Almost No Moving Parts in Thermal Technology

When it comes to mobile printing you’ll find that many of the hardware issues are caused by the malfunctioning of moving parts, a problem which generally isn’t seen in printers based on thermal technology.

Seeing 25 year warranties isn’t uncommon, and those old yellow tills which look ancient are printers based on thermal technology which is why they’re so reliable.

The issues with moving parts…


The main problem is that moving parts are easily broken when they’re… moved around, and seeing as we’re dealing with pieces of mobile technology it’s very easy to understand how this problem occurs.

This is why thermal portable printers are so widely used in the construction industry for example, because they don’t contain moving parts and they’ll last a long time.

  • No moving parts means that the composite components are squeezed tightly together, which makes it far harder for a single impact to cause damage.
  • What’s more is that it also makes continual light bumps almost completely ineffective at damaging your device.
Some people won’t care because they’re very careful or don’t think breaks will happen to them.  But if you look at all common mobile devices such as laptops and smart phones you’ll see that they don’t have any moving parts either.
  • They certainly don’t have an inkjet head wheezing across the page at incredible speeds, which is of course incredibly prone to breaking if you’re not careful.

What you can expect of your thermal printer


You can certainly expect practically all devices based on thermal technology and made by a reputable manufacturer like Brother to have very long life spans and almost no issues.

One problem which certainly occurs in printers with open gaps is that dust and dirt can accumulate inside, and if you’re working outdoors this can build up very quickly.

The WPP Team


Here at WPP we’re dedicated to helping people find the right portable printer, so check out our homepage portable printers for further details and guides in picking the correct printer, thermal or not – based on your situation.

It might also be worth checking out our page looking at the portability of thermal printers if you want to find out more.

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