Printed Paxton Net2 Cards Now Available

printed membership cards

If you use a Paxton Net2 Door Entry system, and regularly buy the blank Net2 Proximity cards, have you thought about going branded?

If you don’t want to invest in a plastic card printer to be able to personalise your access cards yourself, we can print them for you.

100 full colour (both sides) Paxton Net2 Proximity cards start from just £366 for 100

We’ll brand them front and back to your requirements. They make ideal membership cards or access cards for shared office spaces or co-working offices, or temporary visitor badges.

They can be personalised with unique membership numbers or names for an extra cost and you could choose to include a signature strip. Just get in touch for a custom quote.

Why go branded?

Branded cards say a lot more about your company than blank cards ever could. If you’re a club or shared office space it’s all about impression – a quality branded card says that you value their membership – and their membership fee. You’ll want those members to feel proud using their card, and to feel like they’re part of an inclusive club.

They also act as a good promotion for you.

Net2 card printing – include multiple designs

You can print more than one design in the print run for an extra £25 per extra design. So if you have different membership categories, you could have a bespoke design for each.

The cards used are Paxton 692-500 Net2 Proximity cards, the same as the blanks you would buy for your system. The higher the quantity, the less the per card cost.

So the next time you’re stocking up on Net2 cards, think about what custom printed Paxton net2 cards would say about your company.

Call us on 01244 526009 to talk through your requirements or for a custom quote, or email sales@thecardnetwork.co.uk

Brilliant Budget Offer – IDP Smart 51 Secure Card Printer

Plastic ID Card Printer Package created for GDPR – Keep your Data Safe – Just £699*

If you’re looking for an ID Card Printer that’s not too expensive, produces great quality plastic cards quickly and helps you meet GDPR requirements by keeping your data safe, we recommend the IDP Smart 51 Secure.

We classify the IDP Smart 51 Card Printer as a ‘mid-user’ printer, one that is easily capable of handling 5000+ cards a year.

It’s a little more expensive than an entry-level printer which you can snap up for around £500, but as you’d expect, comes with a whole load more capabilities – like speed, print quality, reliability and upgrade options; allowing you to add encoding capabilities on at a later date for example.

But what makes this bundle stand out in an increasingly crowded ID Card Printer market is its strength in GDPR compliance.

The IDP Smart 51 Secure Bundle works because it makes it very difficult for unauthorised people to access your data in the first place.

Don’t forget – when you print an ID card, membership card, loyalty card or visitor badge with an individual’s personal details or photograph, you have a responsibility for ensuring that data doesn’t become accessible.

Many people don’t realise that an imprint of the data printed into a plastic card is retained on the printer ribbon.

Card Printer Ribbon Sensitive data
Printer Ribbons retain an imprint of each individual’s data – it should be disposed off securely

If someone can access the printer ribbon, they have a record of every individual’s details that have passed through it. 

So not only is it crucially important to securely dispose of the printer ribbon when you’ve used it, you need to prevent access to it in the first place.

Read more about our Printer Ribbon Shredding Service.

What comes as part of the IDP Smart 51 Secure Bundle

It comes with a Ribbon and Card Lock which means only the person with the key can unlock and use the printer, preventing bogus use.

The included Kensington Lock  chains the printer to the desk. If you have a busy reception desk, or have print cards in a public area, this stops the printer going walkabout.

Also included is:

  • Extended Rear Output Hopper
  • Easybadge Lite Card Design Software
  • YMCKO Ribbon, 300 prints
  • 100 blank cards
  • Cleaning Kit
  • 5-Year Warranty.

No other manufacturer offers a 5-Year Warranty on their plastic card printers, which shows the faith IDP Smart have in their printers.

We find the IDP Smart 51 to be fast, efficient and reliable. It’s capable of printing up to 212 single-sided colour cards per hour, or up to 720 mono cards per hour. If you regularly print ID cards, membership cards or other plastic cards, it’s hard to beat.

We are have a special ‘end of budget- year’ promotion on this model – just £699 + VAT and Delivery. This price isn’t available on our website. Call 01244 526009 to speak to our friendly customer service team.

Read more about the IDP Smart 51.

Do your bit to help the plastic problem

New clear biodegradable ID card holders now in stock – just £7.00 for 100

We’re all aware of the plastic problem.

It’s thought that more than five trillion pieces of plastic are awash in the world’s oceans – and significantly more trillion are on land. Given it can take hundreds of years for some of that plastic to breakdown, it’s no wonder we’re all looking for alternatives.

It’s all about making small changes in our everyday existence.

Small changes add up, whether that’s choosing paper straws, selecting individual fruit and veg, or being a bit more careful about your choice of ID card holder.

New Bio Badges – clear and biodegradable ID card holders

Making something biodegradable often means adding a premium onto the price tag, but not so here.

Our Bio Badges are available at the same price as our previous ID card holders – just £7.00 for 100.

These card holders are manufactured from Ox-biodegradable plastic. This technology converts the plastic into biodegradable materials at the end of their use, by oxidation in the presence of oxygen.

In other words, the plastic begins to degrade and physically disintegrate when in the ground within a few weeks to 1-2 years (as compared to many years), making them more eco-friendly.

You’ll sacrifice nothing in quality as opposed to our previous card holders, but you will be making a difference to the environment.

If you’re interested in other biodegradable card holders in other colours, please get in touch.

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