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ColorID Expands Support for Higher Education Market
CORNELIUS, NC - October 22, 2010 - ColorID, LLC announced today they have hired a Higher Education Account Manager: Matt Genovese. Danny Smith, Executive Vice President of ColorID stated, "We have recently expanded our product line into the higher education market, including these new product offerings: biometric readers, logical access solutions, mobile identification kits and time and attendance solutions. The addition of Matt positions ColorID to service and support our Higher Education customers."
Fargo DTC4000 Product Review
HID has launched a new series of direct to card printers. ColorID has recently evaluated these new models and have reported the results in this post. If you'd like to learn more about the new line of printers, contact ColorID today toll free at (888) 682-6567 or visit us online at www.ColorID.com.
Fargo's new DTC4000 printer comes in a compact design that is easily upgraded. End users can purchase upgrades later and install these on site. Upgrades include: magnetic stripe encoder, dual sided printing, same side input/output hoppers and an extra large 200 card input hopper. Additional options are available; however we'd suggest a factory certified company like ColorID perform these upgrades.
The DTC4000 prints high quality direct to card images very quickly and without card jams. HID has included several key features that help minimize card feeding errors. The new LCD Smart Screen has easy to follow prompts and changing background colors which allow the end user to quickly navigate and determine the printer's status. Another excellent feature allows the printer to have both USB and Ethernet connectivity (previously the printers were either USB or Ethernet).
Throughout the card printing process, the DTC4000 printer showed excellent print speed, no temperature operating issues and it maintained error free operation through 250 card prints. Fargo includes a 2 year warranty with the printer (1 year hot swap warranty, and 2 years parts and labor) which is on par with other printer manufacturer warranties.
Below are some of the DTC4000's specifications and options available:
Printing Method: Dye-Sublimation/Resin Thermal Transfer
Resolution: 300 dpi (11.8 dots/mm)
Colors: Up to 16.7 million/256 shades per pixel
7 seconds per card / 514 cards per hour (K)
12 seconds per card / 300 cards per hour (KO)
24 seconds per card / 150 cards per hour (YMCKO)
Input Hopper Card Capacity: 100 cards(.030" / .762mm)
Output Hopper Card Capacity: 100 cards (.030" / .762mm)
Print Area: CR-80 edge-to-edge and CR79 edge-to-edge.
Warranty: Two Year All Parts and Labor + One Year On-Call Express Warranty Program
Magnetic Stripe Encoder
Ethernet with internal print server
Single Wire Ethernet & USB 2.0 for inline printing and encoding
Same-Side Input/Output Card Hopper
Smart Card Encoding (contact/contactless)
Dual Input Card Hopper
ColorID Fall Schedule Trade Shows
The following are some of ColorID's trade shows over the next couple months. Drop by ColorID's booth and learn more about ID printers, biometric devices, card migrations and more:
National Middle School Association
November 4th - 6th, 2010
Baltimore Convention Center, Booth # 434
Texas Society for Healthcare Human Resources
November 4th - 5th, 2010
CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital
San Antonio, Texas
Canadian Campus Card Workshop
November 2th - 4th, 2010
University of British Columbia
Lastly, forward us the names of trade shows you think would be a good fit for us at email@example.com.
The following article is meant to serve as an overview of the operating temperatures of reverse transfer printers and lamination stations. Not all printers are equal, and all printers come with their own default settings for the temperature at which they run. If you are using a reverse transfer printer or laminating your cardstock you should always be certain to use a composite cardstock of no less than 60% PVC and 40% polyester. This blend is extremely durable and will not be affected by the high temperatures of reverse transfer printing or lamination.
The temperature on printer drivers and LCD displays are in Celsius and thus all discussions regarding printer temperatures are in Celsius (and not Fahrenheit).
REVERSE TRANSFER PRINTERS
Reverse transfer printers print the card image on a transfer film and in a second step the film is fused to the plastic card (this is a different process than the more traditional dye-sublimation, direct-to-card (DTC) printing process).
Many ID card printers have the option of adding an extra protective layer (also called overlaminate) to the plastic card. This lamination step takes place after the card is printed. Lamination can take place on both a DTC type printer and a reverse transfer type printer. The laminate that is applied to the card comes in a separate roll.
ADHERING THE FILM TO THE CARD
The process for applying the transfer film to the card is similar to the process for applying a laminate to a card. The following describes this process to join the film to the card using pressure and heat:
Reverse transfer type printers use a very high temperature for merging the transfer film to the card. The temperatures can be between 150 C and 200 C.
To add lamination to a card, the laminate is pressed to the card with rollers for a certain amount of time and heat is applied. This temperature can vary from one printer to another, for example:
For connecting both transfer film and lamination to a card, the card moves down the card path and moves through heads and rollers that "squeeze" and heat up the film to apply onto the card. The faster the card moves down the card path in the printer, the higher the temperature needs to be to join the film or laminate to the card. In other words a certain energy is needed to make the film or laminate stick to the card and this energy can be delivered with a lower temperature with longer dwell time (slower moving card) or it can be delivered with a higher temperature with a faster moving card (shorter dwell time). The definition of Dwell is "To linger over" or "The time during a process which an item is in the vicinity or motionless". This dwell time can vary from printer to printer:
If you'd like to learn more about this article feel free to contact ColorID today and we'll analyze your existing ID system.
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