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ID Card Printer VS Inkjet Printer

ID Card Printer VS Inkjet Printer

You want a professional image? Don’t let a household printer and paper represent your brand. 

As the regularly require ID cards for identification and security - Education, Finance, Government, Healthcare, Retail, and Transport sectors around the world, so does the number of ways you can create them. 

Recently, inkjet kits have been launched which make it possible for inkjet printers to print onto PVC cards. From functionality to quality, there’s a significant difference between PVC card printing and inkjet card printing. We should look at how this compares to printing an ID card on a specially designed card printer which comes with security built-in. 

 

INKJET PRINTER 

The inkjet printing is water-based. Regular inkjet printers will not print on standard PVC plastic cards without smudging. Recently, suppliers have started offering kits, these kits come with special inkjet-specific PVC cards and a replacement tray that works in conjunction with an inkjet printer. 

Inkjet card kit printing simply lacks the security of PVC ID card printing. Security options are limited. 

Print quality is also an issue, the home printer ink will lay on top of the card which means it can be easily rubbed off, creating a potential for fraud and requiring more frequent replacement. 

VS 

ID CARD PRINTER 

Dye sublimation is the process where the printhead heats the printer ribbon and the ink vaporizes and bonds with the plastic card. This type of printing produces average quality cards at higher print speeds. Also, provides a more durable and color-rich result. 

Many ID printers have security options built-in. Magicard printers offer the patented, original HoloKote® and Custom HoloKote® security features as well as holograms and lamination. 

The HoloKote image is frosted into the clear overcoat application of the standard print process resulting in a watermark like layer that can be visually verified when the card is tilted in the light. 

The average lifespan of an ID card printer is 5 years. Some have seen theirs last longer! How long does your standard inkjet printer last? 

 

If you’re looking to create robust, highly secure cards that are counterfeit-proof then using a specifically designed ID card printer is the only way to be confident in the results. 

Checklist - for your ID Card Printer

Checklist - for your ID Card Printer

You already have your ID card printer. What other items should you consider to complete your ID card system? 

Here’s a list to use as a guide! 

  • Card Printer Training - learn from our ID expert, a peace of mind knowing you have been trained by a professional and had all your questions answered 
  • Ribbons, Cleaning Kits & Supplies – ensure high printing quality with genuine supplies 
  • Plastic Cards – stock up on cards so that you won’t run out 
  • ID Software – allows you to easily design ID cards, manage and store cardholder information, communicate with databases, and add functionality.  
  • Camera – professional-looking photos for your IDs 
  • Signature Pad capture your user’s signature quick and easy 
  • Lanyard & Lace - to ensure that your ID is visible at all times 
  • Card Holders – keep your ID protected and increases the lifespan of your cards 
  • Slot Punch – punch a hole or slot in your ID card – it can hang from a strap clip, lanyard, lace or reel. 

We’ll help you figure out which card printer supplies you need to keep your ID card program running efficiently and effectively! 

Perfect time to upgrade your card printer

Perfect time to upgrade your card printer

ID card printers play a role in many organizations. So how do you know when is the perfect time for your organization to invest on a new ID card printer?  

Here are the helpful recommendations to guide you in making your decision. 

It’s time to replace and upgrade your ID printer if: 

1. IT DOESN’T WORK WITH YOUR CURRENT COMPUTER OPERATING SYSTEM 

Unfortunately, your computer operating system will come out with an “upgrade”. These upgrades and patches can cause whole host of issues.  

As a result, you’ll either need to run your ID system on an old PC or look into trading in that old machine and upgrading to a printer that is compatible with your current operating system. 

2. NO LONGER MEETS YOUR PRINTING REQUIREMENTS 

Oftentimes organizations outgrow their ID card printers. But the good news is that there are card printers – such  as Magicard Enduro3E or Rio Pro 360 are upgradeable. It means it can easily upgrade the machine as your  requirements or needs change. 

For example, upgrading to dual-sided printing and encoding capabilities. Some of the card printer models do not  offer upgradeable features, and they require you to purchase a new model or trade in their old one. 

3. ENCOUNTERING REPEATED PROBLEMS 

Over time, other components may begin to wear out. This time you need to determine whether it's more cost- effective to repair or if it’s time to purchase new one. Continual repairs to an outdated card printer can add up  or downtime for your card production. 

