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What Comes with An ID Card Printer?

When a customer purchaes an ID card printer from us, they often ask what comes with the printer.

When purchasing a standard printer from our shopping cart, the printer does not normally include a printer ribbon or PVC cards. This printer purchase typically includes the printer, necessary cables and driver disks to set up the machine. Printer only purchases are often made by organizations that have already set up their ID card printing processes and are in need of expanding or upgrading their current printer.

If you are purchasing an id card printer system from our systems online store or if you work with our ID card experts and have a custom quote built to meet your specifications, you may have printer ribbons, PVC cards, ID card software and more included in your package. Bundled systems built by the manufacturer or by Safe-Card ID technical teams include a discounted package of a printer, ribbon(s), blank PVC cards, software and possibly a camera. These systems are often perfect for getting started with your identification card printing.

If you are purchasing a printer or printer system for the first time, we encourage you to contact our friendly ID card experts by live chat or phone. They have assisted many customers with the products right for their application and can provide expert advice free with your system. If you are not ready to contact them, but prefer to learn on your own, browse our online store for specific details, videos, and brochures about our systems and printers.

The Safe-Card team is happy to help you when you are ready. Dont’ wait long. Contact us toll free at 888-485-4696.

What Does Card Printer Firmware Do?

Every ID card printer contains an embedded computer program called firmware. This program is the “brain” of the printer, and is responsible for receiving output (“print jobs”) from your computer, and then translating that information into the necessary commands and functions required for your printer to produce high-quality ID cards.

Printer firmware programs are routinely updated by manufacturers to improve print-speed and quality, to expand capabilities, and to correct for software bugs or printer faults. To obtain optimal performance from any ID card printer, we recommend that our clients always use the latest firmware version available. We find that printer errors or faults often can be resolved by ensuring the firmware is up-to-date, and that printers run more consistently and with fewer issues when this practice is maintained.

Updating the printer’s firmware is easy. First, go to the technical support section of your printer manufacturer’s website. Links are provided below:

motherboardCIM Printers
Datacard Printers
Evolis Printers
Fargo Printers
IDP/Smart Printers
Magicard Printers
Zebra Printers

On these linked pages, you will be able to locate and download the correct and latest firmware for your specific printer model. Each manufacturer also helpfully includes basic procedures for the installation of the firmware on their specific printers. Of course, if you should have any questions or doubts, our expert technicians are always glad to assist you!

As a reminder, we always recommend that you update to the newest available printer driver when you update your firmware. To learn more about printer drivers, click here.

For specific card system information, contact our ID card experts toll free at +1 888.485.4696.

Evolis Zenius ID Card Printer – Remove and Replace the Cover

Evolis, a French manufacturer of ID card printers, has provied the following video about their newest printer model release, the Evolis Zenius ID card printer. This video demonstrates how to remove and replace the cover on the printer.

If you need assistance in obtaining an Evolis printer or in purchasing card printing supplies, please contact our ID card experts at 888-485-4696.

Mylar Backed Vs Paper Backed Adhesive Cards

There are multiple types and brands of adhesive backed cards. One popular use of these cards is to attach a ID card to an access card so that one card can be used. This helps employees and other card holders from having to keep track of multiple cards.

You may want to know what the similarites and differences are between mylar backed cards and paper backed cards. Following is a brief explanation:

Similaries between the mylar backed and paper backed adhesive cards include the actual end result. The outcome of printing on either cardstock is a printed 10 ml card with an adhesive on the back that can be adhered to any type of card, including an access card. Both cards come in either a CR-79 or CR-80 size.

Differences between the cards relate to the thickness of the card and the ease of printing. A paper backed card has a thin layer of paper attached to the back to hold the adhesive in the correct place and away from other cards until it is needed. This paper layer is very thin and these cards often will flex or jam in an badge printer as they go through printing. This will cause printing quality issues or will cause the printer to jam.

The Mylar card may still have the printing issues of the paper card, but it is less likely. The mylar is thicker and more rigid. This allows them to pass through the typical 30 ml printer easier than the paper counterpart.

To view these two products, visit our webstore at these links:

Paper backed 10 ml adhesive backed cards
Mylar backed 10 ml adhesive backed cards

Fargo Ribbon Compatibility – C30 and DTC400 Series Printers

The new Fargo DTC series printers, the Fargo DTC1000 and Fargo DTC4000 printers have printer ribbons that can not be used straight out of the box in older Persona C30 and Fargo DTC400 card printers. With a firmware update, however, these older printer models can be updated so that they are able to print with the new printer ribbons.

To update the C30 or DTC400 series printer:

1. Visit http://fargosupport.com/
2. Locate your current printer using the drop down box.
3. Update both the workbench and the firmware.

Once these steps are completed, you can use DTC1000 printer ribbons with the C30 and C30e printers. You can also use DTC4000 ribbons with your DTC400 or DTC400e printer.

Tips for Printing Adhesive Backed Cards

You have decided to use adhesive backed cards for your identification card printing. This will allow you to combine your access card with your photo identification card so that employees will have one less thing to keep track of.

When this decision is made, it is beneficial, but often there is printing issues with either the paper backed adhesive card or the mylaor backed adhesive card. Card jams, the quality of printing, and multiple card feeding are just some of the issues we receive calls from our customers about.

Following are some simple tips to keep in mind as you begin printing with these cards:

1. Double check your adhesive cards to ensure that they look good. Check to make sure that adhesive is not leaking out of the edge of the card causing problems in the printer and also cards that stick together.
2. Ensure your printer settings are correct and that your printer is capable of printing your selected card stock. You may need to reset the thickness guage or set the printer for CR-79 cards.
3. Ensure your printer is extremely clean. Check the printer ribbons and transport rollers regularly. Blow the printer out occasionally to remove any dust left in the printer mechanisms from paper backed cardstock.

To view and find out more information about the cardstock options, visit these links:

Paper backed 10 ml adhesive cards here.
Mylar backed 10 ml adhesive cards here.

Datacard Printers – Change the Supplies on a SD Series Card Printer

See how easy it is to change ribbons and cleaning rollers using the Datacard SD series card printer models. This free training video provided by the Datacard Group will demonstrate how to properly change the ribbon and rollers.

Safe-Card ID is an authorized provider of SD series card printers manufacturered by Datacard. If we can assist you with Datacard printers or supplies, we would love to hear from you.

ID Works Software – Connect to a SQL 2008 Database using the OLE DB Connection

Datacard Group has released a free training video demonstrating how to connect your SQL Database to their software by using the OLE DB connection. You will find steps needed to make this connection in their video below.

Safe-Card ID is an authorized distributor of Datacard Printers and supplies. We also supply many types of access cards and badge holders. We look forward to hearing from you when we can assist you with your needed supplies.

ID Works Software – Creating a Record and Printing the Card with ID Works Software

Datacard Group has released free training videos to show how to design an ID card, create a record and print the card using their ID Works software. Following is a free video demonstrating how to print a card through the software.

Safe-Card ID is an authorized distributor of Datacard SD printers and software. If we can assist you with a printer or supplies, we would love to hear from you.