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Want to project a professional image? Don’t let a household printer and paper represent your brand.

Education, finance, government, healthcare, retail, and transport sectors all regularly require on-site ID card printing for identification and security.

From functionality to quality, there’s a significant difference between PVC card printing and inkjet card printing. When trying to choose a printer, it helps to understand the process involved in both PVC printing and traditional inkjet printing.

 

How Does PVC Card Printing Work?

Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) is a strong plastic material used in professional ID card printing. This material offers a smooth finished surface, meaning that color and branding details show up vividly.

Retransfer printers print onto the reverse of clear film that is thermally bonded to the card. The retransfer process brings image consistency and precision to printed ID cards, including double-sided prints. In addition to enhanced security, this process offers “full bleed” edge-to-edge printing, even on uneven surfaces like smart cards and embedded modules.

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Cleaning ID Cards

Use an ID card printer or security badges in the workplace? Here’s what you need to know to keep your team safe and prevent the spread of coronavirus as workers return to the office.

Businesses are slowly opening back up after a long lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As employees return to their offices, they face new risks that naturally come from added exposure in close quarters. As a result, health and safety measures are being implemented to help control the spread of the virus in the workplace. And with new COVID-19 cases still rolling in each day, sanitary procedures are more important than ever.

New Health and Safety Guidelines

The CDC has recommended guidelines for reopening business, including the steps required to prioritize employee health and safety. Some of these include employee health monitoring, sanitizing stations, disinfection of high-traffic areas, social distancing measures, and the use of masks.

For individuals in the workplace, one of the best ways to minimize the spread of germs is to wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer, especially after touching frequently used items or surfaces. Recommended best practices also include staff training on proper cleaning procedures for office equipment to ensure safety for both employees and clients.

One of the more frequently used pieces of office equipment is an identity card printer, used to create badges, bank cards, corporate ID cards, healthcare ID cards, travel cards, and shopper loyalty cards. These card printers need to be sanitized regularly to keep illness from spreading.

Passing objects from person to person has also been shown to increase the spread of germs. Often these objects include plastic ID cards, which are touched regularly throughout the day: used for opening doors, computer access, paying for meals, checking in at security, and other activities.

It’s important to clean and sanitize both ID card printers and plastic ID cards regularly as businesses return to more normal operation. Wiping plastic ID cards and printers with a disinfecting wipe is a simple way to help keep your team healthy and safe.

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Credit Card

Swiftpro printers are perfect for servicing almost any industry. In finance, an investment in a Swiftpro printer will solve challenges facing the industry. Our printers are equipped to print credit cards and debit cards, which can be quickly printed at the bank (or mailed to customers who don’t want to physically visit a branch at the moment). With unparalleled security encoding technologies to protect transactions, these cards will be safe for consumers to use.

Additionally, they can be utilized for safe employee identification badges that can have scanner codes which grant access to buildings and are equipped with important security credentials. These printers are equipped with high-level technology that ensure that the visuals and information are accurate and cannot be tampered with or duplicated.

Security is important to us and we know that it is to you, too. Swiftpro financial solutions enable secure, protected transactions for customers using ATMs and making contact or contactless transactions both on and offline.

Setting Up Your Printer

As you can see from the video below, printer setup for a Swiftpro printer is seamless and easy. In just a few simple steps, you can install film, cards, and be ready to print!

First, install the ribbon and the film. Open the front cover and pull out the orange ribbon cassette. Inside the ribbon cassette is a picture that displays how the ribbon is fitted to the cassette. Take the supply side and place it on the orange spool. Place the opposite end on the black spool. Wind up the tension.

To install the film, take the film cassette out. Note the picture inside the film cassette displaying how the film is fitted to the cassette. Take the supply side and place it on the green spool. Place the opposite end on the black spool. Close the cover.

Lift the card cover on the right side of the printer and insert the cards. Place the cover back on and lock it closed. Attach the card receiver to the left side of the printer.

Power on and enjoy using your Swiftpro printer.

Printing Over a Network

Can you print over a network with Swiftpro printers?

The Swiftpro K30, K30D and K60 printers are all network compatible and follow current IPsec protocol for protecting personal information on the network. Print data is encrypted over the network, so your information stays confidential.

To connect multiple printers to the same network, set a different IP address for each printer.

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