The most common software in this area is the NFive CardFive vision, providing a special version depending on the option, by the simple figures up to the contactless encoding. The printing of plastic cards printer is in principle very similar at almost all plastic card printers the printing process, the plastic card is passed at the same time with a Ribbon on a thermal print head. Due to the heat given off by the print head, the color of the Ribbon will be transferred to the card. The resolution is 300 dpi (300 dots per inch or 11.8 dots per mm) with plastic cards printing. Pictures and graphics that are printed on a plastic card printer, should have therefore a resolution of 300 dpi, because the pressure is otherwise not optimal.
Depending on the desired quality and application there with card printer printing methods differ. Thermal transfer personalizes usually pre-printed plastic cards monochrome (monochrome) with the thermal transfer method. This is the color of the Ribbon (monochrome) on the map “transferred”. This is usually the at high amounts of pressure Case. Plastic cards are produced in offset printing with the same layout and personalized by a monochrome card printer to place directly.
Benefits: lower costs, less waste – disadvantages: Offsetkarten have usually a delivery time of 3 weeks, not as flexible. Thermal sublimation are the Thermosublimations procedure multi Zon-ribbons after the YMCK set of colors used. The map to be printed is passed several times with the respective color area on the print head. The color is evaporated in increments directly on the map (sublimated). So, a high colour depth with up to 16 million colours on the map is displayed. Usually comes a final clear overlay used, that makes the successful card printing permanently stable. It protects the printed plastic card against mechanical abrasion and makes printing UV resistant.