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What is a Printer Ribbon?


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 color.

Zebra Photo ID Systems


Our Zebra Photo ID Systems offer our customers a richer user experience by combining a range of products from our e-catalog. After researching customer purchasing patterns and preferences, we’ve hand-picked specific products that complement each other with regards to usability and functionality. Our Photo ID Systems make it easier for you to buy products not only which can improve your user experience, but without which functionality might become difficult or limited. For instance, our Zebra Photo ID Systems include Asure ID’s Solo 7 ID card printer software. Software often helps you get the most out of your printer and to use its encoding and designing capabilities more proficiently than if you purchased the printer on its own.

What do Zebra Photo ID Systems Typically Include?
The Zebra P100i Photo ID System, for example, includes the following items:


Generally speaking our Zebra Photo ID Systems come with the respective printer and varying products, such as ID software, color ribbon, PVC cards and a credential camera, template designers or media starter kits, such as the Zebra QuikCard ID Solution photo ID system. With its extensive range of printers, Zebra delivers the right industry or application solution every time.

What is a Bundle?

A bundle is an aggregation of products or services brought together in one comprehensive package. Many businesses utilize bundles, also known as product or service bundling, for a variety of reasons.


Reasons for Bundles - the Consumer End

One of the main reasons businesses decide to create bundles is that consumers often search for the simplest and most direct way to make a purchase. A bundle that has packaged together several products makes for an easier purchasing decision on the consumer end. Another reason is related to indications that consumer demands are relatively different and difficult to pinpoint. For example, market research studies show that consumers will value separate products at varying amounts. For instance, one customer will assign a high value to “Product A” and a low value to “Product B,” while another customer assigns a low value to “Product A” and a high value to “Product B.” In this scenario both consumers want to buy both products, but each believes that one of them is overpriced or not worth the money. By combining both products (or more) into a package for a fixed price, both consumers are more likely to purchase the package.

A third reason for bundling is that consumers benefit from the range of products that are included within a particular bundle. Several industries require products that either complement each other or without which functionality is difficult or limited. For example, most industrial or professional grade card printers require some sort of software ID program in order to perform specific types of print jobs. A consumer can either decide to purchase each product separately or he can opt for a bundle that includes both.


Reasons for Bundles - the Business End

From the business end, manufacturers or vendors may choose to create a bundle with another manufacturer or vendor of a product or service belonging to a related industry.

The Usefulness of Customer Loyalty Cards


For most business, having a customer come in once simply isn’t enough. Any business savvy person will tell you that the key to running a successful company is in the amount of customers you have alone, but in the willingness of those customers to come back to you time after time and not go to your competitors for the same, or similar, products. But how do you acquire an efficient network of loyal customers? Unless they are given some sort of incentive, most costumers won’t give a second thought before going to a different company if it’s more convenient for them. Customer loyalty cards are a great way to give your company the extra edge that will drive clients away from the doors of your competition in favor of doing business with you. Best of all, you can design and print these cards right from your office. Here are just some key benefits to take into consideration when deciding if taking the initiative to print customer loyalty cards will help your business:

  • First time buyers will be more inclined to return to you after their initial purchase- Giving your clients a discount or establishing a rewards system makes it more financially logical for your customers to return to you.

  • Get customers to remember you- Many customers tend to forget contact information for a business they seldom work with or have visited just once. A customer loyalty card with your businesses’ contact information can double as a more durable business card.

  • Returning customers will be encouraged to spend more than they normally would- If your company offers a rewards system through the use of loyalty cards, customers will be inclined to spend more with the goal of attaining those rewards.

  • Improve your inventory- customer loyalty cards can give you a better sense of what products your customers are buying. This provides you with useful data when it comes to deciding which product you need to stock up on more and which to cut back on.

If you already own an ID badge printer, you don’t even have to purchase any additional supplies. ID badge printers, like the HDP5000 from Fargo, can be used to printer your very own customer loyalty badges right from your office! If you believe your business would benefit from customer loyalty cards, or simply want to find out more about how to begin implementing a customer loyalty card program for your business, give us a call at 800-897-7024.

