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School ID Cards

Student id cards are a popular use for today’s standard 30 ml plastic identification cards. The making of photo ids are a standard part of the beginning of the school year or at the first of the semester in colleges and universities.

ID cards are useful in many ways for smooth school operations. From checking out books in the library to debiting school lunch accounts in the lunchroom, id cards provide a system and level of security throughout the school environment.

Most K-12 schools use a simple, single-side badge for their students. Full color photographs and student information is placed on the card as well as a bar code for tracking various student activities. Depending on the requirements of the school, the card can be layered with security enhancements, printed dual side and encoded with specific information useful for the school system.

By having a system in house, a school can customize the badges with unique design and options for various school needs. Visitor id badges can be printed with a unique layout. Library processes are smooth with the scanning of a unique student bar code for media checkout. Cafeteria workers can verify the identity of a student as well as debit their lunch account by use of their id card. Attendance, registration, and vending machine payment are other uses for student id cards.

With the use of a student id system, many schools expand their id card use into staff ids for building access, attendance tracking and local retail discount use.

Setting up the id card system in your school is easy. One of our technical reps will be happy to assist you by our toll free phone lines for set up and badge design.

For a free consultation for your K-12 ids or university needs, contact our id card printer sales reps toll free at 888-485-4696.

What is a good photo id camera?

A photo id requires the visual representation of the card holder on the card. There are a number of options to obtain the necessary picture to place on the current pvc plastic card standard of today.

An id camera is needed to take a picture that will easily work on your id badges.

A popular type of id card camera is the webcam. The webcam is connected to the pc and takes photos through a computer application. A future cardholder will stand next to a backdrop in front of the camera while the computer operator previews the photo, snaps the picture and imports it into the computer for use. This option works well if all of the employees are in the same location as the employee must come to the computer area for the picture to be taken.

The popular digital camera on the market will also take high quality photos for id badges. The badge maker can mount the camera on a tripod and take pictures of cardholders in any location. Upon return of the camera to the computer, the pictures can be uploaded into a file or into the id card software being used to complete the badge. The drawback to this type of picture is often user related. Most cameras take large, quality pictures. The file size of these photos are too cumbersome for most photo id software. The best size for photo ids is 640×480 pixels or as small as the camera will save the picture.

Cropping and sizing of pictures is time consuming. To alieve this problem, most id card printer systems provided with a camera come with drivers and software to correct the picture dimensions for id card printing.

ID card camera information can be found on our website, www.safecardid.com. For specific questions on id card cameras or id card systems, contact our experts at 888-485-4696.

Fargo HDP 5000 Printer – Laminating Both Sides of the ID Badge

Fargo 5000

The Fargo HDP 5000 printer is the fastest and most efficient Fargo HDP printer.  One of the features of this id card printer is that both sides of the PVC id card can be laminated. To laminate both front and back of the card, the printer must have dual side printing capabilities.

If you choose the option of a dual sided laminator, the printer will print the card and laminate the front of the card to your specification.  Then it will laminate the back of the card using the same laminate or a different style.

If you choose the option of a single sided laminator, the printer will use the flipper feature of the printer to flip the id card after it has laminated the first side and also laminate the back side of the card.  The disadvantages of using a single side laminator module is that the card making process is slower is speed.  It also limits the card producer to use the same laminate material on the front and back of the card.

For an individual consultation regarding the requirements of your card job, please contact one of our Fargo printer experts about which id card printer would be best for you.  Our toll free number is 888-485-4696.

 

What are CR-80 ID Cards?

CR-80 id cards are the standard id card size in the identification industry. The card is commonly known as the credit card size id card. The PVC card is a small thin card that is 3.4 inches wide, 2.15 inches long and .030 ml thick. The most familiar cards of this type are the standard credit card or driver’s license that you are carrying in your wallet.

The card is often a simple single side photo id card that is used by a student, employee or group member. These cards are also becoming increasingly more capable of additional uses. Today’s cards are often embeded with access capabilities to buildings and are more secure with various advanced card production features.

For assistance with specific questions regarding id cards for id card printers, contact our consultants toll free at 888-485-4696.

ID Cards for Schools

Schools of all kinds from preschools to universities are finding the id cards can be beneficial for many reasons. Some of the most popular reasons to use id cards are as follows:

Student Identification

Student identification cards can be used not only as a basic id. Many schools use the cards to track attendance at class or various non-classroom events. Other uses are for media center material checkout and meal plan debit systems. Some schools use the id card during class registration. Newer uses of the cards also include debiting to student bank accounts for various purchases.

