A magnetic ink character recognition, or MICR, spec sheet is used to provide a check printer with information needed to print checks or deposit slips for a customer. This information is typically required when ordering from a third-party check printer, not one's own bank. Checks contain a number of pieces of important data. These are critical for the check to be scanned and processed properly. At the bottom left is the nine-digit financial institution routing transit number, which identifies the bank holding the account and check processing center. Next to the routing number is the checking account number.
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Magnetic Ink Character Recognition MICR , a technology invented in the s has allowed financial institutions to streamline their check processing. To learn more about the check clearing process in the United States visit the Federal Reserve site www. The EB Font looks like this:. Where did the name EB come from?
E: signifies that it was the 5th version of the font considered. B: signifies that it was the second revision of that font. This line consists of ten specially designed numbers 0 through 9 and four special symbols Transit, Amount, On-Us, and Dash. The combination of characters and numbers provide the check, routing, and account numbers on a check. They can also provide the check amount.
Though important, MICR is only one element of the check printing process. Learn more about MICR lines from the following websites:. MICR Toner is placed into a laserjet printer when you need to print checks. In many cases the MICR Toner can be used in your current laserjet printer, but in some cases the laserjet printer settings must be reconfigured in order to print MICR documents that meet banking specifications. As inkjet printers become more popular so does the need for MICR ink.
MICR ink is applied as an ink base solution. The typical inkjet printer is smaller in size when compared to a laserjet printer. This allows for on the go check printing options for MICR ink.
MICR Toner can be found in an original or remanufactured cartridge. Cartridges are designed for a single use. Reusing can comprise the quality and output of a cartridge. Remanufactured toner cartridges can be known to cause toner streaks down the side of checks after a few prints.
Take a look at some statistics provided by HP. Remanufactured toner cartridges void HP's printer warranty. After your toner cartridge arrives, it could become damaged if it is not stored in the proper environment.
Toner should not be stored in temperatures below zero degrees C degrees F or above 35 degrees C 95 degrees F. Toner should not remain at these extremes for 12 hours or longer. Operating temperature should be between 10 degrees C 50 degrees F and Toner should be normalized at printing temperature for a minimum of 24 hours prior to use. Do not store toner in direct sunlight, near a heat source, or in dusty places.
MICR Printers can be viewed two ways, first as a printing company who is producing personal check books, and second as a special desktop printer from which MICR documents can be produced. This definition will reference the second use of the term. The answer is YES! MICR printers not only give you the ability to print checks, but they also add layers of security to your check stock helping to eliminate the chances for check fraud.
By using a MICR printer you are eliminating the need for preprinted check stock. Not only can this save up to. Additional features may include locking trays, toner sensing, MICR character positioning, and disable jam recovery.
To learn more about standard HP printers visit www. Grain long documents provide higher strength and stiffness properties for the check during printing and reading. Paper smoothness Sheffield should be between 50 and for all laser printed checks Actual check width must be at least 6. Check height must be at least 2. No extraneous toner or other magnetic material is allowed on the front or back. Character Print Quality: Good, with no voids or breaks and no visual fading across the page.
Symbols which include the transit, amount, on us and dash tell the machine what the numbers symbolize. For more information regarding positioning of the MICR line visit. Information Provided by:. MICR is a technology which uses magnetically charged ink or toner to print the numbers and special characters on the bottom of checks or other financial documents. What is MICR?
There are two different fonts which are used depending on established banking standards in the country. OEM vs. For more information regarding positioning of the MICR line visit www.
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