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Braille Embossers

2018

Introduction

Braille embossers are used like printers to emboss braille characters onto paper in order for braille readers to read. They can either be for personal use for a home or office, or for mass production. This publication provides an alphabetical listing of braille embossers currently available for sale. It also lists the vendors who sell braille embossing appliances. In addition, it discusses specialized braille paper, braille translation software, and sources to purchase these items. A selection of references and resources is provided as well.

Prices given are subject to change without notice and do not include shipping and handling or other charges that may be incurred. Please contact the vendors directly to verify current prices and product specifications.

Items listed are not part of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped program, and their listing does not imply endorsement.

Note: CPS means Characters Per Second; DPI means Dots Per Inch.

Contents

Braille Embossers

Braille embossers emboss information onto specialized heavyweight paper that they receive from computers, braille notetakers, mobile devices, or flash drives. Braille embossers can emboss single-sided or double-sided (called interpoint), and can produce 6- or 8-dot braille. Speed of printing, line width, and weight of braille paper are all differentiating factors for embossers.

Braille Box (Index Braille)
Embosses interpoint braille at 300 CPS (approximately 1,000 pages per hour). In addition to embossing on braille paper, is capable of brailling labels, business cards, and other media. Has a graphic printing capacity of 50 DPI. Equipped with wireless capability, the ability to emboss material from a USB drive, and the capability to automatically translate text items into braille. Comes with a sound buffering cabinet to reduce noise output. Has menu buttons with print and braille description as well as speech feedback in multiple languages. Also has the capability to also create tactile graphics. Uses single sheets of paper instead of tractor-fed paper. Weighs 143 lbs.

The Brailler Depot: $15,995
Humanware: contact for pricing
Irie-AT: $15,995

Braille Express 150
Embosses interpoint braille at 150 CPS and 44 characters per line. Comes with ET Speaks, an external speech synthesizer that provides spoken menus and feedback. Weighs 50 lbs.

EVAS: contact for pricing
Humanware: $16,995

Braille Place (Enabling Technologies)
Embosses two-sided braille at 300 CPS (approximately 1,000 pages per hour) and 45 characters per line. Designed to be a high-production embosser. Weighs 950 lbs.

Enabling Technologies: Contact for pricing.

Braille Sheet 120
Sheet fed braille embosser capable of brailling in interpoint. Also has the capability to emboss tactical graphics. The device allows users to braille smaller items such as business cards and labels. Allows users to send data to the embosser through their mobile devices. Weighs 20 lbs.

Irie AT: $3,795

BrailleTrac 120
A wireless braille embosser that embosses at 120 character per second. Braille interpoint on tractor-fed paper. Has the ability to produce high-resolution graphics. Allows users to send data to the embosser through their mobile devices. Weighs 20 lbs.

Irie AT: $3,295

Braillo 300 S2 (Braillo Norway)
Embosses interpoint braille at 300 CPS (900 pages per hour) and 10–42 characters per line. Can produce either six or eight dot braille and use braille paper in a variety of formats. Comes with Duxbury Braille Translator. Fits on a tabletop. Weighs 232 lbs.

American Thermoform: $23,000

Braillo 450 S2 (Braillo Norway)
Considered the “big brother” of the Braillo 300 S2. A very similar model with the added capability of brailling 150 extra CPS, 450 CPS in total (1,350 pages per hour). Capable of embossing six or eight dot braille and 10 to 42 characters per line. Weighs 236 lbs.

American Thermoform: $35,000

Braillo 600 S2
A continuous, fan-fold embosser that creates 600 CPS (1,800 pages an hour). Has the capability of embossing single sheet and interpoint. Can emboss 10 to 42 characters per line. Built on a chassis that can be adapted for a Braillo 600 SR should the user’s needs expand. Weight 252 lbs.

American Thermoform: $45,000

Braillo 600 SR (Braillo Norway)
Embosses at 600 CPS (1,800 pages per hour), 27–42 characters per line, and uses a continuous roll of paper instead of tractor-fed. Equipped with a built-in blade to cut the sheets after jobs are completed. Weighs 662 lbs.

