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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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?
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.
The 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 faster – enabling 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.
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.
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
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.
The new GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) brings in much stricter rules around the use and protection of individual’s personal data.
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
Once you have bought a new printer ribbon from us, simply email email@example.com 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
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:
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.
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.
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.
Extended rear output hopper (usually an extra £40)
Easybadge Lite software
YMCKO ribbon, 300 prints
100 blank cards
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.
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.
Standard password protection and AES 256 data encryption
Both features provide extra peace of mind and protection from any unauthorised use.
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.
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
Although 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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
We accept all brands of plastic card printer, and doesn’t have to be working
Your current card printer doesn’t have to be an Evolis to qualify, and it doesn’t matter if it’s not currently working. All we ask is that it’s a complete printer – i.e. not in parts.
So if you’re experiencing poor print quality that isn’t improved by a cleaning kit, or you’re looking to upgrade to more sophisticated capabilities, don’t just recycle your current printer – trade-it in for money off a new one.
For more information, get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org, 0344 225 2303 or via LiveChat.
Printing cards yourself on a double-sided card printer
If you’re printing double sided membership cards yourself, on a double-sided printer, the most common mistake is using a YMCKO ribbon, rather than a YMCKOK one.
A YMCKOK ribbon basically has a second black panel, and is designed specifically for use with double sided card printers. It allows you to print full colour on the front of the card and black on the reverse – making it ideal for clubs who print graphics on the front, but only sparse details on the back.
If you were to use a YMCKO ribbon instead, you would have to use all 5 panels on the front, then all 5 panels on the back. The result? You use up the ribbon twice as fast.
Just overprinting members’ details?
If you are just overprinting details like name and membership number onto pre-printed membership cards, you don’t need an all singing, all dancing ribbon. A single-colour ribbon could do the job just fine. You can get ribbons in a choice of colours, including silver and gold, and the cost is considerably cheaper per print than using an YMCKO ribbon.
Remember that ribbons have a shelf-life of around a year
Also think about the quantity of membership cards you need to produce and don’t overbuy on printer capacity. Each ribbon is capable of printing a certain number of cards, so if you only need a handful on an irregular basis, don’t shell out on a 1000 capacity ribbon when 200 would do. Especially as ribbons have a shelf-life – generally of about a year.
The larger the print ribbon the less the cost per card, so if you’re printing larger numbers, invest in a higher image one. This will also save on re-ordering costs such as delivery.
Still not sure which ribbon is right for your plastic card printer?
Give one of our friendly team a call – we’re happy to help guide you.
Cut down on reordering costs for membership cards throughout the year
How do you manage the production of cards for new members that join after the initial deadline has passed?
If you have a plastic card printer, you’ll just print out new membership cards when you need them. Taking out the cost of the actual printer itself (which can cost upwards of £1,000 for a decent one), this is a fairly cost-effective and easy way of managing new joiners throughout the year.
But what if you don’t have a plastic card printer?
Ask your card printing bureau about overprinting
If you have your membership cards professionally printed by a card bureau, ask them if they offer an overprinting option.
This service allows you to print more membership cards than you need for your initial run, which are then kept ‘in reserve’ until you need them. These reserve membership cards are fully branded, and follow consequential numbering, so they don’t look any different from the initial run. They’re just not personalised.
You can then ‘call off’ the cards throughout the year, a handful at a time. Simply send the required data (names, etc) and the cards will be overprinted accordingly.
Most card bureaus will charge a small admin and posting fee for this service, but you won’t be paying a new set-up fee or printing fee for a new run of cards.
This route cuts down on reordering costs throughout the year, and can negate the need to invest in a plastic card printer at all.
The Card Network offers an overprinting option on all our membership card packages. Please contact us for more information.
Bringing photo ID cards into your organisation can play a significant factor in ensuring the security of your building and the protection of your staff. So how do you go about setting it up?
First, think about what you want to achieve.
