As we’ve discussed in the past, thermal printers provide the highest quality and cost-effectiveness to users. But it is important to select the right thermal material for your printing to ensure documents and receipts remain readable during their useful life. Thermal paper contains chemicals that produce images when exposed to heat, therefore several factors must be considered when choosing thermal media.
Storage-exposure to extreme heat can cause thermal documents to turn black and become unreadable. For mobile workforces that may have documents in vehicles during a hot summer day, specially formulated thermal materials that can withstand higher temperatures are the best choice.
Environment-exposure to moisture can also cause readability problems. If you’ll be issuing documents outdoors synthetic materials are recommended because they offer a waterproof solution.
Coatings-there are a variety of different topcoats for thermal materials that can’t be seen by the naked eye. These topcoats are specially formulated to protect document images from specific materials, exposures and environmental conditions.
DecisionPoint Systems offers a full line of high-quality thermal papers and can help you select the right thermal media for your application.