ID Cards & Card Printers

News and Reviews of ID Cards and Card Printers

  • Restricted Access In The Workplace


    Depending on what a business does, it may not be appropriate for every person working there to have access to all areas of the buildings. For instance, in the workshops or factories where specialised chemicals or potentially dangerous tools are being used, it makes sense to keep access restricted to specific personnel who actually work in the area rather than anyone who works on the premises. Equally, many companies are extremely particular who they allow into their laboratories or Research and Development areas, for security reasons.

    Issuing all personnel with colour coded ID cards means that not only are they identifiable by name but it can be seen at a glance, even from a distance, whether they are authorised to be in a restricted area. For many years we have supplied the plastic cards, ID card printers and ID card software for companies to do plastic card printing on the premises and in the shortest possible time. Having your own equipment means that any new staff can be issued with a card immediately as they start working for the company and also that any visitors can be issued with the appropriate ID card or pass before they are allowed out of the reception area.

    Although a simple tool, our clients across the world have found that these cards can make a big difference to security within your premises at minimal cost and with maximum efficiency. We are always delighted to discuss any requirements that you may have or to arrange a demonstration of what can be achieved within your company.

    Feel free to contact us on 0800 408 1471 or email [email protected] to find out more.

  • Using Genuine ID Ribbons


    The ongoing cost of buying consumables for an ID card printer is something that anyone looking to produce their own ID cards needs to bear in mind. Along with the plastic cards, the ribbons are the most important part of the equation. ID cards typically use film ribbons that can produce anything from 100 to 1,000 prints per ribbon, depending on the make and model of your printer.

    Unlike ink-jet or laser printers that use cartridges, where the yield of a cartridge is usually based around printing to no more than 5% of each page (meaning that your cartridges run out very quickly), with ribbons the yield tells you how many sets of panels of each colour the ribbon has, each set being used up by printing one card, so the amount of prints the ribbon says it will do is a lot closer to what you will actually get.

    Inevitably, ribbons can become costly, especially if you have a lot of cards to produce. Some people like to try and save some money by not buying the genuine manufacturer branded ribbons and instead buying non-branded compatible ribbons. While it's understandable to want to try and save money, here at ID Management Systems we will never recommend using non-branded ribbons and we will only ever supply genuine ribbons, supplied and branded by the manufacturer of your printer.

    Often compatible ribbons can be made of lower quality materials than the genuine manufacturer branded ones, which can lead to lower quality printing and can even damage your printer. Also, it's worth bearing in mind that most manufacturers' warranties will be invalidated by using anything other than the genuine branded printer ribbons in their card printers.

    Rather than trying to save money by buying inferior, non-branded ribbons for your card printer, save money by dealing with an expert and long-established supplier of card printers and consumables, like ID Management Systems.

  • Investing in ID Technology


    Identification cards of all types and sizes have become a necessity in these turbulent times; It's a fact that most individuals in Britain will have at their disposal some sort of identification card for their workplace, school, business transactions and even in some cases, for shopping. Some of us may wonder though - and at times complain - whether these ID cards and ID systems are really essential. However, the fact remains that we live in dangerous times and these plastic ID badges and cards serve as one way of effectively protecting us as we go about our daily lives.

    At ID Management Systems, we offer a wide range of services to our many customers who use ID cards for different reasons. If you are looking for help in setting up an ID system in your workplace for visitors, we can supply you with everything you’ll need, giving you the essentials to improve security.

    While the use of identity cards has grown with time, there has also been an increase in the number of devices that come with its use. If you have made the decision to print your own identity cards, there are a number of important points to look out for when purchasing an ID printer. One important point to keep in mind is to make sure that you are getting one from a reputable organisation.

    At ID Management Systems, based on our decades of experience and dedication to great customer service, we are a reputable organisation in providing these gadgets, having a number of identity card printers that are only a click or a phone call away.

    Making a choice about which printer you would like to buy may not be easy, but there are certain things that you should bear in mind. One thing to consider beforehand is what you want to achieve after the purchase; this is more cost effective as you will buying a future proof product that can accommodate later applications.

    Our printer at ID Management Systems can be tailored to suit all manner of business requirements, with our printer bundle accessible under our ID Card Systems tab. Give us a call on 0800 408 1471 if you are unsure or would like to know more about the services we offer.

  • The Basics of Magstripe Cards


    Magnetic stripe cards are one of the cheapest ways of storing secure information on a plastic ID card. The technology has been around for a long time, with its capabilities being applied towards numerous applications, including access control systems, tills registers, loyalty cards and even parking tickets.

