Zebra P120i – Steps to Clean the Printer

 

After about 1,000 full color cards have been printed on the Zebra P120i printer, the printer will indicate that it is time to clean the printer.  You will notice the LCD screen will read “clean printer.” The LCD screen will walk you through the steps below:

To clean the printer:

1.  Hold the control button for several seconds.  If there is a card inside of the printer, it will be ejected.

2.  Remove printer cartridge and close the lid.

3.  Remove the remaining PVC cards in the card printer and close the cover.

4.  Feed the long cleaning card by feeding the smaller end of the large card into the exit slot.  The card will feed to clean the printer and eject.

5.  Feed the short cleaning card by opening the card feeder, pulling back the blue card guide and inserting the t-shaped small cleaning card into the slot.

6.  When the LCD screen prompts you to remove the cleaning card, open the lid, push the card guide open and remove the cleaning card.

7.  When the LCD screen prompts shows “ready,” reload the cards and ribbon for printing.

Find out specific information about Zebra Printer models:

Zebra P110i
Zebra P330i
Zebra P430i
Zebra P520i

Zebra P120i – Loading ID Cards into the ID Card Printer

 

The above video illustrates how to load PVC cards into the Zebra P120i id card printer.

1. Open the card feeder cover.
2. Slide the card guide up until it locks into place.
3. Place the cards in the feeder.
4. Close the cover until it clicks.

Find out specific information about Zebra Printer models:

Zebra P110i
Zebra P330i
Zebra P430i
Zebra P520i

Zebra P120i – Adding Card Sense to the Printer

 

Zebra P120i – Adding Card Sense to the Printer

This video from Zebra Card Printer illustrates how to install the optional single card feed kit for the Zebra card printer – model P120i.

    1. Remove the cards in the automatic card feeder and close the cover.
    2. Open the printer lid. Remove the load and go print ribbon cartridge and close the cover.
    3. Place the black roller into the blue grooves in the front of the printer.
    4. Hold the cleaning cartridge by the tabs on the side. Slide into the slots above the roller and put into place. Reload the ribbon cartridge and close the lid.

5. Switch to single feed mode.

    a. Click the windows start button.
    b. Go to settings. Open the printer directory and find the P120i printer. Right click to open properties.
    c. Select device settings tab. Click on enable feed support. Click apply.

6. Insert card into the center slot. The card will print and return out of this same slot.

Find out specific information about Zebra Printer models:

Zebra P110i
Zebra P330i
Zebra P430i
Zebra P520i

Persona C30 and Persona C30e Printers – Ribbon Usage

A customer provided a question to our technical department about using ribbons in the Persona C30 series printers. The question was:

Does the printer use the same amount of “ink” no matter what is printed? That is, if we print just a little bit of text vs. a full color photo, will the ribbon run out at the same time?

An answer from our technical experts is:

The answer to your question is “yes.” A full YMCKO print ribbon uses all 5 panels and a YMCKOK print ribbon uses all 6 panels to print a card no matter how much of each of the panels are used to create the specific colors on the printed badge. There is no way to reuse the portion of the panels that are not used in the single print of one card. Even a Persona monochrome print ribbon is not able to be conserved when just a fraction of the panel is used.

If conservation of the ribbon is important, you may wish to look into monochrome printing with an Evolis ID card printer. Single color ribbons in this line will only advance the amount of print ribbon that is used to print a card.

Find Persona C30e technical support.

For additional information about Persona C30e printers or Evolis ID card printers, contact our ID card experts at 888-485-4696.

ID Flow Software Screen Shots

ID Flow is premier software for card design, production and data management. The software provides a method to design and print id badges on plastic or paper. Bar codes, biometrics and mag stripes can be added to the cards. With the software, connect and manage the cardholder database.

Following are screen shots from the software:

ID Card Designer

Lobby Track

Card Issue Center

Lobby Track

Cardholder Record Lookup

Lobby Track

Report Center

Lobby Track

Record Center

Lobby Track

For brochures and specific information about Lobby Track or ID Flow software, contact our id card experts at 888-485-4696.

Lobby Track Visitor Management Screen Shots

Lobby Track 4 is premier software for visitor and member management. The software registers visitors and members. The software will issue permanent and temporary badges as well as track time and attendance. The software can be used to monitor many activites throughout the organization.

