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.
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.
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.