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Kick the laser habit

01/05/2011 | Channel: Manufacturing

DASCOM GB has announced findings from a study, revealing that modern dot matrix printing remains 90 per cent cheaper per copy than mono laser printing over a typical five-year period of use.

This finding is highly significant as laser printing is increasingly used unnecessarily for bulk printing of items such as stock reports, invoices, receipts and waybills, typically landing users with over £10,000 of extra lifetime costs per machine.

“It’s time the UK cut its print costs. Bulk back office printing needs to be cheap, high speed and most of all, reliable. Our study shows that laser printing is not the appropriate technology,” explained DASCOM GB’s managing director Robin Edwardes. “Appropriate technologies, such as dot matrix printing, have recently been developed by specialist manufacturers to the point where their speed, graphical and network capabilities are stunning. For mission critical, high volume printing, their cost, capabilities and mechanical characteristics are unrivalled.”

The study was conducted using an up-todate, market leading, high speed (33ppm) business mono laser printer, typically used for the routine printing of bulk documents. Its performance was compared to that of a corresponding modern dot matrix machine, the DASCOM T2265+. Printing 600,000 pages over a five-year period, the DASCOM machine’s total cost, including consumables and print heads, worked out at a tenth of the cost per page of the laser mono device. The study did not take into account the far longer lifetime of the dot matrix machine.