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Direct-to-Card and Retransfer Card Printers – the Difference

Human beings don’t live forever, and neither do card printers. And the reality is that regardless of the quality (and the price), every card printer has its day. Although a typical card printer comes with a standard warranty of 2 years on parts and labor, there is some variation, as some come with a warranty of 3 years. However, retransfer printers come with a lifetime warranty on parts and labor, including the print head. The reason for this is that retransfer printers utilize a unique printing method that functionally eliminates the need to factor in the cost of a replacement print head.


What’s the difference, you ask, between a direct-to-card printer (DTC) and a retransfer printer? During the DTC printing process the print head comes into repeated contact with rigid cards. Typically-speaking, a company printer can print on the order of thousands of cards per month, gradually wearing down the print head. The retransfer method avoids this deterioration by retransferring the image onto the retransfer film, hence its name, thereby significantly extending its lifespan. What’s more is that print heads cost between approximately $500-$900 and is considered to be a commonly-replaced part in DTC printing. Using a retransfer card printer also often translates into higher return on investment, which means that you can save your company a good deal of heartache and money.


There’s also the question of to replace or not to replace. Many factors can affect this decision, such as the decreased cost of ID card printers and technological improvements that necessitate system upgrades. It’s also noteworthy that a printer evaluation fee, minus the cost for the actual repair, figures in the ballpark of $120 or more. Not exactly a walk in the park itself, though tolerable.

Frequently Asked Questions


Choosing a Printer

Finding the optimal card printer for your company can be an easy, and even enjoyable, process. ID Security Online’s experts will listen to your needs and help you find the best printer for your organization or business.

Choosing an ID Software

ID Security Online’s consultation team also helps you determine the best software system for your application, walking you through the installation process and teaching you how to operate it on your own.

Troubleshooting

Our technical support group will help you deal with any printing system issues so you can experience the best possible usage from your card printer.

Contact us at IDSecurityOnline today at (800) 897 7024 to discuss your card printing needs.

Fargo HDP5000 Card Printer Encoder Unique Qualities

The Fargo HDP5000 ID card printer is the ultimate in quality, reliability, and security.  From it’s high-definition print engine to the guaranteed reliability.  The Fargo HDP5000 printer is backed  with a lifetime print head warranty and two-year warranty on everything else.


The print head on the Fargo HDP5000 card printer never comes in contact with the surface.  Debris never touches the print head, ensuring that it’s long lasting and never damaged.  All of this is backed by Fargo's lifetime print head warranty.  You can ensure your graphics and text will look crisp from the first day to every day.


High definition card printing is the latest technology.  If brand image is important to you the Fargo HDP5000 ID card printer is a smart choice.  


Contact us at IDSecurityOnline today at (800) 897 7024 to reorder supplies for your Fargo printer or to discuss your card printing needs.

Evolis Dualys Benefits and Strengths

With the Evolis Dualys ID card printer you will be able to print and encode your ID cards on both sides.  The Evolis Dualys card printer is one of the fastest card printers on the market and produces the stunning image quality.


User Friendly

No training needed.  This ID card printer is ready to go out of the box.  With a convenient clam-shell opening maintenance and loading are greatly sped up.  Feed one card at a time or use a card feeder.  Configured and ready to go in just a few clicks.  


Fast

Dual sided color cards print at a rate of 125 cards per hour.  Dual sided monochrome cards print at 350 cards an hour.  One sided monochrome cards are printed at the rate of 1,000 cards per hour!


Dual-Sided

From bulk personalization to single card printing this printer prints on both sides of the card in high-resolution color.  


For fast dual-sided printing the Evolis Dualys ID card printer can not be beat.  It’s one of the fastest ID card printers available.  You can be up and running in no time with it’s user friendly features.


Contact us at IDSecurityOnline today at (800) 897 7024 to reorder supplies for your Evolis printer or to discuss your card printing needs.

Fargo DTC550 Industries and Applications

The Fargo DTC550 ID card printer is at home whether as a standalone ID card printer or as part of distributed system.  With it’s easy cartridge style ribbon and cleaner roller replacement system and intuitive LCD panel, this ID card printer will easily fit in to your work flow.  


With it’s versatility and ability to grow the Fargo DTC550 ID card printer is a good fit for many industries and applications. 

  • ID cards
  • Drivers licenses
  • Health cards
  • Local and regional government agencies
  • Higher-education

With it’s ability to print secure cards and durable cards the Fargo DTC550 ID card printer is a great solution for your growing business.  As you grow you will be able to grow the Fargo DTC550 with your business thanks to its modular system.  


Contact us at IDSecurityOnline today at (800) 897 7024 to reorder supplies for your Fargo printer or to discuss your card printing needs.

