Require A5 duplex card printer.

Posted on 2006-05-04
Last Modified: 2008-03-06
I'm looking for a printer to sit at the head of a factory production line.

The printer needs to be ROBUST. Not some cheap plasticy inkjet for £25.00

The printer needs to have the following facilities.

1 - A5 duplex card printer.

The cards will be fairly thick (think of 3 or 4 sheets of average printer paper). A straight paper path would be great, though some curling would be acceptable.

2 - Use built in forms.

The content to be printed is basically a form with a lot of pre-filled elements and space for the operators to write additional information.

The printing of several barcodes will also be required (Code 128). I expect to use a form designer and then upload the form to the printer and then use a Print Control

3 - Colour OR multiple trays for different coloured card (upto 5 colours).

Currently they are hand writing onto 1 of 5 different colours of card. If the printer can print colour, then we can use white card and print a coloured banner to represent the original card colour. If the printer can support 5 different trays, then a monochrome printer will be as good (and cheaper).

4 - Around 1000 cards a week. This is expected to go upto around 2500 a week within a year.

I'm expecting this printer to cost in excess of £1000.

What is available?
Question by:RQuadling
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    Something like the Oki printers, which have a straight-through paper path sounds OK, as long as you don't expect it to auto-duplex. "3 or 4 sheets" thickness sounds like 240 to 320 gsm (standard paper is 80 gsm). There is no desktop printer that will handle that for duplexing. Even 240 gsm is right at the top of the range for simplex printing, most printers are spec'd only up to 220 gsm.

    As for A5, that;'s not a problem, most A4 printers handle it fine. And 2500 pages per week is nothing for a laser.
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    Author Comment

    Autoduplex is essential. The requirement is NOT for a desktop printer. The printer will be situated in a dirty factory.
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    Accepted Solution

    You'll need to investigate small printing presses - I can't help you there

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