Since all printer users and
circumstances are different, manufacturers can’t state how many cards their
printer is expected to print over its lifetime or how long it will last. Most
manufacturers offer a 2-year warranty on
their ID card printers, so most printers will last at
least that long (and probably well beyond that point in most normal-use cases).
How to Extend Your ID Card
Printer’s Life Expectancy
are some proven practices that help you get more longevity from your printer:
if your circumstances warrant a more professional system, choose a retransfer
printer rather than a direct-to-card printer—retransfer printers offer a
lifetime print-head warranty.
- Train every employee on how to use the printer
properly—including changing ribbons, managing supplies, avoiding/fixing card
jams, and other essential precautions and procedures. Training eliminates some
of the damage and fatigue caused by improper use.
- Use your ID card printer only
in a clean and temperate environment. Avoid operation in dust, humidity, oil,
and any extreme temperatures. Cover your printer with a dust cover when not in
use, and keep the temperature regulated between 65 degrees and 90 degrees
Fahrenheit with minimal humidity.
- Use the printer manufacturer’s
genuine ribbons and laminates. Factory-authorized ribbons are designed
specifically for each printer model, and their use enhances performance.
- Handle blank cards with clean
gloves to eliminate dirt, oil, and other debris that can damage the printhead.
Store blank cards in their box away from dust, dirt, and oil that can
compromise cards and card printers. Use high-quality ("graphic-quality" or
"video-grade quality") plastic ID cards, which have a clean surface that
optimize image quality. Dust and debris degrade card print quality and can
damage the printhead.
- ID card printers are
sophisticated machines and somewhat delicate. So, never force anything in or
out of the printer. If something is stuck or broken, call IDSecurityOnline for
instructions and a proper remedy.
- Clean your printer regularly.
The manufacturer’s operation manual has suggested cleaning and maintenance
schedules. Use the manufacturer’s cleaning kit, which
is designed specifically for that ID card printer. All card printers require
regular cleaning as an essential part of ongoing maintenance. Lack of
prescribed cleaning may void the printer’s warranty, and lead to printhead
damage or card-feeding errors.
- Purchase a maintenance plan
with IDSecurityOnline. Our factory-trained technicians have the tools and
expertise to work on these machines. Your ID card printer will run much better
and longer with expert care.