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Let us help make your next event a breeze!

by Kelli 22. January 2013 09:16
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For those of you that have planned a company event before, you know there’s a lot that goes into it; location, speakers, caterer, agenda, registration, even photo identification. Whether you’re planning a fundraiser, a team meeting, or a formal evening event, identifying the key attendees can be an important part to a successful event and overall experience. That's why we've put together helpful tips and ideas for you. Follow our event guidelines and you’re sure to throw a memorable event!  
  
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1. What type of ID card will you use? 
It’s probably safe to say that a majority of the events you’ve attended had attendees wearing adhesive name tags. Did you know that you can easily and quickly create a PVC ID card to portray a more professional appearance? 

2. How will attendees display ID cards at the event?
The most important factor to consider when you determine how attendees will display their ID card is attire. If it’s a formal event you don’t want to offer an ID name badge with a strap clip that will leave marks in their clothing. Instead, consider a custom lanyard with your event information or company logo. 

3. How will you identify different event attendees?
Since every event is different, be sure to identify the different groups you have in attendance, such as volunteers, staff, or guests of honor. Simply add this information to their ID name badge and everyone will be sure to know who’s who! 

4. Will you create ID cards ahead of time or on site? 
If you choose to create ID cards on site- no sweat. With an ID card printer, you have the capability to create and print ID cards quickly so there’s no reason to worry that there will be a line out the door at the registration table. 

To read the full “Event ID Guidelines” article, click here.   

Our goal is to ensure you host a successful event! If you have any questions or would like recommendations on products for your event, call us today at 1.866.438.4553 or email me today.

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Print ID cards in seconds!

by Kelli 18. December 2012 10:13
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Creating a professional ID card is easier than it sounds, and it doesn’t take someone in your IT department to put the printer system together! IDville specializes in ID card printers that anyone in your organization can feel confident using. In addition to increasing security and helping project a professional image, ID card printers are extremely easy to use! 

Invest less time and money: An ID card printer saves you time and hassle unlike other pieces of technology. Before converting to an ID card printer, many organizations print paper badges, cut them out, and laminate each one individually. This is a time consuming process compared to the quick print job an ID card printer can do. 

Easy features: In addition to creating professional-looking IDs, the ID Maker software that comes with IDville systems enables you to streamline other processes at your organization. You can use the program to create a directory, for program data, and to quickly print reprint cards. 
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Simple set-up: Getting the ID Maker printer system set-up is simple. All you have to do is install the ID Maker Software and plug in the equipment. It’s that easy! There are no complicated set-up instructions. We have plenty of resources available for you at our Knowledge Center to help you become the expert at printing IDs. 

Lifetime support: Even though it’s simple to use your ID card printers, it’s common to have questions, too. At IDville, lifetime technical support is included in the purchase of your ID card printer. If you ever need assistance with your printer, help is only a phone call away! 

To read this month’s full IDentify Newsletter, click here.  
For more information regarding ID card printers or to speak with one of our system specialist’s, call us at 1.866.438.4553 or email me today. 
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Choosing the Right Photo Identification Card Printer

by david 22. August 2012 11:30
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Choosing an ID card printer is never an easy process, especially when there are so many options available. Do you want a printer that prints one or two-sided ID cards? Do you intend to print 100 or 1,000+ ID cards a year? What does your budget allow you to spend? Are you looking for advanced security features? 

All of these questions are factors to consider when choosing which type of photo identification card printer to implement into your organization. And we’re here to help make the purchasing process easier for you! One of the benefits of our ID card printers is that the printer can be purchased separately or as a system package. Each ID Maker System includes: 
 
ID cards ready in minutes!
 
The goal of the ID Maker System is to make creating and printing photo IDs easy for you and your staff.
 
Don’t forget to clean your printer! Keep your ID Maker printer running at its peak performance by following recommended cleaning schedules. I recommend a cleaning cycle every 700-1,000 prints. This ensures high-quality, digital photo IDs. Each cleaning kit includes cleaning cards and a pen. 
 
Follow these simple instructions to clean your ID Maker Printer: 
  • Press MENU then select “Clean Rollers” and follow the prompts on the printer.  
  • Remove the card hopper from the back of the printer. 
  • Open the lid and remove the dye-film. Leave the lid open.
  • Open the protective packet and remove the cleaning card. 
  • When prompted, insert the narrow end of the card into the card feed slot. The cleaning process will run automatically, and then the card will be ejected. 
  • Remove the card and repeat when necessary. 
Are you a customer of IDville? If so, let us know how your products are working out for you! If you think one of our ID Maker systems may be right for you, give one of our identification experts a call today at 1.866.438.4553. 
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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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Two may be better than one!

by Falon 7. August 2012 09:35
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Single-sided or dual-sided? It’s one of the first questions you should ask yourself when purchasing a photo identification printer.  Depending on how you intend to use your ID cards will determine which type of printer you should purchase. 
 
