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Direct to Card vs. Retransfer Print Technology

Posted December 6, 2012

Direct-to-Card (DTC) printing is the most common technology used by desktop card printer/encoders to transfer images directly onto a plastic ID card. DTC technology prints images by heating a print ribbon beneath a thermal printhead, resulting in the transfer of color from the ribbon to a blank card. With DTC printing, images have sharp edges, deep blacks and a full spectrum of colors. This printing method does not provide full card coverage as a small white border will be at the edges of the card. All major manufacturers produce DTC ID card Printers, with some of most popular models being Zebra ZXP Series 3, Datacard SD360, Fargo DTC1000, and Evolis Primacy.

Retransfer printing is a two-step process that transfers your image to a retransfer film before applying    it to the card. First, the image is printed in reverse directly onto a clear layer of film. Next, the printhead heats up and bonds the imaged film    to the card’s surface by applying heat and pressure. The two step retransfer process creates a true edge to edge (100% card coverage) high quality image on PVC cards and other card types. High end models using this technology include Zebra ZXP Series 8 and Fargo HDP5000. Remember, when using a retransfer printer; don’t forget to add the retransfer film with your ribbon.

For help finding the right  ID Card Printer for your business, contact us at BarcodesInc.


Lamination Without the Extra Cost

Posted October 17, 2012

Are you looking to secure your ID card but don’t have the budget for a printer with lamination capabilities? Well, BarcodesInc and Zebra have the solution for you!

Zebra’s “Genuine Secure” hologram overlaminate patch is hand-applied with its peel-n-stick feature, so a lamination ID card printer isn’t needed. Just simply, peel and apply up to 500 patches per roll. The overlaminate patch features a “Secure” text hologram that serves as an anti-counterfeiting measure and makes the ID card difficult to replicate. The hologram overlaminate patch can be used with all manufacturers’ cards, including Fargo, Datacard, and Evolis.

For more information about ID card systems, contact us at BarcodesInc.


Fargo ID Card Hologram Layouts Explained!

Posted October 11, 2012

Holograms are a great feature to have on an ID card to help prevent fraud and improve the security of your card issuance.  Many times, to incorporate a hologram you would need a laminating printer like the DTC4500 and a special laminate that has embedded holograms.  If you don’t have a laminating printer though, there is still an option to create cards with holograms.

Fargo offers a variety of ID cards that have holograms already embedded in the card itself.  Their VeriMark and Holomark cards come with hologram options in 8 different possible positions on the card.  Using a non-laminating printer like the DTC1000, all you need to do is make sure you print design doesn’t cover  the location of the hologram.

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Properly Storing Your Blank ID Cards

Posted October 10, 2012

Having a professional looking identification card with crisp images and no blemishes is must-have in today’s corporate and university environments. Card Printers certainly play a part in the process, but taking care of your blank ID card stock should be a priority. Improperly handling cards before printing can create flaws in your card stock that will be reflected or even magnified in your printed cards. The following are a few tips to consider when handling cards:

  • Environment – Cards should be kept in the air-tight, water resistant containers when not in use. Most card stocks from Zebra, Fargo, Datacard, and Evolis come in 5 x 100 card packages. It is best to only open one container at a time. Cards also should be stored in a regulated temperature environment. Extreme heat or extreme cold can make cards brittle and more susceptible to snapping.
  • Handling: Oils and fingerprints from your hands can leave a residue on the card that will impact the overall print quality of the card. We recommend only touching the edge of the cards when loading and handling your ID cards. Anti-static gloves can also be worn which will reduce the residue left on cards.
  • Inputting: Always inspect the stock to make sure you have received the proper cards and no identifiable blemishes exist with in the cards.

For more information about ID cards and handling, contact us at BarcodesInc.


For a Complete ID Solution, What Else Do I Need Besides a Fargo HDP5000?

Posted October 9, 2012

The Fargo HDP5000 is a Retransfer Printer, which provides edge-to-edge printing through the use of retransfer film. This printer will produce a clearer and longer lasting image, when compared to a direct to card printer. In order to have a full working solution, the following elements will be required:

Ribbon:

Retransfer Film:

Plastic ID Cards

Software

For more information on other ribbons, cards, and software,  contact us at BarcodesInc.