The Mag Upgrade for your HDP5000 Printer/Encoder

So its time to upgrade your HDP 5000 and add the magnetic encoder! Its actually simple to do and here are the steps:

  1. Disconnect the power
  2. Open the front cover
  3. Remove the front screw.
  4. Remove the small plastic cover in the upper left hand corner.
  5. Insert the Mag module.
  6. Re-Install the small cover and screw and close the cover.
  7. Replace the power and refresh the system!

We also created a How-To video for the HDP5000 Mag Upgrade.

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Fargo DTC4500 Card Industries and Applications

With its amazing set of features the Fargo DTC4500 ID card printer will fit in at multiple applications.  You can be sure with it’s ability to grow as you grow the Fargo DTC4500 ID card printer will still be a great fit for you years down the road. The Fargo DTC4500 is at home in a variety of applications including these:

  • Membership cards
  • Customer loyalty cards
  • Student IDs
  • Library cards
  • Mass transit cards

Contact us at IDSecurityOnline today at (800) 897 7024 to reorder supplies for your Fargo printer or to discuss your card printing needs.

Fargo DTC4000 Card Industries and Applications

With it’s professional quality ID card printing capabilities and high level of flexibility this ID card printer will be an easy fit in many industries.  Thanks to its SmartScreen LCD display error handling and reporting is similar to a copy machine.  The Fargo DTC4000 ID card printer is at home in many settings including these:

  • Student ID cards

  • Mass transit cards

  • Membership cards

  • Loyalty cards

  • Health clubs

  • Library cards

  • Access cards

Versatile, flexible, modular, and so much more - the Fargo DTC4000 ID card printer will be able to make an immediate contribution to your ID card needs.  

Contact us at IDSecurityOnline today at (800) 897 7024 to reorder supplies for your Fargo printer or to discuss your card printing needs.

Fargo DTC1000 Unique Qualities

The DTC 1000 ID Card Printer from Fargo has many unique qualities that set it apart from the competition.

  • Built-in Swift ID™  badging application software enables you to print ID cards in seconds without having to install any additional software.
  • Economical half-panel ribbons to personalize pre-printed ID cards with a photo and bar code.
  • Industry’s first inline card printing and technology card encoding with one connection using USB or optional Ethernet connectivity.
  • Erase and rewrite eco-friendly feature makes the DTC1000 ideal for temporary ID cards, such as visitor badges.
  • With its small footprint, its compact size was designed for the smallest of desks or tables. With cartridge supplies and easy card reloading, the DTC1000 was made for organizations that need a secure ID card solution without having to commit a lot of room for equipment.


With a small, compact footprint, both single- and dual-sided options, a simple user-focused design, and easy integration with other HID products, you'll receive maximum value from the most trusted name in secure identity solutions.


Contact us at IDSecurityOnline today at (800) 897 7024 to reorder supplies for your Fargo printer or to discuss your card printing needs.

How easy is it to start printing ID cards?

1) Visit our website.
2) Choose an ID card printer that fits your specific needs and place an order.
3) Don't know what you need? Give us a call. 1(800) 897-7024
4) Do you need to see how an ID printer works? Check out our free How-To video series.
5) Need anything else from customer service? Call us at1(800) 897-7024

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Evolis High Quality Printers

If you manage a health club, sports club, library, or an association you owe it to yourself to provide a membership card.   A leisure card identifies members, thanks to graphic personalization. It can also be used for controlling access to various facilities according to a user profile that can be encoded on a chip, a magnetic stripe or bar code.

Whether you are a sports club or a cultural association, all your members will identify themselves in a snap thanks to a card that spells sheer professional quality.

IDSecurityOnline carries a full line of Evolis membership card printers and supplies.  

Every day, the Evolis community of users leverage products designed with quality in mind. All card printers are engineered to provide:

  • Ease of use
  • Sturdiness
  • Reliability
  • Speed in operation
  • Flexibility


Contact us at IDSecurityOnline today at (800) 897 7024 to reorder supplies for your Evolis printer or to discuss your card printing needs.

Visitor Management Made Easy

Gone are the days of manually managing visitors through manual sign-in sheets.  Using sign-in sheets is too time consuming and insecure.  As your security needs grow, visitors also demand highly efficient visitor registration procedures and professional-looking badges. At IDSecurityOnlineOnline we offer a full range of products to help you secure your building and manage visitors.  

We have a wide array of products from visitor badges and accessories to visitor management software. Visitor and Lobby Management Software can make your company more secure without inconveniencing visitors. A visitor management system can secure your premises and your employees from unwanted guests, while gathering vital information that goes beyond the manual sign-in sheet.

Popular applications include:

  • Managing frequent visits from contractors, vendors and customers in large corporate environments
  • Controlling access to government agency facilities
  • Maintaining safety and security in K-12 schools, colleges and universities


Popular features include:
  • Barred entrants list

The software compares visitor names to a list of barred entrants, flagging any matches or similar names.

  • Instant reprints

The software creates a database of visitor photos and demographics, so you can print IDs for repeat visitors instantly.