What is ID Card Software?

ID card software is any software that provides secure identification, barcode and asset tracking and visitor management. The following post gives a brief overview of each of the basic elements central to an ID card software program.


Secure Identification

Secure identification is the bread and butter of ID card software and is the process by which professional-looking and good quality ID cards are created. These cards, which are created for and issued to a building visitor upon entrance, are typically printed on the spot and can be used for a variety of purposes, such as corporate and student ID cards, government credentials and driver’s licenses. Identification badges usually display the picture of the individual on the front and function either through a barcode printed on the front or back of the card, through a magnetic strip embedded alongside the back of the card (as with a credit card), or through biometrics, which is the recording of biological characteristics such as fingerprints or DNA.


Barcode and Asset Tracking

An asset is defined as any permanent piece of equipment or item used by a business on a regular and fixed basis. Assets can generally be split into two categories: tangible and non-tangible. Thus, computers, phones, desks, hardware, computer files and data are all considered assets and a company must be able to track them on a regular basis.


Asset tracking is integrally related to asset protection, or retail loss prevention, which is an investigative method into the occurrence of workplace theft. According to the 2006 National Retail Security Survey, company losses and their percentages are split into 5 main categories:  46.8% from employee theft, 31.6% from shoplifting, 14.4% from administrative error, 3.75% from vendor error, and 2.86% from unknown error. While there is no way to determine how much revenue goes unaccounted for yearly through retail loss, failure to properly track business assets can lead to very high costs for the company, estimated at billions of dollars a year.


Some of the main problems associated with asset tracking are the amount of time needed to locate missing items, repurchasing lost items and the complexity involved with substantiating asset inventories, all of which contribute to revenue loss. Jolly, an asset tracking software provider, allows a company to track their assets by connecting to existing databases such as MS Access, MS SQL Server, MySQL, Excel spreadsheets, CSV or text files.


Visitor Management

Visitor management refers to the system used to track public building traffic by recording the identity, location and number of people entering and exiting the site on a daily basis. Visitor management software typically focuses on three basic elements: visitor registration, badge printing and creating reports from collected data.


After the Oklahoma Federal Building was bombed by Timothy McVeigh in 1995, which took 168 lives, injured more than 680 people and cost approximately $652 million in damages, a report later determined that he carried out preliminary walkthroughs of the building’s lobby. Investigative access to a corporation’s visitor management data reports, which record an individual’s whereabouts and visitor frequency, are instrumental in preventing similar events.


Usage of a typical visitor management software system requires that a person entering the building register for a company-issued identification badge, usually printed on the spot, which he swipes every time enters or exits the building. The badge is also used to gain access to different parts of the building, in some cases including elevators. At the end of a given period the information amassed regarding the traffic of all building visitors is created into a report and stored.


ID Card Software Categories

Different vendors divide their software options in variant ways. For example, Asure ID divides its software features into 4 different software packages (Solo, Enterprise, Express and Exchange), while Jolly categorizes them as Standard Edition Software and Premier Edition Software.

What are the correct ribbons for my Evolis printer?

    When it comes to selecting which ribbon you need to buy for your Evolis printer, many companies don’t even realize they have options.  You may notice terms like “YMCKOK” or “YMCKO” in the ribbon product description but most likely, you’re clueless as to what these terms actually mean.  You’re not alone, so I have compiled a brief guide in order to help customers chose which ribbon is right for your Evolis printer.

     First let’s start with what YMCK stand for.  These letters stand for the colors- yellow (Y), magenta(M), cyan(K), and black(K) which compromise the ribbon.  The first three colors pass over your ID badge during the printing process in succession in order to create the appearance of a full spectrum of colors.  The black portion of the ribbon is added to give text or dark images a sharp, crisp appearance.  Finally an “O” in the ribbon description (such as YMCKO or YMCKOK) stands for “overlay”.  This type of ribbon adds a layer of protective film over what ever you printed.