Employee Identification

Many of the student uses are also available for use with employee ids. Additional functions with the employee id would include the use of time and attendance tracking for payroll.

Visitor Identifiication

Generic or individual visitor badges assist schools in verifying the authority of an unfamiliar person on campus. Many schools have rather complex systems in checking visitors in and out and providing appropriate authoriziation methods for those visiting the school.

For additional information about student id cards and school id card products, call our id card experts at 888-485-4696.

Fargo Printer – Upgrading Firmware

Fargo ID card printers have software loaded into the printer that run the motor, printhead and so forth. At times, you may be required to update the firmware into the printer as new versions of the firmware are released.

To update the printer firmware, the best method of getting the corrected and/or updated version is to visit www.fargosupport.com. When on this site, you can either use the Fargo Diagnostics Utility or the new Fargo Workbench to load the needed file into the printer.

If you need additional assistance for a Safe-Card ID printer manufactured by Fargo, contact a technical support representative at 888-485-4696.

Our website contains additional information about Fargo printers.  A free consultation regarding an id card printer that would meet your job specifications can be yours by calling toll free 888-485-4696.

Fargo C30e – New Persona Printer by Fargo

Persona C30e
On June 16, 2008, Fargo Electronics is releasing the Persona C30e id card printer. The single and dual sided id card printers are all about simplicity, reliability and affordability. The Fargo C30e printer is loaded with built-in versatility and is ready to change with your future needs.

This printer is for everyone who wants to make great looking plastic id cards – even technology cards – on a budget. The Persona C30e single or dual sided printer/encoder can print and encode your employee id cards in full color while printing contract workers badges in black and white. The printer can rewrite visitor badges and provide thin loyalty cards for mailing to customers.

The Persona C30 is available with modules to add card encoding to contact and contactless smart cards, proximity cards and magnetic stripe cards for access control or other specified applications.

Ethernet and an internal print server option an be added for shared networked card printing applications.

More specific information about the Fargo C30e printer can be found by contacting our id card experts toll free at 888-485-4696.

How does a YMCKO print ribbon work for an id card printer?

Die sublimation id card machines use a print ribbon that contains panels of color and other needed layers. Each panel passes over the blank card in order until the panel pass is complete and the card contains the colors and overlays necessary to duplicate the design on the card.

The YMC are the three panels of color. Standing for yellow, magenta, and cyan, these panels orderly move over the card and provide the amount of color necessary to produce a full color image where needed and other colors desired according to the badge design.

Once the color has been placed on the card, the K panel of the id card printer ribbon passes over the card to provide resin black printing for black text and bar codes.

Using a YMCKO ribbon, the card is completed after the o panel has been applied to the card. This overlay panel is a clear protective panel that covers the colors on the badge.

Based on specific printers or your card requirements, the card printer ribbon needed may have more or less of the above combination of panels.

For specific information about id card printer ribbons or id card printers, call our card experts at 888-485-4696.

What is that fine white line in my id card?

If you look at an id card after it has been printed and you see a fine, straight white line running the long length of the card, there is a problem with the id card printer printhead. The printhead has been damaged or has burnt out.

Most often replacement of the printhead is required to be able to remove the white line from future id card print jobs. Prior to purchase, check to see if the printhead is still under manufacturer’s warranty. Quality printer manufacturers often replace their printer printheads for a certain amount of time after purhcase. The printhead may be able to be replaced without cost.

For more information about quality id card printers, visit our home page at www.safecardid.com.

Evolis Card Printers – How to Print a Test Card

When you install your Evolis id card printer for the first time, it is recommended that you print a test card.  This PVC card will run through your printer in the same manner as your id cards and will provide technical information about your printer.  The card will contain the model number and serial number as well as other information that may be needed in the future.

Here are the steps to producing the test card.

1.  Install a print ribbon in the printer and put blank PVC cards into the printer feeder.

2.  Make sure the printer is turned off.  The green indicator light will be off.

3.  Gently push on the green light on the control panel until it flashes.

4.  Push the green button for a few seconds.

5.  The test card will print and eject from the printer into the hopper.

6.  Save the test card with your printer documentation.

For a free consultation regarding Evolis printers, give our id card experts a call at 888-485-4696. Not ready yet?  For more detailed information about Evolis ID card printers, visit our Evolis Tattoo, Evolis Pebble, Evolis Dualys, Evolis Quantum or Evolis Securion product pages.