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Identification cards are now far more than a basic photo ID. You’ll find a variety of technologies being implemented today on ID cards such as barcodes, magnetic stripes and RFID to allow for greater security and track ability. With the ability to completely customize them, ID cards have become the default technology for tracking memberships, loyalty programs, employee access and students.
With the right tools, making IDs is easy. At its core the system will consist of a printer, media (cards, ribbons) and design software. Depending on your business needs, there are solutions to support low volume office printing to full-scale enterprise and educational applications. Making sure you choose the appropriate printing technology and security features for your application is key to reaping all the benefits a card system can provide.
What are the Key Benefits of ID Card Printing?
Our card printing applications will increase your customer satisfaction, generate more clients and help you track employees or students in a scalable way.
Creating on-demand ID cards is an easy process when you have the right technology for the type of card you need to make. There are a couple of ways cards can be printed – making sure you know the differences between them is essential to making the best card for your application.
The first major difference between systems is whether they print monochromatically or in full color. The most common route is a full color system since it offers the most flexibility and highest print quality. However, there is a beneficial cost savings with monochromatic systems if your application is suited for it. For any long term or high security application, color printing is best but in cases where the card is a temporary use item, a single color card can still service its needed purpose at a lower production cost.
Card printers use thermal transfer printing with a fixed printhead that heats up and melts a ribbon onto a blank PVC card to create an image. There are two printing technologies to transfer the ribbon: Direct-To-Card dye sublimation (DTC) and Retransfer (reverse transfer).
What Should You Address When Making an ID Card Printing System?
When putting together an effective and suitable ID card printing system there are a few key questions to answer:
All ID card printing systems consist of 3 core components: