ID Card Printers

ID Card Printer

Modern ID card printers are very affordable; organizations of all sizes make use of them. Employee cards, membership cards, loyalty cards and photo name tags can all be produced with a card printer. Cards can contain complex information and can carry security features that prevent counterfeiting. Choosing an ID card printer involves considerations about card printing volume, information volume and information security.

The Volume Factor

Basic ID card printers are better suited to enterprises and organizations which have a small amount of demand for cards. A gym or sports centre membership cards are frequently issued may cope even with a basic model, capable of producing up to 100 cards per day. However, a supermarket chain, high street store or any other place with a high volume of customers usually requires a faster model.

Single or Dual-Sided Cards

Assuming that no magnetic strip or barcode is required, single sided cards are an option. The quantity of information envisaged does need to be considered, as only a limited amount of visible information can be placed on the card surface. Legibility problems can arise, so those who wish to print more information on a card should consider dual-sided printers. However, single-sided printers are still an excellent choice for name tags and cards which do not require to be swiped.

Print Quality

ID card printers use either direct-to-card printing or a "retransfer" method of printing. Direct-to-card printing has the advantages of speed and cost-efficiency, as the printer applies colour on the card surface itself. This method allows users to print both text and images on the card with excellent depth, but it prints within margins that mean leaving a bare border around the edges of the card. With the retransfer method, 100 per cent coverage and higher-quality printing is achieved.

Security Technology

If the card has to allow access to restricted areas and needs to be read at a terminal or swiped through a controlled door, they can be made more secure by printing a barcode on the card; advanced models can print on magnetic cards, cards with a chip and cards using RFID - radio-frequency identification. Choosing a printer for advanced security also includes consideration of the support equipment like RFID readers and writers.