Flatbed dot matrix printers explained
As the name implies, flatbed printers have a straight, flat paper path that allows them to handle thicker media as it does not have to bend around a platen during printing.
Flatbed printers may have traditional paths also available.
The OKI Printing Solutions ML320FB and ML390FB both have standard paper paths in addition to a flat paper path. These are shown below:
These printers can be used so that different media can be fed a sheet at a time, printed, and then returned directly to the user. This would allow the printer to be mounted under a desk to allow additional space on top. The printer can also handle continuous paper.
Applictations suited to flatbed printing:
- Endorsement at counter or teller stations - slips or forms inserted from the front can be printed and returned to the user
- Special media printing - as well as being useful for printing heavy paper stocks, the flat paper path allows printing of media that should not be bent, for instance sheets of labels
- Multipart paper applications where the thickness of the paper plies or glueing method prohibits the use of platen based printers.