The new IDP Smart-BIT Ribbon Shredder – is it worth the price tag?

At around £500, is shelling out on a dedicated shredder for your plastic card ribbons really necessary?

The answer depends entirely on how important security is to your organisation.

The IDP Smart-BIT is the industry’s first dedicated shredder for plastic card printer ribbons and has been developed in response to the need for stricter data policing, and largely in response to the new GDPR data requirements.

This innovative shredder uses a unique twist and cut motion to slice your used printer ribbon up into confetti-like particles, obliterating any personal information. Which makes it a highly effective weapon in the fight to secure personal data, and stop it falling into the wrong hands.

Printer Ribbon Shredder

It fits neatly on an office desk and can take all brands of printer ribbons.

Why do you need to securely shred your plastic card printer ribbon anyway?

If you’re asking this question, you’re probably unaware of the amount of personal data left behind on your card printer ribbon after you’ve used it.

Card Printer Ribbon Sensitive dataIf you’re printing staff ID cards or visitor cards for example, the imprint of each individual (photo, name & any other printed information) remains on the ribbon after it’s been used. It just spools forward, leaving room for the next one.

Which means if you currently discard the ribbon with the rest of your office waste, anyone could pick it up and retrieve all the information of your card holders. Which puts you immediately in breach of your GDPR responsibilities.

You wouldn’t let any sensitive paper documents out of your building without shredding them – so make sure you treat your printer ribbons in the same way.

Are there any other alternatives to the IDP Smart-BIT?

There is no doubt that the Smart-BIT is a really smart way to protect your personal data, particularly if you’re printing high numbers of plastic cards.

Watch the Video of the IDP Smart-BIT in action.

But if you haven’t got a spare £500 rolling around in your budget, there are alternatives.

Consider the HID Fargo DTC1500 ID Card Printer

HID Fargo plastic card printer gdpr compliant

If you’re looking to upgrade your plastic card printer or are looking to buy one for the first time, you should look at the HID Fargo DTC1500.

As well as being a powerful and reliable card printer from one of the best-known names in the market, the DTC1500 comes with a ribbon scramble feature built-in.

Rather than shredding the printer ribbon, it adds an additional layer of security by hiding any printed information within a resin panel, making it completely unreadable.

It retails at around £1000, making it a good investment.

Or just look for a supplier that provides secure ribbon shredding.

Many companies that supply new plastic card printer ribbons will also securely shred your old one for you, either for a small cost or in exchange for you buying a new one.

Find out more about our Ribbon Shredding Service.

Stocks of the IDP Smart-BIT are expected by the end of October 2018. To pre-order yours, call 01244 526009 or email sales@thecardnetwork.co.uk

End of Life Notice for Evolis Pebble & Dualys Printers

Pebble4, Dualys3, QB10 and Tattoo Card Printers – Evolis announce the withdrawal of spare parts

Production of the Pebble and Dualys printers from Evolis stopped some years ago, and they have recently announced the end of life for their related spare parts.

What does this mean if you have a Pebble or Dualys card printer?

From 31st December, 2018, if your printer fails due to an issue with one of its parts, there will be no way to get it repaired or have a replacement part issued.

Evolis also won’t be issuing any more firmware updates, which could cause a problem for you when your operating system updates. In other words, your printer may stop issuing cards, and it will be very difficult to find out why.

It’s also only a matter of time until Evolis stop producing ribbons for these models, though there’s no news on this at the moment.

To encourage you to upgrade your card printer now, Evolis are offering a Trade-In, Trade-Up offer

Pebble and dualys printers upgrade program

Up to £100 off a new Zenius Expert or £250+ off a new Primacy

Send in your old card printer to receive a discount on the list price on a new Evolis Zenius, Primacy or Quantum. The amount of discount depends on the new model selected, not the model of the card printer you’re trading in, and ranges from £90-£400.

Your existing printer doesn’t have to be working, but it does need to have all its parts.

What a Primacy can do that your Pebble or Dualys can’t

Primacy id card printer upgrade

Plenty, to be honest.

The Primacy is the fastest printer in its category, offering an improvement of printing speed of 25% compared to Pebble & Dualys printers.

It’s targeted at users who print between 2,500 and 30,000 plastic cards a year, and can churn out 210 full colour cards per hour.

