All printer ribbons on plastic cards
Whether you buy a new printer or identity to buy supplies for an existing machine, there are a variety of options available to tape your various applications. What type you decide to buy will depend First, this model of printer you use, then the specific job. If cost is a factor to bear in mind that, in general, the color is more expensive than monochrome. For printing ID you'll need the full spectrum, but for marketing high volume, you can use a animated logo to one color to reduce the cost per unit. And specialty finish options are often available in an embedded Single color cartridge, but they can also be purchased separately.
Dye sublimation thermal transfer
Full color printing in the industry card identity is usually done using tape sublimation. Dye is released by exposure to the tiny pins, metal heated to the print head and bonds chemically with the plastic surface during printing. As the amount of dye used can be carefully controlled and each color blends easily into the other, this method makes printing images of high quality.
Thermal transfer printing uses the resin is melted in the plastic dots of color. resin ink is usually the fourth panel on a color cartridge (the K in the designation stands for black YMCK). The resin the ideal medium for printing sharp lines and is used for barcoding and most applications monochrome. one color does not necessarily Black – the full range of primary colors is available. Being able to choose a contrasting color and ribbon color card gives you plenty of variety choose for your final look. You can also select a metal cartridge as the print option for your next advertising campaign to to differentiate yourself from the competition.
printing inks and resin can both be done in one of two ways. In "live map" requests the printhead release dye or ink directly on the surface of each card. "Retransfer" is to print the image on the back of a strip of plastic film and then fusing the film to the card. The dye / ink between the layers of board area and the layer of protective finish rendering it impervious to wear. The direct option card is often the norm in the printer models cheaper retransfer when printing is available on many high-end units.
Applications and specialty finishing options
Art printing works best with a UV resistant topcoat to keep the image from fading. Locate an O or T in the description tape to find this option of finishing. To save money and reduce waste, buy special "half board" cartridges are configured to print a small area (such as passport photos) in color. For safety, choose a specialty holographic topcoats to apply to each card. This makes it easily visible marking your login and tamper resistant to tampering. Flourescing ink (F) may also be used to add invisible marks for safety or barcoding purposes. A second K in the description is a resin panel for printing black text on the back of a card and it is only for use in printers to double sided. Scratch tape is a popular add-on to cover the pin numbers.
If you use your card printer on a regular basis, consider implementing a replenishment program automatically to prevent you from running out of supplies. Mark each cartridge with the date on which it was delivered then you'll be sure to use oldest first – they are no longer valid after about a year. Remember to order any Printer Cleaning supplies even they do not come pre-packaged with ribbon. Keep the path clear impression of debris and put in place is an important part of keeping your equipment running.
Brand name from Off Brand
Card Printers are specially designed to operate best with supplies provided by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) since supplies are an important part of their regular source of income. This does not mean you can not use a generic brand *, just be careful. Since non-OEM ribbons can not give you print quality ultimately you're used to, it is advisable to purchase a sample before placing any kind of bulk order. Generic supplies are often non-refundable and you do not want to deal with a large stock of unusable supplies on your shelves.
* Note: Do not let a printer manufacturer void warranty because you use off brand supplies – it is a violation of federal law by the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act of 1975.
Cleaning a Brother MFC-420cn Printer Head