Many plastic card printers simply print on one side of a plastic card, commonly known as ‘single-sided’ printers. ID card printers that are capable of printing on both sides of a card in a one print cycle can also be known as dual-sided, or duplex. If you need to print color and/or black and white on both sides of your id plastic cards, you will need to choose a dual-sided id card printer. Look through single-sided and dual sided id card printers. You may need to encode data on magnetic stripes or smartcards. Magnetic stripes are the black stripes located on the back of your credit card or driver’s license. These kind of stripes hold data and are frequently used in time & attendance or access control programs. The majority of id card printer producers provide optional magnetic stripe encoding on at least some of their id card printers. Think about adding magnetic encoding up-front or choose an id card printer that can be upgraded to magnetic encoding later on. Thinking ahead can help you save money in the long run.
When you need a plastic ID card to keep more details and data more securely than a magnetic stripe enables, you could select a smart card with a memory chip embedded in the surface. The reducing price of smart cards allowes even the smallest organizations a chance to include memory storage capacity. Almost all id card printer producers provide smart card contact stations as an option. Because most smart card contact stations can not be added after the id card printer has been built, we recommend ordering this feature before hand.
Think about a plastic ID card printer that is perfect for lamination if you want your plastic id cards to last longer than a year, if your id cards will be used outdoors or are likely going to be a subject to chemicals or abrasive contact. In the process of lamination, a thin clear or holographic shielding layer is adhered to the surface of the plast id card, defending its pictures and data. If you choose a lamination-capable id card printer, make sure to use composite PET/PVC cards rather than 100% PVC cards. Composite PET/PVC cards are built to stand up to the heat produced by the lamination procedure.
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