Coming Soon: Evolis Badgy100 & Badgy200!

Badgy200 and consumable pack

The Badgy200 Solution

 

Evolis has announced that this fall two new lines of their Badgy card printer will be available. The original Badgy was named New Product of the Year 2013 by the Boss Industry Awards given by the BOSS Federation, the trade association serving the UK office supplies and services industry. We hope this indicates good things for the updated versions coming out in the next few weeks. The Badgy100 and Badgy200 will be economical solutions for small-scale printing needs, allowing education, corporate, and leisure organizations to print in-house, thus saving money and offering instant results.

 

Badgy100 Badgy200
80 cards/hour (45 seconds/card) 95 cards/hour (~38 seconds/card)
Near-to-edge printing: 1.35mm margin Edge-to-edge printing
Evolis Badge Studio® Standard included Evolis Badge Studio® + included
50 print consumable pack included 100 print consumable pack included
Energy Star® certified
Single side printing (re-insert card for reverse-side printing)
Wide selection of templates available for card design
PC & Mac Compatible
1 year standard warranty

 

As you can see, the Badgy200 is an upgrade from the Badgy100–it prints faster, can print edge-to-edge, includes more advanced software and a larger consumable pack. The main difference between the two versions of Evolis Badge Studio® is the ability to print from a database, which Evolis Badge Studio® + allows, but Standard does not. The consumable pack sets you up with a ribbon and 30 mil CR-80 PVC cards (in the number indicated above), so you’ll be able to start printing immediately upon set up.

This printer is designed to set up in the same manner as a desktop printer, making it easy for anyone familiar with office equipment to get running quickly.

If you’ve been looking for a budget card printing solution, this new offer from Evolis may be a good fit. As always, to make sure the needs of your organization are met, call Safe-Card ID at 888-485-4696 for a free consultation with one of our experts! We look forward to hearing from you!

The Basics of Determining Which Type of Ribbon You Need

Let’s face it. There are a lot of options when you’re looking at printer ribbons. Sure, it can be pretty straightforward to determine whether you need a black monochrome (K) ribbon or a full color (YMCK) ribbon, but then you run into the Os, Ts, Fs, and other permutations of the color spectrum. This guide should help you sort through these options.

This is a great place for me to remind you, however, that you are always welcome to call us (toll-free: 1-888-485-4696) and have an expert walk you through this choice. Our first priority is getting you the equipment you need. For those of you who (like me) are a little averse to calling and would rather read, this (lengthy) one is for you:

Step 1: Determine what kind of printer you have. This is crucial to making sure that you get the right ribbon. These are even among the first questions we’ll ask you if you call!

a) The brand of the printer will determine the ribbon brand you need.
b) The model (i.e., Evolis Primacy) will determine what kinds of ribbons you can use.
c) If you have a single-side or dual-side printer, you will need ribbons that are compatible.
d) If you have a laminating module (if you have a Fargo DTC4500e with a laminating module you need different ribbons than if you have a Fargo DTC4500e without one!)

Step 2: Find out if you need ribbons that will print in multiple colors or just one. We have monochrome (one color!) ribbons available in a variety of different colors, so if you need something that you don’t see on our website, just call and we’ll help you out.

It may be tempting to order a full color ribbon “just in case” since black and other individual colors are included, but if all you need is a monochrome black ribbon, you’ll save yourself a lot of money if you just order the K or KO ribbon. In addition, if you are printing barcodes or QR codes, scanners will not consistently read black print that is derived from a combination of yellow, magenta, and cyan (YMC).

 

KO

Black Monochrome with Overlay Labeling

 

One more piece to consider in this step: on what color cards will you be printing? If you have bold or dark color cards, regular color or black ink will not be accurately rendered, so you want to look at a metallic monochrome such as silver, gold, or white-resin, to make sure that your content is clearly visible.

