. Bytes are used to measure memory.
  • Interface choices include serial interface, parallel interface, Ethernet, and USB.

Media Types

Media types handled by ink jet printers include single sheet, fan fold or continuous, and roll.


Important media specifications to consider include maximum media thickness, maximum media width, maximum media length, media roll outside diameter, and media roll inside diameter.



Common features include:


  • Color printing - Ink jet printers with color printing are capable of color output in addition to monochrome output.
  • Copying and sorting capabilities - Printers with copying and sorting capabilities are a multifunction system for printing, copying, and scanning.
  • Industrial metal housing- An industrial metal housing a cabinet for protection.
  • User controls - Controls on the front panel are used for user programming.  These controls can include a touch pad user interface, or buttons for power, on-line, menu, store, form feed, reset, up, or down.
  • Indicators - Audio or visual indicators are used to indicate for paper out, paper jam, or other errors.  The indicators can be LED lights or an alphanumeric display.
  • Cutters - A cutter is used to cut media from continuous forms or rolls.
  • Application software




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