The main different between the single and dual-sided printers is the amount of printing space per card. A one-sided card will have very limited space whereas a dual-sided card provides extra room for additional information. A dual-sided card has capabilities to add a barcode, magnetic stripe, or even a fingerprint for added security. On the back of the card you can also add valuable information that you don’t want displayed on the front such as, emergency contact information, mission statement, or an address where lost cards can be returned to. 
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If you plan to display your ID cards with a lanyard or badge reel, you may want to duplicate important information from the front of the ID card, to the back. Cards can easily get turned over and you want to make sure that the proper information is always displayed.
 
Not sure that you’ll need a dual-sided printer? We have another option! You can choose an ID card printer that is field-upgradable. These printers can be converted from a one-sided to a two-sided printer, like our ID Maker Printer, without a major expense to you. 
 
For more information or to speak with one of our Identification Experts, contact us at 1.866.438.4553 or visit idville.com. Don't forget to like us on Facebook to redeem the coupon code for 15% off fashion accessories!     
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It’s Time to Order Supplies!

by david 31. July 2012 09:45
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You’ve bought a photo identification system and now you need to purchase printer supplies. Where do you begin? Right here with IDville’s Printer Supplies Locator! Whether you own an ID Maker printer, Zebra printer or an Evolis printer, we have all the supplies you need; from printer ribbons, ID cards, to cleaning kits to keep your printer in tip top shape!  
 
 
 
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Printer Ribbons: Just like there are many printers to choose from, there are also many printer ribbon options. There are options to help prevent from wear and tear, print in color on one side and black on the other, and options for printing single-sided or dual-sided cards.  
 
ID Cards: There are endless possibilities when printing on ID cards. You can choose from PVC cards with varied thickness, colors, and encoding options, paper ID cards that are perfect for creating laminate IDs, meeting name tags, or special event name badges, and even HID cards that are encoded with proximity badge functionality to integrate with your door access or time and attendance system.   
 
Badge Slot Punches: Badge slot punches add ID wear by providing a slot for a lanyard, badge reel, or clip attachments to secure your badge. You can also choose from a 3-in-1 badge slot punch that has slot, hole, and corner punch options. Badge slot punches work with laminated or plastic ID badges.
 
Cleaning Kits: It’s highly recommended that you clean your ID card printer with a cleaning kit every 700-1,000 ID cards. Because each printer works differently, it’s important that you use the specified manufacturer kit. Each cleaning kit includes a cleaning card that looks like a PVC card but it’s soaked in a cleaning solution. The card is inserted into the ID card printer and cleans all of the rollers. This is a must! 
 
Your ID card printer is a valuable piece of equipment so why wouldn’t you take care of it the way you do your computer? If you have any questions locating the correct supplies for your printer, send me an email at david@idville.com. I’d be glad to help! Maybe your question will be featured in an upcoming newsletter to better assist our customers. 
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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 
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Top 11 Identification Blog Posts of 2011

by todd 10. January 2012 10:34
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2012 is here, and we’re looking forward to a New Year filled with new products, new tradeshow appearances, new team members, and new customers!

Before we begin a new year of blogging, we wanted to recap the 11 most popular posts from 2011:

1. School ID Cards Improve Security
2. Designing Your ID Card
3. Top 10 Workplace Safety Tips for National Safety Month
4. ID Card Systems in Healthcare Protect Information and Improve Safety
5. ID Maker ID Card Systems Thinking Outside the Box
6. The Dreaded Employee ID Badge
7. Paper or Plastic ID Cards
8. Streamline School Processes with Student ID Cards and an ID Card System
9. Streamline Payroll Responsibilities with New Time and Attendance System
10. Top Ten Reasons for an ID Maker Identification System
11. Lanyards Keep ID Cards Visible for Back to School

What would you like to see us post in 2012? Share your suggestions for upcoming blog posts in the comment section of this post!

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Here’s to a great New Year!

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Four Steps to Extend the Life of your ID Card Printer

by todd 29. November 2011 07:33
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When you purchased your ID card printer, you made an investment in the safety and security of your staff. Like any piece of equipment, your printer won’t last forever if it’s not cared for properly. Follow our four steps to extend the life and well-being of your ID card printer:

1. Clean It. We recommend you clean your printer with a cleaning kit every 700-1,000 prints to keep it running smoothly. Regular cleanings ensure your ID cards always come out looking beautiful.

Learn more about ID Maker Systems2. Store it in a Case. Protect your printer from dust and potential damage by storing it in a carry case. This is a necessity to protect your printer from the elements if you are transporting it between buildings or events.