Other benefits include:

  • Ease of use – ribbons come in a user-friendly cassette and are automatically recognised. Up to 100 cards can be placed in the input hopper (no more manual feeding) and collected in the output hopper
  • Lower run-on costs – ribbons have a higher capacity, giving you lower cost of card print
  • Eco friendly – compact, with reduced energy consumption mode
  • Easily upgradable on site – choose to upgrade to dual sided printing or add encoding options easily, without having to send your printer back to base
  • Easy monitoring – Comes with Evolis Premium Suite software, which gives you more information and performs operations automatically, such as identifying the ribbon type. It also displays pop-ups on your computer screen to let you know when ribbons or cards are running low, or when cleaning is needed.

Promotion runs until 31st December, 2018.

For more information on these printers, or any other card printers in our range, please call us on 01244 526009 or sales@thecardnetwork.co.uk

It’s Cloakroom Tags season!

Coats are beginning to creep out of the wardrobes everywhere. Which can only mean one thing – Cloakroom Tags season is upon us.

It also means that we’re inching closer to the unmentionable word that starts with ‘Ch’ and ends with ‘mas’ because restaurants and hotels are getting their seasonal themed orders in.

Take advantage of our current Design Change promotion and get event or Christmas themed tags included in your order for free

We’re currently running a promotion where you can have up to three different designs printed in the same print run, for no extra cost.

So if you had 400 pairs of Plastic Cloakroom Tags printed for example, you could split them into 300 pairs of regular branded tags, 50 with Christmas branding, and 50 branded to an event you have coming up, and it won’t cost you any extra.

And the greater the volume of cards you order, the lower the price per card.

The promotion runs until 15th October 2018.

plastic cloakroom tagsWhy you should go branded over paper Cloakroom Tickets

If you’re still using paper cloakroom tickets, or (heaven forbid) raffle tickets, upgrading to plastic Cloakroom tags has many benefits.

  1. They’re durable, wipeable and reusable. They’re also much less likely to be lost in someone’s wallet.
  2. They’re much more professional. What does handing out a tatty piece of paper say about your brand?
  3. You can personalise them on both sides with your logo, to your event, and with your own disclaimer text.
  4. They give the right impression. Which would you rather receive when you hand over your designer coat, a branded plastic card or something you get in the school tombola?
  5. You can also use them for bags.
  6. They’re unlikely to be torn off or lost in the cloakroom.

Change it up a bit with our custom Cloakies™

mini plastic cloakroom tags cloakies

Our custom Cloakies™ are half the size of a regular credit card, and customers love them because they’re a bit quirky.

Want to see one? Ask us for a sample.

 

New branded Bar Tab Cards now available – just £102 for 100

plastic bar tab cards

We’ve been printing quite a few branded bar tabs for our restaurant and club customers lately, so we thought we’d make them easier for you to find.

Here they are!

Just £102 for 100 plastic bar tab cards, or £122 for 200

Prices are for full colour print on both sides of the card, and include your choice of gloss or matt print finish. Same thickness as a standard credit card.

You could have them printed with sequential numbers for a little extra.

They’re durable and reusable – and look far more professional than a paper ticket, and will last a lot longer too.

Use the back to include some text or a disclaimer 

plastic bar tab cards

Print is included on both sides of the card, so you could use it to remind your customers of usage rules.

Or give a fun reminder of what do to if they take the card home with them instead of their bank card (which let’s be honest, we’ve all done).

We can include a load of features or finishes on the cards if you’re looking for something special, like spot UV varnish, or embossing. 

Don’t forget we can set your artwork for just £25.

Want to see a sample before you buy? Just get in touch.

sales@thecardnetwork.co.uk

Autumn Promotion: Up to 2 Free Design Changes on all Custom Printed Cards

To mark the beginning of Autumn, we’re offering the chance to have up to three designs in total on the same print run, for the same price.

printed membership cards
Antenna use 3 different designs for their membership categories

In other words, you could order 1,000 membership cards and split the run into three different designs – so each membership category gets a different colour card and design for example; making them easy to recognise.

The promotion runs until 31st October 2018 and applies to all custom printed cards, key tags, 2-part snap-off cards, event passes, parking permits or car park hangers.

Why would you want 2 free design changes anyway?

