The Dot Matrix Printer

If you go to an office supply store today, you’re probably going to be able to find a Dot Matrix Printer. New. Dot Matrix Printers, which have been considered old technology for decades, are apparently here to stay, at least for  now, and are being made by Epson and Okidata.  But why?

Supplies are Inexpensive

For users who don’t care about having the most pristine quality, using at Dot Matrix or Impact printer is more inexpensive to run.

Use what you Need

In places like libraries, schools, doctor’s offices and business offices that frequently print receipts where a user would only require a few inches, or half a sheet of paper, a dot matrix printer is much more accommodating, and results in less wasted paper.

Multi-part Forms

By hitting the pages to print, the dot matrix is ideal for printing on forms with pressure-sensitive sheets of paper at once.

Printing Secretly

By removing the ribbon, things like paychecks can be printed on a special sealed form containing an inner carbon layer or NCR sheet. Only the inner page is printed and you don’t have to race to the printer to ensure confidentiality.

No Wait Time

In very fast-paced environments (think: emergency rooms), there is no wait time to start printing the job. Inkjet and laser printers alike both have a brief start-up that some occupations simply cannot tolerate.

Color Dot Matrix Currently Available from Okidata

TriTech still services dot matrix impact printers, and can set you up with supplies as well. Call us at (262) 717-0037 for more information.

Xerox Solid Ink

Xerox solid ink is an innovative, award-winning color printing technology that is only available from Xerox. Xerox solid ink is easy to use and also delivers stunning color print quality, while generating up to 90% less printing waste than laser printers, and enabling an incredibly low total cost of ownership.


Solid ink was the invention of Tektronix, a company founding in 1946 in Portland, Oregon. They mostly made logic analyzers and video testing equipment, but also made imaging and printing technologies.

In 1986, Tektronix begins to try and solve the biggest customer complaint: high page costs.  They begin to experiment with thermal inkjet with water-based ink limitations, and Piezo inkjet (which is the basis of Solid Ink waterless inkjet technology and causes less issues like paper curl and show-through).

Tektronix launches its first Solid Ink product in 1991. The Tektronix Phaser III prints about 1 page per minute in brilliant, graphic arts-quality color.

In 1999 the first tabloid/A3-size Solid Ink product is created.

In the year 2000 Xerox acquired the Color Printing and Imaging Division of Tektronix–including the solid ink technology they continue to develop to this day.


When you compare solid ink to color laser printing, Solid Ink creates up to 90% less printing waste because there are no cartridges to dispose of and less packaging to throw away.

The cartridge-free design also means:

  • There is less to manufacture
  • Less space is needed to store your ink
  • Transportation is more efficient

Xerox solid ink isn’t just cartridge-free; it also contains 30% bioderived, renewable materials, and even the packaging is made from post-consumer waste. The tray is made from 100% recycled content, and the box is made from 45% recycled content. ALL of the packaging for Solid Ink can be recycled locally.

Since Solid Ink prints just as beautifully on lower-quality paper as the high-quality smooth white, you can save money while you save the environment and invest in recycled, or lightweight paper while maintaining high-quality prints.

Since Solid Ink was designed to be as efficient as possible, the imaging process produces nearly 100% ink-to-page transfer. Xerox offers an EarthSmart print driver with settings that let you select the most environmentally conscious print options.

Running cost advantage

Cartridge-free Solid Ink enables organizations to lower costs by reducing the number of items customers must replace. That’s why color pages cost less with Xerox Solid Ink.

This means, if you print a lot of color pages, Solid Ink can help you realize a significant savings on 70% or the color pages you print every day.

All in all, the bottom line with Solid Ink is that it lets you print more for less.

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