Choosing The Correct Printer Ribbons For Your Card Printer

By: Sher Matsen


Plastic card printers have changed the way business takes care of their ID card needs. Today, many businesses (big and small) opt to print their cards in-house, because there are so many ID printer options on the market. Just as it's important to choose the right printer, it's just as important to choose the right printer ribbons for your ID printer.

The ribbon in your printer will wear out at some point. How long will depend a great deal on how much printing you do, the type of ribbon, and the quality of the ribbon. You should know a bit about the various plastic card printer ribbons that are available, so that you find the one that's designed for your ID printer. There may even be more than one ribbon for your printer.

The type of printer ribbon you need, will depend on the printer you have. Each manufacture of ID printers also makes their own line of printer ribbons for that machine. It's best to use a ribbon that is designed and recommended for your printer, to ensure the highest quality printing.

There are a variety of different plastic card printer ribbons available on the market. It will help if you understand a little bit about these ribbons. That will make it easier for you to choose the ribbon that's right for your company's situation.

Some of the ID card printer ribbons have a holographic overlay added for security. This 3-D image is impossible to duplicate, and it doesn't require any special device in order to be viewed.

It cannot be stressed enough, just how important it is for you to choose the correct ribbon for your ID printer. If you buy an incorrect ribbon it could make your ID cards very difficult, if not impossible, to read. Since your ID cards are a critical part of your business you want to ensure that the print quality meets or exceeds your expectations. Using only ribbons recommended by the manufacturer will ensure just that.

Worse then poor print quality is the damage to your printer that can occur if you use a ribbon not recommended by the manufacturer. Your warranty could also become void. Those few pennies saved on an after market ribbon, won't seem like much of a savings if you damage your printer. Sometimes it's not about savings. It makes a lot more sense to buy the correct ribbon right away.

If you're thinking, what's the big deal, how hard can it be? You might be surprised to learn that it might not be quite as simple as you anticipated. It might be one of the smallest parts of your printer, but it's definitely one of the most important. It needs to be the right type for your ID printer to work properly.

Datacard printer ribbons are available in both monochrome and color. They range in price for as little as $18.00 to the more expensive Datacard Tonal Black Photo Ribbon for non SP Series 860 printers. Your Datacard printer will tell you which ribbon you need to use. Datacard produces color ribbons, monochrome ribbons, holograms, overlay film, the Magna series of ribbons, the SP75 series of ribbons, the RP90 ribbons, and several others.

Evolis ribbons range from as little as $14.00 to the more expensive Evolis YMCKO color 5 panel ribbon for the Quantum printers. Your Evolis printer will tell you which ribbon you should use. Evolis produces color ribbons, monochrome ribbons, holograms, tattoo ribbons, Securion ribbons, Quantum ribbons, the Dualys series or ribbons, and the Pebble Series of ribbons, as well as several others.

Polaroid printer ribbons include color ribbons, monochrome ribbons, the Legacy series; as well as the P110i, P3000, P4000, and P75i ribbons. Your Polaroid ID printer will tell you which printer ribbon you should use.

Fargo is a popular ID printer choice, and they have a large number of ID printer ribbons on the market, starting as low as $25. There are far too many choices to list. Margicard and Zebra also have a very large number of printer ribbons. Prices vary according to the ribbon you need to purchase.

It all begins with choosing the right ID printer for your company. After that, it really is quite easy. Simply purchase the ribbons the manufacture recommends for your printer. By doing so you'll ensure your warranty remains valid, and you'll also ensure you get top notch, professional printing of your ID cards.

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