MICR Positioning and Dimension Gauge
Installation Planning Guide
You can use the following tools to determine whether the MICR
output is printing within MICR specifications:
MICR Positioning and Dimension Gauge.
8 Power (X) Comparator with MICR grid.
NOTE: You should use the Custom Transfer Assist Blade to
ensure acceptable MICR line quality on all MICR printing
systems that use nonstandard paper sizes.
The MICR Positioning and Dimension Gauge (part number
600T80025) consists of a thin sheet of flexible plastic attached to
the bottom of a piece of hard thick plastic. The gauge is provided
in a kit that includes a small magnifying glass.
To use the gauge, place the printed output between the two
pieces of plastic. This allows you to compare the MICR output
elements against industry standard output. Using this process,
you can verify the character spacing, check the horizontal and
vertical alignment, and look for spots and voids.
You use the eight power (X) comparator with MICR grid 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 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 (X)
Comparator with MICR grid:
Patterned paper can cause viewing problems. You should use
white paper when you perform quality evaluations.
The quality of the MICR output may vary, depending on the
type of paper you use.
Handle the comparator with care. The grid is printed on the
bottom and may be damaged or worn off in time.
You can use the comparator with transmitted or reflected light.