Year End Special Offer: Buy 2 ribbons, get 100 cards for free

Plastic card Printer ribbons offer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With the end of the financial year fast approaching, and those ID card and membership card projects stacking up, there’s never been a better time to stock up on your card printer ribbons.

Especially when you can some blank cards thrown in for free.

This offer covers the full range of colour and mono printer ribbons for Magicard, Datacard, Evolis, Easybadge, Javelin, Fargo, Zebra and Smart plastic card printers.

Order any two ribbons and we’ll include 100 Dyestar blank white plastic cards (760 microns) for free.

Simply add the Dyestar cards into your basket and quote RC17 at checkout.

But hurry, this offer is only valid until 31st March, 2017.

 

*Offer valid until 31st March, 2017. VAT and Delivery charges apply.

Are you using the right printer ribbon for your membership cards?

 

cut costs on membership cards
Choosing the right ribbon can cut costs & improve results

How to save money on printing and get the best results

Whether you print all your membership cards on your own card printer, or just do ‘top-ups’ throughout the year, it pays to use the right ribbon.

Not only will it give you the best results and save you money, the right ribbon will maximise the productivity of your plastic card printer.

So which one?

The range of different printer ribbons out there can be a bit bewildering. YMCK, YMCKO or YMCKOK? (More details on ribbon types here http://blog.thecardnetwork.co.uk/2014/07/save-money-use-the-right-ribbon-for-your-plastic-card-printer/)

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.

More information on the different types of ribbons available is available here http://blog.thecardnetwork.co.uk/2014/07/save-money-use-the-right-ribbon-for-your-plastic-card-printer/

Save money when printing your 2015 membership cards

Print more than you need & ‘bank’ the rest for overprinting new members’ details throughout the year

Most clubs use a card bureau to issue their membership cards, or print their own in-house. A combination of the two may be most cost-effective…

With 2015 nearly upon us, many clubs and organisations are in the throes of organising their membership programme for the new year. Printing the actual membership cards themselves is often the biggest expense to bear, so here are a few ways you can save money and reduce admin time.

First – consider the most cost-effective way to print the cards

The two main options here are: a) invest in a plastic card printer and print your own, or b) have them printed by a plastic card supplier (a card bureau).

Which path you choose will depend greatly on how many membership cards you need to print, and how often throughout the year you need to print them.

If it’s a one-off run of hundreds of cards, outsourcing to a card bureau will always be cheaper than investing in a card printer and consumables. However that’s in terms of one-off costs – a plastic card printer does begin to return value after a few years of use – but depending on how much a work horse it is, it may not last much longer than that.

If you only print small quantities of cards, an entry-level card printer like the Badgy may be your best bet. Yes you’ll have to buy consumables and you’ll have the initial outlay, but you’ll also have the flexibility of printing one or two membership cards throughout the year, whenever you need them.

Or you could do both and save money

If you print a significant number of membership cards, and need to issue new ones throughout the year, have your card bureau run a quantity of unpersonalised membership cards, for overprinting with new members’ details throughout the year.

This in effect creates a ‘bank’ of membership cards for when you need them – produced professionally so they don’t look any different from the initial run. The card bureau can then overprint members’ names and numbers when required – or you can run them through your own card printer.

This route cuts down on reordering costs throughout the year, and if you choose the card bureau route, the need to invest in a card printer at all. The Card Network offer this overprinting service – please get in touch with us for more information.

If you’re going to be using a plastic card printer for all, or part of your programme…

… make sure you’re using the right ribbon

The range of different printer ribbons out there can be a bit bewildering. In order to keep your printing costs down, choose the right ribbon for the job.

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.

However if you just want to overprint a member’s details (like name and membership number) onto an already printed card, 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.

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.

For more information on choosing the right printer ribbon for your job, read our blog. http://blog.thecardnetwork.co.uk/2014/07/save-money-use-the-right-ribbon-for-your-plastic-card-printer/

For more information about our overprinting service, please get in touch.

