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