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?