     When it comes to single sided printing, the only ribbons you need to concern yourself with are the YMCKO ribbons.  If you’re looking into printing dual sided ID cards, however, you might want to consider a YMCKK or a YMCKOK ribbon.  A YMCKK printer comes with an extra black panel and allows for full color printing on one side of the card and monochrome black printing on the other side of the card.  The YMCKOK ribbon essentially does the same thing but adds the clear overlay to the cards for a protective and professional looking finish.

     “But what if I want full color printing on both sides of my ID cards?” you may find yourself asking at this point.  The only option you have at point is using one YMCKO ribbon on both sides of the card.  Keep in mind that this will increase your printing costs as you will be going through printer ribbons at roughly twice the average speed.

      Remember, if you’re looking to cut the cost of printing cards and don’t require much variety in your design, monochrome printing is always an option for your Evolis printer.  IDSecurity Online offers a wide array of single color ribbons to cater to all of your monochrome printing needs.

      To make this process even simpler for you, here is a list you can use to guide you when choosing a printer ribbon. All of the ribbons below are compatible with the following printers.

  • Pebble
  • Pebble 3
  • Pebble 4
  • Dualys
  • Dualys 3
  • Quantum
  • Securion

For Dual-Sided Printing

R3011- Printing color on one or both sides of the card

R3314- Printing color on one side of the card and black on the other side

R3013- Half panel ribbon printing color on one or both sides of the card

For Single Sided Printing

R3011-printing color on one side of the card or both

R3013- Half panel ribbon printing color on one side of the card

For Monochrome Printing

Black- Printing black on one or both sides of the card

Blue-Printing blue on one or both sides of the card

Red- Printing red on one or both sides of the card

Green- Printing green on one or both sides of the card

Gold- Printing gold on one or both sides of the card

Silver- Printing silver on one or both sides of the card

To choose which ribbon works best with your Evolis printer, feel free to give us a call at (800) 897-7024

Fargo Hi Def Printer: Fargo HDP5000

Fargo’s latest printer, the HDP 5000 offers users the latest in ID card printing technology. The HDP 5000 allows users maximum security at the most affordable cost. Whether your organization needs high security access control, storage of personal information, or encoding to enable financial transactions, the HDP 5000 is suited to cater to your needs.

The HDP 5000 redefines the industry standard when it comes to high definition printing. Instead of printing directly on the card, Fargo HDP 5000 prints your desired image in reverse on the underside of a special high definition film. The printer then fuses the film onto the cards surface. The final result is a sharp, crisp, professional image that has extra protection against every day wear and tear.

Not only is this printer excellent for company security but it can actually be used to build revenue. This ID badge printer also doubles as a high class gift card printer. You can program your cards to contain a set amount of funds that clients can use in your store. Using this printer to print gift cards also raises awareness about your company or product as current clients can give them to friends and give them incentive to shop at your location. All it takes, oftentimes, to build a long standing client relationship is just one initial purchase.

This printer is prepared for any problems that might come your way.  Fargo's HDP 5000 comes with a two year warranty plan and a 1 year printer loaner. If your printer encounters problems during this time period, Fargo will not only fix your printer free of charge, but send you a printer that you can use while yours is being fixed.

We at IDSecurity Online know that your company aspires to grow. Fargo’s HDP 5000 has the capability to expand in capacity along with your company. This printer can change from a basic single sided printer to a dual sided printer with multiple laminating and encoding options. The sky is the limit when it comes to Fargo’s HDP 5000 printer.

How to Use the Evolis ID Card Printer Series for your ID Badge Needs

Evolis is a printer manufacturer that makes printers used in printing ID badges of different types. Some of the different types of cards you can print are standard ID cards, driver’s licenses, bank cards and access badges and the like. A badge typically holds information about its owner, such as name, a photograph and perhaps statistical information such as height, weight and hair color, etc. The purpose of an ID badge is to identify the individual.