Following are screen shots from the software:

Main Menu

Lobby Track

Visitor Check In

Lobby Track

Successful Visitor Check In

Lobby Track

Record Center

Lobby Track

Charts in the Record Center

Lobby Track

ID Flow Four Badge Designer

Lobby Track

For brochures and specific information about Lobby Track or ID Flow software, contact our id card experts at 888-485-4696.

iCLASS and MIFARE Authentication Process

Proximity Badges

The HID iCLASS and MIFARE cards have embedded information inside to activate a door so that the cardholder is able to access the area to complete authorized tasks. The cards are considered contactless smart cards.

The basic process of authorization is almost identical to the process in our How an HID card works blog post. The card is read by the appropriate scanner or reader. The reader transfers the internal binary code to the access controller which interprets the card information in accordance with it’s programming and the database of cardholder information. The controller reviews the length of the data string and the format of the information prior to proceeding further in the sequence. If the format and data string pass, the card is analyzed for facility and site codes. Card numbers are reviewed for access authorization.

In addition to the above processes, an iCLASS and MIFARE card will go through an additional security step. These cards will compare security keys found in both the card and the reader. This process is called mutual authentication. This process happens prior to the forwarding of information from the card reader to the access controller. If the security keys match, the reader activates the process of forwarding the information. If they keys do not match, the reader does not forward the information to the controller as the card is not able to be activated.

For more information about proximity cards or smart card badge holders, contact our id card experts toll free at 888-485-4696.

Asure ID 2009 Software Download – Trial

Asure ID 2009 is no longer offered, and has been replaced by Asure ID 7. Want to test this latest iteration of Asure ID Card Software?  The link below will take you directly to the product download page, where you’ll have access to a 30-day trial of this industry leading product, absolutely free!

Asure ID Logo

Asure ID is an ID-card design and printing software product, which provides card issuers with a clean, easy-to-navigate interface, and a complete package of custom card printing options. There are 4 available editions, offering a range of options to satisfy nearly any type or size organization:

  • Asure ID Solo Edition – Simple, entry-level card personalization software for organizations requiring production for up to 200 database records;
  • Asure ID Express Edition – Powerful, stand-alone card personalization software designed for single-user environments with virtually limitless data records;
  • Asure ID Enterprise Edition – Card personalization for multiple workstations sharing a common database;
  • Asure ID Exchange Edition – Support for more sophisticated secure credential applications, providing advanced smart card functionality and laser engraving.

Regardless of the edition selected, you will find Asure ID is easy to learn and full of features. It provides a wide range of capabilities in card issuance and card management for small and large organizations alike.

Need More Info?

For purchasing information, please check out our Asure ID information page, or go directly to the Safe-Card ID web-store. Or, to get your specific questions about ID-card software or ID-card printer systems addressed, contact our staff of ID experts toll-free at +1 888.485.4696 (US & Canada), or +1 704.535.5200 elsewhere.

How HID Prox Cards Work

Proximity Badges

An HID prox card allows a card with information embedded inside to activate and open a door so that the cardholder can enter a secure area. The proximity card does not have the capability of accessing an area within itself. The card with additional components, provides a complete system that provides security for a controlled area.

The card is normally combined with three other items to complete an access system. In addition to the cards, a system consists of a card reader, an access control panel and a computer. In combination with each other, the system is able to function as a security officer allowing authorized persons into a building at authorized times of the day or night.

The card does not have any additional item in it over an embedded binary code (ones and zeros) that are used in a specific sequence to identify the card holder. The format of the coding is able to be picked up by the card reader and transferred to the control panel for deciphering. The card usually does not have additional information stored in it outside of the formatted code. Occasionally, the card may contain an additional code that some readers will strip off and possibly use. The format however, transfers to the access control panel.

When the controller receives the data from the card reader, the controller begins the process of the information. Various steps are completed to determine whether the cardholder has access to the building. Some of the criteria a controller uses are to review the length of the data string and the format of the information. It may be possible that a card held up to a reader is in a different format that the controller can not process.

The controller then checks the facility code and site code for a match. If so, the card number is reviewed for a match in the database. If there, the card may be reviewed to see if it is authorized for that specific time frame and date. If so, the lock relay will be activated to allow the door to open.

If the card is not able to activate the door opener, some systems will provide a specific response from the controller. Other systems may not provide any response at all.

The computer which hosts the controller will provide a software application allowing authorized personnel to update cardholder information, configure the hardware that allows door access and provides reporting functions regarding the system use.

For more information about HID prox cards, proximity cards or smart card badge holders, contact our id card experts toll free at 888-485-4696.