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POS printers have a wide variety of use in businesses. Uses can vary from printing receipts, creating labels, ID cards, printing orders, special instructions for the kitchen and much more.
There are two major printing technologies for POS printing used in Australia which are Thermal & Dot Matrix. There are many other sub categories that come under these such as Thermal Direct and Thermal Transfer. Let’s understand a few pointers from the main categories.
Thermal Printers are very popular in the market as they cost low and have a very low to negligible maintenance cost. The printer prints high quality images, it has very fast speeds and is known for its quiet printing. The downside to Thermal Printers is that the printed image is sensitive to high heats and hence not ideal to be used in a kitchen area or where there is high heat. There are Thermal Transfer printers which are not sensitive to heat as they print using a ribbon, however, they are not an ideal solution for kitchen printing as they are more expensive and cater more towards label printing which is a long-term solution.
If you’re looking for a kitchen printing solution, you can consider a Dot Matrix printer as this is a printer which is resistant to heat and perfect for a kitchen environment. The paper rolls would not discolour at high heat exposure by food preparation or heat lamps.
Interface: You can choose connectivity options such as Serial (RS232), Parallel, Ethernet (LAN), Wi-Fi (Wireless), USB and even Bluetooth.
Paper Exiting Type: Most printers have paper that exits at the top. You might need a front exiting printer for specific areas such as a kiosk.
Printer Speed: Printers that print fast are very reliable during times when there is a heavy volume. Might be an expensive option at first but will be a worthy investment in the long run.
Auto-Cutter: A very convenient feature to have in order to present smooth edged receipts conveniently. Most of the printers now have an in-built auto-cutter.
Drawer Kick: It’s a port that lets you connect a 24V Cash Drawer to the printer. Your cash drawer opens up when you print a receipt indicating a transaction. It’s a great feature to speed up your sale.
Kitchen Buzzer: The same DK (Drawer Kick) port can be used to operate a kitchen buzzer. It rings a buzzer in the kitchen to intimidate that a printer has printed something. Its useful in a noisy kitchen environment to avoid any print to go unnoticed.