Magnetic Stripe ID Cards

Magnetic Stripe PVC ID CardsMagnetic stripe ID cards, also known as magstripe cards, are PVC ID cards containing a band of magnetic material embedded in the resin on the back of the card. Magnetic stripe ID cards store updatable information on a magstripe, which is read when the card is swiped through a magnetic stripe card reader.

There are two 2 types of magnetic stripe ID cards: high coercivity (HiCo) and low coercivity (LoCo). Usually low coercivity magnetic stripes are brown, while high coercivity stripes are almost black. HiCo cards are more reliable than LoCo cards, as their magnetic layer is denser and much less susceptible to stray field erasure from magnets, making them a better solution for those cards which are frequently used and/or require a longer life. Low coercivity stripes are easily damaged by even brief contact with magnets and are used for low value or low usage applications. Virtually all bank cards and government ID cards today are encoded on high coercivity striped ID cards that have been personalized using an ID card printer. HiCo magstripe ID cards can hold 79 alpha/numeric characters on Track1, 40 numeric characters only on Track2 and 107 numeric characters only on Track3.Blank PVC Magnetic Stripe ID Cards

Advantidge supports magnetic stripe ID Cards as a popular low cost solution for secure access control systems and are often used for credit and identification cards as well as transportation tickets, ATM cards, bank cards, gift cards, loyalty cards, driver’s licenses, telephone calling cards, membership cards, and electronic benefit transfer cards such as food stamps.

Advantidge offers many ID card printing solutions featuring magnetic stripe encoding capabilities:

  • HID Global Fargo DTC4250e Easy and flexible way to print and encode plastic ID cards.
  • HID Global Fargo DTC4500e For versatile, reliable card production delivers speed, power and versatility all in one.
  • Zebra ZXP Series 3 Features high speed printing, brilliant image quality, enterprise networking features and full encoding capabilities.
  • Zebra ZXP Series 8 Delivers best-in-class throughput & unparalleled print speed for vivid color plastic ID card printing on-demand and fast.
  • Magicard Enduro+ Single or dual-sided card printing with ISO magnetic encoding.
  • Magicard Rio Pro The preferred printer for secure access control single-sided cards with magnetic stripe encoding.
  • Evolis Zenius Features USB and Ethernet TCP-IP ports and multiple encoding options that can be combined in the same printer. Certified ENERGY STAR compliant.
  • Evolis Primacy For easy, flexible and fast ID card printing of personalized transportation passes, payment cards, ID badges, as well as multi-feature ID cards.
  • Nisca PR5350 For high speed, low cost dual-sided printing with magnetic encoding.

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