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Cleaning Kits for ID Card Printers

Cleaning kits are a critical component of any ID card program. Regular printer cleanings are crucial for maintaining and extending the life of your ID card printer.  ID card printers are vulnerable for collecting dust from the ID cards. As the ID card goes through the printer they leave dust and debris that can potentially damage your printhead thus resulting ID cards with lower quality images then it would normally print. With routine cleanings and replacement of cleaning rollers, you can expect optimal image quality and a longer life for your card printer. ID card printers should be cleaned and covered when not in use. You should clean your printer every time you change your printer ribbon.  Every card printer requires certain cleaning products to be used as preventive or corrective maintenance. At ID Security Online, we provide cleaning kits designed for specific ID card printers. 


Photo ID Camera

Photo ID cameras are generally used for printing out passport style pictures suitable for your ID card. Many organizations, companies, facilities, educational institutions, medical facilities, and government offices use these cameras as an integral component to the photo ID system.  A photo id requires the visual representation of the card holder on the card. There are a number of options to obtain the necessary picture to place on the current PVC card standard of today.


Photo ID System and Supplies

A photo ID system is an integral component of creating an effective ID program.  In our modern high tech world, photo ID cards are found far and wide with many different uses. Driver's licenses or passports are no longer the main focus for photo ID. With the sophistication and convenience of a photo ID system, companies are able to easily integrate photo ID into their organizations and enjoy the benefits they have to offer. 

ID Badges

ID badges, similar to ID cards, are used for identification purposes. Most companies, corporations, organizations, and government offices across the globe use ID cards as means to identifying their employees or citizens. ID badges are commonly worn by hospital staff, government officials, and security agents. ID badges help them cultivate a more professional, detail-oriented image for their company or organization.

Evolis Primacy Dual Sided ID Card Printer

The Evolis Primacy dual sided printer is designed to save time and resources. This  Evolis ID card printer is programmed to print on both sides of any card in just a single run. Additionally, this printer features a modular design that enables users to add encoding options at any given time as well as single or dual sided capabilities.

The  Evolis Primacy ID card printer includes a full color or monochrome option, cost effective supplies such as a ribbon saver, and a standard USB and Ethernet connectivity. The Primacy personalizes color cards in a matter of minutes. It has the capacity to print up to 140 cards per hour on dual side printing mode.

While single-sided printers generally require the user to manually flip and reload cards to print both sides, this dual-sided Primacy ID card printer can apply full color graphics, text, and other design components to a card's front and back in one quick and easy pass.

Primacy is highly committed to the reliability of  its card printing capabilities and guarantees professional looking ID cards. Unlike most printers, this printer also demonstrates an eco friendly element that saves energy. The Evolis Primacy is available in either red or blue exterior colors. These printers are ideal for high-volume ID programs, and those programs that need variable information printed on the backside of cards. Evolis’ strong commitment to quality is legendary, and is echoed by a 3-year warranty.

Zebra ZXP Series 3 Industries and Applications

Compacted and ready to use, the Zebra ZXP Series 3 is a full featured high speed card printer  that can be integrated into standard ID Cards and access control applications. This affordable ZXP series 3 direct-to card printer is a suitable choice for applications where small space, minimal operator training and print quality are paramount.  This printer is ideal for deployment in educational institutions and retail outlets for ID card, gift card, loyalty card or membership card applications. The ZXP series 3 achieves fast print speeds and high image quality by utilizing ZRaster host based image processing technology and True Colours ix Series high-performance ribbons. This ID card printer offers a full suite of encoding options, including PC/SC and EMV-certified smart card encoding, over USB and Ethernet.  You can print on one or both sides of the card with high-quality color or monochrome images for a variety of applications.

Zebra ZXP Series 8 Industries and Applications

This retransfer card printer offers picturesque image quality, best-in-class throughput, a multitude of encoder options, and high reliability that minimizes maintenance. The ZXP Series 8 Printer includes ZMotif™ software development tools for easy integration with enterprise applications. Using innovative retransfer printing technology, the Zebra ZXP Series 8 delivers superior print resolution at the fastest speeds in its class for high-quality photo ID cards with images and graphics that look more like glossy magazine prints than ordinary ID photos. The printer’s modular design provides flexibility to add a variety of encoding options as needed.

Single or dual sided lamination is also available. This retransfer printer is ideal for printing on uneven card surfaces, such as smart cards, or for when the application calls for very high image quality or cards that are more durable and abrasion resistant.

Single and Dual sided ID Cards Printers

Difference between a single-sided  ID card printer and a dual-sided ID card printer?

