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Can I Pre-Punch My PVC ID Cards?

pvc cardsThe simple answer to that question is yes. All you need to do when ordering  your Image Grade PVC card stock is to ask to have them pre-punched. We will ensure the card expert that punches the cards on your behalf maintains the graphic intergrity of the cards by wearing gloves to ensure the oils from the skin do not touch the surface of the card.

If you would prefer to punch the cards yourself, Safe-Card ID Services offers a wide range of slot punches for all volumes of cards to all budgets. Remember no matter which slot punch you use, it can and will only punch one card at a time.

The catch about pre-punching you cards is that if you are using a direct to card printer you run the risk of damaging the print head causing a nce white line appear across your printed card. A print head will cost about $500-700 to replace.

One solution to this problem is to use a re-transfer card printer, such as the Fargo HDP5000. Re-transfer printers print onto the underside of a film that is heat rolled onto the card surface, so the print head never touches the card.

To learn more about pre-punched cards or a re-transfer printer give an expert at Safe-Card ID Services a call today.


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New Fargo HDP8500 Retransfer Printer to Be Released in 2012

Fargo HID Global has announced that they will be expanding their line of card printers in 2012 by adding a new retransfer printer, the Fargo HDP8500 dual-sided ID card printer! Designed for high speed performance, the HDP8500 features a rugged and robust design that is loaded with high end features. It is especially well suited for high-volume card printing applications where security is of utmost importance.

Similar to the Fargo HDP5000 card printer, the HDP8500 prints in high definition, also known as retransfer print technology, to provide vivid, high quality prints and the ability to print on a variety of card materials, including the uneven surface of technology cards.

The HDP8500 brings card security to a new level. It features a number of advanced security features, including locks on all access points to protect the ribbon, film, and cards, before and after printing. Plus, a secure PIN access code is required to use the printer, an advanced encryption standard protects electronic data, and a resin-erase feature removes personal data from used ribbon panels.

Other key features include:

• Industry-first 3.5” graphical touch screen for status and help information
• Dual auto-switching 200-card input hoppers to provide 400-card total input capacity
• Industrial air filtration system for a stable printing environment even in harsh conditions
• Multiple in-line card cleaning stations
• Heavy-duty metal enclosure
• Flexible modular design with field-upgradeable options, including lamination, laser engraving (late 2012), and a variety of encoding options
• Industry-leading 3-year warranty and lifetime printhead warranty

Call Safe-Card ID Services and talk to an printer specialist for more information on this or any other Fargo Printer.