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impact printer

[′im‚pakt ‚print·ər]
(graphic arts)
A line printer that has one or more character fonts, a ribbon or other inking device, a paper transport, and some means of impacting desired characters or character elements on the paper.

impact printer

(printer)
The earlier, noisier kind of printer where part of the mechanism comes into contact with the paper. The term would only be only used in contrast to "non-impact printer". Examples include line printer, daisy wheel printer, golf ball printer, dot matrix printer, Braille printer.

impact printer

A printer that uses a printing mechanism that bangs the character image into the ribbon and onto the paper. See printer for examples.
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Impact printers, such as line printers and dot-matrix printers, are inexpensive and hold up well in harsh environments, but they print at relatively low resolutions-usually too low for reliably printing bar codes.
This technology allows impact printers to do something no other printer can: produce carbon copies using multi-part forms.
Oki Data Americas, Inc., has unveiled a new line in the MICROLINE (ML) series of impact printers, called the ML186 series.
Carl Taylor, marketing manager for Impact Printers at Oki Data notes, "Strong reliability is the foundation of our entire Microline series of printers and our new ML186 line continues and even improves on our tradition of "Tank-Tough" printers our customers know will last.
IBM has introduced a new addition to its line of impact printers, the IBM 4247-V03.
Labels, renewals, and invoices may be printed to high-quality laser printers or high-speed impact printers. All output is exportable for publishers using an outside service bureau for their printing and mailing needs.
Dot-matrix - this type of printer is still in use as only impact printers can work with multipart stationery.
Letter quality impact printers, on the other hand, produce a much higher quality report, but are slower.
Some high-speed impact printers have a strip of the film behind the target area to monitor whether an impact has occurred.
Various retailers in North America and Europe have already migrated from impact printers to thermal printers due to the various benefits offered by the latter over the former.
Dot-matrix -- this type of printer is still in use as only impact printers can work with multi-part stationery.
The LQ-570e's innovative 24-pin design enables the print head to operate faster than most impact printers -- delivering speeds up to 400 characters per second in high-speed draft mode, with a life expectancy rated up to 200 million strokes per wire.