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.
Why would I need to
laminate my photo ID cards?
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.
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.
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What is TWAIN?
If you’re a digital camera enthusiast, or otherwise
an interest, in or need of, image device technology (such as scanners)
likely than not you’ve run into the word TWAIN. What’s more is that you
be one of the many people who don’t actually know what this word means,
given its common appearance in reference to such devices you probably
that it’s important.
An ID card printer cleaning kit is a
grouping of items
specifically for the intent of maintaining your printer. Virtually all
ID card printer manufacturers, such as Evolis, Magicard and
their clientele with proprietary variations of cleaning supplies
within comprehensive cleaning kits.
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
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.
Duplex ID Card Printers,
also commonly referred to as
Dual-sided printers, are, as the name suggests, printers that are
printing images and text on both sides of a surface, usually of a piece
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
side, and b) printers, usually high-volume printers designed with two
that print on both sides of the sheet of paper as once as it is feeds
On June 5 2012, Reuters published an article about the usage
and proposed integration of photo ID’s as part of a hospital’s patient
The point of the article was to cover both minor and major medical
occur in hospitals and on the operating table due to human error and/or
checking in patients. The article suggested and provided evidence for
that including photo ID’s
in patient records significantly reduced such
One of the keys to smooth running in a school is getting
students into the building and to their classes in an easy, quick and if
possible, comfortable manner. Add in hallway traffic congestion and social
chattering factors and you quickly be left with traffic jams. The good news is
that the merger of ID card systems and system software can easily reduce hallway, lunchroom
and library clutter.
For example, various process take place in a typical school
on any given day, such as signing for lunch programs and purchasing lunches,
checking out library books, attending schooling events and other annual events,
such as buying year books.
Integrating ID card systems with good ID card software
programs is an optimal way to streamline school-related processes and to ensure
reduced stress and increased student body flow. By issuing student ID cards
laden with embedded mag-stripe encoding or barcodes, students can easily pass
their cards through a scanner when signing up for lunch programs, purchasing food or checking out library books.
Aside from moving along these processes in a more efficient
manner, students will potentially appreciate the efficiency of being able to
wear their ID’s - making it harder to
lose, and thus safer with regards to identify theft. Such cards can also be
used to issue students lower bus fares, a policy adopted by both private and
public schools in Baltimore Country and Baltimore City.
While statistics seem to show that the national crime rate
has fortunately dropped in the last few years, other studies, such as the U.S.
Department of Education’s and the U.S. Department of Justice’s 2006 Indicators of School
Crime and Safety study, indicate that violent crime has risen specifically
among children and adolescents.
Such unfortunate incidents require renewed professionalism
and vigilance with regards to school safety and the integration of appropriate
methods. School administration, staff and the parent body should rightfully vie
for technological integration of visitor management and access control systems.
Such systems are typically used for restricting, recording
and monitoring access into and departure from a school building. Student-issued ID cards can be synchronized with access control systems, most of which include
or are compatible with software programs, such as the one seen here, designed for tracking visitors,
recording data and compiling it into reports. The main purpose of the hybrid
between existing ID card and access control systems is to help school security
and staff to more easily recognize who belongs and doesn’t belong on the school
Access Control — Access control can refer to a single
entrance or to multiple entrances into the building. Such systems can be
integrated into as many entrances as necessary.
Visitor Management Software — The school can also use
software systems ideal for compiling detailed reports describing data, such as
visitor frequency, entrance and exit, and most-commonly used entrances. Such data
can help staff identify and learn about any potential problems related to
violence on campus.
Expiring Badges — Expiring badges are visitor badges with a
predetermined “lifespan” and are typically issued to guest speakers or other
persons for temporary access to the facility. Such badges are generally
effective for one day only or a half-day.
A high number of industries and fields utilize plastic card-printing
technology for an equally high number of purposes. Government buildings and
corporations print on plastic ID badges for access control and visitor management, schools use them as
identity cards for their staff and student body, and financial institutions use
them for credit cards.
However, this blog post will cover other, more out-of-the-box
ways that a standard ID card printer can be used for marketing purposes and to
promote your product.
Wide varieties of theme-specific information can be
incorporated onto a wallet-sized card. For example, if you run a construction
company or any business that involves calculating measurement conversions, such
as carpet sales, you can sell cards with unit conversion information printed on
them. These can come in handy for customers who buy your products and need to
quickly convert units when placing rugs in their homes or workplace. Other
industries that can benefit from unit-conversion cards are bakeries, which
often require quick conversions for recipes.
