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Small thermal printer mechanism?

Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by Richard H., Apr 18, 2006.

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  1. Richard H.

    Richard H. Guest

    I'm coming up empty on sources for tiny thermal print heads, like the
    kind used in laminated tape printers. (E.g.,

    The requirement is for ~1/2" width, low resolution text, on direct
    thermal stock (not the laminated thermal transfer labels) - i.e., a
    pretty simple mechanism, just smaller than typical. Despite all the
    label printers on the market, I can't find anything close - the smallest
    I've found is about 1.5" for POS terminals.

    Any suggestions on sources or keywords? The obvious terms return a lot
    of bad hits.

    I'm inclined to skip the in-house prototype and just search for a
    low-cost (presumably Asia) manufacturer for the whole product. If we go
    that route, who are reputable mfr reps in this space?

  2. Jim Thompson

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  3. Richard H.

    Richard H. Guest

    Thanks, Jim. We'll see if they can steer me in the right direction.
    This doesn't look like anything in their normal catalog, but you never know.

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