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Video – Evolis Featured Video – The Best Printers for Small Business

One of our ID card printer brands, Evolis, has provided a feature video on their website about the success we have had with the Evolis brand printers in small businesses and schools.  They interviewed our company owner, Greg Stephens, to ask him about why this brand has been successful in markets where a smaller number of badges are printed on an annual basis.  

Follow along in this short clip to see the current Evolis printer models, the Evolis Dualys, Evolis Pebble and Evolis Zenius while Greg explains features of this solid printer brand.

Thanks for featuring us in your latest video production, Evolis.

Direct to Card Printers vs. Retransfer Printers

Card printers have the ability to print crisp, life-like images but it is important to understand the two most common printing technologies and the results they produce before purchasing your printer.

Direct-to-Card (DTC) Printing

Direct-to-card technology is currently the most common form of card printing. The direct-to-card printing process transfers images directly onto PVC cards. Direct-to-card printers are available in a wide price range, with varying features and capabilities. Direct-to-card printers, like those from Evolis, Magicard and Zebra are an economical choice for those where print quality is not as much of a priority as the printer leaves an unprinted, white edge on cards.

Retransfer Printing

Retransfer technology is the latest printing technology, and is growing in popularity. Retransfer printing applies images onto a special clear film that is then fused onto the surface of a blank card. Retransfer printers like the Fargo HDP5000 allows greater flexibility to print on a wider variety of cards, including proximity cards, smart cards, pre-punched cards, key tag cards, or any type of card with an uneven surface. The fact that retransfer printers print images to a clear film, its print quality is vibrant and crisp. Retransfer is an ideal choice for those requiring high quality, vibrant images and those with a need for advanced technology. It’s ideal for high security and large applications, especially when smart cards or other technology is being used.

To better understand the difference in these two printer technologies and which best suits the need of your organization, give a call to an expert at Safe-Card ID Services today.

Emergency Services Uses FARGO ® HDP5000 Card Printer and Encoder for Durable ID Cards

Action Ambulance of Eastern Massachusetts provides 24-hour emergency and non-emergency medical services  from 13 different locations. The identification cards worn by emergency personnel face challenging conditions, not only from extremes tempuratures and inclement weather, but also from blood and other fluids, of patients being treated.

In addition to printing its own ID cards, Action Ambulance Services also prints photo ID cards for other government entities involved in collaborative efforts with the organization. The challenge was to find a printer that provided lamination, high quality printing and quick turnaround that could run off of the company’s existing computer network. 

An detailed search lead to the  FARGO® HDP5000 Card Printer/Encoder as the solution.

To learn more about the Fargo HDP5000 or any of the ID Card Printers in the Fargo line up call an expert at Safe-Card ID Services today.

The Evolis Dualys and the Cruise Ship Industry

Passengers use one single card for identification, access control and payment.

With over 2 million passenger travelling on their cruise ships in 2010, the Costa Crociere group, relies on smooth organization at every stage to ensure the customer experience is top notch. To make certian that guests are welcomed in the most hospitable way and everything exceeds expectations is the goal and it is one reason all guests are issues a Costa Card upon boarding. The Costa Card serves as an identification badge but it alsocontains personal details of its holder, text and photo. This card is also used to access passengers’ cabins and as a payment card thanks to a barcode and a magnetic stripe.

To read the complete story and learn how Costa Cruises uses 120 Evolis Dualys printers to issue over 3.5 million cards a year and exceed customer expectations  click here.

To learn more about how an Evolis Card Printer can help exceed the expections of your card project call Safe-card ID Services today.



Use Your iPhone or iPad to Capture and Send ID Badge Images Directly to eMedia CS

Wifimage is an exciting new app that allows you to use your iPhone or iPad as a camera. Once the picture is taken, it is automatically sent to eMedia-CS to issue badges. eMedia ID Card design software is included with every Evolis Pebble and Evolis Dualys from Safe-Card ID Services.

It is now even easier to capture pictures for mobile applications such as trade shows, congresses, back to school days, and club memberships drives.

Learn more or download from the Apple App Store today!

Add Flexibilty and Volume to Your Card Presonalization Process

The Evolis Quantum is a flexible and scalable solution, ideal for personalizing plastic cards in large volumes. Quantum brings to the market the ease of use of a desktop printer matching the power of industrial machines, to support any card-based application: loyalty cards, transit passes, payment cards, membership cards, SIM and phone cards, and more. Quantum provides optimized value to any organization that needs to personalize cards in large quantities, from card manufacturers to service bureaus, or even banks and universities.

Reversible encoding module and fast production

Quantum stands on the market by its innovative design. This machine is shipped, standard, with a distinct detachable encoding unit that supports magnetic, contact smart card and contactless card encoding. This module is independent from the printing module, and operates autonomously to speed up the production process: a card is encoded while, simultaneously, another one is being printed.
Quantum offers top-notch performance as it prints more than 1000 cards per hour in monochrome and 150 cards in color. With such an impressive capacity, Quantum proves itself to be an affordable substitute for the conventional industrial machines.

