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How To Attach A Lanyard To An ID Badge Or Card

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Handheld Slot Punches with GuideDo you manage an office, run a business or have employees that need to attach a lanyard to an ID card or badge? Try as you might, a hole punch simply is not going to cut it (pardon the pun). What you are going to need is what’s known as a slot punch.

Slot punches are designed to punch a rectangular-shaped hole, typical 1/8″ tall by ½” wide. These slots are designed to accept most normal-sized lanyards, badge straps and badge reels. Slot punches are extremely easy to use.

If you are only cutting a few ID badges a day, you’ll be fine with a handheld slot punch. If you plan on punching hundreds to thousands a day, you may want to consider an electric-powered slot punch.

Slot punches, depending on the model, are also available with and without guides. The advantage of a guide is that it makes alignment easy and center slot punching a piece of cake.

Most slot punches can handle CR-80 PVC cards and some of the more robust models can even slot punch proximity cards.

You can find our entire selection of manual and electric slot punches here. You can find our entire selection of lanyards, badge clips and badge reels here.

Questions? Give us a call at 1-800-658-8788 to speak with one of our ID card specialists.

Digital ID Card Printer Buyer’s Guide

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Photo ID Card PrintersAre you in the market for a digital ID card or badge printer, but don’t know exactly what you need to get up and going? It isn’t complicated, but you do need to be aware of a few things before you make your purchase. Here are a few tips that should help you get on your feet and become more familiar with digital ID card printers in general. Enjoy!

Digital ID Printers – First off, let’s cover the printers. The digital ID card printer is the core of the ID card creation process. Printers come in full-color and monochrome designs. Most full color printers can print monochrome, but monochrome printers cannot print full color.

Printers also come in single-sided and double sided designs. This depends on the type of card you will be printing . Single sided printers can be used for double-sided printing, but require the card to be flipped. This increases time, is more inconvenient and increases the risk of the card being scratched.

ID card printers can be customized to be fitted with magnetic stripe encoders, smart card encoders and proximity card encoding. Printers should state on the product page whether they are available with these features.  You can find our ID card printers here.

PVC Cards – Most ID card printers use a CR-80 size plastic PVC card in a 30 mil thickness. While cards sizes may vary, this is by far the most common size used today. The 30 mil thickness is the same thickness as a credit card. Thinner cards are available, and usually include an adhesive back for use with proximity cards. While most CR-80 cards are white, multi-colored cards are available. You can find our blank CR-80 PVC cards here.

Digital ID Card Creation SoftwareCard Creation Software – ID card printers will require some sort of software to assist with the card creation process. While I have spoken with people that have used MS Word and Photoshop to create cards, card creation software is much faster. Some printers come with software, but most require a separate software suite to be used.

I have found, however, that more and more printer manufacturers are including software with their printers. You can find our ID card software here.

ID Card Printer RibbonsPrinter Ribbons – Most ID card printers use a multi-panel color ribbon that is fused to plastic PVC cards through a process called dye sublimation. The thermal print head will fuse one color to the card, then another and then another. Most full-color cards use a YMCK (yellow, magneto, cyan, black) process, often with a clear laminate overlay to protect the print. These prints hold up well with daily use. You can find our ID card printer ribbons here.

Cleaning Kits – It is recommended to clean your printer after frequent use or when flaws begin to appear. These cleaning kits typically clean the thermal printing head. This includes wipes, cleaning pens and cleaning cards. Cleaning kits can be found on the printer ribbon supply pages for the brand of printer being used.

This is a basic breakdown on how an ID card printer works and what is needed to get one up and running. Please feel free to contact one of our photo ID specialists at 1-800-658-8788 with answers to more questions. You can find our entire selection of photo ID equipment and supplies here. This includes lanyards, badge holders, reels and more.

ABC Office has added new MX series Polaroid-style ID cameras to its Web site.

Monday, August 20th, 2007

MX ID CamerasThis month we added three new ID and passport camera models to our Web site. These are the MX-2, MX-4 and MX-6 cameras. These cameras are designed to create quick and inexpensive photo IDs in a few minutes. The addition of these cameras increases our line of photo ID cameras to nine.