    Essentially, it's just a piece of metallic magnetic tape embedded into the surface of the card. There are international standards put in place that specify where on a normal card the magstripe is placed and how it can be read; a standard magstripe has three lines of information on it. Typically you would only need to use one for a specific system, though most of the time, people write to track two.

    The two basic types of magnetic stripe are high and low coercivity. The coervicity is rated in Oersteds (oe) which dictates the strength of magnetic field required to change the information the card carries. For plastic ID cards, high coercivity is much more common these days. You can often tell which type of magstripe a card has by looking at it. HiCo are very dark brown or black, LoCo are a lighter brown.

    Low coercivity cards are unpopular for long term use partly because of how relatively easy it can be for the information on them to be changed or erased in day to day use, but they are still commonly used on disposable passed, such as like train tickets.

    Please give us a call on 0800 408 1471 if you are unsure what type of magnetic stripe cards you need, or if you need advice about what you can do with this technology.

  • How our ID Card Bureau Service Works


    We've run a card bureau service at ID Management Systems pretty much since the company was first established in 1994.

    We understand that there are lots of people that require high quality plastic cards for their staff or members, but for whatever reason they'd rather out-source the actual production process to companies like us. Maybe it's because of the up-front cost of buying a ID printer or maybe it's just comes down to time and convenience.

    Whatever the case, we can accommodate the production of custom tailored ID cards through our in-house bureau service. The first step of the bureau process is for us to work with you to turn your intended design into a viable template for ID cards. We use specific software that is designed for ID card production, so this is a vital step in the production process.

    We'll need the highest quality versions you've got of your logos and any other graphical elements that you require to be added to the design; additionally, we’ll also require any ideas you've got for the design layout and the details of all text that you want applied. You'll be given the chance to proof your design before it is finalised.

    Bear in mind that we can't produce any of your cards until we've received a signed-off copy of the proof document, so it's important verify the design and provide us with this signed document as soon as possible to avoid delays

    If you would like a quote for our bureau service or would like to know more about our products and services, give us a call on 0800 408 1471.

  • Buying ID Card Software


    Before choosing the software to work for your ID card printers, it’s important to carefully consider exactly which functions you wish to apply to your plastic card printing system, both immediately and in the future. Although new functions can of course be added later, it’s more cost-effective to purchase a future-proofed bundle at the outset.

    You will need to consider the types of information you want to include on the card. Obviously you will want to print names, for the card holder and your organisation, and possibly additional data such as role, section, and contact information. You may also want to incorporate encoded information such as access rights to particular areas, and event generated items, for example dates of birth, so that under-18s can be detected and excluded from events serving alcohol. You will almost certainly wish to include a photograph, and possibly a hologram; in instances like this, your software will require an image editing function. Perhaps you may also want to incorporate your logo, or graphics. Other considerations include barcode or credential recognition; more complex ID systems may require signature recognition.

    You’ll then need to decide whether you want your cards to be multi-coloured, and single sided or double-sided. Additionally you will need a security enhancement with password protection to properly store all your data entries.

    Acknowledge the numerous applications that your business may require as some point; when shopping around for new ID software, assessing all of these possibilities will ensure that the product will meet your present and future requirements.

    At ID Management Systems, we are happy to discuss our software range with you and guide you through to making the right choice by assessing your needs and locating a product that could accommodate this. Give us a call on 0800 408 1471 today and one of our software experts will be happy to help.

  • Designing your ID cards


    Whether you are printing your own ID cards or have decided to outsource production, it’s always best to start the production process by planning the optimum design of your cards. Consider what design would best reflect what message you want your business to send.

    List the proposed purposes of the card:

    • Will it be used simply for internal staff recognition, or publicly for customer care and profile enhancing?
    • Will the card give entry to restricted areas?
    • Will it have a purchasing or staff function?

    These decisions will clarify the precise content that the ID cards will require, such as name (first name only, full names, title etc.) date of birth, role, organisation, bar code, photograph or hologram.

    Additionally, you will also know whether you will need the cards to be single or double-sided, to accommodate the required information in a clearly readable format. You will need to choose which will be the 'default' side (side most often on display).

    Next, consider who will use the plastic cards, and in what environment and circumstances.

    • Will the card-users be operating indoors or outside, in daylight, artificial light, or darkness?
    • Will they be engaged in physical activity, or in any hazardous situations, or using tools or machinery?

    These considerations will indicate the most appropriate size, thickness, material, weight, and holding-system for the plastic cards. For example, if the cards were used as a means of identifying staff that are working on a construction site, this may dictate how durable you want the cards to be.

