A few weeks ago I posted a TechBits about a thermal receipt printer we were testing for use with Koha. This week, I’d like to give you some more details. There will be two options for printing receipts in Koha. The first SCLS-supported option will be to continue using your Epson impact (dot matrix) receipt printers with some adjustments to its configuration. There is one exception to this and you can read about it in the next paragraph. The second SCLS-supported option will be to order new, Star TSP100 futurePRINT thermal receipt printers.
For the Epson receipt printers to continue working with Koha, SCLS staff will need to install an Epson print driver. This will be coordinated so that the installs are done prior to switching to Koha. Epson programmed Windows drivers for the TM-U200pd and TM-U220pd models. We have been able to print Koha receipts with these two models. We still have a few TM-300pd printers at some libraries. Most of these printers are over ten years old. Epson did not program Windows drivers for these printers. Although they work fine in Dynix with a Generic/Text Only driver, our testing shows that is not the case with Koha. These printers will need to be replaced.
It is also recommended that you purchase black receipt printer ribbons. Combination red and black receipt printer ribbons were purchased in past coordinated orders. These ribbons will work; however, the receipts look a little nicer with just the black ribbon. The next SCLS coordinated order should have these ribbons included.
The second supported option will be the Star TSP100 futurePRINT thermal receipt printer. The Star printer can be ordered with an auto cutter or a tear bar. If you have an ITG Self Check that prints receipts, you are probably already familiar with the Star printer with auto cutter. The last time I asked for pricing on the TSP100, I was quoted a price of $212 +shipping for the tear bar and $246 +shipping for the auto cutter. Both come with a 3-year limited manufacturer warranty. The thermal receipt paper will also be included in the next coordinated order.
On Friday, I sent out an email requesting information about the current receipt printers at libraries. If you respond that you still do have the Epson TM-U300pd printer(s), I will contact you about replacing them. Next week, the peripherals order form will be updated to include the new Star thermal printers. Please let me know if you have any questions.