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Four steps to purchasing the best id card printer

Choosing an ID card printer can give a purchaser analysis paralysis. Today’s printer models are many and have optional modules and add-ons that allow from basic to advanced, secure ID cards.

The answer to the following five basic questions will narrow the quest for choosing the right card printer for your organizational needs.

1. Will the ID card need printing on a single side of the card or both sides of the card?

Single side printing of ID cards is the most common printing method. Basic ID cards typically include a cardholder’s picture, name, and title entered into a template with the company logo. Cards printed on both sides are printed on a dual sided printer. These printers print the front side of the card and then internally flip the card and print the back side before card extraction from the printer. If budget is an issue and a single side printer must be purchased, it is possible to print the front side of the card and then manually reinsert the card to be printed with the layout of the back of the badge.

2. Will the ID card need to be printed in full color?

Printers can print in monochrome or full color. The requirements of the organization will determine which capability is needed.

3. Will data need to be encoded into the card?

ID cards have become multipurpose cards in many organizations. In addition to identification needs, companies and groups often need to integrate their card with technology to open doors or transmit information to various in house systems. Specialized cards can be purchased that will allow for data to be encoded into the card for specific applications. Printer modules available can provide the data encoding capability needed.

4. Will a high level of security need to be maintained with the card?

The nature of some organizations require an additional level of security to be added to their badge. Badge duplication is a hazard to any organization, but is detrimental to highly secure areas and organizations. In stock or custom holograms may be needed to provide an additional layer of uniqueness and security to badges. Modules to place holograms on the badge are available on various models of printers.

5. Will the badges be printed from a stand alone computer or from a network?

Badges that need to be printed from larger corporations are often easily managed from a network of authorized users in various locations. Ethernet capabilities are available on many of today’s ID card printer systems.

The best way to find the correct ID card printer for your organization is to contact a ID card sales representative. Feel free to contact our representatives toll free at 888-485-4696 for a custom ID card system quote for your organizational requirements.

Evolis Card Printers – How to Install a Print Ribbon


When putting a new ribbon into your Evolis ID card printer, it is important to install the correct ribbon in the right format to make card printing easy.

Make sure that you have the correct ribbon for the card you will be printing. A full color single side print will require a YMCKO print ribbon. A full color dual sided card will need a YMCKOK print ribbon to print both front and back of the card in the single pass. The printer used must also be able to print dual sided cards.

First, gently pull the adhesive tape holding the ribbon off.

Open the printer cover and place the ribbon correctly into the ribbon spindle. Follow the pictured instructions on the printer to determine what spool goes into each spindle.

Close the printer lid. The ribbon will automatically synchronize and be ready to print a card.

For more information about Evolis ID card printers, visit our Evolis Tattoo, Evolis Pebble, Evolis Dualys, Evolis Quantum or Evolis Securion product pages. For a free consultation regarding what printer would be the best fit for your application, contact us toll free at 888-485-4696.

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.

Evolis Card Printers – How to load PVC Cards

The following steps will make loading PVC cards into an Evolis ID card printer  with a card feeder a breeze:

1.  Gently press on the sides of the card feeder to lift it out of the printer.

2.  Turn over the card feeder to access the bottom of the feeder.

3.  Drop the plate and insert the number of cards needed to place in the printer.

4.  Adjust the handle from right to left to make sure that the correct thickness of the cards will run through the machine.

5.  Place the card feeder back into the printer.

6. When the feeder is snapped back into the printer correctly, you will hear a click.

7.  Print PVC cards per your badge design.

For more information about Evolis ID card printers, visit our Evolis Tattoo, Evolis Pebble, Evolis Dualys, Evolis Quantum or Evolis Securion product pages.  For a free consultation regarding what printer would be the best fit for your application, contact us toll free at 888-485-4696.

Evolis Pebble and Dualys Extended Warranties – Best in the Industry

Evolis, manufacturer of the Pebble4 and Dualys3 PVC ID card printers, extended the manufacturer’s warranty for these two printer models by an additional year. Both card printers now come with a three year manufacturer warranty. The warranty applies to all components of the Pebble4 and Dualys3 card printers, including the printhead for any number of prints during the time frame.

For assistance with manufacturer warranty issues from our Evolis printers, including the Pebble or Dualys,  contact our technical assistance through our toll free telephone lines at 888-485-4696.