The greater the volume of cards you order, the lower the price per card. By combining multiple cards into one run, you benefit from a lower unit price, plus you don’t have to pay the usual extra design charges.

If you run an events company for example, this is a great opportunity to combine multiple events into one print run: branding your cloakroom tags or entry passes to each individual specific event, rather than having one generic one.

plastic cloakroom tags for casinos
Hippodrome Casino have different coloured tags for their different Cloakrooms

Or if you have different Cloakrooms, like the Hippodrome Casino for example, you can colour code them to suit.

Hotel companies with multiple hotels can get each hotel’s key cards produced at the same time and achieve considerable cost savings.

We often find hotels use the design change to produce seasonal key cards – advertising their Christmas or New Year offers for example.

 

How to take advantage of the offer

This offer isn’t available online. Simply call us and mention this promotion at the time of ordering, and we’ll send you a custom quote.

The small print

This promotion only applies to a run of ‘like-for-like’ cards or custom printed products. You can’t split the order between multiple types of cards, e.g. between Cloakroom tags with a hole punch and plastic cards with embossed numbering.

Check out our latest prices.

£50 off a Magicard Enduro when you trade-in your old ID card printer

Just £597 for an Enduro 3E Card Printer (including a free upgrade to Double Sided) when you trade-in

Magicard Enduro ID card printer

If your old plastic card printer is nearing the end of its life, but you don’t want to spend a fortune on a new one, this could be the deal for you. Especially if you’re currently using an old Magicard printer that’s no longer manufactured.

Already using a Magicard printer?

We find that many companies buying a new Card Printer tend to stay with the same manufacturer when buying a new one, because they have confidence in the brand and how the printers work.

If that’s the case, and you currently own a Magicard Tango, Magicard Rio or Magicard Alto for example, upgrading to a Magicard Enduro is the logical next step.

Why upgrade?

The Magicard Rio, Tango and Alto printers have all been out of manufacture for a few years now, and whilst there have been no announcements about discontinuing their ribbons, Magicard won’t carry on making them for ever.

Why you should consider a Magicard Enduro 3E

 

 

 

 

The Enduro is one step up from the Pronto, Magicard’s entry-level printer. It’s our best-selling model because it’s more powerful than the Pronto but is still very affordable – it’s capable of printing medium volumes of cards easily (up to 10,000 a year).

  • Ethernet and USB connection
  • Card and hand feed – 100 card hopper input & 30 card stacker for batch printing
  • Prints 125 colour or 500 mono cards per hour
  • Comes with Magicard’s HoloKote technology, allowing you to print a watermark feature on your cards for added security
  • Rewritable technology also included – print rewritable cards that can be reused up to 500 times
  • 3-Year Warranty
  • Adaptable – add-on encoding capabilities in the future if required..

In other words, it’s capable of a lot, and at less than £600 when you trade-in your old printer, it’s a cracking deal.

The printer also comes with a free upgrade to double sided, which means you can easily print your ID cards or other plastic cards in colour on both sides.

Usually £647. Now £597 when you trade in
and we’ll throw in free Easybadge Lite software aswell.

This offer isn’t available online. To order, get more information or request a printed card sample, please call our friendly sales team on 01244 526009 or email sales@thecardnetwork.co.uk

Access the manufacturer’s information here

This promotion is running whilst stocks last. We reserve the right to remove it at any time.

Introducing the new Magicard Rio Pro 360

Magicard Rio pro 360 id card printer

It may have come onto the market around three months later than planned, but it looks like the Magicard Rio Pro 360 has been worth the wait.

Magicard experienced problems getting the printer out onto the market early in January, so took some extra time to make sure they got everything right before releasing it.

The RioPro 360 replaces Magicard’s hugely popular RioPro. You could say it’s like the cooler, faster and smarter younger brother.

So what’s changed?

  1. It’s faster.

To be fair, the old Rio Pro didn’t exactly hang around, but the new Rio Pro 360 ups the game. As soon as you hit ‘print’, it jumps into action. It’s capable of printing a monochrome card every 5 seconds (that’s 750 cards an hour), and a colour card every 18 seconds, or 200 per hour.

For those of you who need to print high volumes of cards at speed, this increased efficiency will be welcome news.

