Category Archives: Datacard Printer

Datacard Printer – Card is Stuck in the Print Area Error

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When printing ID cards and the PVC cards are placed in the correct position to input into the printer, occasionally a “card is stuck in the print area” error may be given by a Datacard SP series id card printer. When this error displays, the most probable cause for the error is due to dirty cleaning rollers.

The cleaning rollers must be sticky enough to grab the card and pull it into the printer. The card may not be grabbed securely enough to clear the card input photocell in time. The card lagging behind may cause the photocell to interpret the situation as a card stuck in the print area, thus displaying that indication. To correct this error, clean the upper and lower cleaning rollers.

If the rollers are not sticky after you have cleaned the rollers, then they will need to be replaced for best operation of the Datacard card printers.

For additional information about Datacard printers currently on the market, SP25 Plus, SP35 Plus, SP55 Plus and the SP75 Plus, contact our id card experts toll free at 888-485-4696.

Datacard SP35 printer – Printing Faintly

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Following is a question received from our technical support response team:

Question:

Our Datacard SP35 Plus printer is printing faintly. Any ideas?

Answer:

It sounds like the printhead temperature needs to be increased in the print driver. This will enhance the color and density of the ribbon transfer to the card.

For additional information about the current SP35 Plus or other Datacard printer models, let our id card experts provide you with a free consultation.

Datacard Printer – SP35Plus – Ribbon Breakage

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Following is a question received from our technical support response team:

Question:

Our Datacard SP35 Plus printer provides us with constant ribbon breaks. We are printing with YMCKO print ribbon. The printer will only print about one in 50 cards correctly. The ribbon looks like it is stuck to the card when it breaks. Any ideas?

Answer:

Try the following steps:

1. Check the print head temperature to make sure that it is hot enough to transfer the ribbon to the card.

2. The surface of the PVC card may not be image compatible. Try another brand of card or opt to 60/40 composite cards for testing.

For additional information about the current Datacard printer models, let our id card experts provide you with a free consultation.