Each printing process offers advantages and disadvantages for the printing of plastic cards, there are several ways smart cards or RFID transponder cards. You not opts for the production through a service provider, which printed the cards according to your individual preferences as well as personalized on request and possibly coded, you can pick up a private card printing system. Hereby you can print on its own plastic cards at all times flexible. Plastic card printers are available with different performance characteristics and features as desktop devices, according to the requirements on the printing. In addition to the basic division into single-sided and double-sided printing equipment, where the latter have an automatic card turning station, card printer can be distinguished even after their printing process. The most common and thus cheaper printer models print cards in the dye. This type of pressure, the card and the color area of the Ribbon on the printhead are passed and the color evaporated on heat directly on the map. For multicolour printing, repeat this procedure for each of the four color zones Y (yellow), M (magenta) C (cyan) and K (black), and successively applied each of the primary colors.
The most ribbons take a protective overlay to the pressure, mechanical abrasion and UV light to prevent the pressure. This type of printing is the most widely used, meets cards chip card or RFID on their borders, because the direct print type in uneven cards places can cause stellenweisem pressure loss. Furthermore, a small plain edge on a map retains the card printing in the dye. According to PCB layout and quality this can be disturbing. For card printing on chip – or RFID cards, as well as a desire for edgeless card printing or print high-quality, you should fall back on a plastic card printer with re transfer technology. At this printing, the printed image applied first mirrored to a carrier film and this then applied on top of the map. The advantage of the Re transfer procedure is in the borderless, high quality card printing also on uneven surfaces of cards such as chip – or RFID cards. Also, the film of pressure applied on the card is thicker than the overlay, which is applied in the dye sublimation printing. Thus the pressure is even better protected from wear and tear and the printed image is visible brilliant. Miriam Santiago