Mailing systems and printing technology make an important part of any business regardless of the size. Having an address printer can therefore confer an extra advantage for a business, especially if outbound mail is an integral aspect of the company’s operations.
Address Printer Machines
Address printer machines are specialized printers that are designed to print a small text that could include the logo of the firm and the location address of the firm on envelopes or postcards. The printers are also designed to be able to print that specific text on a very large number of envelopes or postcards in a very short time.
Medium size address printers are the most common in business mailrooms. Envelope address printer machines use various technology that enable them to do their work perfectly. Based on the technology they employ, the printers can be categorized into either inkjet or laser printers.
Benefits of using address printer machines:
- They make a firm’s mail envelopes and postcards more attractive by putting a professional finishing touch to them.
- Can produced envelopes with colored print thus eliminating need of buying pre-printed envelopes. This cuts down on cost of operation.
- They are very fast thus they save a great deal of time.
These are the evolution of the dot-matrix printer. The printers have hundreds of very tiny guns that fire dots of ink to make up the print characters. Ink is fired differently in the various types of inkjet printers:
- With canon printers – the ink is first heated and is then released as bubbles.
- Epson printers use piezoelectricity technology where electric current moves miniature crystals back and forth as they fire ink into jets.
The nozzles get instruction from a computer through an electronic circuit for them to determine what nozzles to use for printing a given character at a given point on a paper. The main components of an inkjet printer are:
- Gears –turn rollers that push the paper through the printer. Driven by an electric motor.
- Ribbon cable – carries printing instructions from circuit to cartridge.
- Rubber and plastic rollers – hold paper tightly to ensure precision in its movement through the machine.
- Metal rail – sturdy to guide the paper through.
- Spiked wheels –located at front part of printer where they grip paper and ensure precision as it passes through.
- Print cartridge – does bidirectional printing.
These use the same basic technology like that used in photocopiers. With a photocopier, a bright beam of light reflects the words on a paper to a drum. The characters are then transferred to a paper and the ink attached on the paper by rollers. For the laser printer, information from the computer controls a laser beam, the laser beam the transfers ink to the paper by use of static electricity. The laser beam is reflected of a moving mirror onto a drum. Static electricity is generated by a corona wire.
Laser printer has electronic circuits that are able to make out how data in computer should appear on paper, this then generates a laser beam that moves back and forth over a drum thus generating static electricity. Static electricity attracts a toner (powdered ink) which is then bound to the paper by fuser unit. An ink roller on top of the drum also helps to coat the powdered ink to the paper.