Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

Team NiSCA to unveil single-sided card printer that adds layers of security

Monday, March 28, 2011

Team NiSCA, Somerset, N.J., will roll out its PR5360LE, a new high speed, direct to card printer at the ISC West International Security Conference and Exposition in Las Vegas, April 6-8.

The new printer enhances the NiSCA plastic card printer product line with the addition of a professional, single-sided printer that has an optional magnetic stripe three-track encoding as well as a more advanced IC contact chip and IC contactless encoding.


The printer is compatible with the NiSCA PR5302 laminator to offer patch or edge-to-edge lamination. Mainstream plastic card printers provide an overcoat protection to the card. However, there have been tests to show that this overlay can be stripped and the text can be manipulated with the right chemicals. For this reason, corporations, governments and universities require security lamination.

NiSCA offers a number of custom and generic holograms for the PR5360LE. Secure holograms help protect against counterfeiting, and make an entire ID system and facilities more secure. The security features built into holograms are difficult to duplicate and provide ID cards with levels of security that can make the card harder to counterfeit.

Additional security features that can be added with a PR5360LE printer are UV and micro text printing. UV printing allows the automated printing of the printer’s serial and model number, date of printing, variable demographic data and one bit monochrome graphics. [end] 

Evolis has unveiled the AVANSIA, a new printer that utilizes retransfer-printing technology to deliver high quality, high durability cards.

With retransfer printing, the card layout is first printed on a transparent film and then the print layer is transferred to the card. This technology makes it possible to cover the entire surface of the card, eliminate white edges and protect the print head from damage.

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A definitive rundown of cardstock materials and considerations

There are a number of considerations that a campus card office must navigate when delivering a robust and functional student credential. For instance, choosing the right printer, card technology and even the proper printing method are all vital concerns, but there is another decision that must be made that precludes each of these factors.

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Whether to pre-print static areas of the institution’s cardstock or rely on desktop printers to add all the elements on the fly is an important and debatable topic. There are tangible benefits – both in terms of the cards themselves and the process of issuing them – for a university that pre-prints its cardstock. But there are also drawbacks related to flexibility and timeliness.

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