Normal printers are not secure for printing IDs and financial cards. For that, you need special card printers. At Ryans, we equip companies with high-quality card printers at unbeatable prices.
Types of Card Printers
There are three main types of card printers:
These are the most common and cost-effective. They are popular in business environments with a high card production demand. These are thermal printers that first use heat to deposit ink onto the printer head. The ribbon then passes through the card several times to imprint your design.
Most direct-to-card printers have a print quality of 300-600 dots per inch (dpi). They typically generate more than 16 million color hues, making them ideal for printing clear photo IDs and security information. They have higher printing speeds than retransfer printers.
Nonetheless, direct-to-card printers are not ideal for HID cards that use RFID technology. They are also not suitable for contactless MIFARE cards.
Retransfer Plastic Card Printers
These produce more durable cards. They use a printer ribbon in an overlay method. Using a combination of heat and pressure, they produce higher quality cards than direct-to-card printers.
Retransfer printers are ideal for HID and MIFARE cards as they can better withstand wear and tear. They can be single or double-sided. However, they cost more per printer and you need to regularly buy the laminate overlay.
Inkjet Plastic Card Printers
These work faster than direct-to-card and retransfer printers and use the latest technology. Inkjet printers don't use a ribbon. They use alcohol-based ink from a cartridge similar to regular inkjet printers.
Inkjet printers are more environmentally friendly compared to the other card printer types. They print at high resolutions of 600-1200dpi with high-speed prints of up to 100 cards per hour.
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