PVC Cards
The types of cards used are the standard type of cards used by most printer manufacturers. These cards are known as PVC (yes, the same PVC used for piping), but are more commonly known as plastic cards. Since they are smooth to the touch, PVC Cards require printing via a method known as thermal transfer printing, which uses a printer part known as a ribbon to apply either a colored or monochrome layer. Contrast this with your standard inkjet printers, which place the ink directly on the page. Thermal printing is necessary since the heating process causes the ink to remain glued to the surface, which is not an issue with printing on paper. When printing in color, the heat turns the ink layer into gas that reverts to its original state on the card’s surface, a process known as sublimation, or dye sublimation. Evolis printers can print in both monochrome and color.

Bar Code Application
Bar codes are perhaps the most basic feature of plastic cards and are used in many places, such as in stores that sell merchandise branded with bar codes. It is therefore not limited only to cards, but to a variety of plastic surfaces that require bar code identification. A bar code works by creating highly distinct black and white areas that are read by a photosensitive electronic scanner. When the card is passed under the light emitted from the scanner, the scanner detects which light is absorbed by the black areas and which is reflected by the white areas, a pattern which registers as a product or item. We’ve all been in line at the grocery store only to find that the cashier has to scan our item over and over again while people behind us are getting impatient. A scanner has a hard time reading a bar code when the lines are not printed sharply or evenly.

Rewritable Printing
Rewritable printing is to printers what rewritable CD’s are to CD burners. Any images printed on a rewritable card can be erased by being exposed to heat (230-320° F or 110-160° C). A typical PVC card can go through this process usually up to 500 times.

Lamination
Printing lamination is similar to the standard form of printing, whereby a material such as paper is covered in a protective plastic sheath. In printing, specifically in ID card printing, lamination is used in order protect card images from destruction, either accidental or deliberate. Such damage renders a card used for identification useless, or worst, if a card with an unrecognizable image is lost and found by somebody else, it can lead to identity theft. Evolis offers cards of this type in order to prevent against the types of forgery associated with damaged cards.

Holograms
It is also possible to apply holographic images to PVC cards. Cards with images are typically used by institutions that seek to avoid counterfeiting and forgery, such as banks or facilities that require an age limit for access. Holographic images cannot be duplicated with a standard Xerox machine, scanner or standard inkjet printer, which is why certain organizations opt to use them.

Magnetic Encoding
Magnetic encoding is a black stripe placed on the back of a card, usually bank cards. The particles in the magnetic encoding stripe hold binary information (1’s and 0’s) that a scanner, or reader, encodes when swiped. Evolis makes magnetic encoders that are able to create the magnetic stripes used by financial institutions.

Contact Cards or Smart Cards
Contact cards, also known as Smart Cards, are plastic cards fitted in an internal chip that can hold more than 100 times the amount of data that a magnetic stripe can hold. They are swiped much like a magnetic encoding card and also rewritable.

Contactless Cards
A contactless card is a card that holds information read through the transfer of microwave frequencies from a chip to the laminated plastic card. This mechanization means that the card doesn’t need to be swiped, but just passed nearby the scanning device (between 3-10 cm) and allows for quicker and more efficient access. Contactless cards can be used for a variety of applications, depending on the card model, and is common for access security, data storage and encryption.

Photo ID Systems

ID cards are a practical means for achieving higher company security while easily identifying employees and visitors. Corporations have always used photo identification to ensure security, but today’s ID card technology outweighs yesterday’s performance options. Modern ID card software allows you customize an employee ID program to suit the needs of your company, from creating standard photo IDs to programmable badges that grant or restrict facility access and computer systems.

With ID Security Online’s photo ID systems it’s easy to produce strong full color photo identification cards for a variety of uses. Systems are equipped with name brand card printers from reputable manufacturers, intuitive ID card software, high resolution web camera, color ribbon and durable PVC cards – a comprehensive package to set up your program easily and quickly.