  • Visitor log

Scan visitor IDs at check-in and checkout to create a log of all visitor activity and eliminate the need for hard-to-read paper logbooks.


Whether your a growing small business or a large corporation you could greatly benefit from automating your visitor security and check-in process.

Contact-less travel for the London Olympics

If you were worried about dealing with the "Tube" and those big red London buses during the Olympics, have no fear. London is gearing up for the Olympics by making it very easy for anyone to use the transit system with their credit card. Working with the banking Industry (can you say Visa sponsor of the Olympic games) London's transit system will engage a contact-less system usable by anyone with a credit card or other bank card.

Much the same as the contact-less systems and cards that we sell at ID Security Online, the subway and buses will have contact-less terminals only taking seconds to pass through. We think this is a great idea but we only wish they had asked us to bid on the job! We believe we could have beat their price!

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Our Clients

Who do we work with at ID Security Online?

ID Security Online has a lot of clients from Fortune 500 companies, to Gucci, to The Mets, to The New York Police Department. We like to help our clients grow as we grow in kind of a symbiotic relationship. One of those clients we think is really cool and growing quickly is Fashion GPS. We worked with Fashion GPS at the Mercedes Benz New York Fashion show in January as they needed someone to help with their Event GPS services.

ID Security Online asked Fashion GPS to describe themselves in a nutshell. In their own words Events GPS “allows editors, photographers, stylists and TV crews to RSVP to multiple events at once on a single website.” If you would like to know more about Fashion GPS and their upcoming projects please check them out at: http://fashiongps.com/

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Planning to buy an ID card printer?

If you are planning to buy an ID card printer for your company, you will be surprised at the vast array of choices available in the market today. If you are not an ID card printing expert, your head will spin with the number of brands and types that you have to browse through before you can find the perfect choice. But if you equip yourself with sufficient knowledge about buying an ID card printer before you go out to shop for one in the market, it would be easier for you to narrow down your options and make an informed decision. Here are some of the things that you need to think about.


Color or Monochrome

In terms of color, there are two kind of ID card printer. One can print full color while the other can only print in monochrome. The advantage of the former is that it produces vibrant images and attractive designs. However, monochrome is quicker and more cost effective. It only takes about 5 seconds per each card and since you’ll only be using a single panel print, the cost is much lower than full color printing. Your choice between the two primarily depends on the nature of your company, budget, and preference. For example, if your company is a web/graphic design or animation company, it makes sense to invest on a full color card printer since the ID should be a reflection of what a company does.


Single or Dual Side Printing

Another consideration you have to make is whether you are going to print on the front side or on both sides. As the name implies, the single type printer will print only on the front side of the card. If you are definite that the IDs to be printed for your company will only require print on the front side, this can be the ideal option for you. The dual sided printer, meanwhile, has the advantage of printing on both sides of the ID. Obviously, this one is more expensive than the single side printer. Aside from the more expensive upfront cost, the dual sided ribbon used for this kind of printer is also pricier.


Quantity of Cards

You should also ask yourself how many ID cards you plan to be printed each year. If you are a small business, you would only need a few cards a month. But for a larger company, you need to invest on specialized printers that feature high capacity printing of cards. Printer that can accommodate a bigger quantity is more expensive but the investment is worth it.


Printer Brand

When it comes to brand, there is a wide variety of names on card printer manufacturers that you will get to know about when you go out into the market. Some of the well-known brands include Fargo, Zebra, Evolis, DataCard, and Magicard


ID Software

Aside from the printer itself, you should also consider planning your purchase if you intend to buy ID card software. This way, you can be sure that you will be able to make the right buying decision. Entry level ID card software is inexpensive but limited in its capabilities, for instance some software limits the number of data fields per card design. Other software will only allow a limited amount of data records, be aware you may have to up-grade to the next level at additional cost soon after your purchase.

If you plan to “network” the software and place it on multiple computers you will have to purchase a higher level of the software plus additional “site licenses” for each additional user.

The bottom line is to do your homework but do not hesitate to reach out to an expert in the field, most manufacturers will recommend a “partner” in your area that should ask the appropriate questions I listed above and guide you to the correct choices.




Building a new HD studio in NYC.

At ID Security Online we listen to our customers and follow through on your requests. We had more requests for “How To” videos and that's why we are creating a video studio in house. By building the studio in house we will have a better opportunity to quickly create the quality videos that best serve our clients.

In order to provide you with the best possible HD quality videos we know that we need to get our products in the best possible light. We could shoot with some random office desk lamp, but we know that we could do better. As someone with years of experience working on both sides of the camera, lighting matters as much as sound quality and a steady tripod. This week we have updated our home studio in New York City with new lights and a new system for shooting high quality HD videos.

We hope these videos are helpful and make your life easier when getting your ID card printers set up. Feel free to comment on our YouTube page videos and let us know of any videos that you would like to request.

Thank You,
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