IDville Blog | December 2011

Happy Holidays from IDville!

by dan 21. December 2011 09:30

The holidays are a great time to reflect on what you’re grateful for.  At IDville, because we are most grateful for our customers, we’re taking a moment to thank you for trusting us in 2011 with your identification needs. Thank you!
One of IDville’s values is that ‘every customer will be treated to unrivaled customer service and lifetime technical support.’  We know how important workplace security is today, and we strive to supply you with everything you need to keep your workplace safe.  If there is anything more we can do to make your workplace more secure or your job of securing it easier, please let us know by filling out a comment card.
On behalf of all the ID experts at IDville, we wish you a Wonderful Holiday Season and a Prosperous New Year!
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Dan is the IDville General Manager and oversees all product management and marketing for the IDville brand.  Around IDville, Dan is known for the catchphrase, "talk to me," his not-so-secret designer past, and his passion for Michigan State sports.


We'll be taking a holiday break on the IDville blog and will return on January 4 with new posts. See you in January!

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Seven Steps for ID Card Printer Maintenance

by todd 13. December 2011 09:00
An ID card printer is a wise investment in the safety and security of your facility, and you want it to always be in peak performance for its next printing job. To keep your ID card printer in top shape year round, follow our seven steps for printer maintenance.  
1. Regularly Clean Your ID Card Printer
It's recommended that you clean your ID card printer every 700-1,000 ID cards. Each manufacturer creates an ID card printer cleaning kit  for its printers. Because each printer works differently, you must use the specified manufacturer kit. As a helpful reminder, you can clean your printer when you change the printer ribbon. Each cleaning kit includes a cleaning card. It looks like a PVC card, but it is soaked in a cleaning solution. The card is inserted into the ID card printer and cleans all of the rollers.
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2. Clean the Printer Roller
To print ID cards, a roller pulls the blank PVC card into the printer. This roller collects the dust and dirt on PVC cards so it doesn't travel into the printer. Because the roller acts like a lint roller that cleans the PVC cards, it needs to be cleaned or replaced on a regular basis. Refer to your printer manual for directions to clean or replace the roller.
3. Clean the Print Heads. 
The print heads on your ID card printer also need to be cleaned. Your ID card printer cleaning kit includes the cleaning swabs, they look like large Q-tips or a marker, which you use to clean the printer heads directly. Follow your cleaning kit directions to properly clean this important ID card printer component.
4. Replace Printer Ribbons.
For a high quality ID card, replace your printer ribbons as recommended. Printer ribbons have up to a two year shelf life, so you can stock up when you purchase the ID card printer and always have them on hand. Be sure to use the manufacturer's printer ribbons as off brand printer ribbons may not work properly and could damage your printer.
Get thre remaining three ID card printer maintenance tips in our Knowledge Center article, ID Card Printer Maintenance. 


Todd is an identification expert at IDville with over seven years ID Maker experience. Around IDville, Todd is known for his excessive coffee drinking, beautiful daughters, and impressive ping pong skills.

Custom Vivid Color Lanyards Enhance your ID Cards

by david 7. December 2011 09:14
ID cards are an important security feature for every organization, and you can make them even more effective with the right ID card accessory. Vivid color lanyards are one accessory option that will enhance your ID cards and promote your organization's brand.

Made of a soft poly-satin fabric, the vivid color lanyard is comfortable and durable for long term wear. Begin the customization process, and you'll find that vivid color lanyards are a blank canvas! Dye-sublimated technology allows for any custom design to be created within the lanyard's soft material.

Custom vivid color lanyards are a great addition to any identification strategy. Here are a few examples of vivid color lanyards being used to their full potential.

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Create your own vivid color custom lanyards.

Create Custom Lanyards for Events. The custom vivid color lanyard is a great option for events, conferences, or tradeshows. This lanyard is best for displaying color logos and the soft fabric makes it comfortable to wear all day long. We donated custom vivid color lanyards to Art Prize, a large art competition in Grand Rapids, for all the artists. They were a big hit! You can learn more about the use of the lanyards at the event here on the IDville blog.

Create Custom Lanyards for Schools. Prepare for the back to school rush by ordering custom lanyards for all your students and staff. One of our school customers assigns a different color lanyard to each grade, so it's easy to visually identify students, even from a distance. Plus, with the full color customization option, you can display your school mascot and promote safety and school spirit at the same time!

Create Custom Lanyards for Businesses. Put forward a professional image with your business ID cards and accessories by designing coordinating ID cardsand vivid color lanyards. One of our retail store customers ordered custom vivid color lanyards for its entire staff from IDville. The lanyards clearly displayed the store's full color logo and tag line in front of customers.

How have you used Vivid Color Lanyards or Custom Lanyards? Tell us here!

David is an IDville Identification Specialist with over seven years product and sales experience.  Around IDville, David is known for his new product ideas, sports knowledge, and experience as a catalog model (you may have seen him in a previous IDville catalog!). 

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