Custom Printed RFID Fobs & Mifare Fobs now available

Brand your key fobs with your logo, event logo or specific design

If you commonly buy RFID key fobs for your organisation’s access control system, or to give to attendees at one of your events, have you considered branding them?

Printed RFID Key Fobs are more cost-effective than you might think.

Choose to include your logo, or the logo of your event or conference from as little as £54.00 for 100.

Perfect for events or conferences

Custom designed RFID fobs are ideal for conferences or experiential marketing events where engagement with your brand is all important.

RFID tags can drive attendees to engage with your brand outside of the event walls and onto various digital platforms, as well as perform more practical uses like allow them to ‘tap’ for their lunch, or sign-up to a seminar (ensuring you capture their information).

Choose your colour of fob for no extra cost

Start by choosing the colour of your fob. Unlike unbranded key fobs which are usually only available in blue or black, you can also choose from red, white, blue, yellow and green. Plus the standard blue and black.

Then select how many colours you want to print in Printed Mifare fob

The printable area is 24mm in diameter, which isn’t a huge space – so it’s best to keep your design as simple as possible.

Single colours and simple designs stand out well on a white background, but up to 4 spot colours are available. To add an extra colour is very cost-effective, so if you have a simple logo in 4 colours, it won’t cost you much extra.

Then consider the technology: 13.56mhz or 125 khz?

Our Printed RFID fobs are available in 13.56 mhz and 125 khz frequency.

At this point you might find yourself asking the question What’s the difference?

On the face of it, they both look the same, but what they’re capable of is quite different. Which one you need will depend on what reader you’re using and what you need your fobs to do.

125 Khz are low frequency and have lower power requirements. They transmit a small amount of data and are generally used for ‘read only’ requirements; i.e. where you just need them to perform a singular function like allow access.

13.56 mhz are higher frequency and more complex. They have read/write capabilities and are therefore capable of multiple functions. These are commonly used for ticketing for transport systems, cashless vending, turnstiles and much more.

MIFARE is widely regarded as the industry standard, but there are cheaper options available, like the Fudan 1K for example.

Basically, if you want your fobs to do anything other than allow low-security access, you’ll probably want a 13.56 mhz frequency fob.

Available across a range of technology

Our branded fobs can be programmed with the following technology:

  • MIFARE Classic® 1K (13.56 mhz)
  • MIFARE Classic® 4K (13.56 mhz)
  • Fudan 1K, 13.56 mhz
  • TK4200, 125 khz
  • EM4200, 125 khz

All MIFARE Classic® fobs contain genuine NXP chips.

If you’re unsure which technology you need, please contact us for advice – we’re more than happy to help.

Encoding and personalisation options

There are a range of personalisation and encoding options open to you, for example printing a number on the fob to read UID and print number to the fob. Please give us a call to talk these through and for a quote.

If you have any queries about using branded RFID fobs, please get in touch.

Buy a double-sided Magicard Enduro Card Printer for the price of a single

Magicard Enduro ID card printer

Buy a single-sided Magicard Enduro ID Card Printer before 1st March 2018 and we’ll upgrade it to a double-sided for free, saving you over £100.

We’ll even throw in Easybadge Lite Card Design software too (worth £105) to get you started.


A great double sided printer for just £669.50 + VAT

The Magicard Enduro ID Card Printer is one of the best value ID card printers around, and regularly tops the best seller lists for quality of performance for a reasonable price.

If you have medium-high numbers of staff and you’re considering producing your own ID cards in-house for the first time, this is an ideal printer to get you started, particularly as it can grow with you – for example you can choose to add smart card encoding at a later date.

  • Prints up to 500 mono, single-sided cards per hour
  • Prints up to 125 colour, single-sided cards per hour
  • Choose an anti-counterfeiting watermark design to add to your cards for extra security
  • LED Colour display for ease of use
  • Also includes rewrite technology, allowing you to reuse and reprint the same card again and again – ideal for visitor passes or for temporary ID cards

It comes with Magicard’s 3-year limited warranty, and brilliant support from their UK-based support team if you need it.

If you’d like any further information please get in touch, or read more on Magicard’s website.

Paxton Product update: 820-025 Fob Packs Discontinued

Paxton 820 025 Fobs

Paxton are no longer manufacturing 820-025 Key Fob packs

Paxton have just announced that they have just removed packs of 25 Switch2 Key Fobs from their catalogue.

This affects the Green, Amber and Red Key Fobs.

Rest assured this just relates to the 25 pack. You can still buy Switch2 Key Fobs in packs of 10 (820-010), 50 (820-050) and 100 (820-100).