Once you’ve set up your system, you can begin producing top-of-the-line ID cards and badges and configuring your settings how you see fit.

Summary of ID Security Online Photo ID System Capabilities:

  • Easy-to-use comprehensive system and software
  • High quality equipment
  • Visitor ID
  • Expiration badges
  • Access control
  • Single-and dual-sided
  • Laminating photo ID systems

One Stop Solution for ID Card-printing Needs

Whether you’re looking for PVC cards, Contact or Contactless, Proximity or Wiegand Cards, ID Security Online is your one-stop solution for ID card-printing needs. We also carry pre-printed cards, ideal for clients who require the same information printed on many cards and our ID cards come in both 10 and 30 millimeters and include Mag Stripe Composite and Adhesive Back options.

A special section of our site is designated solely for Access Control and security needs. Here you can browse through a range of technology cards designed for achieving increased building security measures. Some of the variant uses for these cards typically include, but are not limited to driver’s licenses, official government identification, access passes and company security used for tracking human movement throughout the building.

We as well partner with several of the best-known brand name ID card printer manufacturers in the industry: Datacard, Fargo, Zebra, Persona, Evolis, Magicard and Nisca, all of which include single-sided and dual-sided models as well as lamination card printers. laminating card printers apply a holographic cover that makes counterfeiting more difficult to achieve and is seen as an increased security measure. Lamination also comes with the option of a standard clear cover, which is used for higher durability and protection against the elements. Our printers can be personalized and configured for specific printing needs, such as monochrome or color and between standard and holographic prints.

We also carry brand name ID card software, such as Asure and eMedia, compliant with single and dual-sided prints and multi-card printing, as well highly configurable so that you can customize your print settings. Easy to setup and simple to operate, our reliable printers will give you excellent results, meet your individual ID card needs and produce high-quality ID cards time after time.

Finally, in the event that you need to replace or purchase more parts, we carry card printer supplies for all of our manufacturers, including accessories, ribbons, modules, upgrade kits and lamination supplies.

Call us today at (800)-897-7024 and let one of our ID printing specialists help you decide if pre-printed cards are the right option for your company.

Fargo DTC4000 Information and Specifications

Fargo’s line of single and dual-sided card printers/encoders are each designed with a specific set of tasks in mind. HID/Fargo designed this printer specifically for large organizations with more stringent security and volume requirements than were available with the DTC1000 printer. But the goal was not to cloud intuitive use, compatibility and flexibility with indecipherable technological advance and complexity, but rather to find a way where both ends could be met in one easy-to-use and advanced printer/encoder. And like other Fargo models, the DTC4000 represents an advanced generation of high quality specialization printers that efficiently carries out its tasks. Today’s consumer demands a high level of compatibility and so the DTC4000 serves on these expectations as a highly intuitive product requiring very little operational training. HID/Fargo sought to design a printer as simple as it was sophisticated. The DTC4000 is field upgradable, small and light, contains encoding options, is compatible with professional environments, has advanced security and encoding options.


Field Upgradability and Configurable Settings

The DTC4000 is field upgradeable and customizable in accordance with a breadth of complex projects and uses. Using the field upgradability feature you can toggle between single and dual-sided printing and adding magnetic stripe, HID proximity, iClass contactless and/or contact chip encoding functionality. It is also Ethernet compatible, which was optional with the DTC400e, DTC550, Persona C30e (now discontinued) and as a standard accessory with the DTC5000. Configuring the printer is very easy and completed via the standard window and tab combination. Once your printer is installed, you can simply open the Configuration Tab and select whether you want the printer set on Dual-Sided, Magnetic Encoder, Dual-input Card Hopper, or Input/Output Card Hopper, which, by the way, is a same-side card hopper. These advanced flexibility options mean that this model can serve a wide variety of industries and job descriptions, such as hospitals, schools, businesses, banks and legal and administrative institutions, not to mention the high tech industry.


