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Is Rewritable ID Card Technology a Fit for your Business?

Posted July 2, 2015

Does your company have frequent visitors who stay at your facility or building for a short period of time?
Or are you looking for a way to avoid throwing away cards after one use?

Datacard’s SD260 printer and SD260S card printers now come standard with rewrite technology. Rewritable cards feature a clear, heat-sensitive layer that can be erased and rewritten over 500 times. Rewrite technology provides an affordable way to update cards with frequently changing data or create reusable cards, because rewritable cards reduce the supply costs of reissuance. Datacard offers 2 card options: Blank Rewriteable cards (809836-001) and Magnetic Stripe Rewriteable cards (809836-002)

Rewrite technology is ideal for:

  • Corporate visitor ID cards
  • Student IDs with rewritable class schedules
  • Patient ID cards with rewritable appointments/schedules
  • Transit cards with rewritable ticketing details or schedules
  • Retail cards with rewritable loyalty points
  • Ski lift tickets and other recreation cards

Call one of our ID specialist to discuss how rewriteable cards may work for your business or organization.


Ribbon Choices for Printing Color on Both Sides of an ID Card

Posted May 15, 2015

2015-05-15_0924When deciding on an ID card printer purchase, a typical question is whether you intend to print on one side or both sides. Many sellers fail to dig deeper into the problem and ask if you intend to print color on one or both sides of the card.

If you intend to print color on one side and black on the back, all dual sided printers can offer a ribbon to accomplish that.  For example, the Datacard SD360 allows for printing on both sides and the standard ribbon is the YMCKT-KT. However, this choice of printer and ribbon doesn’t solve the need for full color on both sides of the card. If you know that dual sided color printing is the only way you intend to print, a single sided printer (Datacard SD260) with a full color ribbon (YMCKT), where you put the card through the printing process twice is your best bet. The process uses twice as much ribbon as a standard print, but does save you the cost of a dual sided printer.

Until a dual sided color printer becomes available, your best bet is to use a full color ribbon and run the card through the printing process twice.  Always feel free to contact one of our ID professionals with any questions on what is the best printer and ribbon combination for you.


Encoding Magnetic Stripe Cards

Posted October 15, 2012

Encoding a magnetic stripe on your card is a quick and easy way to increase the security of your card, track individuals entry or exit, or serve as an avenue to track usage of products or services. With the advancement in technology, printing cards with magnetic stripes can be done with the use of the right card printer and magnetic stripe ID cards.

In order to encode the magnetic stripe on the card, your printer has to be equipped with a magnetic stripe encoder. Most card printer models provide the option to purchase the printer with the magnetic stripe encoding enabled. For example, Datacard’s SD260, Fargo’s DTC4000 and Zebra’s ZXP Series 3 printers all come with a variety of part numbers which have the ability to encode the cards. Other factors such as volume and interface would help narrow your options to find the right printer for the job.

Finding a printer with the correct encoding technology is one step, the second is having the proper cards. Blank ID cards with magnetic stripes are very common with all manufacturers. The only variable you will have to determine is whether a high coercivity (HiCo) or low coercivity (LoCo) card is right for the solution.

  •  High-coercivity magstripes are harder to erase, and therefore are appropriate for cards that are frequently used or that need to have a long life. High coercivity stripes are typically black and resistant to damage from most magnets likely to be owned by consumers
  •  Low-coercivity magstripes require a lower amount of magnetic energy to record. Low coercivity stripes are easily damaged by even a brief contact with a magnetic purse strap or fastener.

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Faster, Easier, Better – The Datacard SD360 and SD260 Card Printers

Posted October 5, 2012

Datacard has been a leader in ID card printers due for their high quality printers that are easy to use.  Their current SD360 and SD260 printers are a great for small to medium-sized applications for dual-sided or single-sided printing.

The SD360 and SD260 card printer’s new technology, faster print speeds and user-friendly interface are designed to help any application streamline their day-to-day operations and create safer, more secure environments. Exclusive features include Datacard TruePick anti-jam card handling for reliable operation as well as TrueMatch color matching. When used with Datacard Certified Supplies, TrueMatch color matching produces vibrant images and logos, as well as crisp, bleed-free bar codes and text. Users can also upgrade the printers with smart card and magnetic stripe encoding modules for more complex operations such as meal purchases and attendance tracking.

For more information on the SD series printers, contact us at BarcodesInc.


Datacard SD260 – Replacement Printer for the SP35 Plus

Posted October 3, 2012

Datacard SD260 ID Card Printer

When an ID Card Printer works successfully for so many years, it is easy to forget how long the printer has been in service. We get many requests from our customers who are looking to purchase another SP35 Plus to replace their existing printer. Unfortunately, the printer has been discontinued by Datacard and inventories have been depleted of the printer.

However, Datacard’s SD260 is a direct replacement printer, which offers superior quality and a variety of configurations that will satisfy every customer. The Datacard SD260 single-sided card printer is packed with industry-leading innovations that make desktop ID card printing simple and economical. The SD260 printer is ideal for small- to medium-sized businesses, schools, hospitals, fitness clubs and anyone who prints ID cards as part of their busy workday. With its competitive features and price, the SD260 is a great value.

To learn more about the Datacard SD260 ID Card Printer, contact us at BarcodesInc.