Why are receipts printed on thermal paper?

In recent years, we often receive receipts printed on thin, shiny paper when shopping or doing other transactions. This paper, called thermal paper, has a special printing technology that can produce a printing effect through heat energy without ink. So why do businesses choose to use thermal paper to print receipts? This article will explore several reasons.

Economy and convenience: Thermal paper is a relatively cheap printing material that can save money by using thermal printing technology compared to traditional ink and carbon belts. This is especially important for merchants who need a lot of printed receipts. In addition, the thermal printer is simple to operate and does not need to replace the ink or carbon belt, saving time and energy.

Save space: the thermal paper is relatively thin, which can greatly reduce the accumulation of paper and storage space. For merchants, this means that they can easily store and manage large amounts of receipts without worrying about taking up too much space.

Long-term preservation: Receipts printed on thermal paper are more durable than traditional ink printing. They do not blur information by fading or flow, but are fixed to paper by heat. This allows the receipts to be kept for longer and kept clearly readable when needed.

Environmental factors: compared with traditional ink printing, thermal paper printing produces less waste.

Traditional ink printing uses ink boxes and carbon belts, these materials need to be processed and recycled after use. Thermal paper only needs one kind of paper, reducing the generation of waste.

Although printing on thermal paper has many advantages, there are some limitations. For example, the printing effect of thermal paper may be impaired by high temperature, humidity, or long time exposure. In addition, receipts printed on thermal paper may fade or become unclear after a long period of storage. Therefore, backup or other printing techniques are recommended for important documents that need to be stored for a long time.

To sum up, thermal paper printing provides many advantages such as economy, convenience, space saving, long-term preservation and environmental protection factors in commercial transactions. Although there are some limitations, a thermal paper printed receipt is a widely used practical option in most cases. As technology continues to evolve, we may see more new printing technologies emerge, which may change the way receipts are printed. However, at present, thermal paper printing is still an effective method widely used by merchants. So, when you receive another receipt printed on a glossy thermal paper, you now understand why the merchant chose to use this material.

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