Now that you’ve made the investment into a card printer, you definitely want your cards to last as long as possible. Card durability is essential to guarding your cards from everyday wear and tear — eliminating the cost of creating replacement badges due to card damage. Whether you’re producing student ID’s, construction worker credentials, or staff badges, we have all the ways to keep your cards looking fresh.
Just like with anything, lamination protects from scratches, debris, and water. It’s the same for your ID cards! We’ve lined up your options from inexpensive to luxury protection:
Adhesive ID Card Overlays
Clear lamination overlay stickers add great protection and durability to a basic ID card system. Whether it is to protect the image of an ID badge from getting scratched in the wallet or to keep the image from transferring off of the card in a vinyl ID badge holder pouch. These plain overlays are “peel and stick” transparent labels which are manually affixed after the ID card is printed. These are also available in holographic varieties to add visual card security!
Overlaminates add a layer of visual security to your cards, making it more difficult for counterfeiters to duplicate. With varying thickness (.6 mil and 1.0 mil) you can choose the level of durability for your cards. They also add durability by reducing swipe abrasion and dye migration, and by shielding the images on your card from UV light. With lamination, you can add up to 5 times durability to your cards!
All HDP (High Definition Printers) also known as “retransfer printers” require film for the printing process. In addition to improved color saturation and edge-to-edge printing from HDP printers, the film provides UV protection which protects the card color from fading. Combining this with a lamination unit offers supreme protection for the cards.
Badge holders come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and durability. Badge holders can have “zip lock” features to lock out elements such as rain or debris. Others come in rigid plastic to reinforce badges, making sure they aren’t bent or warped. Commonly, badge holders are thin plastic pouches affixed to lanyards to prevent scratches and scuffs. If dealing with heavy machinery or construction, arm badge holders are an excellent alternative to ensure badges don’t caught in moving mechanical parts.
Break away lanyards
More of a safety precaution than anything else, break away lanyards have a safety latch on them which detaches under pressure. This is usually required for schools and health care facilities to prevent chocking. If a lanyard gets caught on an object or pulled with force, the latch along the neck separates the lanyard into two to prevent chocking.
AdvantIDge offers a wide variety of all of the card printer systems, or other visitor management devices, to fill any of your asset tracking, visitor management, or identification card needs. From card printers and supplies for issuance, through to badge clips and other peripherals to put them into your users hands. With more than 40 years of combined industry experience, we’re ready to help you achieve your identification goals. For specific information please contact our sales department at [email protected] or call 800-965-5932 for more information on this update– we provide excellent customer service!