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Should You Use PVC ID Cards with a Reverse-Transfer Card Printer?

Posted by Dan Ryan on Apr 7, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Reverse-transfer ID card printers are a great solution for any organization looking to print high-quality, full-color employee badges, bank cards, student ID cards and more.

Basically, if you want a professional, sharp-looking credential, a reverse-transer printer is a good choice.

These printers, also known as "retransfer" printers for short, use a unique print method that differs from less expensive direct-to-card printers in a key way: with retransfer printers, the printhead never touches the surface of the card.

Retransfer printers, like the Zebra® ZXP Series 9 or the Fargo® HDP5600, require a roll of transfer film to print on a card.

The printhead prints your imagery and text on the transfer film, which is then applied to the surface of your card and cured with heat for a durable, long-lasting solution.

This process is what allows retransfer printers to offer true over-the-edge printing and long-lasting printheads.

Unfamiliar with edge-to-edge and over-the-edge printing? Check out our blog post!

However, the process also comes with a potential snag, one that can potentially do serious damage to your printer: it's very hard on PVC cards.

If you can't stand the heat...

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Topics: tech tips, ID cards, ID card printers, laminated ID cards, composite ID cards, PVC ID cards

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

4 Things You Need to Stop Doing With Your ID Badges

Posted by Dan Ryan on Dec 9, 2016 4:00:00 PM

ID cards are pretty versatile, able to be used for a variety of different things.

An ID card can...

  • open a door.
  • pay for your lunch.
  • record your attendance at work.
  • log you into your work computer.

Yes, the tasks an ID card can accomplish (especially a smart card or a proximity card) go far beyond what you'd expect from a small rectangle of plastic or synthetic paper.

However, that doesn't mean an ID card can do it all.

Admit it: you've used your ID card, especially your employee badge, for non-ID purposes. We know your card didn't get that crack or those frayed edges from being worn on a badge reel all of the time.

We've all been there: we need a quick tool to perform a simple task. And when you're at work, your employee badge is right there at all times. It's tempting to reach for it...

But you have to resist! Using your ID badge for the tasks below may seem like a quick, easy solution, but it'll ultimately shorten the lifespan of your credential and cost your employer money down the line.

Put your hands up and step away from the ID badge...

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

Why Should You Laminate Your ID Cards?

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jul 28, 2016 1:20:00 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

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