Save money: use the right ribbon for your plastic card printer

Choose the right ribbon for the right job & save money on re-ordering

Do you know which card printer ribbon is best for your particular card printing? If you don’t know what all the terms mean, it can get a bit confusing. Selecting the right ribbon for the job won’t just ensure better results; it can also save you money and maximise the productivity of your plastic card printer.

First things first – what do all those terms mean?

plastic card printer ribbon
Increase productivity & save cost by choosing the right ribbon

Although you might be used to seeing CMYK on your desktop printer inks, plastic card printer ribbons are a bit different. They are split into panels, each panel being represented by a letter. These mean:

Y = Yellow dye sublimation panel
M = Magenta dye sublimation panel
C = Cyan dye sublimation panel
K = Black resin panel
O = Overlay panel.

Your plastic card printer mixes the yellow, magenta, cyan and black together to create all colours in the spectrum.

So which is right for which purpose?

YMC ribbons
These are fine for full colour cards where you don’t need a crisp black, because the black will be made by mixing the yellow/magenta/cyan together. For example, basic membership cards. Don’t shell out for one of the ‘all singing, all dancing’ ribbons if that’s all you need to do.

YMCK ribbons
However if you need to print barcodes or QR codes, you’ll need a ribbon with a black panel for the codes to be good quality enough to be scanned. If you’re printing photo ID cards or need crisp black text, you’ll almost certainly want a YMCK ribbon.

YMCKO ribbons
YMCKO ribbons include a transparent overlay panel that basically adds a thin layer of protection to the cards, sealing in the print colours and giving them more durability. This helps with fading and wear and tear – important if cards are used outdoors regularly, or in a manual job. They increase the shelf life of your cards and are becoming the standard purchase for many customers, as there isn’t a big price hike.

YMCKOK ribbons
A second black? Well, yes. These ribbons are designed specifically for double sided plastic card printers, to allow you to print full colour on the front of the card and black on the reverse. In other words, the YMCKO panels work on the front, the K on the back.

Using one of these ribbons for this job will save you money over using a YMCKO ribbon. Using a YMCKO ribbon means the printer will use all 5 panels to print the front, and another 5 panels to print the back. The result? You use up the ribbon twice as fast.

Want to print double-sided cards, but both in colour?

Unfortunately plastic card printer manufacturers haven’t come up with a YMCKOYMCKO ribbon yet, so you’ll need to use a YMCK or YMCKO ribbon to print both sides. Just be aware that you’ll also use it up twice as fast, but there’s no alternative.

Only printing a single colour? Then use a monochrome ribbon

You’d be surprised how many people think that ‘monochrome’ means ‘black’ rather than ‘one colour’. If you’re overprinting in a single colour, for example adding name or membership data, then use a monochrome ribbon rather than wasting a YMCKO one. Monochrome ribbons come in a variety of colours, including gold and silver and are considerably cheaper, per card, than YMCKO ones.

How many cards do you need to print?

Each printer ribbon is capable of printing a certain number of cards, so make sure you choose the right one for your need. If your plastic card printer is only printing a handful of cards on an irregular basis, don’t waste money on a 1000 image ribbon for example, when a 200 image would do.

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.

Evolis Badgy plastic card printer – now in stock

We’ve just added the Evolis Badgy to our range of plastic card printers, because we think it’s one of the best printers around in its price bracket. That, and we kinda like its name.

Evolis card printer
An al-in-one solution perfect for small card runs

Who is it designed for?

The Evolis Badgy is aimed at users who want to print small to medium runs of photo ID cards and badges. The emphasis is on simplicity – the printer is so user-friendly that anyone can use it. It’s an all-in-one solution, so there’s no messing about with adding bits on, internal parts or complicated software. Set up is as easy as you would expect it to be.

If you need to be able to print your own photo ID cards for new starters throughout the year, or for contractors visiting your site on a daily basis, the Evolis Badgy is a great, cost-effective option.

