Generally, technology has affected every aspects of life in one way or the other. One of such areas where technology has impacted drastically is in security. Gone are the days when identification cards are basic photo ID, it now contains various security applications such as RFID, barcodes, and magnetic stripes to allow for improved security and tracking. Due to the fact that they can be customized, ID cards are now used for various purposes such as loyalty programs, student identification, membership tracking, and employee access.
What does it take to print ID card?
Every organization needs ID cards that serve identification and security purposes. There are different components of ID card printing solutions that you need prepare before you can start your ID card production. Basically, ID card printing solutions requires a printer, ribbon, cards, and design software. However, the requirements may vary based on the quality of cards you want to produce. So before you begin production, make sure you understand your business requirements.
The benefits of ID card printing
The three major benefits of ID card printing are:
- Simplicity – ID card printing is quite simple and printers can be managed with drop-in media.
- Efficiency – once the required devices (printers and software) is available, ID cards can be printed within some minutes.
- Accuracy – printing ID card on your own can improve accuracy and help you record student, employee, customer, and attendee information just by scanning a barcode, swiping a magnetic stripe, or reading an RFID tag to delete incorrect data capture.
How ID cards are printed
There are many ways to print ID cards, yet it is important to define your requirements and understand the differences between each method before you choose. The first thing that you need to consider is whether the system can print in full color or monochromatically. However, full color system is the best option since it offers high printing quality and flexibility. Again, you may consider some factors while choosing which system is best for your business. When it comes to the cost of production, monochromatic systems are more economical than full color systems. However, if you want a card that maintains optimal security, it’s better to choose full color system, regardless of the cost.
There are two forms of ID card printing technology – The reverse transfer, and Direct-To-Card dye sublimation.
Reverse Transfer (Retransfer)
This is a two-step ID card printing process that involves the transfer of image into a retransfer film before applying it to the card. The image is first printed onto a clear layer film in reverse, then the print head heats up and sticks the imaged film to the card with the help of heat and pressure.
This is the commonest ID card printing technology, which enables quality photo printing and full color logos. The card is printed by regulating the heat setting of the print head which generate different sizes and densities of color. In order to create the perfect tone, and full spectrum of colors, the card is passed under the print head for at least four time using CYMK ribbon. This type of printing system produces deep black, sharp image edges, and full spectrum of colors.