Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

Select printer ribbons based on application

Friday, June 27, 2008

There was a time when all you needed for a print job was a black nylon ribbon and a dot matrix printer. With color came more options, and now with the ability to print directly to cards – no matter if it’s smart, ID or debit – the choice of which print ribbon to use has become a little more confusing. Options now include dye sublimation and thermal transfer types as well as, simple monochrome ribbons.


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