American Thermoform: $77,000

Braillo 650 SF/650 SW (American Thermoform)
Both emboss single-sided and interpoint braille at 650 CPS and 10–44 characters per line, using a continuous roll of paper instead of tractor-fed. 650 SF has full production for books and magazines (cuts, staples, and folds) and can add a cover. 650 SW can cut and stack the embossed braille paper sideways. Braillo 650 SF weighs 1,257 lbs. Braillo 650 SW weighs 849 lbs.

American Thermoform:
Braillo 650SF: $117,000
Braillo 650SW: $84,000

Columbia (ViewPlus)
A 100 CPS braille embosser capable of interpoint and creating tactile graphics. Uses continuous, tractor fed, braille paper. Able to adjust dot heights to three separate levels. Weighs 20 lbs.

Enablemart: $3,495
New England Low Vision: $1,495
ViewPlus: $1,695

Cub Embosser (ViewPlus)
Embosses interpoint and single-sided braille at up to 50 CPS. Uses braille paper, computer paper, oversized paper, labels, plastic, and card stock. Weighs 22 lbs.

Enablemart: $4,495
Humanware: $4,295
NanoPac: $4,995
New England Low Vision: $4,995
ViewPlus: $4,495

Delta (ViewPlus)
Embosses 100 CPS on cut-sheet paper. Also has the capability to emboss tactile graphics at 100 DPI. Weighs 20 lbs.

ViewPlus: $3,495

eBrailler Cosmo
An electronic braille typewriter. Can be used as a stand-alone braille type writer or can be attached to a computer and converted into an embosser. Weighs 9 lbs.

American Theremoform: $2,495
Electronic Brailler: $2,495

Elite 200+ (ViewPlus)
Prints both ink and braille (interpoint and single-sided at 200 CPS). Uses the Tiger Software Suite, which is included with the embosser (a $295 value), but is also compatible with Duxbury. Weighs 60 lbs.

Enablemart: $14,995
ViewPlus: $14,995

EmBraille Desktop Embosser (ViewPlus)
Embosses interpoint and single-sided braille up to 25 CPS onto tractor-fed braille paper, computer paper, oversized paper, labels, plastic, and card stock. Designed as a desktop embosser. Weighs 11 lbs.

Enablemart: $1,995
New England Low Vision: $1,995
ViewPlus: $1,995

EmPrint SpotDot (ViewPlus)
Embosses braille at 50 CPS and can print braille and ink at 40 CPS. Uses single-sheet paper—including regular letter paper, envelopes, and card stock— and the same ink and paper as an HP Inkjet printer. Weighs 24.4 lbs.

Enablemart: $4,495
Florida Reading and Vision Technology: $7,995
NanoPac: $6,995
New England Low Vision: $7,995
ViewPlus: $7,995

Gemini Super Braille Embosser
A two-in-one inkjet printer and braille embosser. Embosses 32 CPS (24 lines for single-sided, 20 lines for interpoint) on tractor feed paper. Weighs 54 lbs.

Humanware: $8,900

Index Basic-D V5 (Index Braille)
Embosses interpoint and single-sided braille at 110 CPS and 48 characters per line. Also embosses tactile graphics at 50 dpi. Has built in Wi-Fi, allowing users to connect wirelessly and braille their materials from smartphone or tablets. Has a braille and text keypad with multilingual speech output. Uses tractor-fed paper and has a compact size for desktop use. Weighs 17 lbs.

Humanware: contact for pricing
Index Braille: $3,695

Index Everest-D V5 (Index Braille)
Embosses interpoint and single-sided braille at 120 CPS and up to 48 characters per line. Able to connect via Wi-Fi, allowing users to emboss material from their mobile devices. The control panel features buttons labeled in braille, speech feedback and backlighting. Uses cut-sheet paper, plastic, or thin metal instead of tractor-fed paper. Has a braille and print front panel and multilingual speech feedback. Weighs 28 lbs.