Professional Compatibility

Its physical design is also ideally-oriented for office and institutional use, with dimensions making it compatible with most professional environments. The weight and dimensional specs of the single-sided printer are 8 pounds at 9.8 inches high, 17.6 inches wide and 9.2 inches deep, and the specs of the dual-sided printer are 10 pounds at 9.8 inches high, 18.2 inches wide and 9.2 inches deep, making it not much larger than a standard shoebox. At the same time, it comes with an optional same-side input/output card hopper accessory, which means that the DTC4000 can be inconspicuously placed in most places in your office.


Location

As long we’re discussing location, it is important to consider where placing your printer as there are some guidelines to consider. Like with other printers and most electrical machines, the printer should be placed in a location with sufficient air circulation, which prevents internal heat build-up. Keep in mind that although the printer is small, you should allow for enough room for people to walk in front of it when its covers have been opened. You should also avoid installing the printer in areas near heat sources such as air ducts or in front of a window where the printer will be exposed to direct sunlight. Also avoid placing it in areas of high dust accumulation or mechanical vibration. If the printer is brought directly from a cold to a warm, or a dry to a moist location, there may occur a build-up of moisture condensation, which can negatively affect the print quality. In such a case, unplug the printer and leave it in a dry room for several hours, which will cause the moisture to evaporate.


Security Options

The DTC4000 comes with a sophisticated security encoding system that includes password protection to allow only select and approved administrators to carry out print jobs and encode security badges and cards. It also comes with an Ultraviolet layer for an increased security level regarding the physical card once printed. This fluorescent panel works by producing grayscale holographic text and images that are only displayed when the card is placed under UV light and are excellent fraud-battling measures. This is part of what makes this printer appropriate for banks, other financial and governmental institutions. The DTC4000 can also be password protected at the printer so only approved operators can print and encode plastic security cards and badges.


Ribbons

A feature available only with the DTC4000 is the option to select the fluorescent panel ribbon. Mentioned briefly in the previous paragraph, the The YMCFKO (yellow, magenta, cyan, fluorescing, resin black)/YMCFKOK Ribbon is an cost-effective method to customize the security measures of your photo identification cards. You are even able to create a custom image to appear as a holograph on your cards.

The design of Fargo card printers necessitates highly specific supplies, such as ribbons, to function correctly, such as the one-piece disposable ribbon cartridge load system used by both the Fargo DTC1000 and 4000 models. While you are able to use supplies belonging to other printer brands, it is highly recommended to use only Fargo certified supplies, which will prolong the life of your printer and maximize its print quality. Using supplies belonging to other brands as well nullifies your warranty in locations not prohibited by law. Other warnings can be found in the DTC4000 User Guide.


Encoding Options

The encoding options and ISO standards, as discussed previously regarding field upgradability, can be changed easily in the traditional window and tab format, such as when printing a document. Encoding options include a 125 kHz (HID Prox) reader, a 13.56 MHz, compatible with iCLASS®, MIFARE®, ISO 14443 A/B, ISO 15693, a read/write encoder, in Contact Smart Code Encoder, ISO Magnetic Stripe Encoding and dual high- and low-coercivity. More information is available in DTC4000 User Guide.

Discontinuation of the Fargo C30e; Replacement with Fargo DTC1000

ID Security Online would like to announce the replacement of the Fargo C30e with the Fargo DTC1000. The two provide many of the same features and reliability that you've come to know and the only differences are several upgrades in the Fargo DTC1000. For example, the DTC1000 has a print speed of 24 seconds/per card for one-sided color prints, versus 27 seconds/per card in the older model, and 31 seconds/per card for double-sided color prints versus 35 seconds/per print in the Fargo C30e.

Standard Connectivity

The new model comes with a combination of Ethernet and USB, while the C30e came with the option for Ethernet as an accessory.

Memory

The C30e holds 2MB of RAM, in contrast to the DTC1000's 3MB.

