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Choosing an ID Card Printer – Top 3 Factors At a Glance

By |May 30th, 2018|

Before choosing an ID Card Printer, it helps to assess your current and future card printing needs. Use this infographic and "cheat sheet" to review the top three card printing factors at-a-glance: 1) card printing volume; 2) desired card appearance; and 3) security options.Next, review the individual posts on each factor for a better understanding of your options and to find our recommended printer models with the features and functions to meet your needs.
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Why Forgetting to Clean Your Card Printer Can Cost You Money

By |May 23rd, 2018|

If you’ve ever printed cards with your ID card printer, you need to clean it – regularly cleaning the printer can help keep your print quality up and prevent damage to your printer. Cleaning takes […]

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Why Your Printer Ribbon Type Matters So Much

By |May 21st, 2018|

ID card printers work by using a heated printhead and a color ribbon, and depending on your ribbon type you can design and print almost anything! But the type of ribbon you pick has a […]

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Don’t Let Expired Ribbons and Supplies Hurt Your ID Card System

By |January 31st, 2018|

Keeping ID card supplies like ribbons, cards, and cleaning kits on hand means you're never stuck waiting a few days for a new order to arrive, but keeping your printing supplies for too long can actually hurt your system - did you know ID card ribbons and supplies can expire?
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How Does A Retransfer Printer Work?

By |January 29th, 2018|

Retransfer printers combine unparalleled print speeds with photo-quality images.Unlike traditional dye sublimation card printers, which use a printhead that prints through a ribbon directly onto the card, retransfer printers print onto a flexible, transparent film that is then thermally bonded to the card - offering a high level of fraud protection.
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How to Choose Magnetic Stripe Cards & Protect Them from Damage

By |January 15th, 2018|

Magnetic stripe cards - also known as mag stripe cards or swipe cards - are a popular choice for cards that store data, such as ATM and bank cards; gift, membership, and phone cards; access control cards; hotel key cards; and library and transit cards.But choosing the wrong variety of magstripe card - or not protecting the card from damage - can cause the cards to not work as expected.Learn how to choose the right magstripe card and protect it from damage.
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Tech Support Q & A: How Do I Get the Best Print Quality from My Card Stock?

By |January 8th, 2018|

Getting the best print quality from your PVC card stock is determined by several factors. Follow these tips to get the best quality output from your cards.
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How do ID Card Printers Work & Why do I Need Ribbons?

By |December 4th, 2017|

ID card printer technology works by running a heater printhead over a ribbon, which transfers the colors to your card to make your design. With different print technologies and ribbons, you can make almost any design!
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Choosing a Retractable Reel for Your ID Cards or Badges

By |November 29th, 2017|

Badge reels - also referred to as ID reels, card reels, or badge holder reels - enable you to extend and retract your ID or name badge for easy presentation and scanning, yet keep you free of the neck cords, chains, and straps that can easily get caught or tangled in industrial, active, or sporting environments. Badge reels are a great choice if your ID needn't be highly visible at all times - but you still need quick access for door readers or secure areas and zones.
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Video: YMCKO Ribbon – Definition & Overview

By |November 1st, 2017|

Find out what YMCKO stands for and how the colors and overlay print in your ID badge printer - from ID printing expert, Jeramie Ivie, ID Card Group. YMCKO ribbons are the most popular and versatile card printing ribbon.
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