New technical equipments for enhanced flexibility

Quantum can operate autonomously, thanks to its two dual-purpose hoppers holding 500 cards each, which can be used either as a feeding device or for collecting personalized cards.

In its revamped version, Quantum provides several new technical benefits, improved usability and efficiency:

A new card stacking and removal system that does not require the hoppers to be detached.
Optimized and user-friendlier card hoppers that benefit from an extended lifespan (use of a more robust actuator to unlock and detach the hoppers).

A metal-based body for enhanced durability and reliability over time.

A centralized locking system, provided as an option, to prevent tampering with the stack of cards, or while production is in progress.

To learm more about the Evolis Quantum or any other Evolis Card Printer, contact and expert at Safe-Card ID today.


Evolis Zenius Printer – Setting New Standards in Card Printing

Evolis is introducing their newest ID card printer – the Evolis Zenius. 


From the Evolis website, the following advantages can be found with this new printer:


 Zenius makes it easy for you every step of the way! Discover a wealth of advanced features loaded in a contemporary yet compact design.

  • Card feeder and output tray located at the front of the printer
  • Manual feeder
  • Control panel with LEDs


Equipped with state-of-the-art printing technologies, the Expert version of Zenius can be upgraded onsite with multiple encoders. These flexible features ensure that you will always be in line with your current and future requirements in plastic card printing.

  • Direct access to ports
  • Onsite integration of specific modules*
  • Magnetic and smart card encoders can be combined within the same printer*


Compact, lightweight and silent:

With a low sound level  and its amazingly small size, Zenius can be accommodated in virtually any environment, be it a welcome desk, a sales counter, or an office desk. By its really low weight, Zenius is the lightest printer in its category.

  • 46dB(A)
  • 7.3 lbs



Zenius has earned the coveted ENERGY STAR certification and complies with the reduced energy consumption guidelines from the ErP European Directive

  • Standby and Sleep modes
  • ENERGY STAR certification
  • Compliance with the ErP European Directive

For additional information about this new Evolis Printer, contact our ID card experts at 888-485-4696.

Evolis Tattoo 2 – How to Clean the Interior of the Printer

Following is an illustrated process to clean the interior of an Evolis Tattoo 2 ID card printer. This Evolis produced video will provide you with the steps needed to keep your printer running in peak condition.

1. Switch the printer power on and open the cover.

2. Remove the ribbon and close the cover.

3. Press on both sides of the feeder and detach it from the printer by lifitng it up and out.

4. Remove any cards located in the feeder.

5. Use a new cleaning card provided in your Evolis cleaning kit and place it in the feeder.

6. Press the control panel’s push button for one second.

7. The cleaning process will start.

8. As the card passes multiple times inside, it cleans the cards transport rollers, the cleaning rollers and the printhead as well.

9. The used card is then ejected into the output hopper.

10. Place the ribbon back into place and the cards back into the feeder.

If you are interested in information about the Evolis Tattoo 2 printer or other Evolis printers available, contact our ID card experts at 888-485-4696.

Visit the manufacturer website here.

Evolis Tattoo 2 – How to Clean the Printhead

Looking for information about how to clean a printhead of an ID card printer Following is a video released by Evolis illustrating how to clean the printhead with Evolis cleaning kit supplies.

1. Unplug the power cable to power off the printer. The white push button switches off.

2. Open the printer cover.

3. Use a cotton swab and press the center of the tube until it clicks releasing the cleaning product.

4. Gently apply the cotton swab onto the print head moving it from left to right for a few seconds.

5. Close the cover and wait a couple of minutes before using the printer letting the cleaning product dry.

6. Reconnect the power cable and power the printer on. The white push button switches on.

If you are interested in information about the Evolis Tattoo 2 printer or other Evolis printers available, contact our ID card experts at 888-485-4696.

Evolis Tattoo 2 – How to Clean the Cleaning Rollers

To make sharp looking personalized cards, it is important to keep your ID card printer in a clean environment. Even then, it is important to follow the manufacturer cleaning recommendations to keep your printer printing it’s best. Following is an Evolis video demonstrating how to clean the printer’s cleaning rollers.

1. Open the printer cover.

2. Remove the ribbon.

3. Locate the cleaning roller and remove it.

4. Use a cleaning wipe from your Evolis cleaning kit.

5. Remove any dust by gently rubbin the wipe across the roller surface.

6. Once the roller is clean and dry, place it back into the printer and make sure it is in the appropriate position.

7. Set the ribbon back in place and close the printer cover.

8. Remove the printer feeder.

9. Clean the roller with the wipe by gently rubbing it.

10. Reattach the feeder to the printer and push it until it clicks back into place.

11. The printer is now ready for printing.

If you are interested in information about the Evolis Tattoo 2 printer or other Evolis printers available, contact our ID card experts at 888-485-4696.

Visit the manufacturer website here.