Whether you’re the subject of the photo or the person
behind the camera, there’s an art and science to taking the best photo ID
pictures for use on security badges, driver’s licenses, passports, and other forms
of photo ID. And whether you’re the subject or the photo taker, you
want to present the best possible photo. Especially for company IDs that
employees are required to wear, you want your company represented
professionally, and that starts with a professional head shot for your photo ID
You may think taking the following shortcuts will save
you time and even money, but you’d be surprised what it might add up costing
you in the end. If you have hundreds of ID cards to print that need to
be attached to a lanyard, you understand the draw of pre-punched slot cards.
Who has the time to hand-punch hundreds of cards? But this one little short cut
can cause serious damage if you have a direct-to-card printer.
If you’re like many businesses today, you rely on your
ID cards for access control, authentication, and identification purposes. Any
down-time in your current ID card printing system is a loss of productivity
that has ramifications far beyond inconvenience. A common response is to wonder
if it’s time to trade in your old ID card printer. Many of our customers ask us this important question for a variety of reasons.
Proximity cards give you an easy and affordable way to
get secure access control for employees, students, contractors, or vendors.
They’re read-only devices with an embedded antenna that allow card reader
devices to pick up the data from a range between 2.5 inches to 20 inches,
depending on the reader you choose. IDSecurityOnline offers you plenty of choices in
proximity cards, which might make it difficult to decide. We’ll walk you
through your options here to help you narrow it down to the best solution for
If you are using magnetic stripe data in your ID
security card system, there may be many advantages to switching to contactless
cards, safety being the primary benefit. Especially for campuses, moving to a contactless
card can give you the option of storing volumes of information and making
global updates and changes to that information from a central location. In addition to ID cards, contactless technology
can be used in keychain fobs, watches, and cell phones.
Retractable badge reels have become one of the most
popular ways to both display ID security cards and still be able to swipe,
scan, or read information on the card without having to remove the card from
someone. Their small size makes them convenient to clip on your belt, a pocket,
or some other piece of clothing for easy access. The retractable cord slides
simply and easily in and out of the badge reel when you need to use your ID
security card for access, to pay for something, or to show your credentials.
All proximity cards use similar technology to create
the functionality that you need for access control. This includes an antenna
connected to an electronic chip that contains all of the card’s information.
Both the antenna and the chip are embedded into the proximity card at the time
of manufacture. Because the ID card is picked up by the proximity
reader at a distance, there’s no physical contact between the card and the
reader, which should make proximity cards last longer and require less
maintenance for your readers.
The life expectancy of ID card printers can vary
widely based on several variables that affect their performance. For example,
how many cards you print annually, how often your print, and how often you
service or maintain your ID card printer will have an effect on how long it
will last. This is why no ID printer manufacturer will ever state how many
cards their printer is expected to print over its lifetime. There are just too
many things that can affect its longevity.
All types of businesses, organizations, education
systems, clubs, and many others use some form of a PVC card as either access
control, identification purposes, membership access, hotel room keys, gift and
loyalty cards, promotional purposes, and even gaming and casino cards. And
that’s not even including the vast majority of credit cards, ATM cards, and
other forms of payment cards.
The first thing you need to know if you encounter a
broken ID card printer ribbon is DON’T
throw it away. Even if it’s torn and wrapped around the main card roller that’s
under the print head, it can be salvaged and repaired so you can continue
printing with it. Here’s what you need to do if your ribbon breaks.
If you’ve already realized the benefits of creating a
customer loyalty program, you know that research shows you can increase
customer spending between 20% to 40% by using gift and loyalty cards. That’s
enough of a ROI to consider adding an ID card printer to your program, but
there are many more ways that a printer can enhance your customer loyalty
There are as many
options for choosing the right ID security card for your business as there are
reasons for needing a way to keep employees, visitors, and tenants safe and
secure. So how do you determine what the right choice is for all your security
needs? We have a quick and easy guide to help you figure out exactly what you
Like most investments, proper care and maintenance can prolong the life of your ID card printer. A proper cleaning can keep print quality high and reduces the likelihood of performance issues later on.
But how often should you clean your printer?
It’s generally recommended that you clean your ID card printer every 700 to 1,000 cards printed. Refer to your card printer manual for manufacturer-specific instructions, but this is a good guideline to follow. If you notice any of the following signs, however, you might need to clean your printer sooner rather than later.
ID cards and badges are important, they serve important functions, and we depend on them to make our way through important parts of each day. They do their job best when they’re used effectively.
An ID badge does what it does, but to work best, with maximum utility and function, the right accessories are key. What’s a badge without the accessories? Less than it is with its accessories.
ID cards and badges need to be easy to use, store, display, and protect. They work best when be reliably attached to their person and easy to present–and, of course, when they’re not lost.
Zebra card printers are widely heralded for reliability and excellent print quality, and also offer a big selection of models and options–to accommodate users’ different card-production needs and budgets.
Zebra set out to create well designed ID card printers that meet you where you work, whether you’re printing cards in high volume or just on a regular basis, and whether you need high security smart cards or just the basics, and deliver the print quality, flexibility, and security you want within your budget.
Below are Zebra’s card printers’ primary features along with some useful comparative summaries for the high- and mid-range models.