All of these cameras use a Polaroid-style film that takes and develops on the fly. All three new cameras use the same style of film. The MX-2 has two lenses designed to take photo ID pictures or passports, depending on the MX-2 model being used. The MX-4 camera has a total of four lenses and the MX-6 a total of six.

Many large businesses have switched over to digital cameras and printers. Traditional Polaroid-style cameras are still popular in schools, non-profit organizations and for novelty ID cards. This is due, in part, to the availability of the film and the inexpensive up-front cost of the equipment.

Creating an ID with the MX series cameras is an easy process. After being take, the picture cut to size using either scissors or a die cutter. Once cut, the picture is applied to a pre-made card and is then laminated. The ID card can then be placed in a badge holder or be punched for use with a lanyard. The process only takes a few minutes.

You can find our entire selection of cameras by going here.

Photo ID has undergone a variety of changes over the last few decades.

Friday, July 7th, 2006

Photo ID PrintersIf you have been shopping for cameras, you may have noticed that most of them are now digital. They are easy to use and allow the user to select which pictures to take. Most modern-day digital cameras can store hundreds of pictures at one time, which is much higher than the capacity of traditional film-based cameras.

It is also less expensive to print the pictures you want rather than print an entire roll of film. Printers can now print pictures that are equal to and better than traditional photography.

Photo ID has also changed along with cameras. Traditional ID cards were made from photographs and Polaroid pictures. The photograph was cut to size, put on a pre-printed card and laminated. Although some people still prefer that method of creating photo IDs, most people are now switching to digital ID card printers and systems.

Modern day ID card systems use a digital camera, PVC cards and a digital ID card printer. ID cards can now be designed and printed using ID card software. Templates and cards can be saved for replacement prints. Digital ID cards can be easily updated and edited. As technology changes, photo IDs will continue to evolve.

Feel free to browse through our selection of ID card printers by going here.

Secure your office, create gift cards and more with a digital card printer.

Monday, May 2nd, 2005

ID Card PrinterDigital card printers make photo identification easy and are now something any computer literate person can use. Thanks to increasing popularity and use, supplies are more cost effective and will run you less than
the older Polaroid-style composite photo ID cameras. With a complex and increasingly dangerous world, a digital card printer is a necessity for both security and safety.

Polaroid cameras used to be the norm for photo ID. A picture was taken, removed from the camera and about 60 seconds to two minutes after the picture was developed it was cut to size. The photograph was then later attached to a pre-printed template, where it was later laminated and punched for use with a lanyard or badge holder. Although Polaroid photo ID systems are decreasing in popularity, they still have their place with low-volume photo ID production and small businesses.

The newer digital card printers use a process called die sublimation, where the color ribbon uses several different colored panels to create a full-color image. The quality of the image is as good and in many cases

better than the older Polaroid-style composite ID systems. Most of these ribbons can create around 100 ID cards before being changed. Although the digital printer may seem like a large investment up front, the cost to operate it, purchase blank PVC cards and ribbons actually saves you money over the long run in comparison to the composite systems. Software can be used to help create a basic template

A digital photograph can then be placed on the template, a logo can be added and text written. The full-color card can later be printed as easily as using your ink-jet printer. The saved card and template makes replacement cards easy. Once the card is printed, it can be placed in a badge holder or be punched for use with a lanyard or badge reel.

Digital ID cards are commonly used for businesses, colleges and for other IDs. They are also used for hotel keys, gift cards and more thanks to an optional magnetic stripe encoder. Magnetic stripes are the dark lines located on the back of your common credit card. Lines of data can be written to that stripe with the digital card printer. Digital cards can also be factory built with a smart card encoder. Smart cards are computer chips that store data such as a name, address, account information and more.

If you work for a business, university or would like to create gift or novelty cards, a digital card printer may be for you. They will provide you with added security, versatility and the ability to create an ID card for any situation or occasion. To see our entire line of digital photo ID card printers, you can find them here.

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