Kyocera develops smallest barcode printhead

Kyocera claims to have developed the world’s smallest flat-type thermal printhead for barcode printers, with the new KMS Series. In addition, this series is also said to use 20 percent less power than Kyocera’s conventional thermal printheads with similar functions.

The new head has a compact structure that’s 40 percent smaller compared than conventional products and designed the wiring layout to reduce resistance loss, which accounts for the power saving. This in turn makes the head suitable for portable, battery-powered printers, such as those used for printing barcode shipping label.

To achieve this smaller size Kyocera mounted the driver IC direct to the circuit substrate rather than the more conventional ceramic substrate using wire bonding.

Kyocera is planning to make 350,000 of these heads per year. It’s available to order now.





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