2. It’s smarter.

ID card Printer 360The 360 is powered by an embedded Linux-based CPU, or LYNK. The marketing blurb likens it to ‘having a brain onboard’. This is what enables it to work fasterenabling seamless communication and the secure processing of ID data. This LYNK recognises USB and Ethernet and allows you to integrate with most third-party applications locally or in the cloud.

We’re told that its next iteration will include WiFi connectivity, though that’s not available just yet.

3. It has sharper print quality. 

The LYNK onboard brain also gives you a wider colour spectrum to choose from which makes for improved print quality. Expect sharper and richer colours.

As well as being good from a branding perspective (the marketing department will be pleased), it also means that photographs come out clearer which is good for your ID cards.

4. It gives you more options for secure cards. 

Rio Pro 360 ID card

Magicard printers are well known for their secure HoloKote® watermarks, it’s what gives them a distinctive position in the card printer market.

For those of you who don’t know, all Magicard printers come with the ability to print a transparent watermark over the entire face of the card, for extra security.

You can select standard watermarks from the card printer’s driver.

With the 360, up to 10 Custom HoloKote® watermarks are available. This gives you the option to have your logo or specific design laid over your cards. If you have different departments or sister companies, you could have a watermark for each.

The embedded LYNK allows for the secure online delivery of these bespoke HoloKote®  watermarks directly to the printer.

Some things haven’t changed though.

The 360 still comes with rewritable technology, Magicard’s leading 3-year Warranty and their technical support.

Rewritable printer Rewritable card printer

Another point of difference for Magicard printers is the fact that they come with rewritable technology.

This means that as well as producing colour cards through dye sublimation printing, they can also print rewritable cards through thermal imaging. This means they don’t use a ribbon to print – they ‘heat’ the image on, and then use heat again to erase it afterwards.

Rewritable cards are ideal if you also print temporary ID cards, say for Visitors or Temporary workers. You print a card when the visitor arrives and erase all the information when they leave, then keep the card for the next time.

This is ideal for data protection, particularly with the GDPR breathing down our necks.

You can print and erase the same card up to 500 times.

Bear in mind that you need special rewrite cards to use this function, you can’t use regular plastic cards. They generally only print in blue or black.

Three-year warranty for peace of mind

The Rio Pro 360 comes with Magicard’s 3-year UltraCoverPlus warranty, which is designed to ensure you can keep printing whatever happens. The warranty includes:

  • Replacement of a damaged printhead
  • A replacement printer if yours has to be shipped to the manufacturer for repair
    First-class supportMagicard are well known for the quality of their technical support. As well as an online portal full of self-help guides, training videos and downloads, they have a network of technical support engineers ready to help, many of which are UK-based.Made in Britain Rio Pro 360 Made in Britain

    One other thing that you may not know is that Magicard Printers are the only ID card Printers that are made in Britain – their Headquarters and manufacturing centre is in Weymouth, Dorset. So as well as the knowledge that you’re buying a quality card printer, you can also give yourself the satisfaction of ‘Buying British’.

    We currently have an introductory offer on the Magicard Rio Pro 360: buy a single-sided printer for £999 + VAT and we’ll upgrade you to the Double-Sided at no extra cost and throw in EasyBadge Lite ID Card Software too.

    Rest assured that the 360 uses the same consumables that the Rio Pro did before it, so there isn’t a whole new suite of ribbons to consider.

    Find out more information about the 360 on Magicard’s website.

Rio Pro 360

Buy a new printer ribbon & we’ll securely shred your old one for free

The new GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) brings in much stricter rules around the use and protection of individual’s personal data.

Don’t throw your Card Printer Ribbon into the bin – ensure the personal information on it is deleted securely

When you’re doing your data landscaping exercise and assessing your data processing activities, make sure you create a plan to deal with the personal information contained on your card printer ribbon.

We can securely shred your old printer ribbon for free whenever you buy a new ribbon from us.

If you currently print your own ID cards, membership cards or other plastic cards using a plastic card printer, you might not realise that all of the personal data printed on your cards remains imprinted on the ribbon.

Which means anyone picking up the used ribbon after its been discarded would be able to retrieve all the information of your card holders. And that constitutes a data breach.

Anyone that buys a new card printer ribbon from The Card Network is eligible to use our ribbon shredding service for the disposal of their old ribbon.

