When Zebra recently introduced three new card printers, IDSecurityOnline put them to the test—and they passed with flying colors. Results were impressive. For anyone currently in the market for a reliable card printer to consistently produce just about any type of card—employee ID, credit, debit, identity, access, loyalty, public transportation passes and more—it's worth looking at Zebra's new card printer line.
Overall, the ZC Series brings the best features of modern card printing into one highly productive unit—and adds some advanced features not seen in common card printers. Remarkably, these printers have stunning curb appeal—a masterful delivery of equal parts form and function—fitting appealingly yet unobtrusively into any office or retail/commercial/service setting.
Retransfer (reverse transfer) printers—the most advanced card-printing technology available—print reverse card images onto a flexible, transparent film (retransfer film; a thin clear substrate), and then thermally bond (fuse) the film onto the card surface with heat and pressure as a distinct secondary process. These two-steps—called “reverse thermal image transfer”—don’t print directly onto the card surface.
By comparison, traditional dye-sublimation direct-to-card printers use a printhead that prints through a ribbon directly onto the card surface; the printer’s expensive, and often delicate, printhead touches every PVC card directly, triggering increased printhead replacement. Any uneven part of the card surface—including contact with card edges—can cause expensive printhead damage.
Whether you work in the corporate world, government or perhaps even a local high school, security has never been more important in this day and age. The threats to security are many and the human capital that passes through your building each day are some of your most precious assets. Thankfully, one of the simplest methods to enhance security has never been more accessible to organizations small and large alike. A comprehensive security ID card printer system puts the power in your hands. Unfortunately, if your boss delegated the power to order the printer ribbon into your hands then it might seem a little bit confusing. Don’t worry, we’ve got your back.
When a business invests in an in-house ID card printer, it can be a sizeable investment. The good news is that doing so can yield massive dividends and make security and authorization needs much more streamlined. When a business starts to scale and outgrow the production capability of its current printer, it's not always necessary to write the machine off as a throwaway. Instead, many ID card printers have upgrade modules available to enhance their features, output, and overall capabilities to better serve the business. Just like when you buy a car, it starts as a factory issue with standard features, but you can opt for upgrade or aftermarket parts. The same is true for many ID card printers – opting for an upgrade module instead of a new system is a viable and cost-effective option for many businesses to consider.
Data and personnel security go far beyond firewalls and networking protocol. For your business to be completely safe and secure you need to have security at every level of your business. Therefore, personal ID cards for your employees (and possibly even your guests) are essential. ID cards can be used as identification as well as security clearance and today's cards offer a range of options that allow information to be shared with your secure access system(s).
If you run a small to moderate size business and need to print name badges or photo ID cards, ID Security Online is the source of a selection of printers to do the job. They include the:
- ScreenCheck SC4500 Double Sided ID Card Printer that has Smart Card Encoding
- Fargo DTC1250e Dual-Sided ID Card Printer
- Evolis Primacy Single-Sided ID Card Printer that has Magnetic Coding
You can produce high-quality photo ID badges. The most popular ways of wearing ID badges are strap clips and lanyards. ID Security Online can supply the cards, clips, lanyards, and other badge accessories also.
We’re always having to produce ID cards to prove our nationality, when we intend marrying, to open a contract or when we start a new job. Today, many companies want to make sure that their staff wear some form of a security badge, and the question arises as to whether they should save costs and print in-house or outsource the task and pay more.
When you issue ID security cards or badges, you want the most effective and secure form of card possible to ensure your security measures are being met. Whether you issue student ID cards, driver’s licenses, membership cards, or security badges for employees, it should be easy for you to verify the identity of the holder while incredibly difficult for someone else to forge or copy an ID security card you issue.
Watermarks are an inexpensive, simple way to add an additional layer of security to your ID security cards or badges.
You might be wondering if it pays to add loaner coverage if you’re considering buying an ID card printer system for your business. There are pros and cons to adding this extra coverage to your system that you should consider carefully before making the decision to buy.
When your ID printer needs serviced or maintained by IDSecurityOnline’s expert technicians, if you have loaner coverage, you’ll get a spare printer so that you can keep operations rolling back at your office. Say your printer breaks or requires an annual maintenance check and you bring it to IDSecurityOnline for a service visit
. You could be without a printer for several days up to several weeks while your printer is being worked on.
Imagine you have 500 new incoming students and staff who are waiting in line for their school IDs to be issued.
Now imagine your ID card printer only prints 100 cards an hour. That’s a long time standing in line and an even longer time for your staff who have to process each ID card.
While the need for speed is sometimes a paramount concern when issuing student ID cards, there are some other factors you need to consider before selecting the fastest printer on the market.
There are many reasons why you need ID cards or badges. You may need security access cards for employees, ID badges for visitors or conference attendees, or you need loyalty cards to hand out to your best customers. Once you’ve identified a need for ID cards, the next step is to decide how to get those cards.
It’s a question we get asked often: Should I have my ID cards pre-printed or print my own? But the answer to that isn’t as simple as you’d like. It really depends on several things. The following questions will help you narrow down the best option for your situation.