Dual and Single-Sided Thermal Photo Identification
The first step in making an effective ID card system is choosing a printer that will meet the demands of your application. Making a high quality PVC card requires the right type of printer with support for the security features your business needs.
Single-sided direct-to-card printer, USB interface, lockable enclosure. Includes US power supply cord and USB cable. Order ribbons, cards and software separately. (ZXP Series 3 card printers are compatible with True Colours ix Series ribbons only).
Have questions about ID Card Printers? We have answers!
What factors should I consider when buying an ID Card Printer?
Volume: How many cards do you plan on printing?
Security: Do you need lamination for security and durability?
Encoding: What technology do you plan on using with the ID Card: Magnetic stripe, Smartcard, or UHF RFID?
Printing Capability: Do you want to print on one side or two sides of the card?
Printing Technology: Can your card have an unprinted border around the card or do you need "over the edge" coverage?
Does my choice of printer differ based on card volumes?
Yes. The cost and capability of the printer will change based on the number of cards you intend to print.
Printers are grouped into 3 categories:
Value: The most economical of the ID Card Printers. With a limited footprint and scaled down capabilities, this printer is perfect for small printing jobs and jobs on-the-go. Printers in the category are designed for print volumes under 1,000 prints.
Standard: A step up in design and printing capabilities, this class of printer offers a reliable print output with a moderate footprint. Printers in the category typically can handle 1,000 - 10,000 prints and are perfect for small and medium businesses.
Premium: The most robust printers in the industry. These printers tend to occupy a larger footprint and typically offer more options for lamination and printing technologies. Printers in the category typically can handle a volume of 10,000 - 25,000 prints and it designed for high volume and high security requirements.
Do I need a single or dual-sided printer?
Single-sided printers are ideal for ID Cards which contain limited cardholder information.
Dual-sided printers are ideal for situations when a significant amount of data needs to be captured on the card. By moving some of the information to the back of the card, the front remains uncluttered and void of distractions.
Note: Some single-sided models can be upgraded to dual-sided models. If you want the flexibility of upgrading, please contact a sales representative to help pick the right printer for you.
What is the difference between Direct-to-card and Retransfer?
Direct to Card is the most common card printing technology which heats a print ribbon beneath a thermal printhead. Color is transferred to a blank card, and the images have sharp edges, deep blacks and a full spectrum of colors. There is an unprinted border around the card as printing close to the edge can cause expensive printhead damage in DTC printers.
Retransfer is less common than Direct to Card and transfers an image to a retransfer film. This film is applied to the blank card which provides "over the edge" coverage and vibrant, durable print.
Do I need lamination for my ID Cards?
Lamination on an ID Card Printer can provide the following benefits:
Security: Lamination provides an extra layer of security for your ID Card, by reducing the possibility of counterfeit cards and eliminating any tampering with the information contained in the card.
Durability: Lamination provides extra durability for standard ID Cards. Purchasing a printer with a laminating option is ideal for cards in harsh conditions/environments and situations where continual use provides excessive wear and tear on the cards.
Cost savings: Although printers with laminating capabilities can have a larger upfront cost, they yield significant cost savings down the road due to the elimination of security incidents and reduction of replacement card printing.
What encoding options do I have for my card?
Magnetic Stripe: This type of card is capable of storing data on a band of magnetic material. The magnetic stripe (also known as swipe card or magstripe) is read by physical contact when swiped past a magnetic reading head.
Contact Smart Card: A contact area of approximately .15 sq in. comprised of several gold-plated contact pads are embedded onto the card. These provide electrical connectivity when touched to or inserted into a reader.
Contactless Smart Card: These contain a re-writeable smart card microchip that can process and store data. They communicate with a terminal via radio waves with a read range of up to around 5 in.
Gen 2 UHF RFID: RFID Cards store data that can be read through radio waves at wider read ranges (typically 3 to 10 ft.), allow multiple card reads at the same time and are extremely secure.
What else do I need besides a printer?
A printer by itself is only one piece of the puzzle. For an overall solution, you will also need the supplies, software and accessories for your printer. We offer a large selection of printer ribbons, ID Cards, software, lanyards and badges for your solution.
You can also let us take the guesswork out of the equation. We offer ID Card Systems which contain the printer, the software and accessories for your ID Card printing needs. Please contact a sales representative to help find the right system for you.
Starting with a high quality PVC card ensures the best quality print and longevity for your IDs. Options for colors, magnetic stripes, and other secure cards ensure you make a card best fit for your needs.
We can help you find the right ID Printer Ribbon to meet the demands of your Plastic ID Card needs. From employee access cards to student IDs, we have the supplies to make Plastic ID Card from every major manufacturer. Our inventory includes full color YMCKO ribbon for single-sided ID Card Printer or dual-sided YMCKOK ID Card Printer Ribbon, as well as a variety of monochrome color printer ribbons and more!
We carry a wide variety of ID Card Software which allow you to design and print professional photo IDs and badges for any solution. Looking to customize your Plastic ID Card? Our software makes it easy to add functions and capabilities to all cards and badges, and they are perfect for Student IDs, Employee IDs, Government IDs, and Security IDs.
One of the easiest ways to prolong the life of your ID Card Printer is to remember to have a regular cleaning regiment. Cleaning cards, cleaning swabs, or ID Card Printer Printhead cleaning pens - they all perform an essential cleaning function for your printer, and we offer compatible cleaning kits for your Card Printer.