Access Control Card Printers Guide

By Brian Rhodes, Published Oct 07, 2021, 09:33am EDT

Card printers are a core component of professional access control systems, as cards are often prominently displayed as photo ID.

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Modern printers can put company branding and logos on public display by permanently marking badges, often with high-security features, which can last for years.

In this guide, we help you pick the right types of cards and printers, explaining the key drivers involved:

  • When to pick stickers vs printers
  • How to create badges
  • Choosing between Reverse Transfer and DTC printers
  • Whether you should use automatic flipping
  • How much one should pay
  • Whether integrators should provide this as a service / RMR
  • What products / manufacturers to choose from

Turning ****** **** ***

*** *** **** ****** options *** ***** **'* are:

  • ********: ******** ** ***** stock **** ** *********** stuck **** ***** *****, or
  • *****: ******** ***** *** directly **** *** ******* of ***** *****

***** ****** ** *** best ****** ********* ******* on * ******* ** factors, *********:

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*** **** ***** **** be ******* ** * standard **** *****? ***** printers *** **** *********, low ******* ********* ****** specialty ********* *** *** label ***** *** **** than ** *** *** month.

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** *******, ***** **** are *** ******* * printer **** **** ******* designs *** *** ********* laminated. ** ********, ******** get ****** *** *** even **** **** ** worn ** ******* ************.

Design **********

****** *** ************ *****-** a ***** ****, ******** can ****** ******** ******, print ****-************** *****, ** even ******* ******** *****. If ***** ******** *** desired, * ******* *** be ****** **** *** small ****** *******.

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*** ********* ** ***** label ***** *** ** badges ** **** ********* can ** *** ******* standard ***** ********, *** cost ******* ~$*.** -$*.** each ** *******.

*** ******** ** ****** is **** *** *** very *******, *** *** prone ** ******, ********, or **** ******** ** normal *** *** **** to **** *********** **** frequently. ****** ***** ***** can ** *** ** a ******** *******, *** uses ****** **** ********* templates *** *** ***** layout.

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**** * ********* *** damage-resistant ***** ** ******, specialty ***** ******** ***** the **** ********.

***** ******** *** ******, between ~$*** - $*,*** each, *** * **** range ** ******* ****** and ******** ******* *** available ****** **** *****. The ******** ** ****** printers *** ******** ** USB ********* ** * workstation, **** ******* **** badge ******** ********, *** are ******* ***** ****** to *** ** * desk:

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Badge ********

*** ***** **** ** generating ****** ** ********* how **** **** *** deciding **** *********** ** include. **** ********** **** to **** *** **** picture, **** ****, *** title, *** ******* ****/**** in ***** **** ** the **** ** *** card. ****** ******* ******* secondary *********** **** ********, QR *****, ** ********** used ** ******* ***** than ******** ****** *******.

**** ***** ******** ******** is ******** ** ** user-friendly, *** *** **** include ******** *********** ******** or ********** **-********* ******** for ***** ***** **********.

*** ******* **** ***** is *** ***** ******** packaged **** *******'* ******** Center ****** ******:

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Printer *****

**** ** ***** ** printer ******, *** ******* are ****** *** ****** different ***** ****** *** performance *****:

*** ********: *** **** *********, but ****** *** **** durable ***** ** ******* is *** "***" ** "Direct ** ****" ****. This **** ** **** prints *** ******** **** the **** ** *** card **** * ***** of *****, *** ***** more ******* **** ******** the ****** *** ***** vulnerable ** ********** *** may *** ** **** to ********* ******* ****** or *******, ****-********** ******.

******* ********:****** ****** ****, **** method *** * ******* throughput (** ** *** cards *** ****) *** is **** ** ***** higher ********** ******. **** method ******* **** *** in **** ** ****** the ***** **** * clear ******** ******, ***** is **** ****** *** 'baked' **** *** ******* of *** ***** ****. This ******** ****** ******* in * ****, *******, and ********-********* ******.

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Automatic ********

* *** **** ****** in ******** ** *** type ** ******* ** can ***** ** **** sides ** *** **** or **** * ****** side. ******* ******* **** are **** ** ***** one ****, *** ** both ***** **** ******* information, *** ***** **** to ** ******* ******* jobs.

**** *********, **** ********** models ** **** *************, either ******** *** ***** in * ******** ** by ****** **** ******* heads *** **** *****.

** *******, *** ****** facilities **** ***** ** - ** ***** *** month ****** *** ********* dual-sided *******, *** ***** with ***** ******* *** speed ******** ************* ** eliminating ******** ****** ** manually **** *****.