How to use our ribbon shredding service

The results of the shredding process – plastic cards and card printer ribbons

Once you have bought a new printer ribbon from us, simply email sales@thecardnetwork.co.uk quoting your order number and advise that you wish us to shred your existing printer ribbon. Please mark ‘Ribbon Shredding’ as the subject of the email.

We will then email you a form to complete and send back with your used printer ribbon. The form will ask you if you wish to receive confirmation when the ribbon has been securely shredded.

Post the form and the ribbon to us at:

Production Department (Ribbon Shredding), The Card Network, Network House, St Ives Way, Sandycroft CH5 2QS.

Or you could invest in a plastic card printer that does the job for you

If you’re in the market for a new plastic card printer and GDPR is high up on your corporate agenda, buying a printer that automatically scrambles the printer ribbon is the ultimate in data security. Read more here

Any questions?

Call us on 01244 529006 or email sales@thecardnetwork.co.uk

Two of the best Plastic Card Printers from a GDPR perspective

If you print your own ID cards, loyalty cards or membership cards using a plastic card printer, or you’re considering doing so in light of the new GDPR, there are a few things to consider: Sample transport card

  • How are you keeping your data safe?
  • How are you preventing unauthorised users from accessing your printer or ribbon?
  • Are you securely deleting the data left behind after the cards are printed?

Two plastic card printers stand out as being ‘GDPR’ ready – and here are the reasons why.

The IDP Smart 51

Why it’s great for GDPR

The Smart 51’s strength lies in making it very difficult for unauthorised people to access your data in the first place. It comes with the option of 2 locks to keep your printer and cards protected from unauthorised use.

  1. Ribbon and card lock

As you’d expect, this lock keeps your ribbon and cards safe. Only the person with the key can unlock and use the printer – preventing bogus use.

  1. Kensington Lock

We’ve heard a few stories of card printers going walkabout from reception desks, particularly in colleges. The Kensington lock secures the printer to a desk.

What else has it got going for it?

The Smart 51 is fast, powerful and prints high quality cards (up to 212 colour cards per hour and 720 single colour cards per hour). Its state-of-the-art CPU display makes it easy to use and it’s entirely scalable – you can choose to upgrade to double sided print, add encoding capabilities or lamination later.

The fact that it comes with a 5-year warranty (the longest in the market) shows the confidence that IDP Smart has in its printers.

What’s the cost?

You can pick up a Smart 51 for around £700 + VAT. We currently have a special package available with a host of free extras, including software and the two locks for just £749 + VAT.

The package includes:

  • Smart 51 single sided card printer
  • Ribbon & Card lock (usually an extra £65)
  • Kensington lock (usually an extra £40)
  • Extended rear output hopper (usually an extra £40)
  • Easybadge Lite software
  • YMCKO ribbon, 300 prints
  • 100 blank cards
  • Cleaning kit
  • 5 year warranty

HID Fargo DTC1500

Why it’s great for GDPR

The HID Fargo DTC1500 comes with a host of distinctive security features that makes this plastic card printer the ultimate in data protection.

  1. Unique printer ribbon resin scramble renders all the personal information unreadable

Just what is a resin scramble anyway?

If you use a direct-to-card plastic card printer, you might not realise that all the personal information for each card remains on the printer ribbon after its printed.

When you print the next card, the ribbon simply spools forward, leaving the information behind.

The DTC’s resin scramble feature hides all this information within a resin panel – rendering it unreadable. Which secures your data from any potential breach.

  1. Standard password protection and AES 256 data encryption

Both features provide extra peace of mind and protection from any unauthorised use.

  1. Custom watermark overlay

This allows you to lay your own logo or customised security image over your cards as a transparent watermark, making duplication of your cards almost impossible.

These key features are some of the reasons the DTC1500 is favoured by government organisations, healthcare facilities, schools and colleges.

What else has it got going for it?

The DTC1500 is a powerful, robust card printer, capable of printing 225 high quality colour cards per hour.

One of its big claims is its Low Cost, high-capacity consumables. This basically means that the ribbons are capable of printing more cards – making your ‘cost-per-card’ lower than it would be with other printers.

What’s the cost?

The HID Fargo DTC1500 comes with a higher price tag than the Smart 51s, but then you get what you pay for.

