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How to Fix a Broken ID Card Printer Ribbon

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.


New ribbon Selector: choose the right ribbons for your needs

If you are already an ID Security Online customer, you know that we are constantly looking for ways to improve your shopping experience and make sure that you build a successful ID card program.

With that objective in mind, we have just developed a new ribbon selector to help you choose the right color ribbon for your printer.

Each manufacturer offers many options, from YMCKO to YMCKOK or half-panel color ribbons. So which one do you really need? Follow these steps to make the right decision every single time.

Which supplies do I need for a retransfer card printer?

The list of supplies that you need for your retransfer printer is quite different from what you would get for a direct-to-card printer. Follow this quick checklist to get stunning badges and protect your investment.

1.     Retransfer film: In retransfer printers, the printhead does not come in direct contact with your card: your card design is printed into a clear film called retransfer film. This film is then is fused onto the surface of the card to produce over-the-edge badges in vibrant colors.

Nisca ID Card Printer Supplies

ID card printers are great for employee and business safety. But ID card printers offer a whole lot more as well. All of Nisca ID card printers are not only capable of printing employee ID badges, they are also great for printing student & faculty ID cards, membership & loyalty cards, personalized gift cards, visitor ID badges and much more! ID Security Online has a complete line of single- and double-sided Nisca ID card printers from all of the top manufacturers, from the simplest single-sided application, to bulk card printing and encoding options.

Legacy ID Card Printers Supplies

You may not always find supplies or information about your ID card printer. Chances are that these products have already been discontinued. As technology progresses, manufacturers often replace older ID card printers with new, updated models. Legacy models of PVC card printers were “what you see is what you get.” For instance, if you wanted a dual sided printer or a magnetic encoder in the printer for future use, the original purchase of the printer needed to encompass every function that would be needed throughout the lifetime of the printer. Additionally, most common complaint about Legacy printers is their inability to print. Can you blame certain industries for wanting to discontinue such products?


Retransfer Card Printer Supplies

Retransfer printing technology is superior to the previous generation direct-to-card print technology commonly used by certain Zebra, Fargo, Magicard and Datacard printers. A few of the advantages of retransfer printing include superior image quality, true over-the-edge printing for a better looking ID card, more area to print on, the ability to print on uneven card surfaces, a wider variety of cards, and a more durable image that is built-in tamper proof with the use of retransfer film.


Equipment & Supplies for ID Badges

Most employers these days require their employees to carry ID badges solely for identification purposes. ID Security Online provides all the essential equipment and supplies you need to create high quality, durable, and secure ID badges in monochrome or full color. We take special pride in offering our customers the finest and most current badge and identification equipment available. You can select any brand you want to shop for ID badge supplies such as Fargo, Zebra, Evolis, Datacard, and Magicard. We offer competitive prices and the expert advice you need to make the best buying decisions. You can contact us for your inquiries or place your order online using our secure shopping cart. We also offer custom recommendations, training and service that will coordinate with your company or event specifications. If you are working within a budget, we have equipment that will suit your budget. Below, this blog provides information about various supplies and equipment required to creating an ID badge:


Evolis Card ID Printer and Supplies

ID Security Online had a wide selection of ID card printers and supplies manufactured by Evolis. You can now get off to a good start with an Evolis ID card system.  It has everything you need in one simple package to be up and printing cards in minutes.  We also offer all of the cards and accessories you will need to complete your plastic card application including PVC and proximity magnetic cards, lanyards, slot punches and more.  Consider this your one stop shop for Evolis equipment and supplies. Evolis products include both warranty and non-warranty repairs and lifetime phone support on all printers purchased through ID Security Online. Unlike many online retailers, purchasing your Evolis products from us guarantees the best possible support for the life of your printer.


Printheads vs. Ink Cartridges


What Are The Differences between Printheads and Ink Cartridges?

Printheads

A printhead is usually a moveable part of a printer that contains the printing element. The print head is the element of the printer that applies the image or text to your ID cards. Print heads may need to be replaced when print quality issues cannot be resolved by cleaning the print head. It has a nozzle in which inkjet ink is sprayed onto the paper to be printed on. Typically machines operate with a single printhead, but two can be found in some heavy-duty business models that require better production quality and speed.  On average, a printhead has the ability to deliver up to 3,500 pages per month and a maximum total of 200,000 characters over the lifespan of the machine. There are many types of printers that use different printing technology, but no matter what machine you have, printheads are an absolute necessity.


ID Card Printer Upgrade Modules

As your organization's printing needs expand, so does our ID card printers. Fortunately, ID Security Online has a wide selection of ID card printers with upgradable features. Therefore, there is no need to purchase another printer when you can utilize the printing options on your current printer. We provide specific  printer modules upgrades in functionality of your ID card printers. Many ID card printers have add-ons that can either be configured in-field, or installed by the manufacturer. The selection of modules can include dual-sided printing kits, Ethernet upgrades, lamination, and magnetic stripe or smart card encoding.


Cleaning Kits for ID Card Printers

Cleaning kits are a critical component of any ID card program. Regular printer cleanings are crucial for maintaining and extending the life of your ID card printer.  ID card printers are vulnerable for collecting dust from the ID cards. As the ID card goes through the printer they leave dust and debris that can potentially damage your printhead thus resulting ID cards with lower quality images then it would normally print. With routine cleanings and replacement of cleaning rollers, you can expect optimal image quality and a longer life for your card printer. ID card printers should be cleaned and covered when not in use. You should clean your printer every time you change your printer ribbon.  Every card printer requires certain cleaning products to be used as preventive or corrective maintenance. At ID Security Online, we provide cleaning kits designed for specific ID card printers. 


Photo ID System and Supplies

A photo ID system is an integral component of creating an effective ID program.  In our modern high tech world, photo ID cards are found far and wide with many different uses. Driver's licenses or passports are no longer the main focus for photo ID. With the sophistication and convenience of a photo ID system, companies are able to easily integrate photo ID into their organizations and enjoy the benefits they have to offer. 

Finding Supplies Made Easy

At ID Security Online our goal is to make it easy for you to search through our database. Let’s face it, we’ve designed it so we know where everything is, and in order to allow you to find what you need quickly and easily we’ve added website tools to make it that much easier to find what you’re looking for.
You can search for supplies in one of four convenient ways.

ID Card Printer Cleaning Kits

An ID card printer cleaning kit is a grouping of items specifically for the intent of maintaining your printer. Virtually all high end ID card printer manufacturers, such as Evolis, Magicard and Zebra, provide their clientele with proprietary variations of cleaning supplies contained within comprehensive cleaning kits.

Scratch-off Ribbons

Scratch-off ribbons are ribbons specifically designed to create a thin, removable layer of material on a card that a user can scratch off to reveal hidden information, such as PIN numbers, passwords or barcodes. Therefore some particular uses of scratch-off technology include membership cards, prepaid phone calling cards, bank cards and any cards with private information.

 

Scratch-off ribbons are monochrome ribbons are typically grey ribbons interwoven with black lines arranged in a wave-like pattern. Scratch-off ribbons that produce variously-colored layers do exist, but the majority of them are grey.

 

When using the scratch-off feature the ribbon driver needs to be selected to “K,” which represents “black” in YMCKO (yellow, magenta, cyan, black, overlay). You can achieve best results by using the scratch-off ribbon as a monochrome ribbon with the contrast setting placed at C3.

 

Scratch-off ribbon technology is compatible with PVC cards and a variety of monochrome ribbons and hologram cards.

 
 
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