Custom design your own cards

The Badgy comes with hundreds of free-to-download, easy-to-edit badge templates. Simply choose which one you want and customise it to your own requirements using the Office-Card software (add your logo, pictures etc.) All the templates are in Excel-format, so you can use them immediately.

The results are waterproof and tamper-proof quality cards.

What impressed us?

For such a small printer, we were impressed by the photo quality resolution and how quickly it prints. We also like the fact that there’s only one ribbon to replace, and it’s easy to do it. The package also comes with a stack of blank cards and ribbon so you really can just plug in and print.

It’s light and compact (and it looks cute), so it doesn’t take up a lot of desk space and is easily portable, making it ideal if you need to badge people at an event or conference.

What doesn’t it do?

It can’t manage large volumes and it doesn’t come with encoding technologies, though at this price we wouldn’t expect it to. If you need your cards to be ‘smarter’, you’ll need to look at an alternative, for example the Evolis Primacy printer which comes with the option of magnetic encoding.

We are currently offering the Evolis Badgy for the very competitive price of £585.38.

Already using an Evolis Badgy printer? We’d love to know what you think – please leave us a comment.

You can learn more at www.badgy.com

Everything access control for EE (Everything Everywhere)

 

Superfast broadband & 4G phones
Superfast delivery for superfast broadband provider

EE is the UK’s most advanced digital communications company and was the first in Britain to offer superfast 4G services alongside fibre broadband. EE run the EE, Orange and T-Mobile brands and deliver to over 27 million customers. The Card Network started working with EE back in July 2011, when they were still known as Everything Everywhere.

The right access control products

EE were looking for a supplier they could trust to deliver the right access control cards and consumables, so they contacted us. In July 2011, we supplied them with 2000 TDSi microcards and new printer ribbons for their plastic card printer.

At the end of December 2011, EE came back to us for corporate format HID cards. Over the next six months, we were to supply more TDSi cards, HID cards and printer consumables such as ribbons and card printing software.

Superfast broadband needed superfast delivery

In July 2012 they contacted us with a new request. With the official launch of EE and the UK’s first 4G mobile network scheduled for a few months time, all staff were going to need new access control cards. We sourced them a combined HID card that would combine several access control cards into one.

We ensured that all 12,000 HID cards and consumables were with EE well in advance of the launch of the new brand and continue to supply them on an ongoing basis.

Search our range of access control card products.

Print your own plastic cards for Christmas

If you have a plastic card printer you’ll be able to print custom plastic cards for Christmas at the touch of a button. Pick a festive design and you’re good to go. The only question is what plastic card will you create?

Season-up your name badges

If you’re holding a Christmas drinks event this year for clients and customers, instead of giving your staff plain name badges, why not print Christmas ones instead? If it’s a themed event, having printed plastic cards in the same design adds to the fun and is a nice extra touch.

Remind customers of your special offers

Or if you’re in retail and you’re doing daily Christmas offers, give your people a custom printed plastic card to wear with details of today’s deal to remind customers.

Great for parties

Rather than printing paper invitations or sending an email to your guest list for your Christmas party, you could print a plastic card instead. Plastic cards have much more stand out than paper ones and look more impressive to your guests. You could give them a dual purpose – for example, ‘Exchange this card for a free mulled wine at the bar’ or something similar.

If it’s your staff Christmas party, you could have some fun with the card printer and give out Christmas themed name badges for the day. Santa has his little helpers, what about you? Or you could print some Christmas ID cards for the week in the run up to Christmas, adding a Santa hat or reindeer antlers. Get creative!

We sell some of the best quality and most cost-effective printer packages on the market, which are all capable of printing ID cards. Whether you want to print a handful of cards occasionally or need a powerful printer to print double-sided plastic cards regularly, we’ll have a solution to fit. We also stock blank plastic cards in all colours, cleaning kits and printer ribbons.