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For our product we are dealing with companies that predominantly have industrial-scale printers and other machines used for post-processing.
Those other machines are simply referred to as 'machines' while the printers are called 'printers' even though they are machines, too.

I am now looking for a generic term for printers and these machines. Only using 'machines' for both would be very confusing since 'machines' is synonymous with all machines but printers.
Calling it 'printers & machines' will not be OK, it has to be one word. 'Assets' is a bit too non-technical, 'Fleet' seems inappropriate since I would apply that to vehicles or ships only.

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  • Why is 'machines' not appropriate? I would include printers as machines. – JDF Oct 24 '17 at 13:18
  • As I explained, mentioning only 'machines' will exclude printers in that company. – Sebastian Oct 24 '17 at 13:35
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    Try synonyms for machines. thesaurus.com/browse/machine. Instruments, apparatuses, appliances, ... – jimm101 Nov 27 '17 at 11:46
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I suggest equipment, as an abbreviated form of process equipment. Ideally you'd use the full version first or in the documentation then abbreviate it where necessary.

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Mechanisms would include all apparatus of a mechanical nature, printers included. Non-printer machines would become a subset of 'mechanisms'.

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Perhaps you can call them hardware?

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Are you searching the word "Appliance" or "Unit" ?

It is often used in manufactoring-process.

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Perhaps, you could use paraphernalia.

noun

miscellaneous articles, especially the equipment needed for a particular activity.

He has an impressive collection of bicycling paraphernalia, but he doesn't ride very often anymore.

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  • Reasons for the downvote? – Prateek Yadav Nov 26 '17 at 2:41

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