How Line Matrix Technology Reduces Expenses and Meets the Printing Needs of the Financial Services Industry

Many financial institutions rely heavily on form and document tracking for auditing and security purposes, and these exceedingly important documents need to be printed quickly and on demand. Whether important internal documentation is needed or forms dealing with outside cash management and logistics companies need to be produced, high standards must be met. Financial institutions also routinely produce thousands of reports daily for things like archives, internal communications and ledgers that need to be collected and stored in groups.

The financial services industry is highly regulated, therefore, the importance of a clear record of the exchange of goods regarding a financial transaction is crucial. Multi-part forms are often used in these scenarios. Financial institutions need to create and assemble these multi-part documents quickly and store them together to keep business moving. Multi-part chain of custody documents are also important in armored car transports of money. Cash management and logistics companies need to provide a security net for the financial institution to know where their money has been and that it is safety accounted for.

Since working with finances is their job, companies are always trying to find cost effective solutions to their needs. High volume printing with laser printers frequently encounters issues like paper jams, overheating, increased need for manpower and high consumables cost as well as generates large amounts of landfill waste.

Implementing a Solution

The need for quick and reliable printing in the financial services industry is often overlooked. Financial institutions often try and get by with laser printers, when in reality they are just wasting time, resources and money. Laser printers demand much higher consumables, supplies and maintenance costs over time than line matrix printing. Oftentimes, companies are fooled by the lower cost of entry on a laser printer, but once the hidden expenses of supplies are revealed the total cost dramatically increases.

Within the financial industry, reports need to be collected and stored as units. Line matrix technology is able to produce continuous forms to solve this issue. Using continuous forms eliminates issues with misplaced or out of order single sheet forms. Rather than frequently refilling paper trays on laser printers, a user can load more than 3,000 sheets of paper without even removing it from the box; producing automatically collated, bound and ready for storage documents. Print quality and style can be easily adjusted to meet the demands for any particular report and line matrix printers have superior paper handling, which is particularly important for the long reports businesses need to generate.

Bank statements generally utilize a pre-printed form and data integration from a mainframe computer that requires a variety of connectivity options such as serial parallel and Ethernet. Printronix line matrix printer’s work with many of these connectivity options. Multi-part forms also have a variety of uses in the banking industry. One form may need to make its way through several steps in the chain of custody to meet certain protocols and regulations. Line Matrix printers provide the most reliable source for creating multi-part forms. Laser printers cannot produce a bound multi-part form, the user would have to print 4 or 5 copies of the same form and attach them together. While using a line matrix printer, the user can print up to 6-part forms in one pass with high-quality, easy to read text and graphics, without compromising output speed.

Line matrix printers are the right choice for the financial services industry because they offer excellent print quality at high production speeds to ensure important documents are produced in an easy to read and cost efficient manner.



How Line Matrix Printers Reduce Risk in the Woodworking and Furnishing Industry

Risks Encountered

Designing, manufacturing, distributing and selling woodwork and furniture is a modern mass-production industry in many advanced regions of the world. Modern facilities are generally laid out like production lines, with each step in the construction process having its own “shop” within a facility. Each shop contains their own unique hazards and demands that effect both workers and machinery alike. A unique concern to many areas of a woodworking facility is the susceptibility to fire and explosions. Facilities are prone to this danger because they contain large quantities of items that could be used as fuel sources for a blaze. There’s is an abundance of sawdust, wood, paints, oils, adhesives, solvents and liquid propane all used for different steps in the creation process. Equipment and machinery used near these vulnerable ignition sources need to be properly checked, maintained and cleaned to prevent a disaster. In addition to ignition concerns, equipment used in this environment needs to be durable. Heavy machinery, flying wood, debris and strong vibrations can cause breakdowns and equipment malfunctions if the equipment is not built for this type of harsh environment.

Within these production facilities, the constant flow of information has to be strictly maintained. With so many moving pieces and assembly lines, having large and easy to follow instructions is critical to the success of a final product. Additionally, since products are being constantly checked for quality control at each phase of creation before being passed along to a loading dock for shipment and packing, every component needs to have a clearly maintained production record. This could mean printing upwards of 10,000 different types of forms, reports and documents every day. These facilities aim to maintain a constant flow of production. A hold up in one area of the production line because of a paper jam, overheating or slow printing effects many facets and costs money in the long run.

Reducing Risk

When the safety of your workers depends on the precautions you take with your equipment, every piece is important. A line matrix printer excels at meeting the rigorous requirements of a woodworking and furniture creation facility. Printronix P8000 Cabinet model is the perfect choice for facilities that operate under such harsh environments. Our line matrix printers have Kevlar reinforced tractor belts with metal pins, sheet metal enclosures and a completely enclosed cage to help keep unwanted dust, debris and hazards out. With sealed electronics and a heavy duty operator interface, companies can be confident their printer will withstand the harshest environments and continue to produce their vital documents and forms. Safety is key and keeping hazards out helps to prevent the opportunity for the machinery to become an ignition source, which is not the case with unenclosed laser printers. The ability to withstand higher operating temperatures while keeping sawdust and debris out of crucial components means there is no better choice printer for the woodworking and furniture production industry.

When a production line stops, money is lost. Having forms that are unclear, printed too small, need special functions or have other unique issues can be costly. Line Matrix printers keep up with the diverse demands of any print environment needed. Line printers are designed to accommodate single form and multiple form printing for Bill of Lading documents, invoices, reports, etc. Up to 6-part forms can be printed with high-quality and easy to read text and graphics, without compromising output speed. Text, graphics and barcodes can all be printed on the same form. Data can be printed up to 13.6” wide on paper stock that is up to 17” wide. With continuous feed paper the build/broadcast sheets needed on production lines can be printed to the length your business operations require. Large, scalable fonts allow workers to see exactly what needs to be completed, and these can be adjusted in size and quality as needed with an emphasis on bold or italic print to ensure ease of reading and minimize interpretation errors. In addition to the ability to accommodate all of the key printing needs of the woodworking and furniture production industry, Printronix line matrix printers are unmatched in high speed performance (up to 2000 lines per minute), which helps make any business more efficient.



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.”

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