Also known as embedded units, kiosk printers are designed especially
for use in unattended terminals or 'kiosks'.
Key features include an auto cutter and paper exit guide to allow
un-skilled operators (i.e. the general public) to quickly and safely
remove the ticket/receipt and a large paper roll to minimise the number
of maintenance visits.
Applications include information terminals, ATM's car park
ticketting, self service receipting, photo booths, public weighscales
Kiosk printing is the most demanding application for miniprinters
to endure. Presenting a ticket direct to unskilled operators, such as
the general public, is prone to abuse (both accidental and deliberate).
To protect the printer against this it is essential that the user
cannot touch the ticket until after it has been printed and cut from the
source roll. For this reason, an essential feature is an auto cutter to
either fully or partially cut the receipt.
This prevents the paper from being pulled off the roll which is not
only inconvenient but, physically extracting the printout at an angle
can cause a paper jam. Further protection can be given if a dispenser or
chute is incorporated. This allows a length of paper (generally up to
50mm long) to be printed before it emerges from the slot and becomes
For receipts longer than 50mm, or for additional protection, a
motorised presenter can be included. This systems drives the receipt out
of the printer only after printing has been completed and the cut
performed. Longer receipts might benefit from a loop type presenter
which can safely retain the print internally before finally dispensing
For potentially confidential or data sensitive output a retraction
facility can be specified to withdraw and internally store the receipt
after a preset period if the user forgets to take it from the presenter.