Brailler Depot: $4,395
Humanware: contact for pricing
Irie AT: $4,395

Index FanFold-D V5 (Index Braille)
A high-speed tractor-fed embosser that produces 330 CPS and 48 characters per line. Tactile graphic capability with 50 DPI resolution. Control panel features braille labeling, backlighting, and a speech output with multi-language capability. Wi-Fi enabled for users to connect to it through their mobile devices. Weighs 220 lbs.

Humanware: contact for pricing
IrieAT: $ 16,995

Juliet 120
Embosses 120 CPS interpoint braille. In addition to embossing BRF files, is capable of embossing DOC, PDF, and TXT. Can connect to computers via Wi-Fi. Weighs 16 lbs.

Boundless AT: $4,495
Humanware: $4,495
Nanopac: $4,495
New England Low Vision: $4,495

KGS BL-1000 Braille Labeler (Enabling Technologies)
Creates sturdy, transparent labels with Windows-based computers and is compatible with screen-reading software. Comes with the Braille Labeler Utility, which can translate text into braille and send it to the labeler. Weighs 2 lbs.

Enabling Technologies: $1,195

Max Braille Embosser (ViewPlus)
Embosses interpoint and single-sided braille at up to 60 CPS. Uses tractor-fed paper, braille paper, computer paper, oversized paper, labels, plastic, and card stock. Weighs 22 lbs.

Enablemart: $5,995
NanoPac: $5,995
New England Low Vision: $5,995
ViewPlus: $5,595

Mountbatten Braille Whisperer
An electronic braille typewriter that also interfaces with other devices in order to emboss material. Can connect with USB or wireless connection. Weighs 10 lbs.

Humanware: $2,850

Phoenix (Enabling Technologies)
A multi-functional braille and tactile graphics system that can also emboss single-sided braille. Combines the Romeo system with a tactile graphics embossing system and comes with the Firebird Software Suite, which includes the Firebird Graphics Editor. Embosses at 50 CPS. Weighs 25 lbs.

Boundless AT: $5,995
Humanware: $5,995

PIAF Picture in a Flash (HumanWare)
A tactile graphics printer that handles capsule (or swell) paper size up to 11″ x 17″. Like the Swell Graphics II (see below), the tactile images are made when regular laser printers or copiers are used with swell-touch paper that is placed in the PIAF, which “swells” the black ink to create raised lines. Also has audio indicators. Weighs 13 lbs.

Boundless AT: $1,395
The Brailler Depot: $1,395
Humanware: $1,395
NanoPac: $1,395
New England Low Vision: $1,395

Premier 100 (ViewPlus)
Embosses interpoint braille at 100 CPS. Also equipped with Tiger Graphics to allow for the production of tactile images. Uses tractor-fed paper, braille paper, computer paper, oversize paper, labels, plastic, and card stock. Weighs 60 lbs.

Enablemart: $9,995
Humanware: contact for pricing
New England Low Vision: $9,995
ViewPlus: $9,995

Romeo 60
Embosses 60 CPS and is able to connect through Wi-Fi, allowing users to print without the use of cables or drivers. Control panel has high-contrast keys and voice output. Also has the capability for tactile graphics at 50 DPI. Weighs 16 lbs.

Boundless AT: $3,495
Humanware: $3,495
NanoPac: $3,495
New England Low Vision: $3,495

Spot Dot (View Plus)
Embosses 50 CPS on sheet-fed paper. Embosses tactile graphics using color ink at 300 DPI. Braille translation software included with the purchase. Weighs 27 lbs.

New England Low Vision: $7,995
View Plus: $7,995
VisionCue: $6,995

Swell Form Graphics II Machine (American Thermoform)
Uses swell-touch paper to create tactile images. Works with a standard printer or copier to print an image and then recreate it in raised black lines. Weighs 15 lbs.

American Thermoform: $1,390
Maxi-Aids: $1,500

Braille Translation Software

Braille translation software converts documents or other forms of digital text into a braille file. These software systems may differ in editing capabilities and system compatibility. Please contact the vendors directly to verify product specifications.

Braille2000
Compatible with all machines running Windows 95 through Windows 10. Supports the sharing of braille files over the Internet, simplifying delivery to other users. Also supports braille XML and has multiple add-ons for purchase, including a braille-to-print interpreter and a Children’s Braille Grade Relaxer.

