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New from HID Global is the FARGO HDP6600 high definition printer-encoder. The US firm says it halves the time it takes to print the first identity card, while doubling overall throughput as compared to many alternatives.

The HDP6600 printer is the company’s sixth-generation retransfer printer under HID’s FARGO brand. HID says that it has re-engineered the retransfer printing concept and redesigned the printer. As a result, the new printer is easier to service, less expensive to operate and more flexible across a wider range of applications, the makers say.

HID has combined patent-pending iON “instant on” technology with other tech to enable simultaneous film printing and card retransfer processes. This reduces the time it takes to print the first card to 60 seconds, cutting average annual wait times by up to 20 hours for printed and laminated cards while enabling overall throughput of up to 230 cards per hour.

This also eliminates the need for continuous transfer roller heating, improving reliability while cutting energy usage. For large projects, using the new printers can save users thousands of dollars in annual energy costs, the firm says.

Craig Sandness, Vice President and Managing Director for Secure Issuance with HID Global, said: “We looked at this well-established product category with new eyes to deliver the features and capabilities that are in highest demand from government, enterprise and higher education customers. The HID FARGO HDP6600 is not only breathtakingly fast and efficient, but it represents a whole new way to think about retransfer printing.”

As for the image and colour on each ID card the printer’s true 600 DPI resolution and precision colour panel registration enables sharper text, crisper barcode edges and more vibrant colours, it is claimed.

The printer uses a multi-tasking architecture supported by a full gigabyte of memory to help enable its card throughput speeds and has been designed so that the card path and film and ribbon drawer assemblies are easier to access and service. The HDP6600 is field-upgradable with optional modules including a card flattener, dual-side flipper, and choice of magnetic, contact and contactless encoders plus a programmer option for encoding physical access control system (PACS) data. Visit


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