A thermal printer works on the fundamentals of producing an image by heating a thermo chromic or thermo sensitive paper to heat. The thermal paper passes through the thermal head of the thermal printer and the special coating on the thermal paper turns black. These printers are faster and effective than impact or dot matrix printer. They are more affordable for retail customers as they are smaller in size, consume less power, are light in weight and also portable. These features make it to attain a top position in the receipt printer section.
Epson TMT88V is one top notch thermal printer whose main selling point is the speed of the output. It prints both print and graphics and is the pioneer in gray scale crisp printing. It guarantees clean and clear graphics. It prints both print and graphics with the same speed of 300mm/sec. With dual interfaces standard included it skirting board also consumes less power in comparison to its other counterparts.
Being eco-friendly, it also reduces the print paper consumption up to 30%. A thermal printer comes with four main parts namely the thermal head, plate, and spring and controller board. Epson TMT88V comes with an industrial warranty of four years. It is also packed with easy to read LEDs, auto cutter and paper loader and a strong improved cover design to protect the printer from foreign substances. The auto cutter comes with the life of 2 million cuts. It has been tested to perform with high reliability in high volume environments.
While the thermal printer forms an integral part of the POS system. Another integral part of the POS system is the POS software. It processes the basic customer transaction details for a retailer. It provides product descriptions, details of available stock, prices of the products, counts the discounts available, and performs the other cash register functions. It turns a POS desktop into a cash register. There are two types of softwares available like the retail software and the restaurant software.
POS software can successfully convert a Windows computer into a cash register. It can be used without a printer. It can independently function without a scanner or a cash drawer. The retailer can make in-built programs in this software to calculate the amount of returns, discount coupons and vouchers, retail accounting details and tracking the inventory details.
The software has to be simple and should be compatible with all the individual peripherals like the scanner, printer, cash drawers and keyboard. The software should be easily interfaced serially, parallel, with USB or other wireless networks. It should be secure from external intrusions like hackers, virus and malwares.
Retail and restaurant POS software should be versatile enough to function according to the needs of the retailer and should be able to manage multiple devices at multiple outlets together.