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'[EE] Small Serial Thermal Printer'
2005\05\26@164201 by Vic Fraenckel

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I am currently working on a project that will require a small serial thermal
printer for logging data. I can find many references with a simple Google
search but I cannot find a distributor that might be willing to sell me
these on a onesy twosy basis. I might require 10 a year and this is of no
interest to distributors.

I am in need of a printer that uses standard (buy at any office supply
store) thermal paper and can print, perhaps, 32 characters on a line and
have a standard RS232 interface and a baud rate of at least 1200 but no
greater than 9600.

Any ideas where such a critter could be found?

Vic Fraenckel
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2005\05\26@170145 by George Smith

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On 26 May 2005, at 16:41, Vic Fraenckel wrote:

> I am currently working on a project that will require a small serial thermal
> printer for logging data. I can find many references with a simple Google search
> but I cannot find a distributor that might be willing to sell me these on a
> onesy twosy basis. I might require 10 a year and this is of no interest to
> distributors.
>
> I am in need of a printer that uses standard (buy at any office supply
> store) thermal paper and can print, perhaps, 32 characters on a line and
> have a standard RS232 interface and a baud rate of at least 1200 but no
> greater than 9600.
>
> Any ideas where such a critter could be found?

A few at Farnell - like this:-
http://uk.farnell.com/jsp/endecaSearch/partDetail.jsp?SKU=3082854&N=401


George Smith

2005\05\26@170907 by Mike Hord

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> Any ideas where such a critter could be found?

Do cash registers still use these?  Try a local "business
machine" store, the sort that sells cash registers.

Or an online seller...for example:
http://store.a1pluselectronics.com/repr.html

I can see where you'd want to go through a distributor,
though.  Those prices...OUCH!

Mike H.

2005\05\26@172647 by Dave VanHorn

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At 03:41 PM 5/26/2005, Vic Fraenckel wrote:
>I am currently working on a project that will require a small serial thermal
>printer for logging data. I can find many references with a simple Google
>search but I cannot find a distributor that might be willing to sell me
>these on a onesy twosy basis. I might require 10 a year and this is of no
>interest to distributors.
>
>I am in need of a printer that uses standard (buy at any office supply
>store) thermal paper and can print, perhaps, 32 characters on a line and
>have a standard RS232 interface and a baud rate of at least 1200 but no
>greater than 9600.
>
>Any ideas where such a critter could be found?

I don't know if this meets your "small" need, but http://www.mobilecommand.net
I admit some bias in this matter.

2005\05\26@174540 by George Smith

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On 26 May 2005, at 16:27, Dave VanHorn wrote:

> I don't know if this meets your "small" need, but http://www.mobilecommand.net
> I admit some bias in this matter.

Hmmm - but if there are no prices on display on a web site I usually can't
afford their products...

George Smith

2005\05\26@182714 by Dave VanHorn

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At 04:45 PM 5/26/2005, George Smith wrote:
>On 26 May 2005, at 16:27, Dave VanHorn wrote:
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> > I don't know if this meets your "small" need, but http://www.mobilecommand.net
> > I admit some bias in this matter.
>
>Hmmm - but if there are no prices on display on a web site I usually can't
>afford their products...

Call rich and he'll work with you. Printers like this run typically
$800-$1200, Ours is less.

2005\05\27@000920 by Denny Esterline

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> I am currently working on a project that will require a small serial
thermal
> printer for logging data. I can find many references with a simple Google
> search but I cannot find a distributor that might be willing to sell me
> these on a onesy twosy basis. I might require 10 a year and this is of no
> interest to distributors.
>
> I am in need of a printer that uses standard (buy at any office supply
> store) thermal paper and can print, perhaps, 32 characters on a line and
> have a standard RS232 interface and a baud rate of at least 1200 but no
> greater than 9600.
>
> Any ideas where such a critter could be found?
>
> Vic Fraenckel

Got something against DigiKey? :-)

I poked thermal printer into their search tool and came up with a couple of
pages of them. Seems they're all made by the same company though... Some
seem to be in the $50 US range, though I see a few are more than $400. A
quick read on their catalog page seems to indicate they come in several
flavors. A serial, character only (mostly) version or higher resolution line
printers capable of graphics. Some are in housings and others are drop in
modules.

Googling.....

Ahh.. Here's the web site http://www.cbma.com Yep, definitely some interesting
parts.

Good luck,
-Denny


2005\05\27@002600 by Dave VanHorn

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>
>I poked thermal printer into their search tool and came up with a couple of
>pages of them. Seems they're all made by the same company though... Some
>seem to be in the $50 US range, though I see a few are more than $400. A
>quick read on their catalog page seems to indicate they come in several
>flavors. A serial, character only (mostly) version or higher resolution line
>printers capable of graphics. Some are in housings and others are drop in
>modules.

Those modules need a control board to run, and that's not a trivial project.
I did one in an AVR Mega-8, with minimal hardware to drive the
stepper motor, but it had to be fed rasterized data.
That said, it went faster than the PC could send the data :)
Not bad for 832 pixels per line.

2005\05\27@003608 by Denny Esterline

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> >I poked thermal printer into their search tool and came up with a couple
of
> >pages of them. Seems they're all made by the same company though... Some
> >seem to be in the $50 US range, though I see a few are more than $400. A
> >quick read on their catalog page seems to indicate they come in several
> >flavors. A serial, character only (mostly) version or higher resolution
line
> >printers capable of graphics. Some are in housings and others are drop in
> >modules.
>
> Those modules need a control board to run, and that's not a trivial
project.
> I did one in an AVR Mega-8, with minimal hardware to drive the
> stepper motor, but it had to be fed rasterized data.
> That said, it went faster than the PC could send the data :)
> Not bad for 832 pixels per line.
>

I haven't used them, so I wasn't sure. But the DigiKey catalog page also
lists control boards for in the ~$100 price range for singles. But the OP
wasn't entirely clear if he's looking for a 'module' or an entire printer
with power supply, housing and interface (also seems to be available from
same mfg)

-Denny

2005\05\27@011446 by William Chops Westfield

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On May 26, 2005, at 9:40 PM, Denny Esterline wrote:

> lists control boards for in the ~$100 price range for singles.

A PC-oriented "label printer" with some level of internal controller
sells
for about $100, and some can handle "continuous" labelstock.  I don't
know
offhand whether they can handle non-label thermal paper (it seems
likely, but
may not be "supported."  OTOH, they may not be up to the desired duty
cycle or
robustness, and may not be sufficiently documented to embed...

BillW

2005\05\27@144013 by Bob Blick

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There are lots of small serial (and IRDA) printers in the used market for
cheap:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=7516698379

$9.99 used. Probably $499.99 new :(

-Bob


2005\05\27@145106 by Dave VanHorn

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At 01:40 PM 5/27/2005, Bob Blick wrote:
>There are lots of small serial (and IRDA) printers in the used market for
>cheap:
>
>http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=7516698379
>
>$9.99 used. Probably $499.99 new :(

Probably higher than that new..

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