When most people think about print technology today, Serial Impact Dot Matrix (SIDM) Printers might not be the first thing on their mind. The masses have been educated to believe that either laser, inkjet, or line matrix printing is the way to go. In fact, we even hear a lot in the news today about 3 Dimensional Printers as the hot new thing. Still, SIDM holds a very meaningful and relevant place in the business forms transaction printer market. For the most part it isn’t “new” technology, but it is “proven, cost-effective” technology for a variety of applications.
In talking with the folks at DASCOM Americas, they acknowledge that all printing is in a very mature phase in the product life cycle. Yet, the necessity to print still exists, and likely will for many years to come. As such, they continue to focus on products that make practical sense for users who can benefit the most from SIDM technology.
An example of success in the SIDM market for DASCOM involves being one of the few remaining manufacturers of SIDM printers. That is, they have introduced in the last several years some models of printers that have been promoted as essentially direct replacements for some of the big name printers in the market. Perhaps the best example of this is the Tally 4347-i series printers from DASCOM. These printers were developed and have been marketed (and will continue to be) as replacements for some well know brands in the marketplace such as IBM/InfoPrint 4224/4230/4247 models of SIDM printers.
The Tally 4347i-08 and 4347-i10 come with a host of connectivity options, a one year on-site warranty, support from DASCOM itself (not something outsourced), and are usually marketed with some aggressive trade in programs for the end customer. And, it is that end customer who can realize the benefits of SIDM technology.
For example, when it comes to forms printing, SIDM is a great way to handle multi-part forms for a host of niche markets. The folks who market line printers also aggressively go after this market, but one has to weigh the need for “blazing” speed with “adequate” speed when making a decision on what printer fits best. The line matrix printers generally print much faster than SIDM printers, but at a very real cost. Usually their acquisition pricing to an end customer can be up to 4 or 5 times that of purchasing a high end SIDM printer. Plus, maintenance on the line printers is sold at a price that is generally much higher than maintenance on a SIDM model.
Of course the numbers can be skewed in analysis to show that total cost of ownership could be cheaper for line matrix printers, but it sometimes comes down to whether the end user might want to have a huge capital outlay versus something that is more affordable. After all, usually printers aren’t thought of too much as a priority until something wears out or goes wrong and an important report can’t be printed. It is then that folks realize that printers are important.
So, DASCOM continues to invest in ways to improve their current offerings on the printer side and they focus directly on markets where they know that their printers are a logical fit.
If you want to learn more about their capability, you can visit their website at www.dascomamericas.com.
You should also perhaps consider a “test drive” of their printers if you do forms printing. The company offers a very liberal “Try-It, Buy-It” program that gives users the opportunity to have essentially a risk-free evaluation of their printers. DASCOM Americas even pays free ground freight in the Continental U.S. on these shipments so the end user has virtually no risk whatsoever in looking at a unit. DASCOM’s technical support team is also one of the best at helping the end user in determining if the product is a good fit, and they stand ready to help.
So, SIDM technology remains relevant in a host of vertical markets such as logistics, warehousing, transportation, manufacturing, healthcare, retail, and much more where bills of lading or multi-part forms are the norm. DASCOM Americas stands as a leader in this market.
If you are considering how to more cost-effectively print then give the folks at DASCOM Americas a try. To the naked eye the technology may not seem incredibly exciting, but it can be incredibly effective. In a way it’s like Vanilla ice cream – It’s been around a long time but a lot of people still eat it even with all the host of flavors that are out there.