A complete ID card system comes with everything you need to design and print ID cards, all in one box. This makes it quick and easy to get all the supplies you need, but do you know what comes in a system?

The Printer

First, and most importantly, each system comes with a professional-level ID card printer. DiscountID offers card printers from entry-level to secure, high-volume printers from the industry’s leading manufactures. Choose a system featuring a card printer from Magicard, IDP, Fargo, Evolis, Zebra, and more.

The Software

Second is your card design software. This is what you will use you design cards, manage your cardholder database, and send card designs to the printer to be printed. With a wide range of features for designing everything from simple single-sided visitor passes to dual-sided student and staff ID cards, card software is the brain of your system.

The Supplies

Finally, your complete ID card system comes with the ribbons and blank cards you need to print ID cards. Most systems also include a digital ID camera to easily add cardholder photos to your cards.

To keep your new system running in top shape, you should also add a printer cleaning kit to help prevent damage to your printer.

If you know exactly which ribbon or cleaning kit you need, ordering supplies for your card system is easy. But if you’re not sure what you need, our DiscountID Supply Finder tool is here to help!

Not sure which ribbon you’ve used in the past, or what cleaning kit your printer uses? That’s not a problem because the Supply Finder shows you all the compatible supplies for your printer. This makes it quicker and easier to find what you want online.

Using the Supply Finder takes just seconds – simply select the printer brand from the first drop down, then your printer model from the second drop down. This information should be on the front of your ID card printer, for example a Magicard Pronto or IDP Smart-30.

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Evolis ID card printers come in a range of styles to fit any budget and card printing need – and DiscountID has all the supplies you need to keep printing with your Evolis printer.

Evolis ID Card Printers

Evolis ID card printers come in a range of styles, from entry-level hand feed printers up to the powerful Quantum 2 with 500 card input and output hoppers.

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Evolis Ribbons

To print ID cards, you’ll need a colored Evolis ribbon – either a full color YMCKO ribbon, or a monochrome one. These ribbons come in all formats including full-color ribbons for single and dual-sided printing, half-panel ribbons, and monochrome ribbons.

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Evolis Cleaning Kits

Cleaning your printer regularly is the key to making sure it works well for years to come. You should only use the manufacturer recommended cleaning kits for your printer to prevent damage to the printer.

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BlogImage_Magicard-Rio-Pro-ID-Card-PrinterAre you looking for an ID card printer with a powerful built-in security feature? Magicard’s HoloKote adds a watermark over your printed cards, making it easier to tell authentic cards from those that are duplicates or have been tampered with.

The best part about the HoloKote feature is the price – which is nothing! The HoloKote tool uses the exact same supplies you already need to print ID cards (blank cards and ribbon) to create the watermark, so you don’t have to pay extra.

On the Magicard Pronto and Enduro3E printers, you have access to the standard HoloKote watermarks. You select from a list of pre-designed watermark patterns, although you can adjust the orientation to work with both horizontal and vertical card designs. Choose from an Ultrasecure Key, Interlocking Cube, Globes, or Waves pattern.

With the Rio Pro ID card printers, you can choose to use the standard watermarks (with the addition of a Cubes pattern) or design your own. This custom watermark is only used by your ID card program, making it even easier to tell if the cards are authentic.

The Rio Pro printers also give you access to HoloKote Flex, which allows you to change the size and location of the watermark.

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If you are using old card software, you aren’t getting the most out of your system’s design, database, and security features. Upgrade your system to the newest AlphaCard ID Suite software today!

A Software Edition for Every Need

AlphaCard ID Suite comes in four editions, designed for everything from a small organization that prints one-off badges to large multi-site businesses with thousands of employees.

AlphaCard ID Suite Light is the entry-level edition, giving you basic card design and database options. This software uses a built-in database that can hold up to 200 records.

AlphaCard ID Suite Standard is the most popular edition, featuring a wide range of card design features and the option to connect an external database, or use the unlimited built-in database.

AlphaCard ID Suite Professional adds extra security and database features to your program, with fully supported biometrics and compatibility with MS SQL, MySQL, and SQLite databases.

AlphaCard ID Suite Elite is the most advanced edition, designed for large organizations that prize security. With this edition you can password protect your files, customize your user authorizations, and encode MIFARE cards.

