Seiko Instruments USA Inc. introduced a new generation of 2" and 3" low-voltage direct thermal printer mechanisms for mobile devices. The LTPD and CAPD models deliver such design advancements as reduced footprint, improved print speed, better reliability, and easier integration. For hardware engineers designing point-of-sale (POS) terminals, portable medical equipment, and mobile printers, the new mechanisms free critical real estate, accelerate transaction performance, and lower end-user downtime and operating costs.
LTPD and CAPD printer mechanisms are significantly smaller than preceding models. All mechanisms benefit from an angled paper guide that shortens the distance between the printer and the paper roll, effectively reducing overall design depth. The flexible print circuit (FPC), connecting the mechanism to the PCB, is also redesigned with a smaller, 0.5mm pitch and a framed ground line that protects against electrostatic discharge, without extra wiring. Fixing points are housed within the footprint of each printer, enabling mechanisms to mount flush with the chassis of the OEM device.
LTPD models include a choice of horizontal and vertical mechanical orientation, with the mechanism motor mounted either behind or below the print head and platen roller. ASIC and interface board alternatives are available, along with USB, Serial, and Parallel interface support. All models support EZ-OP clamshell style and auto-loading paper replacement. This broad menu of configuration choices enables design engineers to quickly identify a suitable printer mechanism, speeding mobile device design schedules.
To ensure exceptional reliability in the field, all mechanisms are rated for a minimum 31 miles (50km) printed output and a minimum of 100 million pulses. A newly designed platen latch feature provides greater shock absorption by preventing unintended platen release on impact. For CAPD models, which combine the printer mechanism and auto-cutter, reliability gets a further boost with a new design that houses both components in a single rigid assembly. This enables more precise positioning of the cutter blade, avoiding cutter jams and improving reliability.
The 2" print width mechanisms now deliver 3.93" per second (100 mm/sec) print speeds and 3" print width models offer 3.15" per second (80 mm/sec). For many mobile applications, better print speed means faster end-user transaction times, and this can improve perception of overall OEM device performance.
Printer drivers are available for Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows Vista, OPOS, and Linux operating systems.
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