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 Receipt printers 101 Published: 1st Jan, 2010  

How Do Receipt Printers Work?

Receipt printers, when connected to a computer via a cable interface, receive data from the point of sale software application running on the computer. The data is interpreted through the printer’s device driver and subsequently printed.

What Kind of Receipt Printer Do I Buy? Important Considerations:

Software Requirements & Device Drivers:

Some software applications only work with specific printer drivers, so it is advisable to check with the software manufacturer to determine the compatibility of a specific receipt printer with your software. Some point of sale applications will require OLE for Point of Sale (OPOS) drivers to properly print receipts, while others may use generic Windows drivers. If your software requires OPOS drivers, and If you are replacing an existing POS receipt printer, you don’t necessarily have to purchase the same brand because many printers, such as POS-X receipt printers, are made to emulate other brands. Changing emulations, however, may require advanced manufacturer support.

Epson ,Samsung, Citizen or STAR receipt printer is a fine choice.

Receipt Cutting:

Most receipt printers are available with options for either a manual tear bar or an auto cutter for delivering the paper receipt. This is purely a personal preference.

Environmental Restrictions & Additional Functionality:

Consider the environment where the printer will be used — at a pos register, in a kitchen, in a quiet area such as a library or waiting room, etc. Different printing methods are suitable/unsuitable for various environments. For example, impact printers are recommended for kitchens because the receipts they produce are not heat-sensitive.

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