Tips on how to choose printer paper


Posted: Tue, Dec 1, 2020, 10:49

The printer paper we will use what we have to choose depending primarily on the printing system of the printer.

If we are going to use a ticket printer we have to consider two categories; thermal paper and Electra paper or commonly called “normal”.

There is a feature of the printer that tells us immediately if the printer prints one type of paper or another. This characteristic is seen with the naked eye since it consists of checking if the printer uses an ink ribbon. If you use it, the appropriate printer paper is Electra and if you don't use it we will have to use thermal paper.

Anyway, the best way to know the right paper of course is to check it, doing a test with a paper, since nothing happens if we make a mistake and do not put the correct printer paper, but we have to take into account that if we are using a thermal printer and we put the printer paper upside down, then it will not print, so before assuming that we have made the wrong paper or that we have a printer failure, what we have to do is simply turn the rollover, so That it prints on the opposite side to the one we put it the previous time.

What is thermal paper?

Thermal paper is a type of heat-sensitive paper and is printed through a technology called "direct thermal printing", that is, it prints by heat, not ink.

Thermal paper has two sides, one glossy and one opaque. When we give heat through the lower part, which is opaque, the upper part, which is brighter, darkens, as if it were burned. Chemical compounds have been applied to the upper layer which, when subjected to heat, react with each other, and develop the image. The main components are a colorant, a sensitizer, and a color developer.

If you want to check it better, you can light a lighter and bring the flame to the paper from the bottom, without burning it, just a moment, and you can check that the top part turns black, and the bottom part stays the same.

This same system is used by a printer to print the paper, but much more sophisticated.

Thermal paper can be of various weights, depending on the thickness of the paper.

The most common grammage is 55 grams.

If we use a thicker weight we have to use a printer specially prepared for it.

- Economical: no need for inks, ribbons, or other printing systems

- quality: direct thermal printing is a highly reliable system. The quality is always constant regardless of the amount of data to be printed since you do not need any consumables.

- reliable: direct printing machines need very few components for their operation. They only need a thermal head and an elementary paper transport system, so their level of breakdowns is much lower than ink printing systems.

- No limitation of sheets: Thermal paper rolls only have the limitation of the length of the footage.

- silent: printing is done completely in silence, only the rolling of the paper is heard.

- Size flexibility: the size adjusts perfectly to the printing system used.

- Ecological: by not using inks or toner, it can be considered to be interesting from an ecological point of view.

Currently, we can find rolls of thermal paper in various colors on the market. Specifically, there are 5 colors: white, pink, green, blue, and yellow.

The color paper has a slightly higher price, so most of the thermal paper that we find is white, however, the price difference is very small compared to the difference in quality and brightness offered by colored paper.


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