Benefits of Line Matrix Printing In a Bakery Production Environment

The following offers an explanation of the critical printing elements required in baked goods production facilities and demonstrates solutions for employing Printronix and TallyGenicom line matrix printers.


A bakery facility is made up of hundreds of moving parts and people. Areas of production often require working in very hot or very cold temperatures full of ingredient dust and debris. Dust can arise from a variety of sources including raw material storage, handling and drying activities. Air emissions, extreme temperatures and contaminants can take a toll not only on workers’ health but the health of the facilities equipment if it is not protected from the elements.

Production facilities are not the only areas in the Bakery industry where reliable equipment is needed. Companies have to print thousands of documents daily to keep up with their production, shipping and labeling needs. Many reports are required to be printed on non-standard paper sizes and green bar forms. Labels and barcodes need to be produced in a variety of sizes and with quality and safety measures taken into account. Shipping documents and bills of lading are all part of the mix of printed data. When a location needs to print thousands of different form types a day, downtime can prove to be a costly issue.

Many bakery companies also use multiple offices and production centers will little to no IT personnel to assist in printer support or issues. No personnel to manage printer upkeep and consumable reserves runs the risk of lengthy downtime when issues arise. These issues can lead to a halt in production, shipping and quality reports.

Implementing a Solution

In a facility full of harsh environmental aspects, a line matrix printer is the safest option. Line matrix printers have sealed electronics and heavy-duty operator interfaces. They can also withstand temperatures ranging from 50F degrees to 104F degrees. With their stored energy shuttle matrix technology and metal cabinetry they are made to operate in the harshest manufacturing and warehouse environments. High levels of airborne dust like flours and enzymes that can cause huge fire, safety and combustion concerns in regular laser and serial printers are no match for the reliability of a line matrix printer.

Since bakeries produce thousands of documents a day with a variety of print requirements needed, line matrix printers are the best choice for their warehouse and loading dock facilities as well. Line printers are designed to accommodate single form and multiple form printing for bill of lading documents. Standard and custom paper stock widths from 3 to 17” can be used to meet most report size requirements and delivery sheets can be printed quickly due to the high speed performance of line matrix printers (up to 2000 lines per minute), which helps make any business more efficient.

Schools and other organizations require all food labels to be printed with non-toxic ink. Laser toner does not meet those criteria but line matrix long lasting ink ribbons do. Line matrix technology also has the ability to print labels used for both cold and frozen food. Complex sticker and label cutouts can print reliably without paper jams because of Printronix’s straight paper path and heat free fusion system that melts the sticker or label adhesive to the paper.

A crucial benefit of Printronix and TallyGenicom line matrix printers for bakery companies with multiple locations is the inclusion of PrintNet Enterprise. PrintNet Enterprise is a remote management utility that provides superior control over networked printers, allowing for full remote printer fleet control via the use of a virtual operations panel and real-time dashboard. An IT operator can easily access configuration settings, updates and printer resources and download them to multiple printers simultaneously or receive email and SMS alerts if a printer goes down, or is disconnected, and address the problem from anywhere in the world.


Using line matrix printers in the bakery production industry is the safest choice for a business. Hazards, safety concerns, and production halts are diminished, loss of downtime is minimized and the versatile capabilities of a line matrix printer for the needs of the industry are unmatched. The durability, reliability and speed provided with a line matrix printer enable users feel confident they are using the best and safest technology for their business.


Line Matrix Printers Won’t Let You Down if Temperatures Tip 40°C

Paris, 27 July 2018: In this prolonged hot dry spell, Printronix LLC is reminding businesses that its line matrix industrial printers can withstand temperatures as high as 40°C (104°F), whereas devices like laser printers are highly sensitive to humidity and extremes in temperatures, often causing them to jam or stop working.

Xavier Nicolaï, marketing manager of Printronix EMEA said: “All of Europe is experiencing an unprecedented period of hot, dry weather that would test even the most robust of machinery.”

“Printronix line matrix printers are designed to operate in harsh manufacturing and warehouse environments, withstanding humidity, extreme temperatures, dust, and dirt. Our printers provide mission critical solutions for the automotive, manufacturing, food and drink, retail distribution, and transport and logistics industries. When the heat is on, our devices help ensure production lines stay up and running thus avoiding costly downtime and production disruptions,” suggests Xavier.

Other print technologies like laser can be prone to premature failure, paper jams, and print quality issues when exposed to high extremes of temperature, humidity and dusty conditions. What makes line matrix printers better able to perform in demanding environments are their intrinsic technology of stored energy using powerful magnets, their sealed electronics and their metal construction.

Line matrix is a very energy efficient technology: it consumes as little as one third of the energy a laser printer would use during printing. And line matrix printers don’t emit any heat or ozone while printing so they won’t further raise the ambient temperature in the environment.

“In this sort of heat at work, the last thing you want to be sweating about is whether your printer will cope,” says Xavier. “Our line matrix devices deliver unparalleled uptime reliability and were designed for heavy usage and high print volumes.”

For more information visit