3. Give Proper Training. The greater number of people you have using your printer, the more likely it is to be misused or damaged. Train individuals in your office or organization who will be using the printer to make sure it’s handled properly.

4. Use the Correct Printer Supplies. Different styles and models of printers require different printer ribbons and cleaning kids. Be sure to use the right supplies on your printer with our Printer Supplies Locator.

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Limited Edition Pearl White ID Maker Advantage

by Falon 15. November 2011 13:48
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I love the color blue, but I’ve wanted to create a new ID Maker color for some time now! I’m excited to introduce you to our Pearl White ID Maker Advantage System . This color is a special edition change from our traditional blue systems and a beautiful addition to any office.

Even though it looks different than the ID Maker Systems you’re familiar with, the Pearl White ID Maker  has all the same features as our blue ID Maker Advantage System:


Shop ID Maker Pearl • ID Maker 2.0 Pro software

• PVC card printer

• 200 PVC ID cards

• USB Web cam

• Full-color printer ribbon

• Standard white backdrop

• 4 standard Holographic overlays

• Printer Cleaning Kit

 


Plus, all our systems come with our free lifetime technical support, so you always have a helpline for anything related to making ID cards.

If you're interested in learning more about the ID Maker Systems, request our free System Information Packet today!

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Top 10 Reasons to Identify with ID Cards

by david 24. October 2011 11:20
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Do you identify staff and visitors at your organization? Why not!? Here are my top ten reasons you should identify with an ID card system. 

1. Safety is everyone's priority - Not just building and grounds safety, but personal safety should be an important part of your building plan. Know who is roaming your halls and corridors and manage building or room access with a single card.

2. Time and attendance capability - Track hours for payroll with ease. You can transform an access card to a photo ID plus an access card by creating a plastic overlay that adheres to any proximity or HID card.

3. Make the best use of your time - Avoid labor-intensive paper laminate cards that don't last. Plastic ID cards have more functionality and security, and they print in less than a minute per card.

4. Make the best use of your dollars - An ID Maker System is all-inclusive without any hidden costs. Everything you need to get started today for creating and printing ID cards, right out of the box. Learn more about ID Maker Systems

 5. Appropriate for use in government and healthcare industries - Remain compliant with federal and state ID card and information mandates when you design and print your own ID cards.

6. Multiple functions on a single card - From a student perspective, incorporate a photo ID with cafeteria and library services. For the office, combine a time card with building access.

7. Reduce waste and costly reprints - Sturdy plastic ID cards last 20 times longer then a paper laminate card.

8. Reduce fraudulent reproduction - Make ID cards tamper-proof with unique security features such as holographic overlays, ghost photos, and printer memory card capabilities.

9. Create your own rewards/membership programs - Advertise your business with a rewards card, or print your own gift or key cards. The possibilities with an ID Maker System expand beyond identification.

10. Lifetime, technical support whenever you need it - You are never on your own! With every system purchase, you get free technical support for as long as you own the system. We're the experts, and we do it right!

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Photo ID System Creates Secure ID Badges for Quiksilver Employees

by david 3. August 2011 09:00
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Quiksilver, Inc. is a sportswear apparel company that designs, produces and distributes clothing, surf, skate and snow equipment for young-minded people. Started by Alan Green and John Law in 1970, Quiksilver quickly became a phenomenon and is now sold all over the world. Currently employing approximately 3,500 people, the business continues to be run on its original principals of word-of-mouth, quality and unbelievable service.

Todd Dickson, Quiksilver's director of building security, came to IDville in search of an up-to-date photo ID system that was "user-friendly and that did not break down every other day!!" (We could guarantee that!) He needed a photo ID system that would allow him to create different types of badges on one system.

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With thousands of employees at different levels within the company, I knew Dickson needed an affordable way to create unique IDs. He was going to be printing a lot of photo ID cards with Quiksilver being such a large company.

When Dickson contacted IDville he had some questions regarding the photo ID system choices. "The IDville representatives were very well-versed with the product which showed me a lot. Although cost was a big factor in our decision, as the prices are very reasonable, the professionalism was leaps and bounds ahead of the other companies we'd contacted."

I ultimately helped Dickson decide on the Single-Sided ID Maker Advantage because he was planning to print a large number of cards, on one side only and security-enhancing overlays were not important. Dickson purchased two of these photo ID systems to be used at two different locations.

Quiksilver’s photo ID badges are tamper-resistant. Their card design includes the employee photo along with the company logo; for added security a watermark of the employee's photo is also in the corner. "IDville continues to meet and exceed my expectations! It has become a great resource for my photo ID badging process."

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