Finding the right Thermal Inkjet Printer

If you’re in the market for a new commercial printer, you’re probably looking into all the pros and cons of the different types of printers on the market, and it’s easy to feel a little overwhelmed with all the information available and all the different types and models.

You want to find the right printer to suit your business needs, and to do this you need to consider a few things, such as what size prints you plan to make, what image quality you want (detail and colour), energy ratings and, of course, cost. You want to make sure you are getting the right quality for the right price.

Thermal inkjet printers were discovered in August 1977 when a researcher accidentally touched a hot soldering iron and an ink filled syringe together, which forced ink to drop. In recent years, inkjet printers have seen major advances and improvements continue constantly.

So how do they work? To put it simply, thermal inkjet printers contain cartridges that have little heaters within them. Using thermal energy or electricity, the heat then forms a bubble, causing the pressure to increase and then, as it cools, the bubble bursts and fires ink onto the paper.

The benefits of this type of printing include:

  • Fine detail
  • Low cost
  • Fast speeds
  • High quality finish
  • Can print on a range of surfaces, including specialty paper, metal, cardboard and even plastic

So what should you look for when choosing a thermal inkjet printer?

The most important aspect for any business is to ensure your print quality is great. Find out how it will print on glossy, semi-gloss or matte paper, and the quality if you are printing in black and white versus colour.

You also want to make sure the prints are able to withstand weathering; will they survive if exposed to water or humidity, do they dry fast and do they smudge if you touch them (something you obviously don’t want to happen)?

Does the printer accept all types of paper that you wish to use for your business?

Is the printer fast, so that you don’t have to stress if you are heading off to see a client and at the last minute, realise you have forgotten to print that very important report. The last thing you want to be doing is standing around waiting for five minutes and wasting precious time for a few pages of information.

And finally, is the printer affordable, within your budget and can it handle the capacity at which it will be used in your work day?

Once you’ve chosen the right thermal inkjet printer to suit your needs, visit AMT’s website to purchase their Solvent PrimeX printing ink to ensure your next printing job is completed with 100% quality and confidence.