Step 3: Dual or single side printer. If you have a single side printer, you should steer clear of anything with a repeated color (YMCKK, YMCKOK, and YMCKTK are the most common). This extra K (black monochrome) indicates that your ribbon can print color on the front and monochrome black on the back in a single pass, which makes it perfect for most dual side printing. In our product descriptions, we’ve clearly indicated which ribbons can only be used for dual side printing to help you avoid this.

 

YMCKOK

Dual Side Full Color/Black Ribbon with Overlay Labeling

 

Luckily, for many folks, a YMCK(O/T) ribbon will work. While it looks like this will only print on one side, your dual side printer will simply use a second set of panels to print on both sides. What’s important to remember about this is that your dual side printer will only get half as many cards as the number of images indicated on the product page (because each side of the card counts as a different image).

**Reminder: If you’re printing a barcode on the back, make sure to set your print driver to only use the K panel when rendering full-black images on the back—barcode readers won’t consistently read the “composite” black mentioned above.**

 

YMCKO

Full Color Ribbon with Overlay Labeling

 

Step 4: Determine what method your printer uses to get the color onto the card. There are two common ones.

a) Direct-to-Card printing: This method transfers ink directly to the card. If you print in color, and don’t have a separate UV overlay that you’re applying, make sure to purchase a ribbon that includes an overlay (O) panel. The UV resistant overlays and varnishes protect the color images on your cards, which will otherwise fade in as little as a few days when exposed to direct sun.
b) Transfer printing: This method prints a reverse image on the underside of the film then fuses the film to the card, negating the need for the overlay panel included on many ribbons (the transfer-film IS the overlay too).
c) I know! I said two! But lamination isn’t a method of getting ink onto your cards. It does, however, provide protection for your image and also keeps you from needing a separate overlay panel on your ribbon cartridge. So if, for example, you’re using an HDP5000 with the laminating option, you can use just the YMCK ribbon, with the lamination layer serving as your UV shield.

This covers the basics of what you need to know to order ribbons for your card printers. If your business has more advanced needs (such as holographic film or fluorescing ribbons), please call to speak to one of our experts at 1-888-485-4696. If you have follow-up questions or would just like more information about a specific option, drop a note in the comments.

Evolis Primacy – How to Do a Routine Printhead Cleaning

Below you will find a video illustrating the correct way to complete a routine print-head cleaning using a cleaning card on the Evolis Primacy ID card printer.

1.  Open the top printer lid.
2.  Remove the print cartridge.
3.  Close the printer lid.
4.  Open the cardstock hopper and remove the cards.
5.  Shift the card thickness gauge to the right (“Max”).
6.  Put the cleaning card in the card input area.
7.  Turn the cleaning cycle on.
8.  Remove the cleaning card from the card output hopper.
9.  Open the top printer lid.
10. Replace the print cartridge.
11. Close the lid.
12. Open the card-stock hopper and load with your standard cards.
13. Shift the card thickness gauge to the correct card thickness for your cards.
14. Close the hopper.

Contact our ID card experts for Evolis Primacy supplies and information.

Evolis Primacy – How to Do an Advanced Printer Cleaning

Following is a video of cleaning instructions illustrating how to properly clean the Evolis Primacy printer using an Evolis cleaning kit.

1. Open the lid on the top of the printer.
2. Remove the print ribbon.
3. Close the lid.
4. Open the card intake hopper.
5. Remove cardstock.
6. Shift the card thickness guage all the way to the right.
7. Open a cleaning T card.
8. Push the printer on button.
9. Insert the T card in the place where cards enter the printer.
10.When the strip ejects, place a cleaning card in the cardstock intake area.
11.When finished, the card will eject in the output hopper.
12.Open the lid on the top of the printer.
13.Replace the ribbon removed in step 2.
14.Close the lid.
15.Open the card hopper and replace the cardstock.
16.Shift the card thickness guage to the correct thickness for your cards.
17.Close the card hopper.

