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.

New Evolis Printer Ribbons for Release in Late 2012

The Evolis card printer manufacturer is developing new ribbon types for release by third quarter 2012. These ribbons will help facilitate new uses for printed cards the size of your photo ID. Following is a listing of the ribbons set for release:

YMCWOK / YMCWOW These ribbons contain white panels rather than a black panel. The ribbon is intended to personalize dark PVC cards.

YMCWOK - WMCWOW print ribbons

SO (Silver Overlay) / GO (Gold Overlay) These ribbons are designed for banking applications.

Silver Overlay and Gold Overlay ribbons

UYMCK/ UYMCKK (U = Unichroma) These ribbons are designed for projects that requite polycarbonate cards. The ribbon contains a varnish, called unichroma, that coats the card surface prior to applying dye sub ink.

UYMCK - UYMCKK print ribbons

For more information about using these new ribbon types with your Evolis printer, please contact our ID card experts toll free at 888-485-4696.

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.

Paper Backed and Mylar Backed Adhesive Cards

With the popularity of access cards in so many workplaces, their is often a need to combine both the access card and the photo ID card of the employee. Some access cards can be printed on, however, there are some cards that are non-printable. No matter which of these cards may be yours, there is sometimes a desire to be able to remove the ID card information from the access card at some point in the future.

With the advent of the adhesive card, an access card like the HID access card, can be both access and a custom printed ID. The adhesive card can be printed on using an ID card printer. Just as with a standard 30 ml card, the most ID card printers will print your card design on this 10 ml adhesive card. (Please check your printer owner manual to ensure capability and proper printer settings.

Once the card has completed printing, the paper or mylar backing on the card can be removed and the 10 ml PVC can be adheared to the access card.

For details about the cards, please see our product pages

10 ml Adhesive Cards
10 ml Adhesive Cards with Mylar

Please contact our ID card experts at 888-485-4696 for additional information about ID card products.

ID Works Software – Creating an Database for Your ID Cards

After your ID card design is completed, you will want to create a database to store the custom information that will be printed on each identification card. The following video from Datacard provides instructions to create the database storing your unique card information.

If you need assistance in locating the best ID card printer, card design software or printing supplies for your photo id needs, contact our ID card experts at Safe-Card ID. They can be reached toll free at 888-485-4696.

ID Works Software – Add a Barcode Field to a Card Design

Datacard has provided a free training video to demonstrate how to add a barcode field to a id card design when using their ID Works software. Steps to add the barcode field can be seen in the video below:

Safe-Card ID is proud to offer Datacard printers and supplies for printing your custom card needs. Please contact our ID card experts toll free at 888-485-4696 for assistance with your Datacard product selection.

ID Works Software – How to Add Fields to a Production Template

Need to know how to add text fields and other fields to your card template in ID Works card printing software? Check out this video for step by step instructions.

Our ID card experts at Safe-Card ID can assist you with your ID card printer, ID card software and any supplies needed to complete your ID cards. Contact us toll free at 888-485-4696.