Thermal transfer printers are a fairly common device for businesses that must regularly print out receipts or customer tickets. Despite being a fairly common piece of technology, there are many business owners that will simply lack the awareness needed to properly maintain these devices so that they can last for as long as possible before needing to be replaced or repaired.
Be Mindful Of Where You Keep The Thermal Printer
Where you keep your thermal printer can have a major impact on hits performance, and the likelihood that the printer starts to experience mechanical problems. This is due to the fact that particulate matter and moisture can get into the thermal printer. If this occurs, it can have the end effect of causing the printer to jam, or the moisture may corrode the sensitive electronics in the printer. You can prevent these issues by making sure that the printer is located in an area that will be free of these hazards while still be accessible to you and your workers.
Regularly Clean The Printer
Cleaning the printer on a regular basis is one of the most important things that you can do when it comes to maintaining the printer. Individuals that fail to regularly clean their printers may find that the quality of the images produced by these printers will degrade. Luckily, cleaning a thermal printer is a fairly simple task as you will only need to wipe down the exterior of the printer with rubbing alcohol to remove any dirt and grime that may have started to gather on it. Ideally, this work should be done weekly so to prevent the printer from becoming clogged or caked with enough grime to otherwise interfere with its performance.
Only Use The Correct Paper For The Thermal Printer
When you are buying replacement paper for your thermal printer, you may be tempted to simply choose the lowest cost paper available. However, you should only use paper that is rated for your particular thermal printer. If you use the wrong paper, you could damage the printer by causing a serious jam in it. Another disadvantage that can come from using cheap paper will be that small amounts of dust and other particulate matter can transfer from the paper to the printer's moving components, and low-quality paper will often have higher concentrations of these materials on it. To help ensure that you always choose the right type of paper for your printer, you should write the paper requirements on the bottom or side of the printer so that it can be easily referenced in the event you lose the owner's manual or otherwise forget what type of paper it needs.