Zebra Printer Ribbons have a unique Load-n-Go design that allows them to slide easily in and out of the printer, making maintenance a simple process that takes just minutes to complete. We offer a comprehensive selection of Zebra Color Ribbons, including high definition, Single Sided and Double Sided ID Card Ribbons. All Zebra Color Ribbons genuine and print true vibrant color ID Cards.
Each letter corresponds to a certain color. Combining these basic colors can create thousands of colors, or just about anything under the rainbow. Here's what each letter stands for:
Another option you can choose is an "F" panel that prints in fluorescent color for specialized printing. You would use the fluorescent panel on high security cards where printed fluorescent images can only be seen under a UV light. Some other ribbons include an “I” which stands for Inhibitor panel. This means that a particular portion of your ID cards will not be printed on, such as a magnetic stripe or a signature panel.
Now when you shop for printer ribbons, these ribbon types should make more sense:
If you want to print color badges, you will need a color ribbon but if you look closer at the options, you will find YMCKO ribbons and Half-panel YMCKO ribbons. What’s the difference?
YMCKO ribbons are standard color ribbons. The printer uses the YMC panels to print in full color, the Black (K) panel to print in real black and then applies a clear coating overlay (O) to create durable plastic badges.
Half-panel color ribbons are different: the Yellow, Magenta and Cyan panels are half the size of the regular panels of a YMCKO ribbon. The K (Black) and O (Overlay) are full size panels. This means that up to half of the card can be printed in full color while black text or images can be printed anywhere on the card.
A half-panel color ribbon is right for you if the part that you need to print in full color (logo, picture) doesn’t exceed half of the card, and that the rest of the information is printed in black. If you need to print more than 50% of your card in color, do not purchase a half-panel color ribbon: buy a standard YMCKO ribbon.
The benefits of a half panel color ribbon are multiple. Half-panel ribbons allow twice the normal ribbon yield than a standard YMCKO ribbon, which translates into a much lower cost per card and less user intervention since the ribbon doesn’t have to be changed that often.
Each time you print a card, no matter what the design is, you will use a full set of panels. For a color card, that means each card uses a full set of yellow, magenta, cyan, and black panels.
Each ribbon is designed for a specific print yield. The print yield tells you how many cards you can expect to print. For example, a color ribbon with a print yield of 300 will have 300 sets of yellow, magenta, cyan, and black panels – this means that if you print on one side of your cards, you can print 300 cards in color. However, if you print in color on both sides of your cards, you will use a second full set of ribbon panels for the back side, cutting your print yield to 150.
If you print a significant number of cards, note that some vendors offer high-yield ribbons to help you save time and money.
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