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Paper or Plastic ID Cards?

by david 23. February 2011 16:20

The Case for Upgrading Your ID Cards

So you're ready to invest in a photo ID card system. You've got plenty of choices when it comes to print capabilities, quantities and security features. But have you thought about the actual ID card?

Paper ID cards have their advantages, especially in cost, but did you know that using a plastic ID card saves time AND money in the long run?

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Let's take a look at the plastic card printing process versus printing and laminating ID badges.

First, take the picture with the web camera. Second, use the software to design your card and import the image. Third - print the card in less than 30 seconds!

Finish with a slot-punch to make your IDs wearable in minutes using a lanyard, retractable badge reel or strap clip, or slip it in a badge holder. If you decide you need dual-sided ID card printing down the road, no need to buy a new system. Simply use the one-time printer ribbon upgrade and you'll be printing dual-sided ID cards in no time!

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Using an ID Maker Laminate System is more cost-effective up front, but think about the paper laminate ID card making process.

First, take the picture with the web camera. Then use the ID Maker Express software to design the ID and send it to your printer. Print the ID badge using the paper stock, then feed it through the laminator using the laminating pouches, making sure to line them up properly for a wrinkle-free finished product. Sound easy enough?

Think about that process for over 1,000 IDs as a gymnasium full of children waits. Not so simple. And loud.

Not only that, using your existing printer to produce ID cards requires color ink - a cost factor not included in the laminating system.

For a side-by-side comparison of Paper and PVC ID cards, read the rest of this article in the IDville Knowledge Center.


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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