We have a limited number of 820-025G fobs still in stock – so if a 25 pack is ideal for you, you’d better go quick!






New updates to Edikio Price Tag Software

Improved features include the ability to print more than one image per tag, add additional price fields & use multiple currencies

Evolis edikio software update

The Evolis range of Edikio Price Tag Printers are the modern and professional way to produce price tags for display with your food and drink products.

The latest software updates just released from Edikio now allow you to:

  1. Print more than one image or price on your tags

Until now, it’s only been possible to use one key image on your price tags. Now you can use further images to communicate necessary information to your consumers with the software’s multiple image management.

  1. Print two price fields on each tag

You can now choose two ways to display prices, giving you more flexibility on how you price-up your product. Choose from additional fields such as price per unit, kilogram or sale price.

  1. Manage your price lists across multiple locations

If you have shops in multiple locations, or have teams of people doing your outside catering, you need everyone to have access to the same price list and tag design.

You can now export your price list and layouts for each individual to import into their own systems.

  1. Print dual-sided tags better with the Edikio Access or Flex

Double-sided tags allow you to have one side displaying the necessary consumer information, and the reverse to display the selling information that your staff need.

The software walks you through how to flip cards correctly so that there’s no waste when you print them manually.

  1. Reorganise your categories when your needs change

You can now move items between categories whenever you want, so you can keep your product list organised.

  1. No internet? No problem

You can now activate your Edikio software license when our computer’s offline. Ideal if you’re on an outside catering shoot in the middle of nowhere for example.

  1. More price presets and currencies available in the design view

And for those of you who have suffered the agony of accidentally deleting your desired layout, there’s now the ability to ‘undo/redo’ your latest action.

How to update your software

Your software won’t automatically alert you to download the latest version, so to benefit from the latest features you’ll need to download the updates yourself.

Go to the Help menu and select ‘Check for software updates’.

This will then walk you through the steps to download the latest version.

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New Smart-51 Card Printer range replaces the Smart-50

Smart 51 plastic card printer


As of November 2017, The IDP Smart-50 card printer range has been discontinued, and replaced with the new Smart-51; IDP’s next generation of mid-range card printers.

So what’s changed?

The official line is that the Smart 51-has inherited the most successful and proven elements of the Smart-50 card printers, but comes with superior speed and print quality.

Around 10% faster

The Smart-51 is 10% faster than its older cousin, and now boasts an impressive print speed of 5 seconds for a monochrome card (or 720 cards per hour) and 17 seconds for full colour.

So if you’re printing significant quantities of cards at any one time, you’ll notice the difference. The reduced printing noise is a welcome addition too.

The range also comes with a host of user-friendly features:

  • State of the art CPU display
  • A larger card loading capacity of up to 200 cards with the cover open
  • A new input hopper and removable output hopper
  • Support of transparent cards
  • Cartridge type laminate film loading
  • Al-in-one type lock system
  • A new metal frame body for the printing engine which makes for more stable card printing.

Various add-on options available

The Smart-51 is designed to be flexible, and to grow as your card needs change. You can choose the printer that suits you best now, and is therefore most cost-effective, with the confidence that it’s future proofed if you need to add on more capabilities later.

From the most basic model, you can easily add a flipper or laminator for dual sided printing or laminating, or add magnetic stripe, contact or contactless encoding technology if you need to.

Ribbons and consumables for the Smart 50 range still available

Smart 51 ribbonsAlthough the Smart 50 printers themselves have been discontinued, we are advised that the Smart 50 ribbons and consumables will continue to be produced for a long time yet.

One thing to bear in mind that the new Smart 51 ribbons and consumables won’t work in the ‘old’ Smart 50s, and vice versa, so be careful when you’re ordering.

Free software still available

Buy a Smart 51 printer from The Card Network and it comes bundled with the Easybadge Lite ID Card Software, which normally retails around £105 + VAT.

This software is ideal for first-time users, as it’s very easy and quick to set-up and use. The Easybadge App that comes along with it also allows you to create ID badges for staff at different locations easily, as they upload their photographs and details via the App.

5-year warranty as standard

All models come with IDP Smart’s unrivalled 5-year warranty, which show’s IDP Smart’s confidence in their technology.

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Gold foil-edged plastic cards – perfect for Xmas events, VIP members, gift cards…

Fotodek have just brought out a rather special range of premium ice white blank cards.

Blank gold edge plastic cardsGold foil edge plastic cards

Now you’d think these have been brought out for Christmas, but we believe it’s just a happy coincidence.

The gold foil edge lifts an ordinary plastic card to a different level. They really stand out, and give a bespoke and high-quality feel to your printed cards.

