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What is a Stickyback Card, and How is it Used?

Posted by Dan Ryan on Feb 9, 2018 8:45:00 AM

From a curiosity standpoint, stickyback cards have one of the most interesting names of any product in our offering.

"Stickyback." 

Just reading the word raises all kinds of questions.

  • Is it some kind of candy bar?
  • Is it someone describing a piece of tape?
  • Did someone fall in a giant bucket of honey? Is that how he or she ended up getting so sticky?

Yes, there are plenty of questions about stickybacks, but let's address the most important one first (no, not the honey): what, exactly, is a stickyback ID card?

Stickyback cards are adhesive-backed cards designed to be attached to some kind of existing ID card or credential.

They're a unique and versatile ID solution, enabling organizations to save money while still identifying all of their employees.

Learn more about stickyback cards and how our customers use them

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Topics: proximity cards, smart cards, card tips, ID cards, employee badges, stickyback cards, employee ID cards

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

4 Questions to Ask When Buying a New ID Card Printer

Posted by Dan Ryan on Dec 12, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Purchasing a new ID card printer is a big undertaking. With so many variables to consider, it's easy to see why just thinking about buying a new ID card printer can be overwhelming to some.

Think about the number of variables to consider: Magnetic stripe encoding. Lamination stations. Retransfer printing. Dual-sided. Edge-to-edge. Over-the-edge. The list goes on.

"I just want to buy one that will work for me," you end up thinking.

We get it. An ID card printer is a big investment, and you want to make sure you get it right the first time. It's hard enough to run a seamless badging program; it's near impossible to run one if you're constantly worrying about your printer being the wrong one for the job.

With that in mind, we've compiled this list of four essential questions you need to ask yourself when preparing to buy a new ID card printer. 

These aren't the only variables you need to consider, but the answers to these questions will help narrow down your search and ensure that you land on the right machine for you.

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Topics: tech tips, ID cards, IDP printers, Zebra printers, ID card printers, Fargo printers

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

How to Take a Great Employee ID Photo

Posted by Dan Ryan on Nov 17, 2017 12:00:00 PM

It's the most important aspect of any student ID card, employee badge or other ID credential, yet it's the aspect that gives organizations the most trouble: the photo!

On the surface, taking a photo seems like it should be easy: just point the camera at the subject, press the button, put the file on a computer, crop it to fit and voilà — an ID photo!

However, anyone who has ever tried to take an employee ID photo knows that's never how it works.

There's always something that comes up:

  • "Why do I look like a ghost?!?"
  • "What's with all the shadows?"
  • "Ugh, I have red eye!"

It's OK to admit it: taking a good employee ID photo is hard. 

However, there are a few tips and tricks you can use to drastically cut down on the number of re-shoots you need to do, making those days of "selfie" photo ID badges a distant memory.

You don't need to be a pro to get professional-quality shots

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Topics: card tips, ID cards, ID card design, employee badges, employee ID cards

3 Ways to Do More with Your Employee Badges

Posted by Dan Ryan on Nov 14, 2017 3:00:00 PM

The majority of today's workplaces require employees to carry some form of identification card. These employee badges are often pretty standard: a name, a photo, a title, maybe a company logo.

There's a reason why such a format is so popular: it works.

Simplicity is king in many cases, with organizations settling for the basics because they're not aware of the other options out there.

However, if you're settling for a basic ID card for your employees, you're missing out on an opportunity to make your ID program even more powerful.

ID cards all perform one key function: they verify the identity of the wearer. However, you can also use your ID credentials to perform a variety of other tasks.

By simply changing the kind of card stock you use and adding some equipment, you can take your ID card program from "ID only" to "wow, this card does a lot!"

In doing so, you can make life easier on your employees, offer a better way to track attendance and more, taking your ID program to another level.

Keep the ID, but do more with it

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Topics: proximity cards, smart cards, ID cards, employee attendance, employee badges, employee ID cards, smart credentials

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

The 3 Most Common ID Card Sizes [Infographic]

Posted by Dan Ryan on Oct 25, 2017 3:00:00 PM

ID cards are a common item, one that pretty much everyone will use at one point in their lives.

However, if you asked the average person for the dimensions of a standard ID card, the answer would probably be something like "the size of a credit card" or "a few inches."

The truth is, when many organizations are looking to get new ID credentials or to switch up their badging program, they aren't quite sure which size to choose. 

This helpful infographic below illustrates the three most common card sizes, including their dimensions and common uses, to answer the question:

What size ID card do I need?

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Topics: proximity cards, smart cards, card tips, ID cards, ID card sizes, infographics

How Can You Make Your ID Cards Last Longer?

Posted by Dan Ryan on Oct 5, 2017 11:00:00 AM

It's a fact of life when it comes to objects or material possessions: sooner or later, things are going to get worn out.

From cars to computers, sneakers to speakers, all things break down after a while, especially with regular use.

Identification cards are no exception to this rule.

Think about how much wear-and-tear the average employee ID badge or student ID card is going to endure on a regular basis: ID cards are taken in and out of pockets, tapped against card readers, swiped through machines and more.

All of this activity leads to a pretty logical conclusion: you're going to have to replace your identification cards at some point.

Much like your other possessions, however, the goal is to make your ID card last as long as possible. Cars last longer with regular oil changes, computers last longer with regular virus scans and file clean-up. 

Fortunately, there are a few different ways you can help your ID cards and badges last longer — and they don't require having a good mechanic on standby.

You don't have to resign yourself to frequent replacement cards

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Topics: ID cards, JetPak, badge holders, laminated ID cards, lamination, PVC ID cards

3 Questions to Ask About Your New School ID Badge Program

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jun 7, 2017 2:00:00 PM

For many educational institutions, the end of the school year is a time to reflect on the year gone by, wrap up any loose ends and make plans for the "off" months ahead.

However, the end of the school year is also budgeting season, making it the perfect time for schools to plan for upcoming expenses, both large and small.

This makes school budgeting season the perfect time to think about investing in a school ID card program, whether it's an overhaul of your existing solution or implementing student or employee ID badges for the first time.

While an investment in an ID program isn't going to completely blow the budget like a new gym floor or repairs to the HVAC system might, creating a new identification badge program will require careful planning and investment.

In order to get the most efficient and effective badging system possible, it's understand what options you have moving forward and how those options mesh with your school's needs.

When it comes to school ID badges, don't just wing it

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Topics: ID cards, education, student id cards, school ID tips, school identification

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