86177Everyone loves a product that they can just use and then forget about when they don’t need; whether it’s a mechanical device like a car, an electronic device such as a computer, or the family pet, like Bubbles the fish. But the truth is that everything needs a little bit of maintenance, be it an oil change, a firmware update, or to be taken for a walk. There just aren’t a lot of products out there that run without a little bit of regular maintenance, and badge printers certainly aren’t one of them.

The most important thing you can do for your printer is just a simple regular cleaning. “How regular?” you ask? Well, there are various numbers and requirements that you can find, depending on the manufacturer and the model of printer you’ve decided to invest in, but a good rule of thumb across the board is to clean the printer every time before you load in a new ribbon. This should be lower than the manufacturer required amount, and will ensure that your new ribbon is giving you the best quality possible. Going longer than that, especially if it means ignoring the manufacturer’s reminders and pop-ups that every printer does for you automatically, can mean poor print quality, damage to the printer, or maybe even void your warranty!

Now every printer cleans a little differently, so presenting a universal set of instructions isn’t really practical. What we can do for you, though, is provide a (hopefully) helpful list of links to take you directly to the steps the manufacturer provides to help you get the job done.

Evolis: https://us.evolis.com/drivers-support
Fargo/HID Global: https://www.hidglobal.com/support/knowledge-base
Magicard/UltraID: https://support.ultramagicard.com/
Zebra: https://www.zebra.com/us/en/support-downloads.html

These links will get you close. You’ll still need to narrow it down to the exact version you own. And what about the supplies? Every one of these instruction sets mention cleaning cards and swabs that you might not have. making sure you have a cleaning kit on hand to do the job is as important as any other step in this process.

Of course, if the steps provided don’t go well, or don’t seem to make sense, reach out to us so we can help! We here at AdvantIDge have years of experience with all of the major manufacturers and models, and might be able to give you a few specific tips for your model to help you out. With one of the best technical support teams in the industry’s and a relationship with the most respected ID card product manufacturers, Advantidge is committed to ensuring that every client receives the right ID products for their specific needs and guarantees them for the life of the product. For specific information or any guidance on this post please contact our Sales department at [email protected] or call 800-965-5932. We provide excellent customer service!