Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

Choosing the right card printer for your company

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Navigating the showroom floor

Employee ID credentials have advanced greatly in recent years, but as new security features and materials are added to the mix one constant remains: the need to print and personalize the badge.

Choosing the right card printer is like purchasing a car in that the buyer must balance wants and needs. While the organization may want the Ferrari of printers they must ask, is it feasible? Reliable? Maintainable? Will they even know how to drive it?

These are concerns that decision makers from every company–large or small–grapple with when investing in a card printing system.

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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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Indiana University’s Student Association has passed a resolution that will allow students’ preferred names to appear on their IDs rather than their legal names.

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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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