This technology is widely used today in the bar code printing
industry, automated teller machines and automated service stations for
printing receipts. These industries demand high reliability, sustained
performance and competitive costs. This technology is simple, reliable
and has none of the negative aspects of "direct thermal" printing—no
funny paper. We think this technology is ideally suited for producing
highly reliable, low-cost wide-format printing applications.
Benefits of TTR technology:
More durable than toner based or inkjet: Does not fade like inkjet and
unlike inkjet, a TTR print is waterproof. We have all experienced
offsetting from a toner output left inside a binder plastic sleeve.
TTR technology is less prone to offsetting. It is often used as a
means of printing for outdoor billboard applications where durability
is a key issues.
Greater flexibility of media than toner-based: Not only can TTR
technology print on Bond, Vellum and Film (the three standards for
toner based equipment), but it can also print on pressure-sensitive
adhesive (peel and stick type) and backlit film.
Single color output: Unlike wide format toner based equipment which
only offers black prints, WideCom’s TTR equipment also prints in blue
or red. Manufacturers of TTR imaging cartridges can supply an
unlimited number of colors and can match any Pantone color (minimum
quantities required for special orders). In fact, even metallic gold
and silver are available as output options.
Who else uses this technology?
While WideCom is the first company in the wide-format engineering
industry to offer this technology, in the graphics arts industry,
Matan of Israel offers a $ 150,000 color machine using the same
technology while Roland and Fuji offer machines with traversing heads
using TTR technology.
In the small-format multi-functional (scan, print, copy & fax)
equipment market the following companies offer product lines using
this technology: Xerox, Brother, Citizen, Canon, Murata, Olivetti,
Panasonic, Sharp and Toshiba. The world’s smallest plain paper
printer, the PN60 manufactured by Citizen has also been created using
Other unique applications of this technology include fast pay printers
at pumps in gas stations, mobile printers at car rental agencies and
high-speed label printing equipment. Firms using TTR technology
include Ricoh, Fuji, Regma, Gerber, QMS, Fargo Electronics, Mannesman
Tally, Dupont, Sanyo, 3M, Kyocera, Mitsubishi and Seiko.