Coloured Thermal Paper Uses

Most businesses tend to use white thermal paper at their point of sale (POS) for their receipts, due to thermal printing being easier and more economical than using printers that require inks or toners. This is all very well and good, but we’re puzzled as to why people feel that their receipts must be printed on white paper. Why not yellow, pink or orange?

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The Composition of Thermal Paper

Thermal paper is a special paper that is used in conjunction with thermal printers to primarily produce receipts for ATM’s, cash registers and other points of sale (POS). The reason that this paper is used so commonly with POS systems is that no ink is involved in the process, which makes the printers small and more manageable than traditional printers that require either toner or ink cartridges to be regularly replaced.

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Storing Thermal Paper

Thermal paper is not something that people think of very often, but it is something that is used by virtually every business that provides a product or service to consumers. It is used in cash registers, ATMs, automated petrol pumps and many other point of sale (POS) functions.


Because thermal printing doesn’t require inks but instead relies on the thermal heating of the paper to create the desired image and/or words, the paper is coated with special heat-reactive chemicals. These turn the paper black where heat is applied. For this reason, it’s essential that you store thermal paper correctly to prevent the paper from being damaged.

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Organising Your POS Area

Organising Your POS Area A point of sale (POS) area, now also commonly known as a modern point of service (mPOS) is where a transaction – primarily retail – is traditionally completed. For example, in a store this is where money would be exchanged for goods, while in a restaurant this is where the bill would be processed for food that has been ordered and/or received. The reason for the changing of the term from ‘sale’ to ‘service’ is due to the area now also being used for customer orders and also for the returning or exchanging of goods.

According to the requirements of the industry and the individual needs of the provider of services/goods, the POS will differ in the software and hardware that is used. Retailers may use everything from scanners and scales to manual and electronic cash registers, touchscreens and EFTPOS machines, while a restaurant may only need an EFTPOS machine, a receipt printer and a cash register.

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Receipt Apps

Receipt Apps An unavoidable aspect of being a consumer in today’s society is the inevitable accumulation of receipts that clutter up your filing cabinets and work areas. Unfortunately for most people, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) advises Australian residents that for tax purposes you should keep any written evidence supporting tax deductions for up to five years from the date that your tax return is lodged. As you can imagine, this results in a lot of receipts floating around.

There are several new strategies that have been introduced for dealing with this problem, with others soon to be implemented as advanced technology is utilised. For example, the supermarket chain Tesco in the UK is rumoured to be teaming with an electronic receipts company to become the first UK supermarket to offer customers the option of having their receipt sent to their email address instead of being printed on receipt paper. However, this practice is unlikely to be implemented globally for at least the next few years due to software expenses and the need for testing consumer responses.

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New Invention Reveals Latent Fingerprints on Thermal Paper

A new machine developed by engineers in the UK can now reveal latent fingerprints left on thermal paper. Consolite Forensics worked with forensic science lecturer and specialist Dr John Bond to create the Hot Print System (HPS).

The device can show latent fingers on thermal paper in just a matter of minutes. Fingerprints can be up to two years old and still be detectable by the HPS. The HPS has already been patented, commercialised and sold to users in Australia, China, the US and the Middle East, according to The Engineer.
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Is Bisphenol A Safe?

Is Bisphenol A Safe?Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical that can be found in many manufactured products, and is also present in the environment in low amounts. Polycarbonate is currently the most common form of plastic that is manufactured using BPA, but it is also used as an epoxy resin inside food and drinks cans and thermal paper can be coated in it.

There has been recent speculation regarding the exposure of people to the chemical BPA and how it could be harmful to humans. Many unsubstantiated claims have been made saying that BPA creates harmful hormonal imbalances in the body. However, Product Safety Austalia, a part of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), stated that the current scientific evidence has shown that the presence of BPA in plastics and other products is not presently a risk to someone’s health.
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How Commercial Printing has Evolved

When you look over the history of commercial printers, it’s hard not to be in awe of how far the industry has come.

According to NextWave, the first commercial printer is attributed to German goldsmith Johannes Gutenberg in 1450. It was this printing press that first allowed an assembly line-style mass production of books, and it changed the industry entirely.
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The History of Printers

Printing has a long history, primarily due to humankind’s desire to keep records of events and ideas.

However, computer printing really took hold with the first high speed printer, launched in 1953 by Remington Rand. This was followed by IBM’s dot matrix in 1957 and the first laser printer in 1971.

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How to Prevent Paper Jams

Paper jams are one of the most common frustrations at work, especially when a customer is waiting. However, there are a range of steps people can take to help prevent them.

  • Loosen the paper – Sheets can become stuck when placed tightly together for long periods of time in a printer draw. It can be helpful to periodically take them out and loosen the spacing between them.
  • Keep paper cool – Paper should be stored in a cool, dry place. The lower humidity in these environments helps avoid paper sheets from sticking together.

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