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5 arguments for card printer maintenance

Posted by Heath McDonald on 20-Feb-2017 23:00:00

Card-Printer-Servicing.jpgIf you use a printer at home or in the office, it could be that you've always done your own maintenance, servicing or minor repairs. Perhaps a nozzle check, head clean and alignment was enough to get you back up and running.

But if you rely on a special card printer to produce your all-important and professional-looking ID cards, badges and other card application, you've entered a very different world.

Why is that? They're just not like normal paper printers.

ID card printers are very technical machines. They do have certain aspects to them that are similar to paper printers, like motherboard and transport rollers but that's about where the similarity stops.

Unlike paper printers that can use liquid or powder ink, card printers use dye film which is either transferred directly to a card or to a transfer film that is then transferred to the card. In either case, the card printer uses a printhead to print the image using intense heat. It's this intense heat that makes card printers very unique and it takes extreme control from the motherboard, power supply, sensors and other equally important mechanisms in the printer to control the printhead.

Also, the card printers can do dual-sided printing, laminating, encoding of a variety of technology and much, much more complex features and it doesn't stop there. That's why you need someone like ID Supplies to do your card printer servicing and maintenance.

Still not convinced? Here are five reasons why.

1. Complex ribbons

In short, the ribbon in a card printer is markedly different to a normal, traditional ink printer as previously mention. ID card printer ribbons are basically solid dye film, with heat applied when the printing takes place, which means a little problem can cause a big issue.

2. Encoding

Some card printer users need ID cards to be encoded, such as the implementation of magnetic strips or even smart, RFID and proximity encoding. In short, data is either added to the card in microscopic 1s and 0s or other technologically advanced ways.

3. Security

Many ID cards are effective because of sophisticated visual security additions, setting them apart from fakes and preventing tampering or fraud. This can incorporate some very important modules in the printer such as a lamination module that can laminate a highly secured holographic image over the printed card, meaning if this module was to have an issue or fail the cards will no longer be protected from tampering and fraud.

4. Reliability

A good card printer is a well-maintained card printer - and it's often difficult to tell the difference. ID card printers are complex and highly sophisticated machines, but we can easily troubleshoot little issues, diagnose hard-to-find problems, and do thorough maintenance, cleaning and repairs.

5. Hidden issues

As we suggested, ID card printer problems can be hard to detect. Many of these issues can be caused by a simple lack of proper cleaning. However, print heads and belts can be damaged or worn over time, ribbons tearing or not aligning can be faulty sensors - and the best way to avoid all of that expensive mess is with regular card printer servicing.

As well as card printer servicing, you can turn to ID Supplies for a range of great card printer replacements, card printer rentals or use our card printing services. We also have everything else you could possibly need for your ID and security solution like lanyards, promotional products and accessories. Get in touch today!

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Topics: ID Card Printers, card printer, Card Printer Maintenance