    Lastly, decide on colour schemes and shape; these can display the organisation's branding, or reflect colour-coded sections within the workforce or site, or be even chosen specifically to appeal to the public.

    At ID Management Systems, we offer a card bureau service that can cater to individuals that are aiming to product one off low volume batches, but need to product ID cards on a regular basis, check out our ID printer range.

  • What are the benefits of using loyalty cards?


    A growing number of companies in the UK now offer loyalty cards as a means of rewarding their existing customers and providing exclusive rewards. There are numerous benefits to be had for implementing a loyalty system, such as:

    • A cheap means of increasing brand awareness for your company.
    • They offer you a way to encourage your customers to avoid thinking about visiting your competitors.
    • If you are prepared to put the infrastructure in place, tracking the data they give can provide valuable insight into the spending patterns and predilections of your customers.
    • As a marketing tool, the information you collate from their spending habits can be used to tailor promotional material to individual customers.
    • The gathered analytical data can be summarised on a database to give your company an overview about your most popular products and services. This valuable information could then dictate product placement in your store or even your marketing approach towards new and existing customer.
    • If you implement a system that requires the customer to include their home address, this information can be used to see where the customers come from and identify opportunities for new stores.

    Though previously the purview of larger companies, loyalty cards are increasingly a viable option for all companies to offer their customers. With our extensive range of printing technologies, we’re sure to be able to come up with a solution to suit your requirements, whether you only need a few dozen cards or tens of thousands.

    If you’re interested in finding out what products we stock that could facilitate business growth in the form of a loyalty reward system, just give us a call on 0800 408 1471 .

  • Why you should trust ID Management Systems

    At ID Management Systems, we rely heavily on our customer’s feedback to help us assess how we are doing and areas in which we can improve.

    Good customer service is the cornerstone of any good consumer business, so we’ve partnered with the third-party review site Trustpilot to collect your honest opinions and to provide a means of allowing you to post your unadulterated evaluation of our services through one of our online channels.

    Once you have placed an order with us online or over the phone, keep on the lookout for one of our review requests. If you have a moment, please take the time to let us know how we’ve done.

    Any reviews – good or bad – will be viewed as constructive and will be posted immediately by the review site.

    Regardless of your review, as a thank you, we'll send you a voucher code via email that will provide you with a free pack of ID cards with your next order.

    Just call us up on 0800 408 1471, quote the promotional code provided and we'll do the rest.

  • Buying guide for ID Newcomers


    For first time buyers, the thought of buying an ID card system can sometimes be a little intimidating and disconcerting; especially when the nature of this technology may seem like a foreign concept to the ill informed. This guide will give you a brief summary of what products you’ll need to get you started and what products we can supply.

    ID Card Printer

    The Card printer is the cornerstone of any ID package, with dozens of brands across hundreds of possible variants to choose from. The first question you will need to ask yourself is:

    ‘Will I need single of double sided printing?’

    Single sided printers are ideal for basic, low volume printing. Bear in mind that this does allow you to print on both sides of the card, though you’ll need to manually flip the cards on the print run.

    Double sided printing is ideal for higher volume batches, being able to print on both sides of the card simultaneously. It is recommended that you purchase a double sided card printer if you need to have variable data added on both sides.

    At ID Management Systems, upon purchase of a ID printer, you are provided with 14 days free telephone support to aid you with any technical queries as you become accustomed to your new product.


    The right ID Card software facilitates the users requirements in relation to the design and data to be added to the card. There are numerous options available; some brand variations are designed to give the user accessibility to additional features. One of our most popular software brands would be our Cardpresso range, which includes five different variants:

    To see what each of these five options have to offer, check out our (Datasheet)

    Also note that with select printer models, we also provide our customers with free XXS software.

    ID Cards

    The standard CR80 is the most commonly sized ID card, with dimensions equal to your standard credit / debit cards. All of our cards adhere to ISO standard, meaning that we can guarantee both quality and durability. The thickness of the card is dictated by its micron value, the most popular being 760 micron. Bear in mind that we also offer an extensive range of card variants, including self adhesives, CR79 (undersized), bio degradable cards and numerous technology options to choose from.


    Last on our list, printing ribbons are a type of consumable that are used in lieu of printing ink. Traditionally, many of our colour ribbons are comprised of an acronym that segregates the various colours that are applied to the card’s surface. For example, in the products MA300YMCKO, the letters YMCKO denote the following:

    If you are unsure of what printer model  would work best for your business or would like to confirm that the consumables and accessories you are interested in are compatible, just call up our sales staff on 0800 408 1471 and they’ll be able to answer any queries  or recommend the right products to get you started.

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