Two Shortcuts To Avoid When Printing ID Cards

Most people are looking for ways to save a few bucks, save time, or both. When it comes to ID card printing, you might be surprised to find out that the shortcuts you’ve decided to take are actually costing you more in the long run in both time and money. Pre-Punched Slot Cards Lets say you have hundreds of PVC cards to print that need to be attached to a lanyard. The most obvious solution is to purchase pre-punched slot cards. The time required to hand-punch hundreds of cards seems daunting to you, right? Well, this shortcut may actually end up causing some serious damage to your DTC (direct-to-card) printer. The printhead on a direct-to-card printer can come into contact with the edges surrounding the pre-punched slot in the cards, causing significant damage to your printhead. If this happens, you’ll begin to notice white lines appearing near the middle of your professional ID cards, meaning one or more pixels have been damaged and can no longer print on the ribbon. In this scenario, the only option you have is to replace your printhead, which can cost hundreds of dollars. If you know you need to print on a lot of pre-punched slot cards, you should … Continue reading

Top Badge Printers with Wireless Options

In today’s world, wireless technology is often introduced into existing products in order to provide increased mobility. Until recently, badge making was confined to the length of the USB cable connecting between a computer and ID card printer. Technological advances in plastic card printing and software have helped “cut-the-cord” with the use of wireless badge printing. Current badge printers often have the ability to add-on wireless functionality, on top of USB/Ethernet connectivity. This added feature is ideal for situations requiring remote printing such as on-site deliveries of membership cards, student ID’s, as well as event organizations. The technology behind this feature is 802.11b/g wireless connectivity. This relies on existing network infrastructure, and manufacturers have yet to release a ID badge maker utilizing Bluetooth. FARGO offers a printer Wi-Fi accessory that can be conveniently added to any FARGO Ethernet-Enabled Printer/Encoder. Compatible printers include: FARGO HDP5600 FARGO HDP5000 FARGO DTC4500e FARGO DTC4250e FARGO DTC5500LMX Evolis, leader of printing solutions on plastic cards, manufactures badge printers with wireless options. The Evolis product line offering this technology is: Evolis Primacy Evolis Zenius Evolis Securion Evolis Quantum 2 Zebra has two product lines which have the option for 802.11b/g wireless connectivity. Zebra ZXP Series 7 Zebra ZXP Series 8 AdvantIDge can meet all … Continue reading

Incompatibility Evolis Premium Suite and Firmware

IDSupershop would like for users of Evolis printers to be aware of a small problem between the driver software that lives on their computer, and the firmware that lives on the printer. This is caused by a variety of things, from Windows updates to improperly updating the printer driver before updating firmware amongst others. The issue is correctable without the need for service, but IDSupershop is always happy to help out if you feel your obstacle requires extra service to get through. Symptom: The printer is detected as “offline” in the supervision mode in the Evolis Print Center. Communication with the printer and printing are not possible. Printers concerned: Evolis Zenius Evolis Primacy Evolis Elypso Evolis KC200 et Evolis KC200B Evolis Premium Suite version concerned:          (Published 10/07/2015)          (Published 27/08/2015)          (Published 25/09/2015)          (Published 14/10/2015)          (Published 19/11/2015) Printer firmware version concerned : 1607 (or above) The version “” (published 13/01/2016) of Evolis Premium Suite solves this incompatibility error. To solve the issue AdvantIDge recommends the updating of the Evolis Premium Suite in case the printer is detected as “Off line” in the Evolis Print Center or in case of running a concerned versions. Use the “Update verification wizard” tool, available from … Continue reading

Tips For a Healthy ID Card Printer: Printer Maintenance

Often we at IDSupershop are asked by our clients for a few basic suggestions to get the most life out of their ID badge machine. Though every card printer is a little bit different, and all of the manufacturer’s have their own specific ideas and guidelines, there are a few printer maintenance tips that every badge printer has in common that can help you get started down the road of ensuring you get the most out of your investment. Use the recommended ID card printer ribbon for your printer and make sure it is installed correctly. A properly installed ribbon will be aligned and fit securely. Always use good quality blank ID cards that are clean and make sure they stay free from dust on the shelf and in the ID card printer. Routinely clean the ID card printer. A good rule of thumb is to clean your ID card printer every time you replace the printer ribbon. Be sure to use the cleaning products and procedures recommended by the manufacturer. Always keep your ID card printer located in a clean environment where it won’t be exposed to excessive dust, moisture, coffee, soda, etc… These simple steps can prevent the most … Continue reading

Badge Buddies Role Recognition Cards

Badge Buddies are one of the most popular and necessary ID accessories. If you are a healthcare or large scale customer and aren’t using Badge Buddies, you’re missing out! With so much information sometimes needing to be displayed in a way that it can be readable from a distance, sometimes even an oversized identification badge may not have all of the space needed. That’s why the ID card accessory can be such a great benefit to so many different types of organizations, including healthcare. These role-recognition cards hang behind an existing ID credential and serve as a way to clearly identify the wearer’s job title. Badge Buddies… …can be horizontal or vertical, with pre-printed medical titles. …satisfy some state healthcare ID badge law requirements. …are also available in kits, letting your customers create their own. If your organization is having issues being able to display all of the necessary information for either compliance, or just ease of use and security, consider Badge Buddies as your alternative to an overly-cramped, and as a result less effective, badging solution. IDSupershop offers a wide variety of all of the ID card printer systems, or other visitor management devices, to fill any of your asset tracking, … Continue reading

