Typically this would be an impact or thermal printer mechanism with interface pcb.
This is the most cost effective way to integrate a printer into an OEM development when production quantities are likely to be measured in many hundreds of units.
The selection of the best mechanism for a given application is complex and it is strongly recommended that you contact us to discuss your requirements in more detail.
The simplest way to integrate a printer and the most cost effective method for low volume production is with panel mounted printers. These are ready to use and fit into a simple panel cutout. Access is from the front for easy maintenance and both impact and direct thermal technologies are supported.
Kiosk Printers are the ultimate integrated or embedded printer type, designed for unattended kiosks or data terminals. All kiosk printers are accessed from behind the panel to prevent tampering. They are equipped with autocutters for reliable dispensing and optional presenters with retraction facility for additional security.
These are the easiest printers to use. There is no integration required. They are fully stand-alone units connected by cable or wirelessly to your data source. They have a desktop design but the more compact units are easily kept in a pocket, or clipped to a belt. Even the larger devices can be carried in a brief case or with shoulder straps.
Rugged printers are better suited to outdoor use. They have a strengthened case to withstand drops and impact and they also offer protection against dust and moisture.
Label Printers are used with self-adhesive media. Thermal transfer print technology and variable width printing means that labels can be printed onto a wide range of materials such as paper, vinyl, fabric, etc.
Printer Selection Table
In the following table is a shortlist of embedded or portable products for common uses. Printers are listed in order of popularity for the given application.