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CR-What? The Difference Between CR80 and CR100 ID Cards

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jan 11, 2018 3:00:00 PM

It's something you'll see often if you're shopping for new ID cards: the letters "CR" followed by a dash and a two- or three-digit number.

Those unfamiliar with ID cards probably see that collection of characters and assume it's some kind of branding tool or the name of a specific product.

However, the CR numbers are actually something much more basic: they denote the size of the ID credentials to which they are assigned.

Similar to how an XL men's dress shirt will always have the same sleeve length and how you know exactly how many ounces of liquid are in your "venti" coffee, "CR-" is a way to inform shoppers about the exact dimensions of an ID credential.

There are several different sizes of ID credential, but this post will focus on the two most popular sizes:

CR80 and CR100.

Learn more about CR80 and CR100 ID cards

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Topics: ID cards, student id cards, government ID cards, employee badges, card tips

Why Should You Laminate Your ID Cards?

Posted by Dan Ryan on Nov 29, 2017 1:30:00 PM

Choosing between laminated ID cards and standard ID cards is one of the first decisions you must make when selecting new card stock for an ID program.

Why, you ask? 

Because the results of that debate are going to determine what you do with a variety of other important aspects of your program,  including:

  • What kind of ID card printer you need
  • Your cost for ID card supplies
  • Whether or not you need a card-carrying accessory
Initially, many people see the higher cost of a lamination-enabled card printer or see the burden of buying a laminating machine with pouches and are put off by the idea of lamination.

"We'll just be careful with the cards," they think.

However, laminating your ID cards offers a number of benefits to both your ID program and your organization as a whole. Some are obvious. Some are a little more obscure. 

But all three will have your organization wondering why it didn't make the switch to laminated cards sooner.

Learn more about how you'll benefit from using laminated ID cards

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Topics: ID cards, student id cards, government ID cards, employee badges, laminated ID cards, ID card printers, laminating pouches, card tips

3 Ways Our JetPak™ ID Cards Go Above & Beyond PVC Cards

Posted by Dan Ryan on Nov 1, 2017 1:00:00 PM

PVC has long been the standard material for ID cards across a number of industries. And while PVC makes a fine ID card, it's become more of a fall-back option: "We've ordered PVC cards for years...might as well stick with it."

But why stick with the same ol' solution when there's a better solution out there?

That solution is JetPak ID cards, our alternative to PVC cards that beats the old standard in just about every possible way.

To the untrained eye, a JetPak card might look and feel the exact same as a PVC ID card. After all, a card is a card, right? You just print some stuff on it, maybe laminate it, then go on your way.

Wrong! The JetPak card offers a number of features that leave the standard PVC card in the dust, making it the card of choice for dozens of federal government agencies, police departments, county sheriffs, corporate entities and more.

What is a JetPak card?

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Topics: ID cards, PVC, card security, JetPak, secure ID card, government ID cards, security features

What Are Shielded Badge Holders and How Do They Work?

Posted by Dan Ryan on Sep 11, 2017 10:00:00 AM

If you've been browsing our site looking for a new ID card holder, chances are you've encountered the term "shielded badge holder" at some point. And unless you're as familiar with ID products as we are, you probably had a very basic (but valid) question:

"What the heck is a shielded badge holder?"

A shielded badge holder sounds like it could be one of several things:

  • Did it get that name by being the favorite ID badge holder of medieval knights?
  • Is it just another name for a non-flexible badge holder?
  • Maybe it's a soft badge holder coated in an outer shell, like a turtle...

In reality, shielded badge holders are none of the above. Instead, shielded badge holders serve as a pretty basic solution to a very modern problem.

What is a shielded badge holder?

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Topics: card accessories, modern security, data security, shielded badge holders, government ID cards, security tips, badge holders

Holographic Laminate vs. Standard Laminate: Which Should You Choose?

Posted by Dan Ryan on Mar 24, 2017 1:00:00 PM

When choosing a new ID card printer, one of the more important decisions you'll make is whether you want a laminating printer or a standard printer without lamination.

Why? Because choosing one over the other drastically alters your next steps.

Laminating printers are more expensive and require more printer supplies, but the cards they create are going to last much longer than their non-laminated counterparts.

For this post, we're going to assume you decided to make a bigger up-front investment and went with a laminating printer, because you don't want to worry about replacing broken ID cards every few months.

Great!

However, your decision-making days aren't over: you still need to decide what kind of laminate you are going to use to protect your new ID credentials.

Holo or plain? The choice is yours.

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Topics: employee ID cards, ID cards, laminated ID cards, government ID cards, lamination, card tips

Product Spotlight: Locking Card Cases

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jan 26, 2017 4:00:00 PM

Product Spotlight is a feature designed to showcase individual products in our broad offering. We'll highlight key features, discuss how the product is used and more. Interested in seeing a particular product featured here? Let us know!

Product: Locking card holders
Product Category: Badge Holders
SKU: 706-LN, 706-LT1, OP-706 (required accessory)

Quick, what's the first thing that comes to mind when you hear "secure your ID card?"

Chances are it's one of two things:

  • Secure it to your person by using an accessory, like a badge reel or lanyard
  • Secure it to keep it safe from theft or tampering

Everyone is entitled to have an opinion, but for the most part, the one that springs to your mind first has a lot to do with your line of work and what you're using your ID card to do. 

If you're working in a small office where your employee badge is an afterthought or a mere formality, you're more likely to lean toward the first choice.

However, if you're working in a government office, a high-tech firm or in any position that requires security clearance, you're far more likely to gravitate toward the second option.

It's a fact that eludes many people who use "common" ID cards, but for certain segments of the population, an ID card falling into the wrong hands could have catastrophic consequences.

For that reason, there are people who require a "secure" ID card solution that goes beyond just securing the card to the wearer.

Instead, those people need a solution that keeps the card itself secure, safe from prying eyes or mischievous hackers. For people like that, a simple badge holder isn't going to be good enough.

Lock it up...

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Topics: product spotlight, ID cards, id card security, government ID cards, government badge holders

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