Advantages and Disadvantages of Point of Sale Thermal Receipt Printing

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The POS (Point of Sale) otherwise commonly referred to as the ‘cash register’ is the lifeline of any business as it basically acts as an ‘inlet’ for profits and thus having a reliable, effective and cost efficient POS is pivotal to the success of businesses big or small.

There are a variety of POS solutions that differ from one another significantly regardless of the fact if they are ‘standalone’ systems or networked due to the interconnected hardware that comes with these systems. Some are attached to conventional dot-matrix printers that adds to the noise of the business premise as the print heads hammer away at toner soaked ribbons that come in all sorts of shapes and sizes while others resort to laser printers, inkjets, bubble-jets and thermal printing.

There is no doubt that each of these ‘systems’ do have their own advantages, but when put to the test, it does seem that the winner of the lot in the POS ‘receipt printing’  arena are the thermal print systems. The reason as to why this printing system has been selected by us as the best solution for POS system is based on 5 essential business factors which include:

Quiet & Rapid Output

Thermal printers are silent but fast as opposed to dot matrix printers that crank away line by line while your customer stares at his purchases trying to blot out the ‘cranking’ of the dot-matrix. Thermal printers on the other hand slide out the receipt quietly in an instant as the print head is positioned in such a way that the ‘heat resistors’ on the print head have the image ready as the thermal paper rolls out.

Cost Effectiveness

Every single cent spent is a cent lost to the business and as such minimising cost must be incorporated into every aspect of the business. In this regard, thermal printing systems hit a home run as thermal paper rolls are incredibly cheap and easily available just about anywhere compared to dot-matrix receipt paper rolls that are not only expensive, but at times difficult to obtain. Plus, there is no ink and these thermal printers use much less power than most other printers.

Low Maintenance

Besides savings on ink, receipt paper rolls and energy, thermal printers are also very easy to maintain as these machines have no more than one or two moving parts and maintenance of these printers can be easily managed by in house employees. Inserting the thermal paper rolls is actually quite easy and takes up a fraction of the time that is required to replenish receipt paper on other types of printers.

Clear Output

Thermal printing technologies have evolved and in recent years are able to deliver high resolution graphics if needed. Business owners do not have to contend with smudges, spots, unreadable prints and other common issues that plague POS systems.

Disruption Free Operations

The worst thing that could happen at a POS unit during a long queue is the printer runs out of ink, the paper gets jammed or the print head ‘double hammers’ digits. These situations add to the inconvenience of the customer and subsequently their satisfaction levels which are bad for business. Thermal paper roll receipt printing systems are not attached to these disruptions due to the simplicity of the system itself.