Braille2000, LLC: contact for pricing

BrailleBlaster
A free, open-source braille translation software created by, the American Printing House for the Blind. Based on the LibLouis open-source project and currently in development, but can be downloaded at www.brailleblaster.org/dist/.

BrailleBlaster: free

BrailleZephyr
BrailleZephyr is a braille emulation software that converts specific keys on a QWERTY keyboard into Perkins-style braille inputs. Braille files written using the software can be printed with a braille embosser.

American Printing House for the Blind: free

Duxbury Braille Translator
Supports a range of embossers and works with Windows 2000 through Windows 10; newest version works with Word 2007–Word 2013 files as well as Excel and Open Office documents. Also available for Mac. Supports more than 130 languages and comes with braille mathematics capabilities and the ability to import braille music files created in GOODFEEL (see below).

Duxbury Systems: $695

Firebird Software Suite
Includes the Firebird Graphics Editor, which is used to create tactile graphics on the Juliet 120, Romeo 60 and Phoenix embossers from Enabling Technologies. Can open most image files, and has side-by-side windows of the original image and the tactile graphic image. Able to automatically determine the correct DBI for the embosser. Allows for users to create and edit graphics. The Firebird Software Suite is compatible with Windows 7 and above.

Enabling Technologies: free with the purchase of the Juliet, Romeo 60, and Phoenix Embossers

GOODFEEL
Converts MusicXML files (standard music notation software files) to braille and can convert music braille files to MusicXML. Comes with Lime Aloud, a notation editor that works with GOODFEEL and JAWS to provide user-friendly editing tools for computer input or for MIDI keyboard (piano) input. Standard package comes with SharpEye 2, which scans print music and converts it to multiple formats for editing and has a playback feature that enables listening to the scanned score with a computer.

Dancing Dots: $1,595

Perky Duck
Braille emulator that converts specific keys on a standard QWERTY keyboard into a Perkins-style braille input. Users can write documents in this manner which can then be embossed.

Duxbury: free

Tiger Software Suite
Consists of three components: VP Formatter, Tiger Designer, and VP Translator. VP Formatter works with Microsoft Word and Excel to convert text to braille, Tiger Designer is a tactile graphics design application, and VP Translator translates text-to-braille outside of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Note: This software can only be used with ViewPlus embossers. Version 5.0 of the Tiger Software Suite is specially formatted to work with EmBraille and the VoiceEye app.

Florida Reading and Vision Technology: $595
Viewplus: $595

TranSend SE (Enabling Technologies)
Allows for the synchronous translation of print and braille on one document so they will be adjacent to each other. Can be used with any of the braille embossers in the Enabling Technologies product suite; however, users must have an Epson dot-matrix printer.

Enabling Technologies: contact for pricing

Braille Paper

Because standard paper is too thin to withstand the embossing process, specialized braille paper is needed when printing braille material. Braille paper has varying thicknesses; therefore, it is important to be aware of the type of paper that an embosser requires. If the paper is too thin, the embosser may punch holes through it instead of making raised dots; if the paper is too thick, it may damage the embosser. The standard braille paper sizes are 8.5″ x 11″ and 11″ x 11.5″.

Braille paper also comes in three different layout formats: continuous (tractor-fed), cut-sheet, and rolls. Continuous paper is used for tractor-fed printers. This paper has holes on its edges that enable it to be fed through the printer and is connected to the next sheet of paper at the top and bottom. Cut-sheet paper is pre-cut and does not have tractor-feed edges. Rolls are used mainly for high-capacity printing. There is also swell-form paper, which is used by graphic embossers such as the PIAF and Swell Form Graphics II.