Not sure which edition is best for you? Try AlphaCard ID Suite’s FREE software trial today!

Zebra ID card printers come in a range of styles to fit any budget and card printing need – and DiscountID has all the supplies you need to keep printing with your Zebra printer.

Zebra ID Card Printers

The Zebra ID card printer family is wide ranging, with printers for everything from basic single-sided printing with the ZXP Series 1 to secure laminated cards in record time with the ZXP Series 7.

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Zebra Ribbons

To print ID cards, you’ll need a colored Zebra ribbon – either a full color YMCK ribbon, or a monochrome one. These ribbons come in all formats including full-color ribbons for single and dual-sided printing, half-panel ribbons, and monochrome ribbons.

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Zebra Cleaning Kits

Cleaning your printer regularly is the key to making sure it works well for years to come. You should only use the manufacturer recommended cleaning kits for your printer to prevent damage to the printer.

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Starting this month, students at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte will be switching over from magnetic stripe cards to contactless chip smart cards! These cards are popular with schools because of their use as multifunctioanl IDs and their long lifespan.

Benefits of Contactless Cards

One important feature of the new 49er ID cards are their longer lifespans! Magnetic stripe cards need to be physically swiped each time they are used, and constantly taking cards in and out of wallets and swiping them can cause a lot of wear and tear over time.

Chip cards, however, do not need to physically be run through a card reader to work – simply tap them against a card reader. This saves the university and students time and money by not replacing ID cards as often.

Additionally, the 49er ID cards will now be printed with a clear overlay to extend the card life even more.

The new cards are made from ISO-compliant materials, so they can still be printed on using an ID card printer.

Learn more about the new cards on the UNC Charlotte website.

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You need ID card printer ribbons to print your ID card designs – but do you know the difference between YMCKO and YMCKOK, the two most common types of ribbons, and when to use them? We can help!

This is what the ribbon names stand for: Y (Yellow) M (Magenta) C (Cyan) K (Black) O (Overlay). With this set of colors you can print every color in your design, and an overlay panel to protect it.

When to Use YMCKO

YMCKO ribbons have a full set of color panels and an overlay. These ribbons will print full color plus black on one side of a card. The YMCKO ribbons are most commonly used for single-sided ID cards.

But if you need full color on BOTH sides of your cards, use a YMCKO ribbon – just be aware that the print yield will be half as you are using two sets of colors for each card (so a 400 yield ribbon will print 200 dual-sided full color cards).

When to Use YMCKOK

YMCKOK ribbons have a full set of color panels and an overlay for the front side of the card, plus an extra black (K) panel for monochrome black printing on the back.

YMCKOK ribbons are used for dual-sided ID cards where you do not need full color on the back of the card.

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Whether you are looking to update your current ID card system or buy your first ID card printer, our ID card experts are here to help! This quick, easy, and FREE tool gives you expert recommendations in just a few clicks.

All you need to do is answer these four questions:

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placeholder_ribbons_03Datacard ID card printers come in a range of styles to fit any budget and card printing need – and DiscountID has all the supplies you need to keep printing with your Datacard printer.

Datacard ID Card Printers

The Datacard printer family offers superior image quality, plug-and-play simplicity, and proven reliability. Printers such as the Datacard SP55 printer or Datacard SP35 printer offer excellent flexibility and security features.

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Colored Datacard Ribbons

To print ID cards, you’ll need a colored Datacard ribbon. These ribbons come in all formats including full-color ribbons for single and dual-sided printing, half-panel ribbons, and monochrome ribbons.

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Monochrome Datacard Ribbons

You may also want to use monochrome ribbons – these ribbons have panels of a single color only, unlike the multi-colored ribbons. A monochrome ribbon is often used to print text, single-color logos, and barcodes. Do note that monochrome ribbons cannot do shading.

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Datacard Laminates

Laminating your ID cards will make them last longer and deter card tampering – an important feature for many secure businesses. Overlamiante film comes in a range of styles, including clear and holographic prints.

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Datacard Cleaning Kits

Cleaning your printer regularly is the key to making sure it works well for years to come. You should only use the manufacturer recommended cleaning kits for your printer to prevent damage to the printer.

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