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*** ***** ** ******* includes *****-**** *** ******** that ***** *** **** every *** ******* (~** cards *** ****), ** high ****** ******* ******** models **** ***** **** cards ***** ****** (~*** cards *** ****). ***** method ****** ****, *** throughput ** **** * significant ****** ** *****, with ****** ***** ***** slightly **** **** * paper ******* ******* (~$***) to **********-***** **** ***** card ******** ******* $*,*** or ****.

Special ********

**** ******* ****** *** able ** *** ******** features ** ***** ** well. ** **** *****, holograms ** ********** *** be ***** ** *** printed ******** *** ******* they *** ******* **** UV ******** ****, *** images **** ******* ***** blacklights. ***** '******* ********' are ******** **** ** anti-counterfeit ******** **** *** difficult ** **** **** tradition ****-********** ***** ** copies:

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Buying **********

*** **** ***** *******, stickers *** *** **** option, ***** ** ******* equipment ** ****** *** several ******* ***** *** be ******* ** * day *** **** **** $200.

*******, *** ****** *******, hazardous ************, ** **** quicker ********** ** ******, printers *** *** **** option. *** ***** ******* of ** ** ** per ****, *** ******** costing ******* $*** - $1,500 *** * **** choice.

*** **** ****** ************ that **** ******* ** several ******* ***** *** hour ** **** ******* hundred ***** *** ****, high-speed *******-******** ****** *** the **** ******, *** can **** $*,*** ** more - *** ********* ink *** ******** *** costs.

An *** ***********?

***** ******** ** *** a ***** ******* *** many ********** **** ******* a ***** ****** ******* system, *** ******** ********** might **** ********** **** to ******* * ***** service ** ********* ** a ***** *******. ***** a ****** ******** *** not ** ********** ** buying ***** *** *******, they ***** ** ******* to *** *** ***** creation ******** **** ***** access ******.

** ** '***-**' *******, many ******** ******* ****** $15-$25 *** **** *** new ******, ****** **** into * ******, *** configuring **** *** ****** use. *** **** ***** customers, ********* * ****** package **** ***** ******* badges ***** ** *** is ********.

Printer *************

***** ***** ******** *** a ***** ********, **** label ****** *** **** 'traditional' ***** ******* ********* offer **** ********. *** example, **,*****, ********** ***** * ***** of ****** ******** *** low ** ***-****** **** mostly *** *** ********. However, ********* '******** *******' brands, **** ***** * full ***** ** ***** points *** ******** ******* (like **** ******** *** laser *********) *******:

*** ***** ** ***** brands **** ****** **** use *** *** *******-******** type ********, **** **** midrange ********* ******* ***** ~$1,000 *** *** ********* through ************.

[****: **** ***** *** originally ******* ** ****, but ************* ******* ** 2021.]

Comments (3)

**** ******. * *** only *** *** *********:Do *** *** *****-****** ***** ********, ** *** ***** *** *****'* ***** **. Here's why I never will:

**** ***** ***, * was ** * ***** client **** ** ***** the *&* ********** *** spec'd ***** ****** ****** for *** ******. ** the ****, ***** *** only *** ************ ** the ***** **** **** badge ******** *** **** particular ****, * ***** company ******* ** *****. They ***** **** * few ***** ** ***** specialty ******** * ****, and **** ****** ** least ***** * ***.

*** ************ *&* **** the ****** **** * somehow **** ** ******* a "*** *******" ** the *******, *** *** client ******** ******** ****. I *** *****.... **** anyone ***** ****** ********* so ******* *** *********** into * *******'* ***.

** *** ****, * wound ** ****** ** code * ****** ******** delay ** ****** *** jamming *********...which ******** ******! ...but this only fueled the A&Es assertion that I was the problem in the first place. No good deed goes unpunished.

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* ***** ***** *** Datacard.... *** ****'* ***** it. ** * *** the *** ***** *** something ****, * **** sure * ***'* **** to ***** **.

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* ***** **********. * can ******** ******* *** old ***** "***** *******" that *** * ********* sections ** *** ********. We ***** **** **** fixing **** **** ******* than * **** *** with * ***** ******/**** sided *******.

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**** *********** *** * standard **** ****** ****. However ** **** **** is ** ***** ** labels **** *** ******* to * ***** ****, then *** **** ** make **** *** ******* you ****** *** **** print ** **** ***** credentials - *** ***** stock ** ******* *** just * **** ******* than *** **** ******* card ** *** ***** don't *** ***-***** **** time. **** ** *** common *** ***-*** ** even **** ***-****** ********. Make **** *** **** the *****.

****, *** ******* ("***********") come ** * *** of ******* ********* ** whether *** *** ******** single ** ****** *****, and ******* *** ** both ***** **** ** be ** *****, *** if *** **** **********. Even ** *** ******* can ***** ** **** sides, *** **** ** make **** *** ****** is *** ***** **** and ****** *** **** device.

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