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  • Thermal paper is a special fine paper that is coated with a chemical that changes color when exposed to heat.
  • It is used in thermal printers and particularly in inexpensive 
  • The surface of the paper is coated with a solid-state mixture of a dye and a suitable matrix
  • Combination of a fluoran leuco dye and octadecylphosphonic acid
  • When the matrix is heated above its melting point, the dye reacts with the acid,
  • Shifts to its colored form, and the changed form is then conserved in a metastable state when the matrix solidifies back quickly enough
  • The thermal printer requires the use of heat-sensitive paper which is also known as thermal paper.
  • It is a very fine paper with a glossy look and feel.
  • Thermal papers are also available in different colors.
  • There are blue, white, milky colors and others.
  • White thermal paper is commonly used.
  • But you can also see some businesses that are using other colors of thermal papers
  • A roll of thermal paper is inserted in between the thermal head and the rubber roll fed into the slot.
  • After this thermal printer transmit the current of electricity and the sheet reacts to the heat of the printer head this allow the thermal head to transmitted the heat in a specific pattern
  • Thermal paper is commonly used by retail organizations, restaurants, casinos, convenience stores, financial institutions, research foundations, etc.
  • For receipt paper, atm slips, gas pump receipts, slot machine tickets and other data processing purposes.
  • It is a special paper grade essential in our modern age of on demand printing and proof of purchase.
  • Thermal papers are one of the most used kinds of paper in our time.
  • As we withdraw money from the automatic teller machine purchase something we receive thermal papers in the form of receipts.
  • Thermal papers are not like your normal papers, they have this special coating of chemicals that allows them to display the ink in the heated part.
  • Thermal paper is used in four principal end markets
  • Point-of-sale products for retail receipts and coupons
  • Tag and tickets for airline and baggage applications, event and transportation tickets and lottery and gaming applications
  • Printer, calculator and chart products for engineering, industrial and medical diagnostic charts.
  • Point-of-sale products are sold to printers and converters who in turn sell to end-user customers or to resellers such as office supply stores, office superstores, warehouse clubs, mail order catalogs, equipment dealers, merchants and original equipment manufacturers.
  • Label products are sold to companies who apply pressure sensitive adhesive coatings and release liners and then sell these products to label printers.
  • Tag, ticket and chart grades are sold to specialty printing companies products such as entertainment, lottery and gaming tickets, tags, coupons and medical charts.
  • The customers move their credits in front of the machine which has a magnetic reader to record the sales.
  • Once this is done a receipt us taken out which has record of all the sales.

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