Every time you buy a drink in a 7-Eleven convenience store, go shopping in the mall or withdraw some cash from an ATM, you will get a receipt slip. That receipt slip is actually made from thermal paper.

Did you know?

A busy supermarket uses approximately 50 pieces of 80mm x 80mm thermal paper rolls every day! When the rolls are used out, they will order from you again. The most beautiful part of the paper roll business is “repeatable consumption”. The repeatable consumption can create constant profit and cash flow for you.

Production of thermal rolls has long been seen as a small manufacturing business, but the fact is, the thermal roll business is very lucrative and will enable you to acquire your return on investment quickly and easily. In this article, we will show you how to produce thermal rolls.

It Takes 3 Steps to Produce Thermal Paper Rolls


The principle is simple: use the slitting & rewinding machine to cut the jumbo paper rolls into the small thermal roll sizes you want.

slitting and rewinding machine

Slitting and Rewinding Machine

Materials You Need:

  • jumbo thermal roll
  • one forklift
  • slitting & rewinding machine
  • one experienced worker

Producing Process:

1. Lifting the Jumbo Roll: You can use a forklift or some other mechanical equipment to lift the jumbo rolls onto the slitting machine. The common jumbo roll sizes are:

  • 405mm x 6000m
  • 558mm x 5500m
  • 565mm x 6000m
  • 636mm x 6000m
  • 790mm x 6000m
  • 795mm x 5800m
  • Choose the correct jumbo roll sizes according to the small roll sizes you want. (for example, if you want to produce an 80mm width thermal roll, you can use the 405mm, 558mm, or 636mm width jumbo roll. If you want to produce a 57mm width thermal roll size, you need to use a 565mm jumbo roll. Yes, make sure the jumbo roll size and small roll size are divided exactly).
  • The famous thermal paper brands are Koehler (Germany), Hansol (South Korea), Appvion (American), OJI (Japan), and APP (Indonesia). Check this article about the top 10 thermal paper mills in the world.

Paper rolls on slitting machine

2. Adjusting the Blade: In this step, we will adjust the blade distance to be 79mm. Please note the distance should be exactly 79mm, not 80mm since the actual roll size is smaller than the marked size. For example, if you have an Epson printer that uses 80mm rolls, then your actual roll width will be 79mm to make sure the rolls run smoothly through the mechanism.


Blades on the Slitting Machine

3. Turn on the Slitting Machine: Be sure the jumbo roll is stable in the shaft, and then you can start the engine. The machine will automatically cut the 405mm jumbo roll into 5 separate 79mm pieces. Keep an eye on the digital counter to monitor the length of the rolls. When it approaches 75m, slow down the machine speed since the rolls will be nearly 80mm in diameter. All these operations should be handled by experienced workers.

Paper rolls slitting

So in theory, it is very simple to manufacture thermal paper rolls. However there are many more details that must be closely monitored and controlled, and this requires time and experienced personnel. From my past 10 years’ experience, my advice is: If you have serious paper roll buyers, import the small finished rolls from us and sell to them. Rather than manufacturing the rolls by yourself, since it is a super complicated project you cannot imagine.

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