Category Archives: CIM Printer

The Value of High-Quality Printer Consumables

It is always important to buy high-quality consumables for your ID Card Printers from authorized dealers in order to get the best life and results from your machine. At Safe-Card ID Services, we are one such dealer, but there are lots out there; find a dealer you trust!

Less reputable dealers may offer cards and ribbons that are “compatible” with your printer, but are not certified. While you may find that they can offer these at a discount, it’s a cost-cutting measure you may pay for down the road. In the last couple of months we have seen a local company ruin multiple print-heads by using sub-standard cards. Not only was this an inconvenience that interrupted their card production, it was costly, as printer manufacturers’ printer warranties do not cover the print-head if it is damaged due to the use of poor-quality or non-genuine consumable items.

Flaws common to poor-quality cards include the presence of foreign objects (dirt, dust, hair, and plastic particles) irregular sizing and thickness, and jagged cut edges. In the best-case scenario, use of such cards will require more frequent printer cleaning–to remove those foreign objects from your printer. The worst-case scenario results in physical damage to the printer, and specifically the expensive print-head.

Problems you may see with poor-quality ribbons: they may not be compatible with RFID sensors, or printer firmware updates, leading to “no ribbon” or “unknown ribbon” errors, and preventing its use. Also, non-genuine ribbons often are made with sub-standard materials, leading to low-quality images, rendering of colors inconsistently, ribbons tearing and sticking to card surfaces, all of which can also cause damage to the print-head.

All printer manufacturers stipulate that the use of non-branded or low-quality materials can void printer and print-head warranties. While great online deals can be tempting, it is important to make sure that the materials are of high quality – both to preserve your device warranty, and to ensure the best possible output.

The bottom line: be sure to inspect materials before using them. A broken printer costs more to replace or repair than you could ever save with aftermarket or “gray-market” supplies. So find a trustworthy, authorized dealer for your printer consumables, and rest assured that your printer investment will be protected.

New Features of CIM Sunlight K3 Printers

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The CIM Sunlight K3 printers to print id cards now have new improved features. Following are new capabilities of this id card printer lineup.

1. Cards printed can be as thin as 9 ml and as thick as 40 ml. This encompasses a number of new card options including access cards.

2. Improved CR79 card printing

3. Magnetic Stripe encoding options

4. CHIP docking station

5. Bar coding capabilities

6. Printing in full color or monochrome options

7. Near to the edge single or dual sided printing

8. Easy to change print ribbons

CIM recommends this printer model for organizations such as clubs, libraries, companies and schools.

See a video about the CIM printer.

Firmware updates for the CIM printer are available from our website.

Additional information about the CIM printers and the over 112 configurations can be found with our id card experts. They can be reached toll free at 888-485-4696.

CIM Printer – Sunlight K3 Printer Drivers and Firmware

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If you have a Sunlight K3 dual or single side printer, you should periodically check to ensure you have the latest hardware drivers, and device firmware. They are available for download directly from the Technical Support section of the CIM-USA website, HERE. Note that 32-bit drivers are available for Windows XP & Vista, while there is also a 64-bit driver that will support Windows XP, Vista & Windows 7.

While there, you can also obtain a PDF copy of the device user-manual which, in addition to providing instructions on updating drivers and firmware, also contains useful information on the operation and regular maintenance of your K3 printer.

Visit our website or call our experts at 888-485-4696 for additional information about the CIM Sunlight K3 printers. We would be happy to provide additional information.