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Receipt Printer Technologies: Impact, Thermal and Inkjet

by ScanSource Technical Services March 18, 2011 POS

Impact: Impact printing is done by several tiny pins, aligned in a column, striking an ink ribbon positioned between the pins and the paper, creating dots on the paper. Characters are composed of patterns of these dots by moving the printhead laterally across the page in very small increments. The pins, contained in the printhead, […]

SS Technical Article: What is an IP Rating?

by ScanSource Technical Services November 16, 2010 AIDC
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IP rating? Class? Division? N.I.? I-Safe? These are all terms bandied about when talking about mobile devices, but what do they really mean? Let’s take a look at what each means and how they relate to the environment the mobile device needs to operate in. IP(Ingress Protection) Ratings IP Ratings are a measure of how […]

Mobile Computer Terminals: Vertical Markets

by ScanSource Technical Services November 6, 2010 POS

Vertical Markets   Businesses look to technology to help make them more efficient, reduce labor and obtain more accurate data on demand. Each vertical uses Mobile Computers in different ways to achieve these goals and help solve business processes. Now lets look at how the different vertical markets uses Mobile Computers. Vertical Market – Manufacturing […]

Mobile Computer Terminals: A Closer Look At Form Factors

by ScanSource Technical Services November 1, 2010 Mobility

Mobile Computers come in numerous designs and form factors to meet the ergonomic needs for many jobs and situations. There are three main form factors categories: Handhelds Wearables Vehicle Mounts Handheld Terminals A handheld mobile computer is ergonomically designed to be held by the user. Some of the many options include: A choice of scan […]

Mobile Computer Terminals: An Introduction

by ScanSource Technical Services November 1, 2010 Mobility

What is a Mobile Computer? Simply put, a mobile computer is a fully programmable portable computing device that can connect to a networking infrastructure via cable or wireless to transfer data through either a real-time or batch process. In this course, we will outline the features of many types of Mobile Computing Products. These types […]

Thermal Barcode Printers: An Introduction to Interfaces

by ScanSource Technical Services September 16, 2010 Barcode Printing

The interface is how the host that is generating the print job communicates with the printer. No one printer is going to support all of these possible interfaces so it can be important to know ahead of time how your customer intends to connect to the host so you can make sure the printer is […]

Thermal Barcode Printers: An Introduction to Options

by ScanSource Technical Services September 16, 2010 Barcode Printing

Now that we have a pretty good understanding of how Thermal Barcode Printers work in general, let’s take a look at some common options. Peel and Present: Dispense Mode Self Strip Present Sensor Most label stock comes on a substrate (backing material). In many applications you don’t want the worker to have to spend the […]

Thermal Barcode Printers: Explaining Media and Ribbons

by ScanSource Technical Services September 16, 2010 Barcode Printing

Labels What’s important to keep in mind is there is a media for every application, be that a simple shipping label that only needs to last 3 days, or a warning label that needs to last 10 years on the side of a fishing boat in the North Atlantic. Both are labels, and both can […]

Thermal Barcode Printers: Explaining Top of Form

by ScanSource Technical Services September 16, 2010 Barcode Printing

Every printer needs a way of locating the Top of Form (top of the label.) Thermal Barcode Printers have two ways of doing this. Which one you use depends on the type of label you are using. How the printer locates the Top of Form Gap/Notch Media Black Line Media (Black Bar, Mark) Continuous Media […]

Thermal Barcode Printers: A look at Printhead and DPI Requirements

by ScanSource Technical Services September 15, 2010 Barcode Printing

In real simple terms a Thermal Printhead is made up of a series of perfectly square heating elements over a ceramic substrate. These heating elements are usually referred to as dots. The number of these dots per inch (dpi) indicate the resolution of the printhead. The standard DPIs are 203, 305, 406, 609. The higher […]