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SP 4120N MICR Network Laser Printer Helps Secure Printing

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Tue, Nov 2, 2010 @ 12:11 PM

A new network laser printer designed to print MICR encoded cheques has just been launched.  Many of the features are designed for secure printing of cheques and other encoded documents.  This 37 ppm network ready unit has all of the features that you need for printing quality cheques.  The SP 4210N MICR is specifically designed to meet the cheques writing needs of business but can also be used with conventional toner for regular printing if required.

Key Features:

  • E-13B Font: created specifically for the SP 4120N MICR printer to ensure the highest achievable readability of MICR characters.
  • Low toner warning and auto stop
  • Secure amount and payee fonts are very difficult to alter because of a special background and very small text & numeric print embedded in the payee and amount lines of the check.
  • Available password protection
  • Paper tray locks
  • Datastream encryption

Ricoh SP 4120N MICR PrinterEach printer comes with a MCR toner and a 500 sheet paper tray.  Optional trays bring the capacity up to 1600 sheets and an optional duplex permits double sided printing.

Key Features of good paper for MICR printing:

Magnetic Ink Character Recognition (MICR) uses special magnetic toner ink and speciallyshaped font characters to create machine-readable images.

A typical MICR document is a cheque, which constitutes the majority of MICR applications.  MICR documents are typically intended for further processing and must meet the requirements of both the printer and of the post-processing equipment.

Current ANSI Standards X9.18, approved by the American Bankers Association (ABA), specifies that if 24 pound (90g/m2) paper is used (the recommended weight), then the grain direction used for checks may be either direction.  

Additional requirements to meet all current banking specifications are:

?? Sheffield smoothness between 120 and 150

?? Moisture content of 4.5%

?? Moisture-proof package wrapping

?? Avoid use of cut-sheet paper made from fan-fold stock

?? No ferromagnetic material contained in paper

(Details courtesy of Rosetta Technologies)

Lee K 

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