 For information about the Evolis Primacy printer, our ID experts are available toll free at 888-485-4696.

New Video – Fargo DTC1000 – Imagine

Need a simple, reliable ID card printer for making ID badges for your group or company? Take a look at the Fargo DTC1000. This small, light-weight printer provides low to medium volume ID card printing for standard IDs. The best in it’s category, this printer provides optional magnetic stripe encoding and various types of smart card encoding. See some of this printers outstanding features in the following video released by HID.

If you have experience with the Fargo DTC1000 printer? We would like to hear from you. Leave us your comments below. Let us know the postives and negatives about this printer.

New Video: The Fargo DTC4000 – Imagine

HID Global, manufacturer of a leading brand of ID card printers, has released a new video displaying the features of the Fargo DTC4000 ID card printer/encoder. This adaptable printer is able to meet not only current printing needs, but is adaptable to changes in your future printing requirements. This printer has a password protected login and has the capability to print fluorescent images to increase card security. Additional features are displayed in the video below.

We would love to hear your comments about this card printer. Do you own one? If so, please let us know about the printers strengths and weaknesses below.

New Video: The Fargo DTC4500 Imagine

The Fargo DTC4500 ID card printer is a high volume single side or dual sided versatile printer from HID Global. This printer has built in USB and ethernet connectivity as well as optional encoding ranging from magentic stripes to various smart card encoding. A look at this printer can be found in HID’s new video:

 

Do you have a Fargo DTC4500 id card printer system? If so, we would love to hear what you think about it. Please let us know below.

Evolis Dualys – How to Manually Clean the Printer

Greg Stephens, owner of Safe-Card ID, demonstrates how to manually clean the Evolis Dualys plastic card printer in the following video.

Steps for Cleaning the Evolis Dualys:
1. Open the printer lid.
2. Remove the print ribbon.
3. Remove the card hopper.
4. Insert the cleaning card into the card hopper.
5. Move the thickness guage to 40 ml.
6. Return the card hopper back into the printer.
7. Quickly push the power button and let go
8. When the card ejects from the printer, remove the cleaning roller from the back of the printer.
9. Open the cleaning wipe and clean the cleaning roller.
10. Place the cleaning roller back into the printer.
11. Prepare the head cleaning wipe and gently wipe the printhead.
12. Replace your print ribbon.
13. Close the printer lid.

Once the steps above are completed, your Evolis Dualys is clean and you should be ready to print.

Safe-Card ID is an authorized dealer for Evolis card printing products. Feel free to contact us for additional information about ID card printing.

New Video: The Fargo HDP5000 Printer – Imagine

HID Global, a leading manufacturer of ID card printers and security products provides a over the edge printer that exceeds the standards of the majority of ID card printers on the market. The following video illustrates the features of this rugged printer.

The printer shown is available in single and dual sided options. Other options include high security elements such as standard and custom holograms for a single side or both sides of the printer, mag stripe encoding, smart card encoding and more.

If you have specific questions about how this Fargo card printer can meet your organizational requirements, please contact our ID card experts at 888-485-4696. We would be happy to provide information about the Fargo HDP5000 to ensure you receive the correct printer system for your upcoming ID card program.

How to Remove and Replace an Evolis Pebble Printhead

Our technical area is busy with different questions our customers have about printers and how customers can get the most efficient operation from them. One popular question about the Evolis brand printers is about the printhead removal and replacement. The following video was prepared to demonstrate how to remove a printhead from the Evolis Pebble printer and then replace it wil a different printhead.

Steps:
1. Remove the hopper.
2. Open the top cover.
3. Push the support mechanism in to release the printhead.
4. Slide the printhead up and over the metal holder.
5. Unplug the wire harness.
6. Reverse the steps to put the new printhead into place.

Once the above steps are completed, the printer is ready for use.

If you need information about the Evolis printer brand, please contact our ID card experts at 888-485-4696.