Sources of Braille Paper:

American Printing House for the Blind
1839 Frankfort Ave.
PO Box 6085
Louisville, KY 40206-0085
(502) 895-2405
800-223-1839 toll-free (U.S. and Canada)
(502) 899-2284 fax
[email protected]
www.aph.org External

American Thermoform Corporation
1758 Brackett St.
La Verne, CA 91750
855-825-0768 toll-free
(909) 593-6711
(909) 593-8001 fax
[email protected]
www.americanthermoform.com External

Enabling Technologies
1310 Business Park Pl.
Jensen Beach, FL 34957
(772) 225-3687
[email protected]
www.brailler.com External

Independent Living Aids
137 Rano Rd.
Buffalo, NY 14207
800-537-2118 toll-free
855-937-3906 toll-free fax
www.independentliving.com External

Maxi-Aids, Inc.
42 Executive Blvd.
Farmingdale, NY 11735
(631) 752-0521
800-522-6294 toll-free
(631) 752-0738 TTY
(631) 752-0689 fax
www.maxiaids.com External

National Federation of the Blind (NFB)
Independence Market
National Federation of the Blind
Attn. Independence Market
200 Wells St. at Jernigan Pl.
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 659-9314
[email protected]
https://ecommerce.nfb.org External

Sources for Braille Embossers

Adaptive Ware
4024 Port Victoria Ct.
Hermitage, TN 37076
(615) 884-8904
800-470-7482 toll-free
(615) 469-4891 fax
[email protected]
www.adaptiveware.net External

American Thermoform Corporation
1758 Brackett St.
La Verne, CA 91750
(909) 593-6711
855-871-7436 toll-free
(909) 593-8001 fax
[email protected]
www.americanthermoform.com External

Beyond Sight, Inc.
5650 S. Windermere St.
Littleton, CO 80120
(303) 795-6455
(303) 795-6425 fax
www.beyondsight.com External

Boundless AT
7490 SW Bridgeport Rd.
Portland, OR 97224
(503) 828-1221
866-606-8551 toll-free
(503) 821-6355 fax
[email protected]
www.boundlessat.com External

The Brailler Depot
107 Trimble Ave.
Clifton, NJ 07011
(973) 272-7667
(973) 928-6646 fax
[email protected]
www.braillerdepot.com External

Electronic Brailler LLC
64 Acacia Dr., 2nd Floor
Amherst, NY 14228
(201) 665-9219
[email protected]
www.ebrailler.com External

EnableMart
865 Muirfield Dr.
Hanover Park, IL 60133
888-640-1999 toll-free
800-235-1305 toll-free fax
www.enablemart.com External

Enabling Technologies
1310 Business Park Pl.
Jensen Beach, FL 34957
(772) 225-3687
[email protected]
www.brailler.com External

EVAS (Electronic Visual Aid Specialists)
39 Canal St.
PO Box 371
Westerly, RI 02891
(401) 596-3155
800-872-3827 toll-free
(401) 596-3979
www.evas.com External

Florida Reading and Vision Technology, Inc.
Lighthouse of Broward County
PO Box 519
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33302
800-981-5119 toll-free
(954) 462-4647 fax
[email protected]
www.floridareading.com External

Humanware, Inc.
1 UPS Way
PO Box 800
Champlain, NY 12919
800-722-3393 toll-free
888-871 4828 toll-free fax
[email protected]
www.humanware.com External

Index Braille
Hantverksvägen 20
954 33 Gammelstad
Sweden
+46 92 020 3080
+46 92 020 3085 fax
www.indexbraille.com External

Infogrip, Inc.
1899 E. Main St.
Ventura, CA 93001
(805) 652-0770
800-397-0921 toll-free
(805) 652-0880 fax
[email protected]
www.infogrip.com External

Irie-AT
1750 SW Third Street, Ste. C
Corvallis, OR 97333
888-308-0059 toll-free
(541) 205-4400 fax
www.irie-at.com External

Maxi-Aids, Inc.
42 Executive Blvd.
Farmingdale, NY 11735
(631) 752-0521 (information)
800-522-6294 toll-free (orders)
(631) 752-0689 fax
(631) 752-0738 TTY
www.maxiaids.com External

NanoPac
4823 S. Sheridan Rd., Ste. 302
Tulsa, OK 74145-5717
(918) 665-0329
800-580-6086 toll-free
(918) 665-0361 fax
(918) 665-2310 TTY
[email protected]
www.nanopac.com External

