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Magnetic ink character recognition (MICR) CCD

Magnetic ink character recognition (MICR) is a specified character set that is defined in American National Standard Institute (ANSI) booklet X9.27. For over thirty years, MICR has been the common document language used by the commercial banking industry for interbank exchange of money data.

The most common use of MICR is for printing negotiable documents. The characters are uniquely shaped according to ANSI standards and can be read by various readers and sorters throughout the world to direct the documents to their proper financial institutions.

Before the availability of MICR printers, companies that printed negotiable documents used forms that were pre-printed with MICR characters by a commercial check-printing company. Commercial companies print the MICR characters with magnetic ink.

To enable a printing system to print MICR, complete the following steps:

  1. Order the MICR Customer Changeable Developer feature.
  2. Your Service representative must install the MICR Feature. This action enables the feature.
  3. Insert the MICR Configured CCD into the correct engine. Refer to Infoprint 4000 and Infoprint 4100 Models with Enhanced Operator Console Operator's Guide for instructions on changing the customer changeable developer (CCD).
  4. Select Printer Definition -> Printer -> Advanced to define the physical status of the MICR CCD. In the MICR Installed field, select the printer engine where the MICR CCD is installed. Your options are:
  5. Select OK to complete the installation and enablement of the MICR feature.
  1. In duplex mode, the printer that can use MICR toner depends on the printer model:
  2. In dual simplex mode, MICR toner can be used in both printers.
  3. The supported paper weight is 75 to 90 gsm (20 to 24 lb). Paper checks are to be 24 lb across the web and in the web direction or 20 lb in the web direction only. (This is the banking industry standard for check stock.)
  4. Tractorless paper is not supported with MICR.
  5. MICR forms must be processed into a post processing device to allow sufficient cooling for the toner and paper. MICR forms cannot be stacked in the internal stacker, "Blocking" will result.