Going Green with IDSupershop Environmental Friendly Products

IDSupershop has a long history of environmental consciousness, with our greening efforts touching every aspect of our operation, from our catalog to production to our facility. We remain committed to always being a responsible steward of the environment, combining cutting-edge technology with ecologically responsible processes and products to ensure a sustainable future for generations to come. Recycled Products IDSupershop offers PVC made from post-consumer material. We find this to be both environmentally responsible – even more than bio-PVC and other supposedly Earth- friendly products – and clean white, meaning artwork isn’t affected. We will offer 100% recycled cards once that material is available. Biodegradable Fiberboard IDSupershop is excited to announce our new 30-mil fiberboard, the cost-effective way to go green! This fiber-based material is both recyclable and biodegradable!* 30% post-consumer recycled fiber 70% wood fiber from well managed, FSC-certified forest Two trees planted for each one harvested! Manufactured using aqueous technology and water-based coating No ozone-depleting chemicals used in process No chlorinated raw materials Perfect For: Hotel keycards Gift cards Game cards Door hangers Environmental cards Conference schedules Parking passes ID badges Posters For products up to 24″ x 30″ in size… and much, much more! *Unlaminated product is fully biodegradable. Adding … Continue reading

Case Study: Casino Players Club Cards

Casinos are well known for having membership cards and Casinos in California are no different. Many casinos, including those in Southern California and Las Vegas, use AdvantIDge for all of their card printing needs for a complete membership ID solution. It’s quite common to see casinos using a complete card system consisting of two card printers and colorful magnetic stripe cards to produce hundreds, if not thousands, of membership cards to place into their guests hands. One Southern California in particular first started with three Zebra p330i printers from IDSupershop to kick off their card printing. After years of excellent printing, they traded in their printers to us for credit towards the upgraded Zebra ZXP 3 printer to produce even more beautiful players cards by the thousands. If you’ve been to a casino lately, you may have noticed that casinos pass out eye-catching membership cards to their players which are often shiny, jewel colored, or sparkly. These are magnetic stripe cards in silver, gold, platinum (and more!) colored cards to represent each tier of their membership program. Printing only in black ribbon contrasts boldly against these brightly colored cards, which is the recommended ribbon color for printing on colored cards. IDSupershop offers a wide variety of all of the ID card printer systems, or other visitor management devices, to fill any of … Continue reading

Access Control Product Lifecycle Notification

IDSupershop is committed to providing the highest quality physical access control solutions to our customers. HID Global, an IDSupershop partner in access control products is implementing a change in their offing; a process for product lifecycle management simplifies that the portfolio and provides a more streamlined menu of products that enable easy and efficient selection of the right solution for each application. This process also provides operational efficiencies for IDSupershop and our partners, helping us to deliver on our commitment to improve the way we do business. As part of this product lifecycle management process, the following HID Global products will move to End of Life in the months ahead: Affected categories: Uncommon Controller Products Uncommon Credential Products Uncommon Credential Programmer Products Uncommon Indala Embedded Reader Components Uncommon Indala Reader Bezels and Accessories This doesn’t mean that IDSupershop is fazing out their support for access control systems. We’re simply streamlining our portfolio of offerings with a more focused listing of the best products on the market. You can still count on us as much as ever for all of your access control needs! IDSupershop offers a wide variety of all of the ID card printer systems, or other visitor management devices, to fill any of … Continue reading

Primacy Offering New Features

In an effort to push performance and value to their highest limits, IDSupershop would like to let you know that Evolis has gone even further to improve their Primacy ID badge printer. In addition to the improvements in design announced earlier this year, the primacy now offers an even better set of advanced feature available on the model. Below you’ll find a brief description of the new features, as well as their expected availability date. COntact your sales representative at IDSupershop here for more options. Electro-mechanical locking system to secure the card issuance process The Primacy now features an electro-mechanical locking system which prevents the printer from being opened by unauthorized personnel in localized issuance of secure cards. This new feature meets the market requirements for instant issuance of financial cards as well as any application requiring a secured issuance process. Increased Monochrome Speed : up to 1,000 cards per hour For users with high monochrome throughput requirements, Primacy printers are now fitted with a new rear-ejection mode increasing the monochrome speed to up to 1,000 cards per hour. This standard feature is available on every Primacy entering in production beginning the end of May 2016. Color Touch Screen Display This new graphical … Continue reading

Price Changes for FARGO Cleaning Kits and HDP Film

In association with IDSupershop, HID Global will be increasing the MSRP for some FARGO products effective April 15, 2016. The table below details the current and future MSRP values of items that are impacted by this change. Please plan accordingly for the price change and secure needed products as applicable. Thank you for your continued business and interest in HID Global products, solutions and services provided by IDSupershop. IDSupershop offers a wide variety of all of the ID card printer systems, or other visitor management devices, to fill any of your asset tracking, visitor management, or ID card security needs. From card printers and supplies for issuance, through to badge clips and other peripherals to put them into your users hands. With more than 40 years of combined industry experience, we’re ready to help you achieve your identification goals. For specific information please contact our Sales department at or call 877-943-7467 for more information on this update, we provide excellent customer service!

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