Operating System Compatibility

The operating systems in common between both models are Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP and Linux, and the DTC1000 is also compatible with Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista (both 32- and 64-bit) and Windows 7 (both 32-and 64-bit).

The Commonalities

The features in common between both models are:
  • Single- or dual-sided printing capabilities
  • Direct-to-card and rewrite printing options
  • Accepted card thickness of 9-40 mil
  • Accepted card sizes of CR80 & adhesive-backed CR79
  • Input hopper capacity of 100 cards of 30 mil
  • Output hopper capacity of 30 cards of 30 mil
  • Magstripe encoding options of contact and contactless cards
  • Printer warranty of 2 years
  • Printhead warranty of 2 years plus unlimited passes

Introducing the Evolis Zenius

ID Security Online is proud to announce Evolis’ most recent addition in card printers — the Evolis Zenius. A genius of a product, it is a single-sided plastic card printer that fits snugly in most locations, such as front desks, counter tops, and just about anywhere in your office. The Evolis Zenius also makes itself seen and not heard given that it is a quiet printer, even more ideal for a productive and relaxed working environment.

The Zenius is also an intelligently-designed machine, equipped with an LED control panel guide walks you through the print job process. It also comes with several other useful features and alerts you when the feeder is empty and when it’s time to clean the printer or replace the ribbon. Designed with a 50-card capacity and with the card feeder and output tray both located in the front, it also minimizes the amount of space it takes up.

Replacing the ribbon is as well a virtually effortless process; the Zenius is equipped with a built-in chip that allows it to recognize the ribbon type and automatically adjust configuration settings and uses a line of high quality parts that produce unrivaled graphics.

It can create including thermal transfer monochrome and color-dye sublimation color cards with a resolution of 300 dpi and is compatible with both contact and contactless cards. It can be very conveniently used in a variety of purposes, such as access badges, loyalty cards, student ID’s, transport passes and payment cards. Utilizing features that as-of-now have only been offered by advanced systems, the Evolis Zenius is sure to make your printing experience easy and enjoyable.

Contact us at IDSecurityOnline today at (800) 897 7024.

What to do After Ordering an ID Badge Printer

You just placed an order for an ID Badge printer. Now What? You have taken the first step towards a more efficient and safer workplace. What’s the next step? An ID badge printer is virtually useless unless you have the appropriate supplies to accompany it. Here are some things you want to consider purchasing in order to get the maximum printing experience:

  • ID Software – This software allows you to design your cards. It is extremely important as you will not be able to format your cards or put certain information on your cards without it


  • PVC Cards – Put together an estimate of how many cards you will need a year and order them with your printer. About one to two months before you are set to run out, put in a reorder so you will not risk running out.


  • Ribbon – Always keep extra ribbons on hand so you won’t experience any outages with your printer.


  • Cleaning Kit – Cleaning kits are extremely important when it comes to maintaining your printers health. It is much more cost efficient to buy a cleaning kit now than to pay for a new printer later.


  • ID Printer Dust Cover – This keeps dust and other small particles from getting into your printer and building up when it’s not in use.


  • ID Camera – Digital cameras allow you to take professional looking pictures for all your employee’s. A professional picture puts out a good company image!


  • Lanyard, Badge Reel, Etc – Helps protect against lost or misplaced cards and allows you and your employee’s to wear the company badges with pride. You have the option of customizing lanyards with your company name and logo to promote brand recognition and company pride.


  • Badge Holder – Protects your ID card from damage and allows your to carry more than one card at a time.


  • Slot Punch – Makes it easy to attach your badge to a lanyard or badge reel.


  • Extended Warranty – Protecting your investment with an extended warranty is a good idea especially with costly devices like badge printers.


  • Data Capture Devices –These allow you to read barcodes, magnetic strips, or users fingerprints.

Once the Printer is Received

Once you have received your printer, you have to make sure that all the supplies and accessories that should be included with your purchase are packaged with your printer. Carefully look over all the supplies and make sure nothing was damaged in the shipping process. If anything appears to be missing or damaged, call IDSecurityOnline right away at (800)-897-7024.

