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Printer and encoder

New from the identity product company HID Global is the FARGO INK1000 printer and encoder. According to the manufacturer, it’s the first thermal inkjet printer that brings secure, personalised credential issuance to entry- and mid-level markets. The firm says this cuts out the need for specialised card media.

Craig Sandness, Vice President and Managing Director of Secure Issuance with HID Global said: “Until now, small and medium-sized organization have had very limited options for personalized credential issuance due to high costs and complex maintenance requirements. Our HID FARGO INK1000 solution resolves those challenges, creates an unmatched industry benchmark for affordability and ease-of-use, and extends the simplicity of inkjet printing popularized for home use to retail counters and office environments.”

The product eliminates the print ribbons and specialized card media required by other direct-to-card (DTC) desktop products that use dye sublimation. The snap-in cartridges contain specially formulated inks for creating fade-resistant images and text that adhere to standard, off-the-shelf polyvinyl chloride (PVC) cards. A single ink cartridge has the potential to produce hundreds more cards than printers that use ribbons and create less waste while significantly improving total cost of ownership (TCO), according to the makers.

The product offers inkjet printing on standard PVC cards and accommodates most standard (PVC) card stock for single-side thermal inkjet card printing, including laminated PVC for credit card construction. The high-resolution, edge-to-edge printing 600 x 1200 dots per inch (DPI) resolution delivers colour and composite-black text and barcode-readable images not possible with standard DTC printers, it is claimed. The printer offers same-side input and output.

Optional contactless card encoding HID OMNIKEY 5127CK-Mini reader enables contactless encoding for door entry, cashless vending, time and attendance, gift and loyalty card applications, and entry-level market financial cards that use QR codes.



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