Key Attributes To Identify When Shopping For The Right Printer

Posted October 8, 2012

There are wide variety of manufacturers and printer options for your ID Card needs. BarcodesInc carries all the top models from Fargo, Datacard, Zebra and a host of others and can help direct you to the ID solution that best fits your needs. When looking for an ID Card Printer, answering the following questions can limit your number of choices

1)      Single vs. Dual Print Side:

2)      Volume

  • How many cards do you print per day? Larger volumes may warrant a more premium printer

3)      Print Technology

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UPTrade to a New Fargo Printer

Posted October 4, 2012

Now through December 31, 2012, customers can trade in all old Fargo card printers as well as any dye-sublimation or reverse image card printer from other manufacturers.

Turn in your old printer and and purchase a new Fargo printer. The UPTrade rebate is available on all DTC4000, DTC4500 and HDP5000 ID Card Printers. Rebate amounts are determined based on purchase of Single Side ID Card Printer, Dual Side ID Card Printer, and Lamination ID Card Printers. The value of the rebates listed below:

Trade-In units must be returned to HID Eden Prairie or a regional office no later than January 14, 2013.

For more information on the trade in program, contact us at BarcodesInc.


Fargo HDP5000 Card Printer at Work With Action Ambulance Services

Posted October 2, 2012

Fargo HDP5000 ID Card PrinterAction Ambulance services uses Fargo HDP5000 card printer/encoder with lamination for ID, Security and Marketing

The challenge 

Action Ambulance Services provides 24-hour emergency and non-emergency medical services to the people of Eastern Massachusetts from 13 different locations. The identification cards worn by emergency personnel face challenging conditions, not only from temperature extremes and inclement weather, but also from bodily fluids, including blood, of patients being treated.

Twelve years ago, the organization began using ID cards for employee identification, but its printer was not able to laminate the cards, nor was it fast enough to keep up with the growing business. Mike Woronka, now Chief Executive Officer of Action Ambulance Services, was responsible for bringing the first ID card printer to the organization. He realized it was time for an upgrade of both the hardware and the software.

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HID Global Introduces FARGO DTC1000M Monochrome Printer/Encoder

Posted March 22, 2012

HID Global, trusted leader in solutions for the delivery of secure identity, today announced the expansion of its Genuine HID card printer and encoder portfolio with the launch of its new FARGO DTC1000M Monochrome Printer/Encoder. The DTC1000M delivers FARGO quality, reliability and ease of use, while providing organizations with a solution that is cost-effective to own and operate and offers a low total cost of ownership.

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ID Cards Make Dreams Come True for Children in Las Vegas

Posted December 8, 2011

Overview

Industry:
ID Card Printing

Application:
ID card software and printing to accommodate and track a growing roster of volunteers

Product Solution:
Fargo Persona C30 Card Printer, associated software and accessories

Solution Provider:
Greg Hamilton

Young people in Las Vegas were given a gift when the Dream Center began its ID card program seven months ago. They were given a sense of belonging.

The Dream Center is an outreach-driven church affiliated with the International Church of Las Vegas, dedicated to helping inner city families. “Our ministry provides hope by meeting both tangible and spiritual needs,” said David Hammonds Jr., Assistant Pastor responsible for oversight of children’s programs and outreach efforts. “We provide food, clothing, life rehabilitation, education, Biblical training and much more through our numerous ministries and outreach programs. We reach hundreds of hurting and needy children and adults across all races and cultures every week.”

In addition to regular Sunday services, the Dream Center provides multiple community programs, including a Thursday night dinner that feeds up to 300 homeless individuals. Located on the west side of the city, in an area most people choose to drive by, the Dream Center also ministers to about 300 at-risk children and teens through its Adopt-a-Block program. Children enrolled in the program receive a personal visit from a staff member at their home every week and are invited back to the Dream Center for Tuesday night programs.

“It takes a lot of work to stay connected to the kids and their families,” said Hammonds. When the Adopt-a-Block program began, there were approximately 20 participants, and administrators used a printed roster to take attendance. As new children joined the program, Dream Center administrators gathered information on the individuals. It wasn’t long before program acceptance exploded, and the number of participants went from 20 to 300, making the paper roster time-consuming and inefficient. “The issue for us was to get an accurate attendance for each service,” said Hammonds. “All of our students are bused to the building at much the same time. By the time we got to 300 kids, it was hard to keep track of everyone.”
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