We currently have a printer package on offer for £1049 + VAT. This includes:

  • HID Fargo DTC 1500 single sided card printer with USB and ethernet
  • YMCKO Ribbon, 500 prints
  • 200 blank cards
  • Built-in Swift ID® badging software (this software prints cards without saving records or databases, ideal for data security)
  • 3-year warranty (printer and printhead).

If you need your software to do a little more, for example connect to Office Excel or MS Access, you can upgrade to CardPresso XS card software for an extra £120, or CardPresso XM for an extra £200.

Whatever printer you choose, make sure you shred your printer ribbon securely

Unless it’s the HID Fargo DTC1500 with its built-in resin scramble, don’t forget to build the shredding of your card printer ribbon into your data protection plans.

Read more about the data you leave behind

What about the data you leave behind?

If you print your own ID cards, membership cards or other plastic cards in-house, be careful you don’t put yourself at risk of a data breach without realising it

GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is the hot topic in Boardrooms around country at the moment, and if it isn’t, it should be.

The new GDPR brings in far stricter rules around the use, storage and sharing of personal data, or ‘personally identifiable information’. This is any information relating to an individual: anything from a name, home address, photo, and even a computer’s IP address.

If you print your own ID cards or membership cards, have you considered the personal details left behind on the ribbon?

One of the key points of GDPR is the need to process information in

  • a manner that ensures its security, and
  • the obligation to implement measures that build data protection into your data processing activities.

If you use a direct-to-card plastic card printer, you might not realise that all of the personal information for each card remains on the printer ribbon after its printed.

The way that printer ribbons work is that they literally ‘spool’ along the length of the ribbon each time you print a card. They print the personal details required from one section of the ribbon, then wind onto the next section, leaving a record behind of the card that’s just been printed.

Which means anyone picking up the used ribbon after its been discarded would be able to retrieve all the information of your card holders.

Make sure you have a plan in place to ensure the information on your card printer ribbon is deleted effectively.

There are a few ways to do this:

  1. Pull out the used printer ribbon and manually shred it

If you choose to go this way, make it part of the printing process, with an audit trail to follow. Capture the name of the person shredding it, and the date. GDPR requires you to maintain records of your processing activities and show they have been followed.

If you currently use a company to recycle your other office waste, they may also be able to recycle your printer ribbons and provide you with a certificate to confirm it has been shredded securely.

  1. Choose a Plastic Card Printer that ‘scrambles’ the printer ribbon automatically for data protection

There are a small number of plastic card printers on the market with a ribbon scramble feature built-in, which makes all information contained on it unreadable.

The HID Fargo DTC 1500 is one of Fargo’s newest and most advanced Direct-to-card printers. It comes with a number of new built-in security features such as their unique resin scramble data protection feature. This provides an additional layer of security by hiding any information printed with a resin panel, rendering the panel unreadable.

The DTC 1500 also comes with a custom overlay watermark facility as standard and is equipped with standard password protection and AES 256 data encryption for additional peace of mind.

It’s a bit more expensive that most printers aimed at small-medium businesses, but you get what you pay for. If data security is right at the top of your organisation’s agenda, you might want to consider it.

You can find out more information here 

  1. Do away with the ribbon altogether

Another way to get around the problem – or rather not cause it in the first place – is to use rewritable cards.

Rewritable cards don’t need ribbons to print. Instead they use thermal imaging and heat from the card printer to ‘transfer’ the required detail onto the card. They then use the same thermal imaging to erase the information on the card when you’re finished with it, ready for the next time.

In fact, you can erase and reprint the same card up to 500 times.

This makes rewritable cards ideal for temporary use, for example as temporary ID cards for visitors or for workers on short-term contracts – but not for anything you need to last for any length of time.

The downside is that you don’t get a brilliant quality of print with rewritable cards or any real durability, and they only ‘print’ in one colour, generally black or blue.

Also, the cards are expensive – instead of around £7 for 100, you’re looking at over £80 for 100. However you will see that investment back given you can use them time and time again.

And let’s not forget that you need a plastic card printer with rewritable technology in the first place – this is by no means standard in all models.

All Magicard printers come with rewritable technology included as standard, even the most basic level entry printer, the Pronto, which you can snap up for around £500.

Get it wrong and there are serious penalties, particularly for organisations that experience data breaches.

Read more about how the new GDPR laws might affect your staff ID card issuance.

Get the latest information on GDPR from the ICO