Verifying MICR output with the MICR Position and Dimension Gauge
Verifying MICR output with the MICR comparator
System Overview Guide
Dash: The dash symbol can be used as a separator in the
On-Us field. For example, some banks use the dash to
separate the bank branch number from the account number.
However, reader and sorter manufacturers discourage this
use as it can cause detection problems.
The MICR Position and Dimension Gauge, which consists of a
thin sheet of flexible plastic attached to the bottom of a piece of
hard thick plastic, is provided in a kit that includes a small
The gauge is used by placing the printed output between the two
pieces of plastic, which allows for a comparison of the MICR
output elements against industry standard output. This process
verifies the character spacing, horizontal and vertical alignment
as well as checks for spots and voids.
The 8 power (8X) Comparator with MICR Grid is used to
compare the characters on the MICR output to industry standard
The comparator is an optical tool that magnifies each character
eight times. It has a built-in measuring scale that measures the
size of the MICR characters and checks for spots and voids
(deletions). Keep the following in mind when using the 8 power
(8X) Comparator with MICR Grid:
Patterned paper can cause viewing problems. White paper
should be used when performing quality evaluations.
The quality of the MICR output may vary with the type of
Handle the comparator with care. The grid is printed on the
bottom and may be damaged or worn off in time.
The comparator can be used with transmitted light or reflected
Magnetic ink character recognition (MICR)