For the Original Equipment Manufacturer (oem), with large volume
build quantities, it becomes cost effective to integrate basic
miniprinter components into the product design.
Of course it's much easier to utilise a packaged printer, such as a
panel mounted or stand alone desktop unit, but only an oem miniprinter
mechanism can be fully integrated into your product.
This route saves inventory costs, reduces the overall product size
and allows total customisation to exactly meet your specification.
Integration of a miniprinter mechanism can be a tricky business.
There are far more factors to consider than designing in, for
example, a display, control button or keypad! Unfortunately, due to it's
very nature the printer mechanism is likely to be the least reliable
component of your equipment.
It has got moving parts which will wear, it is vulnerable to damage
when it is accessed by its user (to renew paper rolls, ink ribbons etc)
and it will always be exposed to the environment to some extent.
This is why we offer full support to the oem developing their own
Our expertise, built up over decades of working with miniprinters
means that we can suggest work-arounds for all of the problems
associated with their application.
This advice is freely given and starts at the initial product design
Integrating the printer is only part of the project. Printer
mechanisms also require some electronics to control them and to process
the data. This interface is much easier when using a control board and
M-Tech offers a range of interface boards for use with most impact and
thermal miniprinter mechanisms available from manufacturers including:
Epson, Fujitsu, Citizen & Seiko.
The most popular data communication protocol is serial RS232-C but
increasingly USB and wireless technolgies such as Bluetooth are gaining
importance. Others including Parallel and IrDA are catered for but
special, customised interface boards are also easily and quickly
developed at relatively low cost. All of our control boards can also be
re-configured for specific applications, such as special character sets,
customisable input or output, default printer parameters etc.
Remember, as an independent miniprinter specialist, M-Tech
Printers can recommend the best possible printer mechanism and interface
control board for your application.