How to Produce Thermal Paper Rolls – A Step by Step Guide

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How to Produce Thermal Paper Rolls – A Step by Step Guide

Every time you buy a drink in a store, go shopping in the mall, or withdraw some cash from an ATM, you will get a receipt slip. That receipt slip is actually thermal paper.

Did you know?

A busy supermarket uses approximately 50 rolls of 80mm x 80mm thermal paper every day!

Production of thermal rolls has long been seen as a small manufacturing business, but the fact is, the thermal roll business is very lucrative and will enable you to acquire your return on investment quickly and easily. In this article we will show you how thermal rolls are produced.

It Takes 3 Steps to Produce Thermal Paper Rolls

Principle: Use the slitting & rewinding machine to cut the jumbo paper rolls into the small thermal roll sizes you want

Paper roll producing process

Material You Need to Prepare:

  •  jumbo thermal roll
  • one forklift
  • slitting & rewinding machine
  • one experienced worker

Producing Process:

1. Lifting the Jumbo Roll: You can use a forklift or some other mechanical equipment to lift the jumbo rolls onto the slitting machine. The common jumbo roll sizes are:

  • 405mm x 6000m
  • 565mm x 6000m
  • 558mm x 5500m
  • 636mm x 6000m
  • Choose the correct jumbo roll sizes according to the small roll sizes you want (for example, if you want to produce 80 x 70mm thermal rolls, you can use the 405mm, 558mm, or 636mm jumbo roll. If you want to produce 57 x 40mm thermal rolls, you need to use a 565mm jumbo roll. Yes, make sure the jumbo roll size and small roll sizes are divided exactly ).
  • The famous thermal paper brands are: OJI (Japan), Koehler (Germany), Hansol (South Korea), and APP (Indonesia).
Jumbo Roll

Thermal Jumbo Roll

2. Adjusting the Blade: In this step, we will adjust the blade distance to be 79mm. Please note the distance should be exactly 79mm, not 80mm, since the actual roll size is smaller than the marked size. For example, if you have an Epson printer that uses 80mm rolls, then your actual roll width will be 79mm to make sure the rolls run smoothly through the mechanism.

cutting knife

Blades on the Slitting Machine

3. Turn on the Slitting Machine: Be sure the jumbo roll is stable in the shaft, and then you can start the engine. The machine will automatically cut the 405mm jumbo roll into 5 separate 79mm pieces. Keep an eye on the digital counter to monitor the length of the rolls. When it approaches 75m, slow down the machine speed, since the rolls will be nearly 80mm in diameter. All these operations should be  handled by experienced workers.

Paper roll slitting machine

So in theory, it is very simple to manufacture thermal paper rolls. However there are many more details that must be closely monitored and controlled, and this requires time and experienced personnel.

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