Choosing the right paper roll for your cash register is extremely important. Thermal paper that is used today is engineered in a different manner than the standard type of paper that is used in dot matrix printers. The thermal paper is full of chemicals, which allow the paper to produce an image after heat has been applied to it and there are several types to choose from. Even though each one looks similar the chemical make-up is different, which affects the lifespan of the image that is printed.

Due to all these attributes, you have to consider the type of thermal paper you use carefully. If the data is unable to be read, it can lead to a number of issues. When considering thermal paper and trying to figure out what you should buy, make sure to find out about the following qualities/attributes.

Heat Exposure

If you are concerned about exposure to extreme heat, then you need to select a material that is resistant to heat. If a document is left in a vehicle, for example, where the temperatures can reach higher than 150 degrees in the summer, the entire receipt may turn completely black and unreadable because of the chemicals in the paper. This problem can be avoided by choosing a thermal paper that has been specially formulated to withstand higher temperatures.

Topcoating

Each thermal paper has a basecoat, as well as a thermal coat; however, not all will have a topcoat. Topcoats provide an additional layer of production against environmental exposure. If you choose to use a paper that does not have a topcoat, then you should not expect the receipt to stand up in any type of extreme environment.

Thickness or Durability

When you choose a thermal paper that is thicker, it will be more durable and perceived by customers as being higher quality. However, when you purchase a thicker material, it means there is going to be less paper on the roll and this is going to result in fewer documents being able to be printed before the roll has to be changed.

Smoothness

Quality thermal paper rolls should feel smooth on the front, as well as the back of the paper. If you are buying paper that is not smooth, then dust is going to be created when using the printing application. This is going to cause damage to the printer head.

Moisture

If you believe that the document may come in contact with moisture, then getting a paper with additional moisture resistance or synthetic material will help to protect it. Otherwise the paper may get wet and become unreadable.

As you can see, there are several factors you should keep in mind when purchasing thermal paper. When you consider the information here, you will be able to find the paper that is best for your needs.