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When to punch your PVC card

We often are asked by clients that are responsible for producing ID cards for their organizations if they should punch required slots in their plastic ID cards prior to printing, or if the printing should be done first.

We recommended that ID cards NOT be punched prior to printing. The act of punching a card-slot leaves a very small raised edge on one side of the card. Though practically invisible, this raised edge can almost always be felt with your finger-tip – making for a potential problem. If the raised edge should come in contact with your device’s print-head during the printing process, the print-head itself can be damaged. If the raised edge is significant enough, it could happen after just a few prints. But even a small and subtle raised-edge can cause problems over time, as card after card contacting the print-head can cause abrasions and scratches. And, as replacement print-heads for most ID card printers cost $500 or more, we strongly recommend that card printing occurs prior to punching the cards’ slots.

Similarly, we also recommend against the use of pre-punched cards. Although the large industrial presses and punches used by card manufacturers are significantly better than light-office versions, they still can leave the same raised edges that can cause irreversible damage. If you MUST use pre-punched or die-cut cards, then we further recommend considering a re-transfer style printer (like the Evolis Avansia or Fargo HDP5000). Due to the method of printing, re-transfer printers are much more tolerant of pre-cut cards than are DTC (direct-to card) printers.

For specific questions regarding your ID card printer system, contact our expert staff toll-free at +1 888.485.4696.

Photo ID Service Bureau

custom id

There are hassles with creating id cards in house. From picking out the correct system that will incorporate all of the functions needed for your badge specifications to laying out the design of the card that will meet the expections of the boss. Sometimes, the job of printing id cards is easier to outsource to a professional id card company.

Companies that design id cards have had experience in various types of badge requirements. They understand the workings of the badge systems and can provide a custom card that will meet the current and proposed future needs of the organization. Allowing a company to complete the badges means that system upgrades for future badge requirements are handled by the id card company and no future worries about system upgrade requirements are necessary.

Custom ID card designers listen carefully to the needs of the client and ask questions needed to make sure that the card being designed will meet the application intended. The designers import the information provided and provide proofs for the client so that the badge result is clear prior to id card making.

Production staff carry out the process of making badges with the information provided. The badges may range from a simple black and white single side badge to a complex dual sided badge with encoded information.

A photo id service bureau puts the ability to produce photo ID cards in the hands of all organizations and contributes to more effective security systems.

For specific information about how the photo id card service bureau at Safe-Card ID can assist you with your custom name badge needs, contact us at 888-485-4696.