Do you want the photo ID cards to just identify the wearer, or do you want them to also act as access control cards (to gain entry to your building) or as smart cards (to pay for their lunch in the canteen for example)?
The answer to this will determine what kind of cards you need, and how much investment/time will be involved. If this is purely an exercise in badging, a plain PVC card will do – which you can choose to print yourself by investing in an ID card printer, or by using a card bureau service. You can buy cards that come with signature strips, or mag stripes that work with simpler loyalty systems for example.
If you want your photo ID cards to work with your existing access control system, speak to your installer about whether your existing cards can be printed on – or indeed whether you need to swop from a token or fob to a card. Most access control cards can be printed on with a specific type of ID card printer.
If you truly want a smart card, you’ll need a card that comes with a chip embedded – for example Mifare cards (think an Oyster card), or one that’s capable of taking on smart card capabilities. Again, these can be printed on – usually by a card bureau.
Then consider how you’ll manage the programme.
Who will be responsible for creating the photo ID cards, managing the records and dealing with the day-to-day administration? Usually this responsibility lies with HR, but if you don’t have your own HR department, give at least two people responsibility. That way, if one person is on holiday when a card is ‘forgotten’ or ‘stolen’, things won’t grind to a halt.
If your photo ID cards are doubling up as access control cards, put robust procedures in place for what happens if a card goes missing. Your access control software will allow you to block or delete a specific card – ensuring it doesn’t allow access to your building if it drops into the wrong hands.
If you’re bringing in a programme for security reasons, make sure you stick to it.
Don’t make it one rule for one, one rule for another. That means senior management need to be onboard too, otherwise it undermines the whole programme. If the primary purpose for bringing in photo ID cards is to improve security, everyone needs to wear a badge.
That means following procedures for ‘forgotten’ badges too. Give out temporary badges to members of staff who have left theirs at home that day.
Giving all staff a Photo ID card for security purposes is only effective if it’s going to be enforced. If you have someone permanently in Reception, give them the responsibility for checking everyone is wearing a photo ID card when they enter the building. Most importantly, they should stop anyone who is not.
In some industries where security is paramount, for example in healthcare or schools, staff should be given permission to challenge anyone not wearing a badge. This secondary level of checking should reveal anyone who made it past reception unnoticed.
Now you need to consider how you’ll create the cards.
There are two ways you can print your photo ID cards: by investing in a plastic card printer and doing it yourself, or by sending the data to a card bureau for them to print them for you.
Keeping your card printing in-house
There is a wide range of card printers available on the market. At the entry-level end, you can pick up the Evolis ‘plug & print’ Badgy for less than £600.
But if you’re printing a large quantity of cards, or you need them to do more clever things (like print volumes of double sided cards with smart card capabilities) then you could be looking at spending more like £1200. Then you’ll need to factor in the running costs, in terms of blank cards, ribbons and cleaning kits.
Keeping your card printing in-house is sensible if you have a regular need to print new photo ID cards, for example for temporary workers, or contractors.
Outsourcing to a card bureau
If you don’t want to shell-out for a card printer, look for a plastic card supplier with a track record in printing photo ID cards. They will take your data and print the cards for you.
But make sure you check their credibility. It isn’t particularly wise to choose a supplier in China you’ve never heard of – even if they are cheap – integrity of data won’t be guaranteed. Ask sensible questions to protect the identities of your employees – how will the supplier store your information? Are their staff CRB checked? We would expect to be asked this type of due diligence.
Some plastic card printers will also take away the hassle of administration from you. Many, like The Card Network, operate a card issuance service, where all photo ID cards are sent with a personalised letter directly to employees.
On a simple level, photo ID cards identify the wearer, and whether they have the right to access the building. They also make it much harder for the cards to be ‘adopted’ by anyone other than the rightful owner, which automatically tightens security. They also bring a sense of community to your workforce, a benefit that can’t be underestimated.