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One of the biggest differences between printing on blank PVC (Mag Stripe) card stock and proximity cards is the cost difference of the cards. Blank card stock may cost less than a dollar per card while Proximity cards average $3 - $8 (depending on options). Mistakes in the printing of Proximity cards can create significant financial losses. In order to protect your investment here are a couple important points you may consider.
Using Proper Proximity Printing Technology
Problem: Most blank card stock is constructed with an even flat surface, however Proximity cards contain an antenna and chip inside each card. Most dye sublimation printers are direct to card printers. The deviation in the Proximity cards surface (from its internal contents) causes the printhead to lose contact with the cards surface. The result may be a loss of printed information. Some ID offices have accepted the end result with direct-to-card printing. However, improved technology is now available to dramatically improve the quality of your Proximity cards.
Solution: Fargo offers an HDP (High Definition Printer) series ID printer specifically designed for printing on Proximity and Smart Cards. The HDP's printhead never touches the cards surface like a direct-to-card printer. The HDP prints onto a Ã¢â‚¬Ëœtransfer film' first and is then transferred to the cards surface and adhered by pressure and heat. If the cards surface is uneven, the film will cover all its deviations. In addition, the print quality is amazing when compared to a direct-to-card printer. Since the printer ribbon is not being fused into the card, its colors are more vibrant, clear and to the edge of each card. In addition, you can help protect your Proximity cards by adding the standard clear or holographic overlaminate to your cards surface. This will minimize fading and seal the card from the elements. The printer cost is only slightly higher than some direct-to-card printers. The decreased number of misprinted cards and better print quality will help pay for itself in the long run. For those needing a better print quality with vibrant colors, we would suggest a High Definition Printer.
Extended Card Life: How to Protect Your Investment
Problem: Proximity cards that are not properly protected may last only 12 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 18 months before experiencing issues such as cracking, loss or fading of variably printed information, etc.
ColorID is a leading identification solutions provider to education, government, military, healthcare and other businesses. ColorID product offerings include: ID printers, software and supplies, advanced technology smart contact and contactless cards, biometric iris and finger print readers, pre-printed and blank plastic cards, and ID badge accessories (such as lanyards and card holders). ColorID offers installation, training, re-carding, extended warranties and support services on all the products we offer. ColorID's manufacturing partners include: HID, Fargo, IRIS ID, Datacard, Gemalto, Zebra, NiSCA, Evolis, Magicard, Integrated Biometrics, Oberthur, Privaris and many others. Contact ColorID at 704-987-2238 or toll free inCanada and the US at 888-682-6567. Visit ColorID on the web at: www.ColorID.com or email ColorID at firstname.lastname@example.org.