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.

  • Why is 'machines' not appropriate? I would include printers as machines.
    – JDF
    Commented Oct 24, 2017 at 13:18
  • As I explained, mentioning only 'machines' will exclude printers in that company.
    – 8192K
    Commented Oct 24, 2017 at 13:35
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    Try synonyms for machines. thesaurus.com/browse/machine. Instruments, apparatuses, appliances, ...
    – jimm101
    Commented Nov 27, 2017 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.


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


Perhaps you can call them hardware?

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    – NVZ
    Commented Oct 25, 2017 at 9:47

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

It is often used in manufactoring-process.


Perhaps, you could use paraphernalia.


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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