What is MICR Check Printing?

Share Article

Printerm publishes information on the MICR line and the MICR technology associated with how the signal is read and understood, including a glossary of all terms used in the MICR industry.

Printerm publishes article on MICR Check Printing. This article will cover the history of the MICR line and the MICR technology associated with how the signal is read and understood, including a glossary of all terms used in the MICR industry.

The article includes:

*The Development of the MICR font

The MICR font was developed by Stanford University in conjunction with Bank of America and approved by the American Banking Association. The font is known as the E-13B font. E-13B has a total of 14 characters, ten specially designed numbers (0 through 9) and four special symbols (Transit, Amount, On-Us, and Dash).

*MICR Readers

There are three types of machines used to read MICR characters. Two of these machines read the characters magnetically and they are referred to as Magnetic Ink Character Recognition (MICR) readers. The third machine is called an Optical Character Recognition (OCR) reader.

*MICR Waveform Theory

The readers move and read documents from right-to-left. The right-hand edge of the character, as a result, is the first to cross the read head. Analysis of the signal level reading of the character 0 will help explain this in greater detail .

*What Affects the MICR Signal Level?

Signal level can vary based on a number of factors. The amount of iron oxide (concentration) that is present in the character will affect the signal level. This is a function not only of the toner itself, but also of how it is laid on the paper and the pile height which can be controlled by numerous other cartridge components (i.e. "hot" OPC's).

More information on "WHAT IS MICR" can be found at: http://www.printerm.com/micrdef.htm

For additional information on this article contact Charles Katz, charles@printerm.com or visit http://www.printerm.com/micrdef.htm

About Printerm Datascribe, Inc.

Printerm Datascribe, Inc. was founded in 1981 and now is in it's 24th year of

business. We specialize in Secure Check Printing for Corporate Solutions including Check Printers, MICR Toner, Check Paper, MICR Software & various other MICR Check Printing supplies.

Printerm Datascribe, Inc. has established an excellent reputation as the main supplier of MICR printer products capable of interfacing with IBM, UNIX, SAP, Peoplesoft, Oracle, Jonas Software and many other environments.

Contact:

Charles Katz, President

Printerm Datascibe, Inc.

800-267-8925 xt 222

http://www.printerm.com

# # #

Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

Charles Katz