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.
It pays to understand the advantages of retransfer ID card printers—a little homework can reveal big long-term savings for enterprises issuing high- and long-term-use cards where durability is essential. Card durability means that reissuing worn out cards or replacing cards that have been tampered with occurs less frequently. Also, because the printhead never touches the cards, printer lifespan is lengthened. The initial acquisition cost of retransfer printers is higher compared to direct-to-card printers, but the savings on printhead maintenance costs over the printer’s life make them an effective investment.
Retransfer printers work very well to match high-volume, high-quality enterprise needs and are commonly found in administrative operations like airports, universities, and government agencies.
Choose from single-sided and dual-sided models, many of which include encoding and lamination options. Some models can simultaneously print, encode and laminate.
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