contains magnetic components, especially iron oxide. This technology is used
primarily by banking industries to make the processing of checks easy. MICR
stands for Magnetic Ink Character Reader. This technology allows printers to
print specific information such as account numbers and check numbers in special
typefaces. MICR characters can be easily read by computers as well as humans. A
MICR Cartridge is also used in printing banking exams. The main reason to use a MICR Cartridge is to enable machines to study exams and other documents
Other industries such as insurance, airlines, and activities ticketing also use this technology. This is because magnetic printing allows the characters to be read easily and clearly even if they have been overprinted. In addition to this, the error rate while reading or scanning magnetic printed checks and other documents is extremely low.
A toner cartridge has a fine carbon-based powder mixed
with a polymer. It is absolutely dry and is stored in a hopper chamber of the
printer cartridge, whereas a MICR Cartridge contains a high percentage of ferrous
oxide. It is a specially formulated toner mixture that is designed to be used
for a specific laser printer. It is similar to a regular toner cartridge, but requires 50 to
60 percent iron oxide preservative content.
A MICR Cartridge is used instead of a regular toner cartridge when printing checks and other important documents because they support in identifiable number sequence and modification and prevention of fraud. MICR readers cannot read through the documents that are not printed with a MICR Cartridge. In a laser-printed document, detecting fraud is a little difficult. That's why laser cartridges are used for printing important documents.
Magnetic printing allows accuracy. This is mainly used in printing banking exams, checks, tickets, insurance documents, and other important deed or certificate. These can be easily assessed by MICR readers. If documents are not created properly, they'll be straightaway rejected by the machines. Exams are assessed by MICR readers so that they can identify the exact spot on paper. In a laser-printed document, it is not possible.
Magnetic cartridge is used generally to print documents using magnetic ink and special fonts so that readers can easily read this information ensuring quick document processing. When a laser cartridge is used to print standard documents, such documents don't need to be assessed to verify fraud. General official documents can be printed by using a laser toner.
The main purpose of a MICR Cartridge is to print negotiable documents. That's why they are used in banking, insurance, and airlines industries for printing checks, deeds, certificates, and tickets. A laser cartridge is used to print general information with an idea to reduce human effort. Any information other than negotiable documents can be printed with it.
MICR printing has the ability to mark all information on negotiable documents, including your digitized signature, the MICR line, and other important information. A standard laser printer does not have the capability to imprint such information.
A MICR Cartridge does not have much importance in printing daily official documents. But yes, they are very important in printing out checks, certificates, deeds, and other special documents that need to be verified. A laser printer cartridge is much more useful for official printing purposes. Both technologies are different from each other and have their own advantages and disadvantages.
When you look to purchase a MICR Cartridge you will find two types of products. Since major printer manufacturers don't engage in the practice of offering a MICR Toner you can still find a MICR Cartridge. A premium new cartridge is available as a new cartridge that has been modified where they take the original toner out and replace it with a specialized MICR toner for check printing with a security dye additive for deterence in check modifacations. An alternative to the premium new is a remanufactured cartridge where the cartridge is built from a used platic case with all new parts and MICR Toner added for the sole purpose of check printing. When it comes to both types of MICR Cartridge available they both will have the same MICR Toner formula and only changes from vendor to vendor, so it important to select a reputable vendor when you decide to make your purchase of a MICR Cartridge.
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