04 Dec Are you ready to confront the complexity?
Warehouses and logistics companies are continually racing against the clock to meet deadlines to deliver goods faster and at lower cost. Staying competitive in the current market is key. As a result, many businesses are looking at ways to improve productivity and speed in the warehouse. As your business faces this ongoing pressure to meet demand you will need your printer to work as hard as possible for you.
So, what printer should I use?
Navigating the notorious complexity of which printer to use is a common dilemma for many warehouse managers. An integrated and productive printing solution will ensure each operational area within your warehouse remains connected. Choosing which printer to purchase is an important decision. There are three types of document printers to choose from, Inkjet, Laser and Thermal.
Here’s some cost analysis…
With all operational decisions there will likely be a cost implication for your business. Here are some considerations that could impact your decision when choosing which printing solution suits your warehousing needs:
- Thermal printing requires special treated paper; thus the paper is more expensive than regular cut sheet paper.
- Although laser printing uses regular cut sheet paper, it also requires a supply of toner, which can be expensive.
- The cost of laser printing is dependent on the amount of printing surface area, due to the amount of toner used. If a document has a large amount of images / logos on it, then this will increase the toner usage significantly and thus increase the cost of laser printing.
- The smaller the paper size (i.e. a5 or smaller), the more cost effective thermal printing becomes, due to the reduced cost of paper.
Our thermal printing solutions are often used in automated packaging lines (e.g. baggers and carton sealing equipment) to allow for documents to be created and inserted into the completed order. Here is an example:
- Thermal printers are faster and more reliable than laser printers.
- Thermal printers are a simpler mechanism with less points of failure, resulting in a higher productivity and cheaper maintenance.
- Thermal printers are up to 50% more energy efficient.
- Thermal paper fades over time due to the nature of the chemically bonded paper, resulting in a potential lower customer experience.
- Thermal paper can be marked by touching and folding of the paper.
- Thermal printing is typically on one side of the paper only.
- Thermal printing is more cost effective on a5 or smaller printing, or where large amounts of images are being used.