Often we at AdvantIDge are asked by our clients for a few basic suggestions to get the most life out of their ID badge machine. Though every card printer is a little bit different, and all of the manufacturer’s have their own specific ideas and guidelines, there are a few printer maintenance tips that every badge printer has in common that can help you get started down the road of ensuring you get the most out of your investment.

    1. Use the recommended ID card printer ribbon for your printer and make sure it is installed correctly. A properly installed ribbon will be aligned and fit securely.
    2. Always use good quality blank ID cards that are clean and make sure they stay free from dust on the shelf and in the ID badge printer.
    3. Routinely clean the ID card printer. A good rule of thumb is to clean your ID card printer every time you replace the printer ribbon. Be sure to use the cleaning products and procedures recommended by the manufacturer.
    4. Always keep your ID card printer located in a clean environment where it won’t be exposed to excessive dust, moisture, coffee, soda, etc…

These simple steps can prevent the most common complaints including printer ribbons breaking, plastic PVC ID cards jamming, general print failures and card feeder issues. For more detailed information regarding your ID card printer see our ID Card Printers Support Page or contact us at 800-965-5932. If your printer requires more intensive troubleshooting and repair, AdvantIDge has factory trained and certified technicians prepared to handle any repairs or issues for you. We also sell a full range of ID card printer cleaning products to help keep you on track. Together we can work to ensure your ID card printer has the longest lifespan possible!