New England Low Vision
799 W. Boylston St.
Worcester, MA 01606
888-211-6933 toll-free
(508) 853-8201 fax
[email protected]
www.nelowvision.com External

Perkins Products
37 Fifield St.
Watertown, MA 02472
855-206-8353 toll-free
(617) 972-7308
(617) 926-2027 fax
[email protected]
www.perkinsproducts.org External

Synapse Adaptive
14 Lynn Ct.
San Rafael, CA 94901
(415) 455-9700
800-317-9611 toll-free
(415) 455-9801 fax
[email protected]
www.synapseadaptive.com External

ViewPlus Technologies, Inc.
1965 SW Airport Ave.
Corvallis, OR 97333
(541) 754-4002
866-836-2184 toll-free
(541) 738-6505 fax
[email protected]
www.viewplus.com External

Sources for Translation Software

Braille Blaster
800-223-1839 toll-free
[email protected]
www.brailleblaster.org External

Braille2000, LLC
6801 Southfork Cir.
Lincoln, NE 68516
(402) 423-4782
(402) 423-5154 fax
[email protected]
www.c-a-s.com External

Dancing Dots
1754 Quarry Ln., Ste. DD
Phoenixville, PA 19460
(610) 783-6692
(610) 500-5072 fax
www.dancingdots.com External

Duxbury Systems
270 Littleton Rd., Unit 6
Westford, MA 01886-3523
(978) 692-3000
(978) 692-7912 fax
[email protected]
www.duxburysystems.com External

Enabling Technologies
1310 Business Park Pl.
Jensen Beach, FL 34957
(772) 225-3687
www.brailler.com External

Florida Reading and Vision Technology, Inc.
Lighthouse of Broward County
PO Box 519
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33302
800-981-5119 toll-free
(954) 462-4647 fax
[email protected]
www.floridareading.com External

ViewPlus Technologies, Inc.
1965 SW Airport Ave.
Corvallis, OR 97333
(541) 754-4002
866-836-2184 toll-free
(541) 738-6505 fax
[email protected]
www.viewplus.com External

VisionCue
4824 SW Scholls Ferry Rd.
Portland, OR 97225
(503) 297-1510
888-318-2582 toll-free
(503) 459-4003 fax
www.visioncue.com External

Selected Resources

The organizations below provide information on and evaluations of assistive technology for individuals with visual impairments and their families and professionals who work with them.

AbleData
https://abledata.acl.gov External
AbleData is a database of assistive technology products and additional resources pertaining to the interests of people with disabilities. Users can perform search queries on specific products, manufactures, or assistive technology resources.

AccessWorld
www.afb.org/accessworld.asp External
An online monthly magazine published by the American Foundation for the Blind. Includes reviews of assistive technology products and other articles of general technological interest for individuals who are blind and visually impaired.

Adaptive Computer Products
www.makoa.org/computers.htm External
A resource guide with links to websites providing information on assistive technology. Also links to sites to purchase computer-access software, input devices (keyboards, pointing devices, eye control, and switches), augmentative communication devices, speech-recognition/voice-controlled systems, and products for individuals who are blind and visually impaired.

AssistiveTech.net—National Public Website on Assistive Technology
http://assistivetech.net External
Has a searchable database to find vendors of assistive technology products. Created by the Georgia Institute of Technology Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access.

Family Center on Technology and Disability
www.fctd.info External
Offers information and articles on assistive technologies to families of children and youth with disabilities and professionals who work with them. Has links to organizations, factsheets, newsletters, and online discussions.

Flying Blind, LLC
www.flying-blind.com External
Posts classified ads for previously owned assistive technology products, offers reviews of new products on the market, and publishes a weekly newsletter offering subscribers new information on assistive technology available to users.

Fred’s Head
www.fredshead.info External
A blog from the American Printing House for the Blind containing product reviews, tutorials, articles, and general-interest information for individuals who are blind and visually impaired.

National Federation of the Blind
Technology Resource List
https://nfb.org/technology-resource-list External
A resource list containing links to assistive technology products, including braille embossers, with information about the devices and the prices.

Compiled by
Chris Corrigan
Reference Section
April 2018