Public safety institutions, such as police and fire fighting
stations, hospitals and schools can print cards displaying emergency
information numbers and addresses on the front on back using dual-sided
And who says that business cards need to be limited to being
printed on paper cards? Plastic ID cards can contain all the information that a
traditional paper business card displays, but are more durable. This can as
well include restaurants with hours of operation, web site address to view a
menu, and phone number for delivery.
Coupons as well can be printed on plastic cards versus the standard
paper, which can be torn. Further, such cards can be programmed to be used
Thinking outside of the box when it comes to alternative
printer uses can help you advance your marketing strategy, and the technology
Laminating card printers are a variety of printer capable of producing images and
laminating the final product in one unified process, avoiding the need to
utilize (or purchase) both a traditional printer and a laminating device or
machine. The plastic-based material used in the lamination process is called an overlaminate, which help protect
against damage, remain flat and reduce the possibility of glares. Two types of
overlaminates are typically used in conjunction with laminating card printers:
standard overlaminates included in printer model packages, or customized films
fitted with a company logo.
Types of Laminating Printers
Laminating Printers come in both single
varieties and can be used for a variety of indoor and outdoor uses and
graphics, such as legal information and decals
or cargo handlers
Library and meal cards
Government and military
Retransfer Card Printers, such as the Zebra
ZXP Series 8 are printers that use heat and pressure in order to create a
permanent image on a surface. In contrast to regular printers, which are used
primarily for variant paper surfaces, retransfer printers are also used to
print images on plastic surfaces, such as CD’s, although ID
cards are among the most popular items that utilize retransfer printing.
How does Retransfer Printing Work?
Retransfer printing utilizes a two-step process. The first
step is to print the image backwards onto the underside, or substrate, of a
thin, transparent retransfer
film. The second step is to place this film onto the item being printed on
and to create an irremovable and identical image on the surface of the ID card
or CD. Retransfer printing as well allows you to print images on a variety of
variously shaped surfaces, such as smart cards.
No White Border around Image
Standard DTC, or direct-to-card printing, unavoidably
creates a small white border of approximately 1/32nd of an inch around the
perimeter of the card. While in some cases this border is desired, in some
cases an image that is precisely flush with the edge of the card is preferred.
Retransfer printing technology allows for the creation of images that extend to
the end of the card. In order to accomplish this, the retransfer film must be
slightly larger than the surface being printed on, such as the industry CR-80 PVC ID card.
There is another notable difference between
retransfer printing and DTC printing. DTC printing requires that the printhead comes into continual
contact with surface, on the order of thousands of cards per month, which
gradually wears it down. The retransfer process extends the printhead lifespan
by printing the image on the flimsy laminate film instead, thereby avoiding the
wear-and-tear that occurs during DTC printing.
A printer ribbon is the part of the printer that administers the image onto the surface being printed on and there are two main types of ribbons: color and monochrome.
Color - Printer ribbons come in two basic types: color and monochrome. Color ribbons are ribbons that are used to create full color images and can
administer a wide range of hues onto a surface. They are typically used for any
print job that requires sharp, distinct colors, such as picture ID’s or advertisements.
Color ribbons contain work somewhat like a palette, containing several panels
of colors. The printhead presses each panel onto the surface in a specific
order until an image is created.
A common term in color printing is “YMC,” which stands for “yellow,
magenta and cyan,” which are the three main colors used to create the full
range of hues needed for color printing. The printer mixes the colors in their
correct proportions in order to create other secondary and tertiary colors. Different
printers come with a different range of colors.
YMCK ribbons are used for color printing but as well contain
a resin black panel, symbolized by the letter K. YMCK ribbons are used for
specific print jobs, such as bar code printing. A bar code cannot be read by a
scanner unless the black ink is printed onto the card’s surface in resin black.
The resin panel also allows for the crisp, distinct lines needed for bar codes.
A third of ribbon used in color printing is a YMCKO ribbon,
which contain an overlay panel, represented by the letter O. The overlay panel
serves somewhat as a protective layer to prevent fading and scratching.
Monochrome - Monochrome means “one color” but refers to black and white
images that contain a wide range of shades of gray. Monochrome printer ribbon
quality is measured, in part, by the range of gray that the ribbon can produce.
Contrary to popular belief, monochrome ribbons are not limited to containing
only black, which is administered in different proportions. Rather, monochrome ribbons can as well contain the entire range of colors as a color printer, only
that the colors are mixed to create black and shades of gray. Most printers as
well have a setting whereby the black ink cartridge can be used in place of the