If everything is in place, you should work on finding a location in your office that is accessible to everyone that will be using the printer. It is extremely important that you do not keep your printer in a high-risk area like near a heat source (a radiator, or direct sunlight) or an area prone to dust build up, vibration, or shock.

Download the printer driver onto any computers that will be using the printer. Make sure to thoroughly read the instruction manual before using your printer. This manual will give you printer specific instructions on how to install ribbons and load your blank cards. In some cases, if instructions are not properly followed, your machine may malfunction and your warranty will be voided. It is always a good idea to print a test card once you have installed your machine so you can verify that it is in working order and you are able to familiarize yourself with the printing process.

If you feel that you or any of your employee’s need assistance with learning about the machine or accompanying software, feel free to schedule an appointment for our training program. All training is done via phone or web by one of our highly knowledgeable printer specialists.

So now you have your supplies and your printer has been installed. Now It’s time to consider what you want to put on your company ID badges. Before coming up with a design for your badges, you should think about what information you want to display on your badges and work on a layout that caters to the information. Keep the information displayed on the card simple. Excessive data makes the card look disorganized and is going to be a hassle for security personnel to authenticate. Also make sure not to put any sensitive information on the card such as a Social Security number so that identity theft is not an issue should the card become lost or stolen.

Essentials that should be included on every card are as follows:

  • Company Name
  • Company Logo
  • Cardholder name
  • Cardholder photo
  • Company Contact information

Here is some additional information that you might want to include either on the front or back of the card:

  • Space for cardholders signature
  • Title of cardholder
  • A visual ID marker such as a HoloMark seal
  • Security access level
  • Cardholder title
  • Barcode
  • Directions for returning a lost card
  • Cardholders identification information (DOB, height, eye color, gender, etc.)

This information should get you up to speed on starting up an ID badge program in your office. If you have any questions, feel free to call and a member of our team at (800)-897-7024 will be more than happy to assist you.

ID Security Online is Proud to Announce the Arrival of Asure ID 7

HID’s already popular ID card printing service just got better. With the arrival of their newest product, Asure ID 7, clients are now able to have a simpler and faster card printing process. The new software includes some great new features and functions that transform the ID card printing process from a tedious task to an exciting lightening fast high quality experience.

Here are just some of the features that Asure ID 7 has to offer:

  • Instant notifications of free updates
  • New and improved keyboard shortcuts
  • Compound field enhancements Asure ID (Express, Enterprise and Exchange)
  • Improved filtering (Asure ID Express, Enterprise and Exchange)
  • Additional custom report capability (Asure ID Express, Enterprise and Exchange)
  • A new iDIRECTOR™ wizard to cater to your unique needs such as cashless vending (Asure ID Exchange)
  • iDIRECTOR enhancements for defining custom iCLASS and MIFARE applications (Asure ID Exchange)

Enjoy these new features in addition to the classic functions available on all Asure ID software products (Solo, Express, Enterprise, and Exchange). These editions are designed to accommodate ID card programs of various size and complexity. This has made Asure ID a popular pick with all types of industries.

Some of the classic features include:

  • The ability to design your own single or dual sided ID cards with a pre-made template or with your own design Import images from your computer
  • Add linear barcodes and/or a magnetic stripe to your ID to create a more secure ID card
  • Connect to an internal or Microsoft Access database

Asure ID’s more advanced editions also give clients the option to:

  • Communicate with both external and internal databases
  • Create, save, and export standard and custom reports
  • Add 2D barcodes and/or encode smart cards to create a maximum security ID card
  • Enable password protection and access privileges for your ID software
Already have Asure ID software? Current users of Asure ID 2009 are eligible for a free upgrade to Asure ID 7. Find out how by visiting ID Security Online’s Asure ID 7 upgrade program page.

As always, ID Security Online provides a range of resources that our clients can utilize in order to make their ID Card software process run smoothly and pleasantly.

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