Thermal Paper

The printing industry is one out of a million kinds of manufacturing industries that have enjoyed the munificence of modern technology in recent times. So many inventions in the printing world have made the process more enhanced. One of such inventions is “thermal paper”. It is one of the most dazzling inventions the printing industry has ever come across in its history.

The most primitive thermal papers were developed by the NCR Corporation And 3M. This was done using dye chemistry and metallic salts correspondingly. One major problem with the NCR Corporation technology is that the images created on their papers usually fade away too quickly though it was a preferred choice in the market. Unlike the NCR Corporation invented thermal paper, that of the 3M technology was a lot more durable but much more expensive. This (exorbitance) is probably the edge which its rival has on it in the market.

Characteristic Features
Thermal paper has a curling nature. This is as a result of the manner in which it is packaged by its manufacturing companies. They are packaged in rolls which alter its original state before it can get to its final users. This consequently makes it difficult for it to be handled.

It is very sensitive to damage and therefore is covered with protective layers. This helps immensely to at least prevent minor attacks of any form on it but can be broken through by stronger ones. Not all thermal papers necessarily require protective layers. Some which are used for ATM cards by banks and credit cards do not require this protection.

  • It has thermal coatings where it is coated with chemicals. The chemicals are essential in the formation of images on the paper. These chemicals are harmful to human health and therefore should be avoided.
  • There’s an initial coating on its base paper known as the under-coating. It is also referred to as the UC layer. It brings about the smoothness of base paper and with the smoothness of the base paper; the thermal paper brings forth a nice quality image.
  • It uses heat in the formation of images.
  • It has a base paper which is one of the most important components.
  • The output is very nice unlike it alternative the copy paper.

Advantages

  • Prints out crystal clear images.
  • Its printer is very easy to manipulate.
  • Surprisingly, it is cheaper than its less efficient rivals.
  • The printer does not make a lot of noise like the copy paper printer.
  • It is water-resistant and therefore cannot be destroyed by water.

Disadvantages

  • The heat generated during printing can inconvenience the user, stress the machine and can in extreme cases damage the paper.
  • Very difficult to handle.
  • Fades away too quickly.
  • It brings forth an odor which can be at times irritating.

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