A double sided printer will print on both sides of the  ID card whereas a single sided printer will only print on one side of the  ID card. A single sided printer is necessary for creating ID cards with limited cardholder information. It has a full color and monochrome printing capability. It offers magnetic stripe and smart card encoding options. You can choose direct-to-card or a stunning reverse transfer print technology. Printing ID cards from a single sided printer can be time consuming. Most card printer manufactures discourage the use of a single sided printer primarily that this printer tends to damage the sensitive print heads in the print cards.

 

Laminate Photo ID Cards

Why would I need to laminate my photo ID cards?

Firstly, what is a laminated card? A laminated card is a full color plastic card with Matt or Gloss lamination. Matt lamination is a thin coating on a card used to smooth out the printings on the card. This coating provides a soft and silky satin sheen high quality finish resulting in a more sophisticated card. It also allows the card to be more water resistant. It also extends the durability of your card. Gloss lamination forms a protective coating over the print which makes it suitable for items such as menus, cards, brochures etc. Gloss lamination also gives your card a more professional look. These type of plastic cards are used for  advertising a business, product, or a service. Lamination serves as a protection for your card. This process is beneficial to the cardholder that it prevents the fading and dye migration via sun exposure on your card. That way, you  won't have to reprint your card frequently thus saving you supply costs and time. Holographic lamination increases the security of your cards therefore preventing identity theft or unauthorized duplication of your card. How are laminated cards produced? Multiple cards must be printed on a large sheet. Then they are fed through a laminating unit which provides a thin sheet of laminate either on both or one side of the card. This procedure traps the card in between. Heat is then applied to seal the lamination.

Announcing the Arrival of the Evolis Primacy!

ID Security Online is proud to announce the arrival of the Evolis Primacy ID card printer!

The Primacy is an easy-to-use high-end printer and the ideal solution for identification badges, payment cards, student cards and transportation passes. Available in blue and red, single or double-sided and with or without encoding technologies, the Primacy comes with USB and Ethernet TCP/IP connectivity and boasts a pioneering 3-year manufacturer's warranty.

The Evolis Primacy prints a maximum of 210 cph (cards per hour) in color and 850 cph in monochrome, includes a 250-card capacity color ribbon cassette and has a 100-card capacity feeder and output hopper.

Further, the Primacy is user friendly, allowing the user to check the amount of cards in the printer so that you can load more into the front panel before the printing ends. It as well highly modular, allowing you to install encoding options via the Evolis website.

And for the green thumbs, Evolis Primacy has received ENERGY STAR certification, complies with ErP directives and consumes an average of 5 times less than earlier printers.

Finding Supplies Made Easy

At ID Security Online our goal is to make it easy for you to search through our database. Let’s face it, we’ve designed it so we know where everything is, and in order to allow you to find what you need quickly and easily we’ve added website tools to make it that much easier to find what you’re looking for.
You can search for supplies in one of four convenient ways.

And Never the TWAIN Shall Meet?

What is TWAIN?

If you’re a digital camera enthusiast, or otherwise possess an interest, in or need of, image device technology (such as scanners) the more likely than not you’ve run into the word TWAIN. What’s more is that you might be one of the many people who don’t actually know what this word means, but given its common appearance in reference to such devices you probably assume that it’s important.

ID Card Printer Cleaning Kits

An ID card printer cleaning kit is a grouping of items specifically for the intent of maintaining your printer. Virtually all high end ID card printer manufacturers, such as Evolis, Magicard and Zebra, provide their clientele with proprietary variations of cleaning supplies contained within comprehensive cleaning kits.

Scratch-off Ribbons

Scratch-off ribbons are ribbons specifically designed to create a thin, removable layer of material on a card that a user can scratch off to reveal hidden information, such as PIN numbers, passwords or barcodes. Therefore some particular uses of scratch-off technology include membership cards, prepaid phone calling cards, bank cards and any cards with private information.

 

Scratch-off ribbons are monochrome ribbons are typically grey ribbons interwoven with black lines arranged in a wave-like pattern. Scratch-off ribbons that produce variously-colored layers do exist, but the majority of them are grey.

 

When using the scratch-off feature the ribbon driver needs to be selected to “K,” which represents “black” in YMCKO (yellow, magenta, cyan, black, overlay). You can achieve best results by using the scratch-off ribbon as a monochrome ribbon with the contrast setting placed at C3.

 

Scratch-off ribbon technology is compatible with PVC cards and a variety of monochrome ribbons and hologram cards.

What are Duplex Printers and what are they Good For?

Duplex ID Card Printers, also commonly referred to as Dual-sided printers, are, as the name suggests, printers that are capable of printing images and text on both sides of a surface, usually of a piece of paper or plastic ID card.

Generally speaking there are two methods of duplex printing — a) printers which automatically flip over a piece of paper and print on the other side, and b) printers, usually high-volume printers designed with two engines, that print on both sides of the sheet of paper as once as it is feeds through the machine.

 
 
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