Difference between a single-sided ID card printer and a dual-sided ID card printer?
A double sided printer will print on
both sides of the ID card whereas a
single sided printer will only print on one side of the ID card. A single sided printer is necessary
for creating ID cards with limited cardholder information. It has a full color
and monochrome printing capability. It offers magnetic stripe and smart card
encoding options. You can choose direct-to-card or a stunning reverse transfer print
technology. Printing ID cards from a single sided printer can be time
consuming. Most card printer manufactures discourage the use of a single sided
printer primarily that this printer tends to damage the sensitive print heads in
the print cards.
When you handle an ID card that has been printed, it will likely come into contact with dust, debris, and oil from your hands. Placing your ID card handled that way back into your single sided printer will contaminate your printer's print head. Consequently, this practice will damage the printhead pixel which will not only affect the quality of your printed card output, it will also be expensive to repair and replace it.
Dual sided ID card printers save
time and resources by printing both sides of the ID card in just a single run. These printers are
ideal for high ID programs that need
certain information printed on the backside of the ID cards. A dual
sided printer prints the card holder's information in the back of the card in
order for the front of the card to look
more smooth and clean. Dual sided printers can apply full color graphic,
text, and other design components to both sides of the ID card.
Certain single sided printers include the option to upgrade to a dual sided printer. Additionally, many single- and dual-sided printers offer easy upgrades to magnetic encoding and even lamination capability. To learn more about printer upgrade options, we highly recommend you research printers that offer upgrades to your likings.