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 sales@thecardnetwork.co.uk 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.

 

 

New ‘Hangers’ design Cloakroom Tags now available

No time to order Custom Cloakroom Tags, or budget won’t stretch?

Want something a bit more colourful than just black and white numbered tags?

Ta-Dah!

Cloakroom Tags Hangers Design

Introducing our new plastic Cloakroom Tags with a bright hangers design, available off-the-shelf for next day delivery.

You can snap up a set of 100 matched, numbered pairs of credit-card sized tags for just £54.72 + VAT.

 

Ideal for events, restaurants, conferences and clubs

With the nights fair drawing in, coats will be coming out of wardrobes all over the country. And rather than being given a paper ticket when they hand them over to you, customers would much rather be given a professional looking plastic tag.

They’re also much less likely to lose it, making life easier for you, especially at the end of the night.

All our plastic Cloakroom Tags are durable, reusable and ideal for coats, bags and other types of luggage.

We have a range of ‘off-the-shelf’ Cloakroom Tags available, including our mini Cloakies™.

New mini Cloakroom Tags now in stock

mini plastic cloakroom tag

We’ve just launched a new range of pre-printed Cloakies®, hurrah!

Our popular mini plastic Cloakroom Tags now include a blue raffle ticket design and a more traditional cardboard ticket design.

Both are available off-the-shelf as a pack of 100 pairs, numbered from 001 to 100, for just £45 + VAT.

We know that you wanted some more options for pre-printed Cloakroom Tags, so we’re more than happy to oblige. We’ll also be adding some new full-size Cloakroom Tags in the following weeks.

Made from durable, wipeable plastic, they can be reused time and time again – making them perfect for cloakrooms everywhere, plus events and offices.

The benefits of plastic cloakroom tags versus paper or raffle tickets

If you haven’t ditched the paper yet, here are a few reasons you should:

  • They look a lot more professional than raffle tickets.
    It goes without saying really that a quality plastic tag says a lot more about your company than a ticket you’d normally get in the school tombola.
  • They’re harder to lose.
    Plastic Cloakroom tags are unlikely to be thrown away or lost in the way a scrap of paper is. Good news if you run a club and want to avoid a queue of disgruntled people at the end of the night that have mislaid the ticket needed to get their coat back.
  • You can reuse them time and time again…
    …and they stay looking good over time. If you’re an Events Company for example, it means you can use them for multiple events.
  • They’re not just for coats.
    Our Cloakies® are flexible little things. Use them with our flexible plastic luggage loops and they’re ideal for tagging bags and luggage. Some accommodation providers use them for labelling sets of keys (one to the customer, the duplicate stays in the office).

Our Cloakies® are half the size of a standard credit card (54mm x 43mm).

We can also print branded Cloakies® to your own design requirements.

 

New Turnaround Times for custom printed cards

We’ve just pinned down our turnaround times to make it easier when ordering a custom printed product from us.

Standard Turnaround time

Our Standard Turnaround time is 10 working days from card proof approval.

Whenever you place an order for custom printed cards from us, we’ll always send you a PDF proof of your artwork to sign-off. Approve that, and in most cases, we’ll also send you an actual card proof from our printing press to sign-off too. That way, you’ll know exactly what to expect from the final cards.

When you approve the card proof, we’ll get your run of printed cards to you within 10 working days.

You can choose to skip the card proof stage if you need your cards faster.

Fast Track Turnaround service

You can upgrade to our 7-working day Fast Track Turnaround for just £30.

The same applies as above – we’ll get your order to you within 7 working days of you signing off the card proof.

If your deadlines are tight, you can choose to move directly to print from PDF approval and skip the actual card proof.