Magnetic Ink Character Recognition (MICR) Ink for Epson Printers

By M. Worcester, writer
Nov 15, 2010
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Print checks with ink and toner for Epson magnetic ink printers

MICR toner, or Magnetic Ink Character Recognition (MICR) Ink, for Epson printers is special toner. It allows a bank’s check scanning machine to read the printed characters. Banks, credit unions and large national corporations require you to print the bank numbers at the bottom of self-printed checks with magnetic ink or toner. Choose this type of toner and a magnetic ink printer to print your own checks. The banks accept the checks and you save money compared to the price of pre-printed checks.

Epson ink recognition products contain a high concentration of iron oxide, making the characters readable by the magnetic scanners. You need other special equipment and supplies to print your own checks, if you haven't done so before. Magnetic ink Epson supplies include:

1. A computer and check-printing software

2. Either an MICR laser printer and MICR toner or an inkjet printer and an MICR inkjet cartridge

3. Special paper stock designed for check-printing

Purchase MICR Epson toner online

If you have an Epson laser printer, buy Magnetic Ink Character Recognition (MICR) Ink for Epson printers. Toner will settle and cause the signal strength to vary over the life of the cartridge. To combat this, choose one with an iron oxide signal strength of at least 100, even though the American Banking Association requires only 50.

Find inkjet MICR ink cartridges for Epson printers

If you have an inkjet printer, you can't use MICR toner. Manufacturers make a special magnetic ink, called VersaInk, for magnetic inkjet cartridges. Epson is one of the printer brands VersaInk works for. You can get a refill kit to refill a standard Epson inkjet cartridge with the special MICR ink.

Purchase Epson MICR toner from a check-printing solution vendor

Order toner from the same vendor where you order your blank check stock; it's convenient, saves money on shipping and ensures the toner is adequate to adhere to the paper stock. This type of vendor will be able to answer your questions, solve your problems with the check-printing process and ensure you are taking all of the steps necessary for security.

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