They’re perfect if you’re printing gift cards for customers, or if you want to invite guests to a Xmas themed event. Of course if you use gold in your branding, then they’ve been made for you.

Blank plastic cards holographic silver edgeSilver holographic edge plastic cards 

Prefer silver to gold? These silver holographic edge blank cards shine in different colours when you tilt the card. These are unusual, and a real talking point.


Ideal for different levels of membership

If you have different levels of membership at your club or association, like gold or VIP, and you want your cards to really stand out in your members’ wallets, these are ideal.

And the best bit is they’re totally affordable

100 of these blank cards will only set you back £30 + VAT. Which means they deliver an impression much bigger than their cost.

They’re same size and thickness as a standard credit card, and because they’re made by Fotodek, you can be assured of quality.

We use Fotodek for our own card projects for their premium quality and reliability.

So the next time you’ve got a special card project, or you want some printed plastic cards that really stand out, go for Gold. Or holographic.


The professional way to meet your food labelling responsibilities

Price Tags labelling Solution

If you sell or provide food, you’ll know about your responsibilities when it comes to food labelling.

From December 2014, EU FIC regulations stipulate that you must provide allergen ingredients information in a clear and consistent way, so that consumers can make safer food choices.

These regulations now also apply to ‘loose foods’ such as those found in delis, farm shops, buffet tables and restaurant food bars.

So how do you label yours? Edikio Access food label printer

Black marker pen on a white card that’s then wiped off? Pieces of paper? Hidden on list in a book behind the counter?

One of the most professional and easiest way to create price tags for your food is by using a Price Tag Printer like the Evolis Edikio Access (entry-level) or Duplex (for double-sided printing).

A Price Tag Printer prints professional, attractive price tags for display with your food and drink products. The cards are easy to clean, resistant to cold and moisture and meet the requirements of the food processing industry.

Clearly label the allergens Allergen labels

As well as giving a great brand image, they also allow you to clearly label the product, ingredients and any allergen ingredients easily on the front of the card. Simply select the required icons from the software, and print them on the card.

The problems with doing it ‘the old way’

Paper tickets on spikes can look unhygienic next to loose food, even when they’re in a plastic container – not to mention unprofessional.

Using pen on plastic card is not great with respect to food contact regulations, and you’re relying on the person’s handwriting being legible (and there being no spelling mistakes).

If you just have a list for the staff to refer to behind the counter, you’re not giving consumers the ability to safely make the right choice. You’re also relying on them asking for the information, which can result in a lost sale.

None of these convey a good brand image either, or inspire consumer confidence.

Food Price Tags BakeryBut the main issue is that they are all open to human error. If one of your staff gets it wrong for whatever reason, the results could be catastrophic.

By printing your tags through a price tag printer, you remove that risk. You import product information onto your cards straight from your MS Excel file (products, prices etc) giving you control over the process.

A reminder of the 14 allergens

The following should be clearly labelled:

  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Fish
  • Crustaceans (for example crab, lobster, crayfish, shrimp, prawn)
  • Molluscs (for example mussels, oysters, squid)
  • Peanuts
  • Tree Nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, cashews, pecans, brazils, pistachios, macadamia or Queensland nuts)
  • Sesame seeds
  • Cereals containing gluten (wheat, rye, barley, oats)
  • Soya
  • Celery and celeriac
  • Mustard
  • Lupins
  • Sulphur dioxide and sulphites (at concentrations of more than ten parts per million).

Printing information-rich price tags doesn’t just make it easier for your customers and convey a more professional image, they also ensure your business is meeting its regulatory requirements.

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Buy a double-sided Primacy card printer for the price of a single-sided

Evolis Primacy Card Printer

Until the end of December 2017, you can snap up a double sided Evolis Primacy Plastic Card printer for the price of a single sided.

That’s just £989 + VAT.

So it’s a ‘Buy one side, get the other side free’ kind of deal.

If you’re searching for a new plastic card printer, and are currently making do with a single-sided, this is worth factoring into your research.

Why choose Primacy?

Speed and efficiency.

There are lots of double sided card printers on the market, all of which are capable of quality print, but few are as fast and powerful as the Primacy.

The other advantage of the Primacy is that you can build on the solution over time, and add on capabilities as you need them.

For example, you may want to add the lamination feature on in the future, or encoders to allow you to encode your own magstripe or contact/contactless cards.

In other words, the Primacy can grow with you.

With other brands, that can be difficult to do.

Who is the Primacy best suited to? Primacy sample transport card

Organisations that print medium-large numbers of cards quite regularly (say up to 30,000 cards a year).

Those cards can be anything from ID cards to transport cards, payment cards, licenses, membership cards and delegate badges.

