School IDs, employee badges, access control cards are a few examples of how IDs are used for much more than just basic identification cards. The type of card with the right technology is as important as the information printed on it. Options for various technology cards, colors, magnetic stripes, and other secure cards are available to fit your needs.
Premier Plus Zebra Z5 white composite 70% PVC / 30% PET cards, 30 mil (500 cards). Premier plus cards provide added flexibility and improved print quality. Standard Size, compatible with all ID printers
White PVC cards, 30 mil high coercivity magnetic stripe (500 cards). Standard card size in industry. Requires a printer with magnetic stripe encoding option to encode magnetic stripe. Compatible with all ID card printers.
Premier Ultra High Frequency (UHF) RFID Impinj Monza 4QT PVC card, Gen 2, 30 mil thickness, 100 cards per pack. Cards can be used to track via RFID technology. Card may printed on with all ID Card printers. Printing and encoding can be performed by ZXP Series 7, P330i, and P430i printers
The mil size of a card denotes how thick it is. 30mil cards are the standard and most supported by all printers. This card is the same thickness as a standard credit card. 10mil cards are much thinner and more flexible. Many printers do not support these thinner cards and you will need to confirm if your printer supports them.
Do I create a magnetic stripe on a blank card?
No. Magnetic stripes are embedded into the card before you purchase them. In order to create cards with magnetic stripes you will need to buy card stock that has them already, and you must have a printer that supports magnetic encoding.
What is the difference between Hi-Co and Lo-Co magnetic stripes?
Hi-Co and Lo-Co are referring to the coercivity of the magnetic stripe on the card. When you encode a magnetic stripe on the card, you are changing the pattern of magnetic fields. Coercivity is a measure of the strength of the magnetic pattern and the duration of the stored information. A Hi-Co card lasts longer and is best for permanent applications like employee ID and credit cards. Lo-Co cards are easy to erase and re-write information for temporary uses.
Why would I use a colored PVC card?
Most blank PVC cards are white since it allows you to print any kind of design that you want. However, colored cards can help reduce ribbon usage if your design uses a single color background, help distinguish your ID cards from others and make your design simpler.
What is a Prox card?
A Proximity (Prox) card is an ID card that has an embedded contactless integrated circuit. This allows the card to be read wirelessly with a suitable reader from contact to a couple inches. There are 2 frequency ranges that Prox cards are available in and are normally used for applications that need greater security and traceability within your facility. With each card having a unique identifier it is more difficult to forge when compared to barcodes and magnetic stripes. We can help ensure the Prox cards you use are compatible with your printers and access control system.