If you use an ID card printer numerous times per week and you get anywhere between three to five years out of it, you are getting good worth for your money. QUICK TIPBe sure to check out also the valuable discount or trade-in offers in the market to save big and take advantage of the promo for better card printing experience. 

As always, if you have questions about our current ID card printers, you can contact us and we are happy to help you out! 

Quick Facts About Direct-to-Card Printer

Quick Facts About Direct-to-Card Printer

Direct-to-Card Printers 

Also, a “dye sublimation printers”, these are most common and use ink ribbons & cards to print. The print head inside direct-to-card printers prints directly onto the cards themselves. 

  • Faster Print Speeds 
  • Lower cost per card (Consumables are less expensive) 
  • Card designs will typically have a small white border around the edge of the card because the print head cannot go over the edge of the cards 
  • Designed for printing on regular PVC cards, or adhesive back cards 

The common questions asked when a company is looking to implement a new ID system is, “What ID card printer is best for our company? 

Since there are many different selections for ID card printers, the response to this inquiry depends on each company needs for their cards. That’s why it is always a best idea to speak with ID experts to help guarantee that you choose the machine that ultimately fits your card printing requirements. 

Magicard card (direct-to-card) printers: 

 

Magicard Pronto 

FEATURES 

SPECIFICATIONS 

  • Compact and portable ID card printer 
  • Anybody can print ID card with a Magicard Pronto 
  • Versatile – print color or rewrite cards 
  • With HoloKote visual security 
  • Single-sided printing 
  • Print technology: 

300dpi colour dye sublimation, monochrome, thermal rewritable 

  • Feed System: 

Manual 

  • Visual Security: 

4 Standard HoloKote designs/HoloPatch for a highly-visible gold seal on the card 

  • Print Speed: 

35s Color / 7s Monochrome 

 

Magicard Enduro3E 

FEATURES 

SPECIFICATIONS 

  • Robust and reliable mid-volume card printing 
  • Versatile and flexible card printing 
  • ID card issuance you can trust 
  • With HoloKote visual security
  • Single-sided printing Double-sided printing 
  • Print technology: 

300dpi colour dye sublimation, monochrome, thermal rewritable 

  • Feed System: 

Manual and hopper fed 

  • Visual Security: 

4 Standard HoloKote designs / HoloPatch for a highly-visible gold seal on the card 

  • Print Speed: 

100 cards per hour Color / 500 cards per hour Monochrome 

 

Magicard Rio Pro 360 

FEATURES 

SPECIFICATIONS 

  • Optimized - Advanced electronics and software platform provides enhanced performance 
  • Secure - can print an anti-fraud customized watermark on every card 
  • With HoloKote visual security 
  • Single-sided printing Double-sided printing 
    • Print technology: 

    300dpi colour dye sublimation, monochrome, thermal rewritable 

    • Feed System: 

    Manual and hopper fed 

    • Visual Security: 

    10 Customized Holokote designs / 10 Standard HoloKote designs / HoloPatch for a highly-visible gold seal on the card 

    • Print Speed: 

    200 cards per hour Color / 750 cards per hour Monochrome 

    Guide to start an ID printing business.

    Guide to start an ID printing business.

    There are different factors you need to consider before investing into a business. In ID printing business, you have to invest on time, knowledge and creativity.  

    Starting an ID printing business is a good business venture that can make big profits for anyone desiring to start a business. ID badges and passes are important for school, corporate office, government and event use. Look for clients who regularly need corporate IDs, school IDs, VIP or discount cards, loyalty cards, contact cards and labels. 

    Machines and consumables are everywhere, you just need to differentiate those of better quality that can help you run your business for long term.  

    Choose a supplier that provide whole solution packages, one that is able to provide consistent quality at various quantities.  

    If you are looking for trusted ID printing supplier that can give excellent services and high quality of machines and consumable, you're in the right spot.  

    Competitive Card Solutions is the leading provider of identification products and solutions in the Philippines. Lets’ keep in touch. 

    Getting involved in this industry, you need to recognized exactly what type of machine you will need to buy. Once you have the appropriate type of machine on hand, you can start printing and bringing in revenue for your business. 

    You can check our products and solutions at CCS.COM.PH