Printing speeds

The Primacy is capable of printing up to 225 colour cards per hour single-sided, 140 cards per hour double-sided and an impressive 1,000 mono cards an hour.

Its high capacity feeder and output hopper means it will keep churning out the cards happily with very little need for human intervention – ideal if you’re badging high numbers of people at a conference for example, or have a large run of cards to produce in a set time scale.

Being an Evolis printer, it’s also extremely reliable, so as long as you clean it regularly and look after it, it will reward you with years of performance. It also comes with a 3-year warranty, for added peace of mind.

This offer applies to both the Primacy and the Primacy LCD Touchscreen, and runs until December 31st, 2017*.

The Card Network is a registered Evolis Reseller. Read more about the Primacy 

*Offers are subject to change.

What’s the difference between Screen Print and Dye Sublimation Printed Lanyards?

If you’re looking to order some branded lanyards, you’ll need to make the choice between dye sub printing and screen printing.

When all you want is some colour lanyards, right?

The difference really lies in how many colours you’re looking for, how detailed your design is, and how important clarity and colour matching is to you.

Screen printing

Screen printed lanyards
Screen printed lanyards are best suited to simple designs

Screen printing has been around for centuries, and is still regarded as the best way to achieve a high quality print finish. In contrast to digital printing, ink is ‘forced’ through a screen of fine mesh when screen printing onto the lanyard.

Each single ‘Spot’ colour is applied separately, therefore the cost increases the more colours you choose. With screen printing, you can choose exact Pantone colours for printing, rather than making do with the less accurate CMYK breakdown.

Your logo or text is literally ‘layered’ onto the material – which means you feel it as a raised design when you run your finger over it.

Screen printing is best suited for simple designs, or text-only. It also achieves brighter, more vivid colours; and a greater contrast between material and print.

So if your logo is single colour, or you want to use your brand’s exact Pantone colour (on both the material itself and the printing), this is the way to go.

Dye Sublimation

Event dye sub lanyard
Dye Sublimation lanyards allow you to use multiple colours

Dye sublimation printing uses 4-colour process digital printing, breaking down each colour into a CMYK (Cyan, Magento, Yellow and Black) split, much in the same way as your inkjet printer does.

This means there is no restriction on the number of colours you can have.  It also gives you the freedom to include whatever images you want. You could use a photograph for example, or an illustration using all the colours of the rainbow.

The rub is that what you gain in flexibility, you lose a little in terms of quality of print compared to screen printing.

Printing through 4-Colour process means that the final print finish won’t be quite as sharp, and text won’t be quite as clear.

When to choose one over the other

If you have a simple design and exact matching of your brand’s Pantone colours and clarity of your message or name is critical, you’ll probably want to go down the screen print route. This way, your lanyards will stand out from a distance.

Screen print personalised lanyard
Screen printed lanyards give greater clarity of print

However, if you have a stand at an exhibition and want to include multiple colours and images, dye sublimation printing is really the only option open to you.

Breakthroughs in printing processes in recent years means that both printing options are similar in terms of cost until you hit the larger quantities, so your decision really rests in what you want them to achieve.

All our lanyards pricing includes colour print on both sides. You can also split the order into multiple designs; ideal if you have different delegate levels at a conference for example. Minimum 50 per design.

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Card Sample Packs now available – oh yeah!

Membership cards samplesNow you’d think that all printed plastic cards are the same, wouldn’t you?

Well they’re not.

The quality of print and materials can vary from supplier to supplier. And then there’s the vast array of finishes and features available, from spot UV varnish to foiling and metallic stripes. These can turn a good card project into a stunning card project – if you know what to ask for.

Try before you buy

We don’t expect you to take our word for it when we say we create great quality plastic cards.Loyalty cards samples

So if you’re thinking about ordering some plastic cards, we’ll happily send you out some samples of what to expect. You’ll get to physically hold and see the difference between matt and gloss finish; and to see for yourself the difference a bit of foiling or varnish can make.

Because a photograph just can’t convey that ‘ooh’, in the same way that a tactile print finish can.

We have samples of everything from Membership Cards to Loyalty Cards, Cloakroom Tags, Hotel Key Cards, 2-part snap-off cards, Key Tags and car park passes. And if you’re interested in a particular feature, like barcode, metallic stripe or QR code, or in a special finish, we can send examples of those too.

Cloakroom Tags samplesSimply email us at or give us a call on 01244 526009 to give us an idea about your card project, and we’ll get our card samples on their merry way to you.

Oh, and one other thing. We manufacture all our printed plastic cards right here in the North West – we never outsource overseas. It’s the only way we can stay in control of the quality process.